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post #3706 of 4907

Infrequent poster on here but I thought I would share my thoughts regarding my experience so far with the LCD-X's.

A little background first.....

I have long thought that the HD800's are underwhelming and a little boring if truth be known. I think I can safely say now I am rid of them that they totally lack character and tend to suck the life out of some music. Don't get me wrong...they are stellar with some types of music, particularly acoustic and small chamber ensembles. 

I have stuck with them for a couple of years convincing myself that they must be good because everybody says they are.

With rock and classical in particular I was always wanting more from them. I have tried various amps with them...perhaps not the high end esoteric brands....but that's a cost thing and mainly due to not being able to justify spending another couple of grand on top of the £1000 already spent on the HD800's. thinking back perhaps I should have got a lesser pair of headphones in the first place.....I suppose its a bit like buying a Ferrari and not being able to afford the petrol to put in it

I know now that some of you will say that I didn't get to hear the Sennheisers on the correct amp and I am prepared to accept that to a degree.

Anyway to cut a long story short...finally decided to sell the HD800's on and started researching for their replacement.

As most of you will know all roads investigated led to Audeze.......Just which model to choose?

In the end I plumped for the LCD-X's. ...why you ask?

Because they had slightly newer technology than the LCD-3's, higher sensitivity, so a little easier to drive from a number  of sources......and a huge number of reviews from pro users and amateur audiophiles which were predominantly positive.

I have now had the X's for a couple of weeks and from the moment I plugged them into my Benchmark DAC2 HGC headphone socket I knew I had made the right decision.

Straight out the box they sounded magnificent.

The Benchmark appears to be a good fit for the X's too as it has more than enough power to drive them and to high volume levels too.I was open to bying a new amp for the X's as I wasn't sure if the Benchmark would be up to the job.....but I needn't have worried

 

A few descriptive words to describe the sound/performance of the X's........

Holographic but euphonic and fruity. The bass is in a different class to any headphone I have ever heard. I owned a Bass beast in the Denon AH D7000's a few years ago and good as they were their bass was out of control when you compare it to the X's bass.

Voice reproduction is to die for....... particularly male voices to my ears.

I am a massive fan of big Orchestra's and Symphonic music...along with electronic music. Think Infected Mushroom and Shpongle......and the X's are just slayers of this genre of music.

Complicated mixes do not wrong foot them either.

Once again I am listening to music with a grin on my face...whereas with the Sennheisers I was always felt a bit short changed...but was in denial and wouldn't admit it to myself as I had spent so much money.

There are similarities in the two models.......but its as if the X's have taken everything great about the HD800's and then added some of their own magic and it is this which makes them such fun to listen to.......Clarity, Slam and superb P.R.A.T. On top of this they will go to ear damaging sound levels without distortion and they possess an intimate listening experience, particularly with the right material, that is rare in a closed back headphone let alone an open backed one.

Audeze have created something special with the X's......anybody still hovering their finger over the Buy button, have no fear and buy with confidence.

Rest assured,  you  will not regret it for one moment. And if you too are having doubts about just how good those HD800's really are......have a listen to the X's...and prepare to be amazed. 

post #3707 of 4907

LCD-3 also have the fazor tech incorportated into them now.

post #3708 of 4907

Ok... don't think the upgraded 2's and 3's are readily available yet in the UK though.

I stand corrected if I am wrong.

I still would have picked the X's though over all the other Audeze models.

I have heard them all and IMO the X's just have more pizzazz and vitality.

post #3709 of 4907
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Originally Posted by Gray View Post
 

Infrequent poster on here but I thought I would share my thoughts regarding my experience so far with the LCD-X's.

A little background first.....

I have long thought that the HD800's are underwhelming and a little boring if truth be known. I think I can safely say now I am rid of them that they totally lack character and tend to suck the life out of some music. Don't get me wrong...they are stellar with some types of music, particularly acoustic and small chamber ensembles. 

I have stuck with them for a couple of years convincing myself that they must be good because everybody says they are.

With rock and classical in particular I was always wanting more from them. I have tried various amps with them...perhaps not the high end esoteric brands....but that's a cost thing and mainly due to not being able to justify spending another couple of grand on top of the £1000 already spent on the HD800's. thinking back perhaps I should have got a lesser pair of headphones in the first place.....I suppose its a bit like buying a Ferrari and not being able to afford the petrol to put in it

I know now that some of you will say that I didn't get to hear the Sennheisers on the correct amp and I am prepared to accept that to a degree.

