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post #3271 of 5408
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Originally Posted by PrTv View Post

(...) But when it comes to sound, it's no contest for me: LCD-X just sounds better with the tube amp.

I have similar experience with solid-state and tubes as described here...
post #3272 of 5408
Now that I have spent a few days with my new LCD X headphones, and exchanged pm's with a few of you about the comparison I did with my LCD 2's, I decided to do a second comparison just to be sure. As before, I used my Mjolnir/Gungnir stack which allows me to connect both headphones at the same time and switch quickly back and forth between them. Once again, there are a few caveats:

1.This is not meant to be a full blown test; I am only passing on my interpretation of the listening comparison.
My LCD 2 rev. 2 was purchased by me in May of 2012. Later rev. 2's may be "better" or "improved" and my LCD X may be an especially good example.
2. I have exceptionally acute hearing. My Own Doctor has called me "freakish" and I can actually hear the ticking of my mechanical watch on my dresser at night. That DOES NOT make me an audiophile; I am just really good at separating out discrete sounds in a noisy environment.
3. I am NOT an Audeze fanboy and I am not trying to make myself feel better about an expensive purchase. I am absolutely prepared to return them if they don't meet or exceed my expectations.
4. I am only testing the LCD X and LCD 2 that I own. It would (obviously) be better to have numerous examples of each to account for any manufacturing variance.

I started test #2 by beginning with the LCD 2's. It was at least 12 hours since I'd done any headphone listening and I was fresh and well rested. I listened for twenty minutes or so to a variety of music, before settling on Eva Cassidy "Live at Blues Alley". It's music I like, there are lots of ambient sounds, and the album (to me, anyway) does a good job of capturing the small club intimate atmosphere. I finished my listening with the LCD 2's with several songs from this album. I ripped it from my cd as an apple lossless file and was up sampling to 32 bit, 196 kHz. I've listened to this album numerous times with my LCD 2's so I am pretty familiar with it.

I started listening again from the beginning with my lcd 2's and then switched to the LCD X. In dry terms, the soundstage was both wider and taller, details were substantially more evident, there was no "veiled" feeling and the LCD X was (in my opinion) SUBSTANTIALLY better in just about every way imaginable. But...that's not the mind blowing part! I have listened to artists in small club setting before. These headphones are so good that when I closed my eyes I believed I was there. I could almost smell cigarette smoke and wanted to order a drink. Clearly your mileage may vary but I heard this music in a whole new way. Unbelievable.

If I hadn't heard the LCD X, I would have continued to be very happy with the LCD 2. In fact, when I started this listening session, I was wondering if I really had heard all the substantial differences I thought were there in my first comparison. I was quite happy until I made the switch to the LCD X and (to my ears) again experienced a dramatic difference. I'm not trying to sound like an Audeze shill but I truly believe these headphones are exceptional. Hard to imagine how they can top these, but if they do, I'll be a buyer.
post #3273 of 5408
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Originally Posted by KennethRoberts View Post

Where can I audition the LCD-X in Chicago?

 

Hahaha... you got it all backwards... it is the LCD-X that auditions you ;)

post #3274 of 5408
Considering I'm not going to be wallowing in cash anytime soon, due to stumping up the cash for the X(!), what's the thoughts on the ALO Pan Am with the X?
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Anyone running these LCD-2.2 or LCD-3 off of a EXIMUS DP1 ? Please share your thoughts with me as I am very seriously considering selling my Mjolinr/Gungnir stack in its favor.

post #3276 of 5408
Ask the brains trust around here, but the 75ohm output impedance is a bit weird! That's significantly higher then the 22ohms that the X has....
post #3277 of 5408
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Originally Posted by Gadget67 View Post


 (...) If I hadn't heard the LCD X, I would have continued to be very happy with the LCD 2. (...)

...well, that's what this is all about... and best regards to your wallet...


