The cups on the XC result in a drop in the mid-bass that makes them sound less "thick" than the LCD-X. The compromise for that is a little bit more distortion (harshness).
Do the XCs require a lot of hours to burn in? Straight out of the box, they sound OK but not great. Admittedly I am driving them with the Lyr but with 6W into 32 ohms, i believe this should suffice?
Can anyone share their personal experience driving the XC with the Lyr?
I don't think they require any at all. I have a vague suspicion that they get a bit better over time, but it could be an illusion.
I loved the XC when I first brought them home, but I also felt that something was missing musically compared to the LCD-2 rev2. However I kept listening to them and did a lot of switching back and forth to try and figure out why I thought I liked the 2s better aside from the bass. As we all know this can get tiresome so I simply put on the XC, a long playlist, and listened. I didn't pick up the LCD-2 for a couple of days but when I did I was shocked at what I heard. My first thoughts were that the LCD-2 sounded sooo slow and muffled. I've always thought the LCD-2 was a bit warm, but I never thought it would feel slow. This is my point. It's all relative to what I was used to hearing before.
I instantly missed the uncanny speed of the XC. The XC is very well textured and when I'm not listening to them I long to hear their fast detailed sound along side with their pin point imaging. Once I've adjusted to the bass and imaging on the XC I don't think I can go back to the LCD-2. The bass, mids and treble present themselves with more speed, finesse and presence, which I've grown to like a lot.
As a matter of fact I think the entire presentation is on a whole new level with the XC. Everything sounds better to me. Much more like I'm "there". If the recording was in a studio it feels like I'm in a studio. If in a concert hall, it feels like a concert hall. Simple jam session, yup. Binaural recordings are simply amazing with the XC. Now I know what others have been talking about when they speak of speed and accuracy with musicality.
Funny thing is that I'm not a detail freak. I can't stand the HD-800 because to me it sounds too forced, like the headphone is forcing the detail on me. The XC just stops at the edge of to much detail. The growl of an electric guitar the smack of the drumsticks, the texture of the piano. All of it while staying cohesive. I thought the LCD-2 would be my endgame headphone and I resisted for a long time to even audition the XC given they were closed back and twice the price. If not for the wife I wouldn't have considered them - "I can still hear what your listening to". Thanks dear.
So, after a perplexing first impression compared to the LCD-2 I'm sure I've become accustomed (addicted) to their sound and maybe they've been burning in or both, and I can confidently say that these are fantastic headphones and my new reference for musicality. I'll be selling the LCD-2 rev 2, however I will be buying the Oppo PM-1 when I do. I just need an open headphone. My name is RELIC, and I have a head fi problem.
Thanks for listening.
I always find a LOT of listening to be more effective, in some ways, than trying to A/B things quickly, especially given that we're here for enjoyment. How much I could enjoy listening to an entire album is as important, if not more in many cases, than whether I can discern the type of horse hair used on the violinist's bow or not.
Edited by Currawong - 5/6/14 at 7:36pm