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On "That Other Site" a build is starting for the KGST. It has been described over there as performing between the KGSSHV and BHSE. A fairly straightforward build with all currently available parts. No capacitors in the signal path and tube OTL. If you would consider to DIY this would be a good one to try. Could save you lots of money.
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Im not interest in valves
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Im not interest in valves

-Valves do have their purpose; I still have a PCM1704-based DAC I built while in university - with a pair of prominently placed 12AX7s adorning the chassis.

Much appreciation ensued; it was apparently a very 'warm' and 'analog-sounding' DAC.

Too bad the valves were only for decorative purposes; I heated the filaments and that was it... :-)
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Too bad the valves were only for decorative purposes; I heated the filaments and that was it... :-)

Ha!

I'd had the idea of building a solid state amp like that. Have it bristling with tubes and transformers, but all of them non-functional. Really lay it on thick about how it's the greatest tube amp ever built, barring no expense. Then at the end of the listening session, yank all the tubes (while it's still playing) and ask "How's it sound now?" biggrin.gif

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post #4700 of 5972

Any chance of steering this thread back to the LCD-X folks ? There is an extensive Stax thread here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/677809/the-stax-thread-iii

 

Thanks in advance. 

post #4701 of 5972

Back on the LCD-X theme I would like to mention one thing. The LCD-X sounds great after some burn in. It doesn't need any tweaks to improve the sound.

 

I am the process of modding my HE6 and HD800 to get the sound 'right' for me. Replacing earpads, removing grills and adding sticky felt for the HE6, while adding just the felt inserts for the HD800.

 

I really appreciate that I don't have to do any this for the LCD-X.

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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

Back on the LCD-X theme I would like to mention one thing. The LCD-X sounds great after some burn in. It doesn't need any tweaks to improve the sound.

 

I am the process of modding my HE6 and HD800 to get the sound 'right' for me. Replacing earpads, removing grills and adding sticky felt for the HE6, while adding just the felt inserts for the HD800.

 

I really appreciate that I don't have to do any this for the LCD-X.

I agree.  The x sounds amazing out of the box.  Then, it gets better.  Amazing headphone.

post #4703 of 5972

Can anyone recommend a battery-powered all-in-one DAC and headphone amp for the LCD-X?  I have the Hugo but it's just brutal to listen to.  The attack or leading edge is just merciless.  I wonder if the sound across Hugo devices is inconsistent.


Edited by headfirocks - 7/28/14 at 7:11am
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Can anyone recommend a battery-powered all-in-one DAC and headphone amp for the LCD-X?  I have the Hugo but it's just brutal to listen to.  The attack or leading edge is just merciless.
Fiio's got some nice gear that people say pairs well with the X's. BTW, I'm looking for a used Hugo. Lol. Oh yeah, the AK240 is quite the top end piece of kit also.
Edited by bpcans - 7/28/14 at 7:16am
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Originally Posted by headfirocks View Post
 

Can anyone recommend a battery-powered all-in-one DAC and headphone amp for the LCD-X?  I have the Hugo but it's just brutal to listen to.  The attack or leading edge is just merciless.  I wonder if the sound across Hugo devices is inconsistent.


I just had a chance to listen to my LCD-X with a lot of amps, including the Chord Hugo. My impression is the Hugo is a poor match for the LCD-X--with some harshness in the upper mids. The best portable solution I heard was the AK240--which sounded more musical with X and has no hints of harshness.

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I just had a chance to listen to my LCD-X with a lot of amps, including the Chord Hugo. My impression is the Hugo is a poor match for the LCD-X--with some harshness in the upper mids. The best portable solution I heard was the AK240--which sounded more musical with X and has no hints of harshness.

Today I have my LCD-X's connected to the balance output of an AK240 using the stock Audeze balanced cable and an ALO 2.5mm TRRS to XLR adapter.  Plenty of volume and I'm pleased with the sound quality.  Big soundstage!  I agree with Barry S.

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Originally Posted by headfirocks View Post
 

Can anyone recommend a battery-powered all-in-one DAC and headphone amp for the LCD-X?  I have the Hugo but it's just brutal to listen to.  The attack or leading edge is just merciless.  I wonder if the sound across Hugo devices is inconsistent.


I just had a chance to listen to my LCD-X with a lot of amps, including the Chord Hugo. My impression is the Hugo is a poor match for the LCD-X--with some harshness in the upper mids. The best portable solution I heard was the AK240--which sounded more musical with X and has no hints of harshness.

 

... I was also looking into combining the Chord with the X, but somehow I didn't trust the hype... just a gut-feeling so I delayed and delayed... until the first Hugo Hype was over and more impressions became available, like yours above... now it seems I can spare the time for something different as for example listening with my new desktop system...

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Today I have my LCD-X's connected to the balance output of an AK240 using the stock Audeze balanced cable and an ALO 2.5mm TRRS to XLR adapter.  Plenty of volume and I'm pleased with the sound quality.  Big soundstage!  I agree with Barry S.


Lucky guy. The AK240 is one nice piece of gear--lovely build quality, great interface, and top notch sound.

 

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... I was also looking into combining the Chord with the X, but somehow I didn't trust the hype... just a gut-feeling so I delayed and delayed... until the first Hugo Hype was over and more impressions became available, like yours above... now it seems I can spare the time for something different as for example listening with my new desktop system...

I was seriously considering the Chord Hugo, too. It was helpful hearing it in the context of twenty other amps to put it in perspective. I'm sure it's fine with other cans, but the synergy doesn't work with the X. I auditioned it with some Noble IEMS and thought it was a better match, but nothing like the quantum leap in DAC technology some people are claiming, just because it has FPGA tech.

post #4709 of 5972

I don't mean to slam the X, it really does have merits, but I've decided that it has an irritating sibilance region which is a coloration, not an accuracy. It's fatiguing to my ears, and harsh. I also own the HE-500 and that has a more natural treble to me, although not as detailed as the X, but to me it demonstrates the difference between "bright without irritation" and "bright with irritation."

post #4710 of 5972

never heard any siblance anywhere with either of my X or XC... probably you have a bad unit.

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