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post #3346 of 9209
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Originally Posted by groovyd View Post

Interesting... yeah must have just been imagining things.  Either that or the Audeze connectors are considerably bigger then the miniXLR you use.  I think the thing that made it seem better was the easy pop on off with the sliding collar.  Just seemed to work really well.  Atleast the thing I dislike about the Audeze connector is it is pretty tight to pull off even while pushing the button while the hirose sort of just slide off and on easy.  Could just be the ones I got though.

Audez'e does custom over molding on the connectors used in their stock cables which makes them quite a bit longer than stock plugs. There's also a version of the Switchcraft plugs (Switchcraft by the way designed and patented the mini-XLR) that has an additional rubber boot on the ass end for use with smaller diameter cable, but I used the one without as I thought it was the better to compare to the Hirose.

And yeah, I like the locking mechanism of the Hirose too. Just don't like the rest of the connector. biggrin.gif

se
post #3347 of 9209
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Originally Posted by groovyd View Post

Interesting... yeah must have just been imagining things.  Either that or the Audeze connectors are considerably bigger then the miniXLR you use.  I think the thing that made it seem better was the easy pop on off with the sliding collar.  Just seemed to work really well.  Atleast the thing I dislike about the Audeze connector is it is pretty tight to pull off even while pushing the button while the hirose sort of just slide off and on easy.  Could just be the ones I got though.
Nope, not just the ones you got. Mine are exactly the same way: I feel like taking the trash out in 20 degree weather every time I have to switch from balanced to SE.
post #3348 of 9209
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Originally Posted by Crashem View Post
 


Grats and enjoy!  I am interested in hearing from others if they think LCD 3 headband and pads make any difference in comfort and sound (in regards to pads).


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 12:07am
post #3349 of 9209
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

So I'm going to be the proud papa of an lcd-X. I spoke to audeze today and offered them the $40 more that they charge for the 3's headband and ear pads and they said coo. While I do believe the new padding gets you 90% of the 3's comfort over my old 2's I think the higher grade leather gets you that last 10% of comfort. Jude also has an X with 3 headband and ear pads, unless that was a prop in his liquid gold review. Going to be the longest 3 weeks ever. Audeze does have their balanced cables in now, they have just run out of X's due to popular demand. Woo audio I believe still has some X's in stock and are giving away a free headphone stand with purchase. Also sound earphones has some left with free overnight shipping that I can attest to is literally overnight. Can't wait.normal_smile%20.gif 
Hahaha. Couldn't resist, eh? Sorry, man, should have never let you try them. At least you can sell a couple if your other ones, right? And yeah, Woo has them. I got them for the free stand. I didn't have one. They came with the balanced cable. Congrats and enjoy...
post #3350 of 9209
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post


Honestly I cant give you the best impressions. I only spent spent 45min. with George's X's. If it were the 3's that I spent 2 weeks with before sending back or the 2's that I owned for 6 months then I could. To me the 3's felt ever so slightly more comfortable. My guess is I will probably get 5% maybe 10% more preferable comfort.

The way I see it is even if it is just different dyes used and the same leather (cushioning is the same) it was only a $40 gamble. Considering I spent $1100 for a 20-25% sq. improvement over my moded He-500, $40 is peanuts. Saer has all 3 versions (brown, black, and veagan) and he says 0%. Could be the same leather and just different dyes used and the slight extra weight on the X's threw me off. Jude looks like he owns gunmetal X's with 3 headband and pads (very pretty imo.) and XC's with black leather so maybe shoot him a pm. 

If George is free any Tuesdays in April we could compare them side by side. I could come to your house this time, something tells me you want more walleye though...eh?tongue.gif    
Yeah, let's do it! You should come here, so you can listen to the Mjolnir and the WA7. Can the walleye travel? smily_headphones1.gif Nah, I'll get lunch
post #3351 of 9209
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Originally Posted by dfarina View Post
 

I have decided the X's just aren't my flavor,anyone interested in a mint used set have a look in the headphone for sale section. 

