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post #3256 of 5658
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Just curious, does anyone know if Audeze does a loaner program? I've been looking for deals in my area that carry them and the closest I could find was a 12 hour drive from my house, so obviously I am not going to be able to do that. I am looking at upgrading my LCD-2's based on all the positive reviews on this thread but I don't really want to buy them to only have to return them with a 15% restocking fee if I don't find the improvement to be enough to merit the cost. Anyone have any suggestions or know if Audeze will let you try them before you buy them?

i emailed them about this and they dont have a loaner.

post #3257 of 5658
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Just curious, does anyone know if Audeze does a loaner program? I've been looking for deals in my area that carry them and the closest I could find was a 12 hour drive from my house, so obviously I am not going to be able to do that. I am looking at upgrading my LCD-2's based on all the positive reviews on this thread but I don't really want to buy them to only have to return them with a 15% restocking fee if I don't find the improvement to be enough to merit the cost. Anyone have any suggestions or know if Audeze will let you try them before you buy them?


Justin of HeadAmp has one or two loaner pairs that are traveling--see if you can get on the list. Sound Earphones offers refunds without a restocking fee if headphones are returned in like new condition.

post #3258 of 5658
ok thanks for the recommendations guys, will check out both
post #3259 of 5658
TTVJ have no restocking fee and 30 days trial period.
post #3260 of 5658
Clen,

Looks like TTVJ actually does do a 15% restocking fee plus the cost of shipping for returns. You could be looking at almost a $300 trial at that rate, which is what I am trying to avoid in case I decide they are not worth the additional cost of almost 1 grand over what my LCD-2's would be able to sell for used. For me it is just too expensive to chance on a trial, and I really wish it was easier to just hear these darn things without having to lay out $1700 dollars and then crossing your fingers or convincing yourself it was worth it.

http://www.ttvjaudio.com/returns.asp
post #3261 of 5658
Cable co has Audeze cans as well to loan. 1700x5%=85, so a bit less there
post #3262 of 5658
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Clen,

Looks like TTVJ actually does do a 15% restocking fee plus the cost of shipping for returns. You could be looking at almost a $300 trial at that rate, which is what I am trying to avoid in case I decide they are not worth the additional cost of almost 1 grand over what my LCD-2's would be able to sell for used. For me it is just too expensive to chance on a trial, and I really wish it was easier to just hear these darn things without having to lay out $1700 dollars and then crossing your fingers or convincing yourself it was worth it.

http://www.ttvjaudio.com/returns.asp

I was in the same boat as you before committing to buy the LCD X from Audeze; they are expensive and, like you, I took my time before deciding. I didn't think about the restocking fee for a couple of reasons:

1. My time is valuable; a 15% restocking fee plus shipping was worth it to me rather than driving some distance to listen to them in a foreign environment and likely still having trouble deciding. I'd much rather take my time rather than have someone hanging over my shoulder.
2. I know there are sellers who will let you return them for just the shipping cost as long as they are in "perfect" condition but beware of the weasel wording where they claim the right to decide if the return is perfect.
3. I researched it to death, so I felt comfortable based on the preponderance of evidence that I was ready to buy.
4. I felt most comfortable buying from Audeze and I,was happy with the way the transaction went. I purchased my 2's from Moon Audio and I had no complaints.

I wrote a brief review/impression earlier in this thread. I was totally blown away at just how much of an improvement there was over my LCD 2's but it's not my money so you need to decide what's best for you. In my opinion, they are totally worth it.
post #3263 of 5658
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

 

 

I probably wouldn't get much LCD-X complaint posting on an LCD-X thread, but I assume there are at least some honest people here and there.

 

You should also assume that there are people who are honest AND also don't really base their enjoyment of a headphone on whether the FR is down however many dB at a given frequency. 

post #3264 of 5658
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I was in the same boat as you before committing to buy the LCD X from Audeze; they are expensive and, like you, I took my time before deciding. I didn't think about the restocking fee for a couple of reasons:



1. My time is valuable; a 15% restocking fee plus shipping was worth it to me rather than driving some distance to listen to them in a foreign environment and likely still having trouble deciding. I'd much rather take my time rather than have someone hanging over my shoulder.

2. I know there are sellers who will let you return them for just the shipping cost as long as they are in "perfect" condition but beware of the weasel wording where they claim the right to decide if the return is perfect.

3. I researched it to death, so I felt comfortable based on the preponderance of evidence that I was ready to buy.

4. I felt most comfortable buying from Audeze and I,was happy with the way the transaction went. I purchased my 2's from Moon Audio and I had no complaints.