Edited by musikaladin - 2/23/14 at 4:55am
post #3278 of 5408

I just picked up an LCD-X yesterday,my previous can was an LCD-2.2.Initially when I tried the X's they sounded a tad thin and to my ears a little sparckly up top,but not a heck of a lot different from the 2.2's,after giving them a little more time I realized they weren't thin sounding,produced nice bass,but only when it was called for.Then I went back to my 2.2's and I was taken back as to how much different they sounded now as opposed to not ever hearing the X's.Now the 2.2's sounded a little thick and muddy,and noticed the bass was a little loose,not overly so,but that's what I was hearing.Went back to the X's and tried them out for about an hour and made up my mind that they were better than the 2.2's and put the 2.2's up for sale.I let the X's burn overnight under a pillow and went back at them again today,now they sound terrific!! I'm not saying the overnight burning made an improvement,probably my brain adjusting to the new sound signature,but its nice to hear a little more detail,little tighter bass and still maintain that Audeze sound signature.Think I will let them play under a pillow for 2-3 days just to make sure they are fully on there way to being burned in just in case that make a difference.I was fortunate enough to get a GREAT deal from a local guy who tried the X for a half an hour and decided he liked the LCD-3 better and put em up for sale.

post #3279 of 5408

With so many headphones tending to be polarizing, it is nice to see that there is one where consensus about their greatness is universal.

post #3280 of 5408
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Originally Posted by dfarina View Post
 

I just picked up an LCD-X yesterday,my previous can was an LCD-2.2.Initially when I tried the X's they sounded a tad thin and to my ears a little sparckly up top,but not a heck of a lot different from the 2.2's,after giving them a little more time I realized they weren't thin sounding,produced nice bass,but only when it was called for.Then I went back to my 2.2's and I was taken back as to how much different they sounded now as opposed to not ever hearing the X's.Now the 2.2's sounded a little thick and muddy,and noticed the bass was a little loose,not overly so,but that's what I was hearing.Went back to the X's and tried them out for about an hour and made up my mind that they were better than the 2.2's and put the 2.2's up for sale.I let the X's burn overnight under a pillow and went back at them again today,now they sound terrific!! I'm not saying the overnight burning made an improvement,probably my brain adjusting to the new sound signature,but its nice to hear a little more detail,little tighter bass and still maintain that Audeze sound signature.Think I will let them play under a pillow for 2-3 days just to make sure they are fully on there way to being burned in just in case that make a difference.I was fortunate enough to get a GREAT deal from a local guy who tried the X for a half an hour and decided he liked the LCD-3 better and put em up for sale.

Pretty much what happened to me!!

post #3281 of 5408
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Originally Posted by Gadget67 View Post

Now that I have spent a few days with my new LCD X headphones, and exchanged pm's with a few of you about the comparison I did with my LCD 2's, I decided to do a second comparison just to be sure. As before, I used my Mjolnir/Gungnir stack which allows me to connect both headphones at the same time and switch quickly back and forth between them. Once again, there are a few caveats:

1.This is not meant to be a full blown test; I am only passing on my interpretation of the listening comparison.
My LCD 2 rev. 2 was purchased by me in May of 2012. Later rev. 2's may be "better" or "improved" and my LCD X may be an especially good example.
2. I have exceptionally acute hearing. My Own Doctor has called me "freakish" and I can actually hear the ticking of my mechanical watch on my dresser at night. That DOES NOT make me an audiophile; I am just really good at separating out discrete sounds in a noisy environment.
3. I am NOT an Audeze fanboy and I am not trying to make myself feel better about an expensive purchase. I am absolutely prepared to return them if they don't meet or exceed my expectations.
4. I am only testing the LCD X and LCD 2 that I own. It would (obviously) be better to have numerous examples of each to account for any manufacturing variance.

I started test #2 by beginning with the LCD 2's. It was at least 12 hours since I'd done any headphone listening and I was fresh and well rested. I listened for twenty minutes or so to a variety of music, before settling on Eva Cassidy "Live at Blues Alley". It's music I like, there are lots of ambient sounds, and the album (to me, anyway) does a good job of capturing the small club intimate atmosphere. I finished my listening with the LCD 2's with several songs from this album. I ripped it from my cd as an apple lossless file and was up sampling to 32 bit, 196 kHz. I've listened to this album numerous times with my LCD 2's so I am pretty familiar with it.

I started listening again from the beginning with my lcd 2's and then switched to the LCD X. In dry terms, the soundstage was both wider and taller, details were substantially more evident, there was no "veiled" feeling and the LCD X was (in my opinion) SUBSTANTIALLY better in just about every way imaginable. But...that's not the mind blowing part! I have listened to artists in small club setting before. These headphones are so good that when I closed my eyes I believed I was there. I could almost smell cigarette smoke and wanted to order a drink. Clearly your mileage may vary but I heard this music in a whole new way. Unbelievable.

