As I posted earlier, my initial plan for reviewing my new LCD X was to compare them to my LCD 2's using my Mjolnir/Gungnir stack. The Mjolnir allows two headphones to play at the same time so by switching quickly back and forth between the two I could get a fairly accurate picture of how they actually differed or if one was significantly better than the other in some meaningful way. For clarity, my LCD 2's were purchased in May of 2012 and they are rev. 2. I'm using silver dragon cables for the three pin XLR balanced out and the Audeze 4 pin balanced headphone cable for the single balanced out. I'm switching the cables back and forth between the headphones to account for any difference there. My music is being streamed from my Apple IMac using Itunes and Audirvana. For the really detail oriented, I'm using a one meter Nordost blue Heaven USB to the Gungnir and the Schitt 9" XLR cables from the Gugnir to the Mjolnir. The LCD X is more efficient so I know the X's will be louder than my 2's.
So...how did it go?
Folks, this fight was over in seconds...I'm at a loss for words as to how to articulate just HOW much better the X really is. Soundstage, separation, clarity, definition, smoothness-- you name it and in my opinion, the X just has it all over my 2's. It's really that obvious. It's like that difference you experience when you get around to cleaning the inside of your car windshield. I thought I could see just fine before and suddenly everything is cleaner, brighter and visibility is crystal clear. Another by product is that one can listen at lower levels so they are also much less tiring over a long session.
To be clear, I am only comparing to my LCD 2's; later rev. 2's may be better or perhaps I don't have a great pair of 2's. I also plan to do comparisons with my Wadia 121 and Burson HA-160D but at this point I'm inclined to think the results will be similar.
Hands down, the LCD X is absolutely worth every penny and really is that much better than my LCD 2's.
thanks for sharing , yours was the main review I was waiting for as I also have the schiit stack. I work in Manhattan so I have 4 dealers within 10 miles will need to check out who has the LCD X I dont feel like changing everything around as a roll of the dice. One thing I always hated in high end audio is mostly everything sound too thin, too bright in the name of getting more detail. in your opinion does the LCD X still retain the full tone of the LCD2?