Anyway to cut a long story short...finally decided to sell the HD800's on and started researching for their replacement.

As most of you will know all roads investigated led to Audeze.......Just which model to choose?

In the end I plumped for the LCD-X's. ...why you ask?

Because they had slightly newer technology than the LCD-3's, higher sensitivity, so a little easier to drive from a number  of sources......and a huge number of reviews from pro users and amateur audiophiles which were predominantly positive.

I have now had the X's for a couple of weeks and from the moment I plugged them into my Benchmark DAC2 HGC headphone socket I knew I had made the right decision.

Straight out the box they sounded magnificent.

The Benchmark appears to be a good fit for the X's too as it has more than enough power to drive them and to high volume levels too.I was open to bying a new amp for the X's as I wasn't sure if the Benchmark would be up to the job.....but I needn't have worried

 

A few descriptive words to describe the sound/performance of the X's........

Holographic but euphonic and fruity. The bass is in a different class to any headphone I have ever heard. I owned a Bass beast in the Denon AH D7000's a few years ago and good as they were their bass was out of control when you compare it to the X's bass.

Voice reproduction is to die for....... particularly male voices to my ears.

I am a massive fan of big Orchestra's and Symphonic music...along with electronic music. Think Infected Mushroom and Shpongle......and the X's are just slayers of this genre of music.

Complicated mixes do not wrong foot them either.

Once again I am listening to music with a grin on my face...whereas with the Sennheisers I was always felt a bit short changed...but was in denial and wouldn't admit it to myself as I had spent so much money.

There are similarities in the two models.......but its as if the X's have taken everything great about the HD800's and then added some of their own magic and it is this which makes them such fun to listen to.......Clarity, Slam and superb P.R.A.T. On top of this they will go to ear damaging sound levels without distortion and they possess an intimate listening experience, particularly with the right material, that is rare in a closed back headphone let alone an open backed one.

Audeze have created something special with the X's......anybody still hovering their finger over the Buy button, have no fear and buy with confidence.

Rest assured,  you  will not regret it for one moment. And if you too are having doubts about just how good those HD800's really are......have a listen to the X's...and prepare to be amazed. 

 

 

Great read...and congrats on those beautiful headphones. Your experience very closely resembles my own, but with me it was the T1s instead of the HD800s. 

post #3710 of 4907
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post
 

 

 

Great read...and congrats on those beautiful headphones. Your experience very closely resembles my own, but with me it was the T1s instead of the HD800s. 


Yes...thanks for response. I liken it to a bit of an epiphany.......when I finally made the decision to sell the HD800's it was quite cathartic. Like a weight was lifted from me......and I was free to look elsewhere for headphones....and I feel so lucky that I happened to pick the X's because they really are quite wonderful.......in a way as overwhelming to me as the HD800's were underwhelming.

I stress that this is just my thoughts and opinions on the HD800's and I am sure that others will argue that they are the best headphones on the planet........They might be....but I just found them uninvolving and a little bit sterile...whereas the X's...or the Audeze sound.......grabbed me from my first listen with its voluptuous and visceral way of presenting music. 

post #3711 of 4907

To be frank I don't think it is easy to come to a conclusion whether HD800 or LCD-X is better.  I owned both LCD-X and HD800 and IMHO they are both excellent CANs.  However to make HD800 sings we need to match it with the right amplifier whereas LCD-X is much easier to drive.  That could be the reason that some people will find LCD-X sounds better than HD800 using the same amplifier.

 

For me I will not sell my HD800 even though I have owned LCD-X.  My ears told me that in some music HD800 outperformed the LCD-X using the matching amplifier.  I will certainly keep both CANs for different types of music.


Edited by inter voice - 4/3/14 at 4:20am
post #3712 of 4907
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Originally Posted by inter voice View Post
 

To be frank I don't think it is easy to come to a conclusion whether HD800 or LCD-X is better.  I owned both LCD-X and HD800 and IMHO they are both excellent CANs.  However to make HD800 sings we need to match it with the right amplifier whereas LCD-X is much easier to drive.  That could be the reason that some people will find LCD-X sounds better than HD800 using the same amplifier.

 

For me I will not sell my HD800 even though I have owned LCD-X.  My ears told me that in some music HD800 outperformed the LCD-X using the matching amplifier.  I will certainly keep both CAN for different types of music.