Nice try but you are a month early on April fools :bigsmile_face:

post #3352 of 9209
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Originally Posted by George Chronis View Post


Yeah, let's do it! You should come here, so you can listen to the Mjolnir and the WA7. Can the walleye travel? smily_headphones1.gif Nah, I'll get lunch

Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 12:05am
post #3353 of 9209
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post

I have tried this setup and I have to say the Burson has enough power to drive the Audeze but not make them sing. 
There is plenty of upper bass but not enough of anything else to produce hard-hitting bass. It's a shame really Audeze
seems to have bottomless low end. The Conductor may be a better pairing from Burson.

Hey, I'm pretty sure the amp section in the Conductor is the same as the Soloist...
post #3354 of 9209

I just went and tested a heap of amps at A2A in Melbourne. Great service yet again.

 

So, some of what I have to say may contradict what some here would say, but hey, this is all subjective. I'm no audiophile expert, and I'm going to avoid some of lingo, and use more subjective language. There are some caveats, but I tried to keep things as consistent as possible. I used ALACS on iTunes, and a mixture of half decent recordings and good recordings. Apart from the amps that have an onboard DAC, a Bifrost DAC was used over USB. So go ahead folks and pick lots of holes I've given you!!! It was tested with ALO cable silver/copper, and unlike some others here, I'm stating that I like my sound on the warmer side of neutral. Thats why I like Audezes and not HD800's

 

List of tracks-

 

Fear Factory - Smasher/Devourer

Bjork - Hyperballad, Modern Things, Cosmogeny, Headphones

Dropkick Murphys - Rose Tattoo

Miles Davis - Some Kinda Blue

Smashing Pumpkins - Frail and Bedazzled, Starla

Explosions In The Sky - Birth and Death Of The Day

Underworld - Tin There, Rez/Cowgirl

Chemical Brothers - Under The Influence

 

Amps tested-

 

ALO Pan Am

Schiit Lyr

Woo WA6

Woo WA7

Burson Soloist

Schiit Mjolnir (Yes I know some folk reckon it sounds fully balanced!!!! comments to come...)

 

ALO Pan Am

 

Ok, Good little portable, sounds big for such a small amp. Probably the best amp for portability, but lacks the last oomph and depth in the bass. Quite silky up top, and not much outlay for a big chunk of sound. It was just left a little for dead next to the other amps.. but $599 AUD for a amp dac of this quality is great value. The bass was left a little wanting on "Cosmogeny" in particular.

 

Schiit Lyr

 

Not as bad as I expected, compared to what other folk have said around here. Sure it is a little thick in the mids, but I don't think it's THAT much of a travesty. It was quite enjoyable, and the soundstage was a little wider then the Pan Am. It's a little gritty up top next to the Pan Am. Overall I'd have the Lyr over the Pan Am. $604 AUD

 

Woo WA6 (w/Sophia)

 

Considering the power deficit next to the others, this wasn't as bad I expected. Mind you, Im a valve guy. A bit bloomy in the bass, but the mids and treble were lovely. Certainly the best of the bunch except for the Soloist in this regard. If it had that control in the bass, I would have been sold! Miles Davis was just fantastic in this regard. I love a bit of warmth. $800 AUD

 

Woo WA7

 

A lot of people here have talked this up, and to be honest, I thought it was OK. It was nice and spacious, but it felt unmoored, like it was missing a few hertz down below. It was like the body of the music was missing. I did not feel emotionally effected by the music. This was evident on Miles Davis and Explosions In The Sky. A bit ho hum for me.

 

Burson Soloist and Mjolnir

 

My judgement is a little reserved on the Mjolnir, as most of you will jump on me for not listening to it fully balanced. Fair play.  However, I was thinking partly from a price point. the Mjolnir is just on $1000, and the Soloist is just on $900. If you were to add the Gungir DAC, the price of the system jumps to $2000, and a decent DAC added to the Soloist brings that system up to $1400, like the Bifrost. So I felt it was an even match price wise to compare them using the single ended configuration. In fact, I'm still tossing up in my head which is better...