If I hadn't heard the LCD X, I would have continued to be very happy with the LCD 2. In fact, when I started this listening session, I was wondering if I really had heard all the substantial differences I thought were there in my first comparison. I was quite happy until I made the switch to the LCD X and (to my ears) again experienced a dramatic difference. I'm not trying to sound like an Audeze shill but I truly believe these headphones are exceptional. Hard to imagine how they can top these, but if they do, I'll be a buyer.


So this review with the M/G stack and gets a glowing recommendation. Good enough for me. I may try a LCD-X against my current LCD-3 some time. It's gonna have to be stellar to actually be better than the 3s...

post #3282 of 5408

Anyone make it to the Bristol hifi show  this weekend? Audeze were there I heard. 

post #3283 of 5408

Ok, amp matching question number 2.. what about a Cayin HA-1A? Apparently it's got some balls... anyone tried it, even with an LCD-2/3 if not an X?

post #3284 of 5408

Just want to take the photo for fun, it's from my phone so please bear with the quality :o

 

Audeze LCD-X

 

 

I also has plan to do some fun photo shoot with XC, but I think that's story for another thread.

post #3285 of 5408
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Originally Posted by Gadget67 View Post

Now that I have spent a few days with my new LCD X headphones, and exchanged pm's with a few of you about the comparison I did with my LCD 2's, I decided to do a second comparison just to be sure. As before, I used my Mjolnir/Gungnir stack which allows me to connect both headphones at the same time and switch quickly back and forth between them. Once again, there are a few caveats:


1.This is not meant to be a full blown test; I am only passing on my interpretation of the listening comparison.

My LCD 2 rev. 2 was purchased by me in May of 2012. Later rev. 2's may be "better" or "improved" and my LCD X may be an especially good example.

2. I have exceptionally acute hearing. My Own Doctor has called me "freakish" and I can actually hear the ticking of my mechanical watch on my dresser at night. That DOES NOT make me an audiophile; I am just really good at separating out discrete sounds in a noisy environment.

3. I am NOT an Audeze fanboy and I am not trying to make myself feel better about an expensive purchase. I am absolutely prepared to return them if they don't meet or exceed my expectations.

4. I am only testing the LCD X and LCD 2 that I own. It would (obviously) be better to have numerous examples of each to account for any manufacturing variance.


I started test #2 by beginning with the LCD 2's. It was at least 12 hours since I'd done any headphone listening and I was fresh and well rested. I listened for twenty minutes or so to a variety of music, before settling on Eva Cassidy "Live at Blues Alley". It's music I like, there are lots of ambient sounds, and the album (to me, anyway) does a good job of capturing the small club intimate atmosphere. I finished my listening with the LCD 2's with several songs from this album. I ripped it from my cd as an apple lossless file and was up sampling to 32 bit, 196 kHz. I've listened to this album numerous times with my LCD 2's so I am pretty familiar with it.


I started listening again from the beginning with my lcd 2's and then switched to the LCD X. In dry terms, the soundstage was both wider and taller, details were substantially more evident, there was no "veiled" feeling and the LCD X was (in my opinion) SUBSTANTIALLY better in just about every way imaginable. But...that's not the mind blowing part! I have listened to artists in small club setting before. These headphones are so good that when I closed my eyes I believed I was there. I could almost smell cigarette smoke and wanted to order a drink. Clearly your mileage may vary but I heard this music in a whole new way. Unbelievable.


If I hadn't heard the LCD X, I would have continued to be very happy with the LCD 2. In fact, when I started this listening session, I was wondering if I really had heard all the substantial differences I thought were there in my first comparison. I was quite happy until I made the switch to the LCD X and (to my ears) again experienced a dramatic difference. I'm not trying to sound like an Audeze shill but I truly believe these headphones are exceptional. Hard to imagine how they can top these, but if they do, I'll be a buyer.


So this review with the M/G stack and gets a glowing recommendation. Good enough for me. I may try a LCD-X against my current LCD-3 some time. It's gonna have to be stellar to actually be better than the 3s...

I came REALLY close to buying the LCD 3 instead of the LCD X so I would be extremely interested in your impressions if you get around to making a comparison using the M/G stack. I opted for the X because of the "new" technology and I preferred the black LCD X over the dark brown tones of the LCD 3. Please be sure to post your thoughts.biggrin.gif
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