As I said, it is a personal perception and I knew that others would not agree with it.

But I will stand by and repeat MY thoughts regarding the HD800........ To me they are lacking in communication with the listener and with certain genres of music they sound damn right dull and uninspiring...and lack oomph!

post #3713 of 4907
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Originally Posted by Gray View Post


Yes...thanks for response. I liken it to a bit of an epiphany.......when I finally made the decision to sell the HD800's it was quite cathartic. Like a weight was lifted from me......and I was free to look elsewhere for headphones....and I feel so lucky that I happened to pick the X's because they really are quite wonderful.......in a way as overwhelming to me as the HD800's were underwhelming.
I stress that this is just my thoughts and opinions on the HD800's and I am sure that others will argue that they are the best headphones on the planet........They might be....but I just found them uninvolving and a little bit sterile...whereas the X's...or the Audeze sound.......grabbed me from my first listen with its voluptuous and visceral way of presenting music. 

Ive scrutinized these things for a couple months now and I just cant help but sing their praises. Podcasts, music, movies, tv shows, radio,web surfing...I use them for everything and love it. Every night after work when I fire them up I have the very same thought each time - I cant believe a pair of headphones has overtaken my speakers as my transducer of choice, so to speak. For those of us who are really connecting with these things, its a great ride.
post #3714 of 4907
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post


Ive scrutinized these things for a couple months now and I just cant help but sing their praises. Podcasts, music, movies, tv shows, radio,web surfing...I use them for everything and love it. Every night after work when I fire them up I have the very same thought each time - I cant believe a pair of headphones has overtaken my speakers as my transducer of choice, so to speak. For those of us who are really connecting with these things, its a great ride.


i can't believe my grado's, which i've love dearly, aren't getting the majority of the headtime now,

post #3715 of 4907
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Originally Posted by inter voice View Post
 

To be frank I don't think it is easy to come to a conclusion whether HD800 or LCD-X is better.  I owned both LCD-X and HD800 and IMHO they are both excellent CANs.  However to make HD800 sings we need to match it with the right amplifier whereas LCD-X is much easier to drive.  That could be the reason that some people will find LCD-X sounds better than HD800 using the same amplifier.

 

For me I will not sell my HD800 even though I have owned LCD-X.  My ears told me that in some music HD800 outperformed the LCD-X using the matching amplifier.  I will certainly keep both CANs for different types of music.

I also have both headphones and love them both. However with a good DAC, hd800 seems to scale more. So even if for now LCD-x gets 90% of headtime, I am keeping HD800 for when I get a better DAC.


And for reviews, I feel like I cannot do a proper review of a good dac without HD800.


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 4/3/14 at 5:20am
post #3716 of 4907
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


i can't believe my grado's, which i've love dearly, aren't getting the majority of the headtime now,
jaywillin, maybe your increased LCD-X head time has to do with the level of detail they provide as opposed to the musicality of your Grado's? Plus the Audeze X's cost $1K more, so one would think they'd be better all around.
post #3717 of 4907
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post


jaywillin, maybe your increased LCD-X head time has to do with the level of detail they provide as opposed to the musicality of your Grado's? Plus the Audeze X's cost $1K more, so one would think they'd be better all around.


that could be, and i still love grado's, the x is the only non grado that's allowed that emotional connection to music happen, it just happens differently than my grado's

post #3718 of 4907
jaywillin, it could be a case of trying to compare two kinds of fruit, apples v. oranges if you will. I see the Grado as a really delicious apple, and the X's as an heirloom tomato whose taste is more complex and harder to define. It will be interesting to hear the next generation of the LCD-3's with the added fazor technology and supposedly lower impedence. Then maybe the pendulum of hp preference will swing in a different direction as now the X's are all the rage.
post #3719 of 4907
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post

jaywillin, it could be a case of trying to compare two kinds of fruit, apples v. oranges if you will. I see the Grado as a really delicious apple, and the X's as an heirloom tomato whose taste is more complex and harder to define. It will be interesting to hear the next generation of the LCD-3's with the added fazor technology and supposedly lower impedence. Then maybe the pendulum of hp preference will swing in a different direction as now the X's are all the rage.


like the old reese's commercial, some like peanut butter, some like chocolate , i like both !  lol

post #3720 of 4907
Hi, guys . Has someone tried the LCD- X with the Audio GD NFB 11.32 ?
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