 

The Soloist I think gets a lot right. Vocals were fantastic, a bit more upfront then the Mjolnir, and I could hear more deliberate grit in the vocals with the Dropkick Murphys which sounded more exciting. The Mjolnir was a little more recessed here. The Mjolnir has a bigger soundstage, in width, but I reckon the Soloist has more depth, but narrower. Its a bit plusher sounding. The Mjolnir is also brighter. Annoyingly so? well, I have to listen to over a longer session. The Soloist also was better on the mid gain setting, had a better balanced sound and sounded less aggressive, less fatiguing. Something that people haven't really mentioned is that the Soloist is WAY more pratical. It has 3 inputs, three gain settings and a pre-out. With the Mjolnir, it takes more commitment. One input and balanced output..only which most of you know that anyway...  I will hear the Mjolnir fully balanced, but if in the end I prefer it that way, I have to take a compromise till I can save up for a year for the Gungir DAC... I think the way I tested it, I'd nose the Soloist in front, for it's fuller sound. But I will retest when I have more time.

 

To be continued.. (I will try to listen to a WA6SE, (more bass control with those mids/highs) I reckon that'll be the winner for me;)) 

 

Martyn

post #3355 of 9209

Thanks for your comparison with these pieces, what headphones did you use during this audition ?

post #3356 of 9209
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Originally Posted by saer View Post

Thanks for your comparison with these pieces, what headphones did you use during this audition ?

Sorry! Should have said.. LCD-X's☺️☺️
post #3357 of 9209
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Originally Posted by Red Jacket Mike View Post
 

I got the Q French Silk cable in gray for my black LCD-X.  Sounds great, looks great, and is the first cable I've ever had that has zero microphonics.  It lays on my chest and if I move, it does not make a sound.  

 

The other cable I had purchased awhile back for my (now sold) LCD 2.2 was a Norse 8-wire.  I had been using this with the LCD-X also.  I weighed it on a small kitchen scale, and it came in at 6.8 ounces; not too bad for an 8 foot length cable.  The new Q cable (which is a bit longer at 2.5 meters)   weighed in at 3.6 ounces, almost half the weight of the Norse.

 

This cable is a nice addition to a great headphone; it took about 2 weeks from the day I ordered it to arrive at my door.  The package was so light I was worried there was nothing in it!  Here are a couple of pics:

 

 

Mike - the cable looks really nice.  Do the LCD-X sound better with that cable, compared to the stock cable supplied by Audeze?

post #3358 of 9209
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Originally Posted by saer View Post
 

 

+10 Steve is really a pleasure to deal with, great guy. I've got two sets of Q cables myself and absolutely love them, feels as though I don't even have any cables attached to the headphones at all.

 

 

 

 

Seeing as I currently have 4 of them at my disposal, with all possible ear pads and head bands. I really can't say I agree. The top left LCD-2 has the newest version of the black pads(same as LCD-X), the top right LCD-2 has the vegan pads(LCD-3), bottom left LCD-3 and the bottom right LCD-X. All three of the leather ear pads feel identical, as do their headbands. The only noticeable difference is of course the vegan pads, which are a bit more plush/soft. Plus they don't stick to the side of your head after awhile.

 

 

 

Sweet pics.  A true Audeze fan!! 

post #3359 of 9209

Hello LCD-X Friends,

I am in need of advice.  Do I need to spend $250 to $350 for after-market cables for my LCD-X?  Do they really change the sound?  After reading all the posts, I am still confused.  I think the cans sound great with the stock cables...how much will after-market cables improve the sound?

 

Thanks for you help -

RCBinTN

post #3360 of 9209
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Originally Posted by RCBinTN View Post
 

Hello LCD-X Friends,

I am in need of advice.  Do I need to spend $250 to $350 for after-market cables for my LCD-X?  Do they really change the sound?  After reading all the posts, I am still confused.  I think the cans sound great with the stock cables...how much will after-market cables improve the sound?

 

Thanks for you help -

RCBinTN

If they sound great to you with the stock cables, I wouldn't worry too much.  If you want to squeeze the last two or three percent out of these magnificent cans, they I'd recommend a silver replacement cable.  Changes are subtle, but still noticeable for the better.

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