I wrote a brief review/impression earlier in this thread. I was totally blown away at just how much of an improvement there was over my LCD 2's but it's not my money so you need to decide what's best for you. In my opinion, they are totally worth it.

 



Gadget, thanks for the response, actually your review of the X, and more specifically their improvement's over the 2's, are why I am inclined to buy them. I feel the same way about auditioning in the store, you don't really get a good chance to listen, but at least it would be enough for an impression. I just hate the idea of possibly spending all that money to return them, just to TRY a pair of headphones that may not be right for me. I really think it would be a good idea for a company to allow you to try headphones on loan for free then be able to purchase based on that.
post #3265 of 5658
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

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Originally Posted by Gadget67 View Post



I was in the same boat as you before committing to buy the LCD X from Audeze; they are expensive and, like you, I took my time before deciding. I didn't think about the restocking fee for a couple of reasons:



1. My time is valuable; a 15% restocking fee plus shipping was worth it to me rather than driving some distance to listen to them in a foreign environment and likely still having trouble deciding. I'd much rather take my time rather than have someone hanging over my shoulder.

2. I know there are sellers who will let you return them for just the shipping cost as long as they are in "perfect" condition but beware of the weasel wording where they claim the right to decide if the return is perfect.

3. I researched it to death, so I felt comfortable based on the preponderance of evidence that I was ready to buy.

4. I felt most comfortable buying from Audeze and I,was happy with the way the transaction went. I purchased my 2's from Moon Audio and I had no complaints.



I wrote a brief review/impression earlier in this thread. I was totally blown away at just how much of an improvement there was over my LCD 2's but it's not my money so you need to decide what's best for you. In my opinion, they are totally worth it.

 



Gadget, thanks for the response, actually your review of the X, and more specifically their improvement's over the 2's, are why I am inclined to buy them. I feel the same way about auditioning in the store, you don't really get a good chance to listen, but at least it would be enough for an impression. I just hate the idea of possibly spending all that money to return them, just to TRY a pair of headphones that may not be right for me. I really think it would be a good idea for a company to allow you to try headphones on loan for free then be able to purchase based on that.

You could try posting what city you live in or near, and see if another forum member who owns them might be near by. I can only reiterate how much I like them but it is off putting to order and hope for the best.
post #3266 of 5658

Woo offers a free headphone stand with the LCDs and the stand is one of the nicest I have ever seen, very sturdy.

post #3267 of 5658

So you guys that own both an LCD-3 and LCD-X (or heard both), do you prefer the LCD-X? Is it a better headphone overall?

post #3268 of 5658
Where can I audition the LCD-X in Chicago?
post #3269 of 5658
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post

Some have complained of mids too recessed...others have complained of mids too forward.  To me the mids sound just right.

Thanks.

I took a courage and bought it a few days ago. It seem my pair isn't as forward as my memory of the demo pair.
post #3270 of 5658

Today, a loaner HPA-21 is in, and I had a chance to really compare the amp that's said to be a match made in heaven with Audeze, against the 300B amp I mentioned earlier.

 

 

The unit (Bakoon) already has several hundred of hours on it and is fully broken in. All I can say that with HPA-21, the "X" sounds very, very nice. Everything is in control and rendered beautifully. I can now understand why many people praised it. However, compared with the 300B sits beside it, it's clear that the mighty HPA-21 is still a step behind in every way! I listened to several tracks using the same RCA interconnect (the fact that HPA-21 runs on battery made it very convenient for me, as I didn't have to switch off the tube amp for the power cable). I tried both Voltage and Current with High and Low gains (IMO, Current + Low gain sounds best with LCD-X), and regardless of settings I used, LCD-X still sounded better (to my ears) with the 300B. By better, I mean, bass is better (hits harder with more control), treble is more sparkle, and voice... oh... man!, vocal is beautifully rendered with 300B. To simply put, the LCD-X really comes alive with this tube amp.

 

That's only with lowly tubes like pairs of Svetlana 274B, Electro Harmonix 300B and Raytheon 5842. I can imagine even better sound can be achieved with something like WE417 + Sophia Princess 274B + PSvane 300B replica (costing $835 a pair!).

 

Two things I don't like about this 300B amp are the time it takes for it to run at its optimum performance (30 minutes comparing with 10mins warm-up time of the Bakoon), and the heat it produces. But when it comes to sound, it's no contest for me: LCD-X just sounds better with the tube amp.


Edited by PrTv - 2/22/14 at 2:49am
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