i posted this on LCD-X thread.
i'll post it here as well. my impressions on the audezes.
i got to compare LCD-3, LCD-X, LCD-2r2, LCD-2r1 on the Master 8, the GSX MK2, and the Mjolnir/Gungnir stack. it was nice having all the audeze's there.
anyways, the LCD-X are great, but its up to you to decide. i felt the LCD-X was more like an upgrade to the LCD-2. the LCD-X definitely had the audeze warmth, it was slightly darker and more neutralish like the LCD-2, but not as dark. the treble is better on LCD-X, its not as colored. and its nothing like the LCD-3, the LCD-3 seemed just a tiny tiny bit more resolving, but its too close to call, mostly, the LCD-3 is smoother, bigger soundstage, slightly leaner in a way i think. but very similar. the LCD-3 is creamy, smooth, more colored, and lighter on the bass than the LCD-X, but more resolving (slightly), and liquidy.
the LCD-X goes more towards the LCD-2 sound. being more neutral as in more treble and less dark and closed in. theres no congestion, but the soundstage is smaller than the LCD-3. the bass, its awesome! its more than the LCD-3, its like the LCD-2 bass, but deeper and more extended. in some ways, i prefer the X and am considering it. its that magic middle i wanted, that more forward, more slam, more attack, less creamy sounding LCD-3, but i also really like how good the LCD-3 sounds, wider, more smooth, more liquid, so "yummy" as Tyll describes it.
anyways, its too close to call. i think the LCD-3 is still the flagship, but i kinda like the bass of the LCD-X more, it hits harder with that similar slam and sound of the LCD-2. the LCD-X is much more like the 2 than the 3, but they're all so similar, definitely the same house sound.
now as for the rev 1..... its more forgiving, but its also less resolving and a step below the others. it sounded great on the mjolnir/gungnir though. i know people rave about this combo, i think it suits the LCD-2 better than the LCD-3 or LCD-X but thats just imo.
anyways, if you are a LCD-3 owner. the X is great, but its too close that its not worth selling the 3 probably unless you like the slightly more LCD-2-esque presentation and are willing to trade some of the LCD3's liquidity and spaciousness for the extra bass and slightly more forward/punchy sound of the LCD-2. performance-wise, the LCD-X isn't better, the LCD-3 isn't better. i prefer both in different ways since they overlap. i like the LCD-3s overall refinement more, but i like the energy bass and neutrality (as in colorations, not neutral as in freq response) that the LCD-X carries. i am thinking of owning both, but they're too close sounding that i feel that i'd be happy with either one. and it'd be silly to own both.
and anyways, this was a fantastic meet! it was small and i had enough time to hear the different setups. the master 8 really surprised me. it is like the GSX MK2, transparent, great clarity and detail, powerful, etc.... there is a clear difference though. the GSX MK2 is slightly laid back in the mids and has a really small hint of warmth. its musical. the Master 8 is more airy, bigger soundstage, more audiophile like i think. slightly leaning towards bright, but not fatiguing, just slight boost in the treble, so your recordings better be good or you might feel slight fatigue. but the sound is fantastic, the bass is great, great mids too.
anyways for the price, the master 8 is a steal considering it costs much less than gsx mk2, and it comes with a cool machined aluminum remote control!
also i tried the HE-6 on different amps and found that neither the master 8 nor the GSX MK2 where optimal. nor was a 10W speaker amp that was there. but the emotiva mini-x was fantastic for the price! it was just enough to drive the HE-6 perfectly with no clipping anywhere! the sound was warm and the bass was alot more than the gsx mk2 and the master 8. really punchy and speaker like. however, being a sub 200$ amp, the sound was not as detailed, nor as transparent, nor as controlled and tight as the gsx mk2, but the power was there. still, the emotiva was amazing for how much it costs. amazing!!!
i also got to hear the hd 600 on the ray samuels raptor, that was pretty good too.
the lyr/bifrost was nice too, warmer sounding than i thought. those amperex tubes really take it to another level!
there was also a magni modi with HE-400s. sounded great considering this setup costs $600. huge bang for the buck here as well. but the magni was just enough for he-400, im sure its not optimal for he-500 especially for quiet recordings/louder listeners, etc.
theres was also the new BMC PureDAC. that was pretty nice. love the aesthetics. would definitely consider that if i didn't have the mytek 192 already.
more impressions as i think about them, but nice seeing everyone!!