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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Good question ! I bought the 3's from a Head-fier and they were already "broken in" or almost. My XCs were shipped new. Hence when I first heard the 3 and I hear it now, the "evolution" is more subtle. Then and now, the 3 to me is a very neutral headphone with everything done right. Repeated hearings have not lead me to any epiphany like "wow, this is the first time I'm hearing this".

The XC is still being "burnt in".  The music is turning from "what have I done" to "now I can hear the bass extending low, the top end is opening up etc etc."
All hail the 3....but let's just hope all of our xc's keep opening up into a more balanced and integrated sound over the next few weeks and also find a well matched amp at home...
Edited by deafanddumb - 2/3/14 at 4:24am
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Was anyone else also surprised at how easily it was to feel the extra 100 grams in weight? Maybe the cup material choices should include a carbon fibre option?!? :-)
Edited by deafanddumb - 2/3/14 at 4:25am
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Originally Posted by deafanddumb View Post

Oh....and maybe under the £500 mark...?

I can't think of a single valve based amp under £500 that would pair well with the XC.
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Originally Posted by Tony1110 View Post

I can't think of a single valve based amp under £500 that would pair well with the XC.
How about sub 500 solid state?
post #680 of 2642
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Originally Posted by deafanddumb View Post

How about sub 500 solid state?

I've seen this recommended a couple of times. Haven't any experience of it myself, but Audio-GD products are generally regarded as great BFYB.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/SA/SA31/SA31EN.htm
post #681 of 2642
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Originally Posted by deafanddumb View Post


How about sub 500 solid state?


It is not out yet but I am really looking forward to pairing it with my Geek Pulse when it comes out in a few months.

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Originally Posted by sbradley02 View Post
 

Received my pair today. Here is the obligatory graph

 

 

I have been very happy with my Smeggy Thunderpants (with LCD-2) pads for three years. It was only when Audeze came out with closed phones that I wanted to upgrade. Since the Thunderpants are no longer available except for used, there is likely limited interest in comparison (though the MD Alphas are similar in philosophy) but here goes. The XCs are much more efficient. Isolation is about the same, as well as I can tell by rapidly switching between them. The XCs perform pretty much as I was expecting based on experience with the LCD-2 and 3 at meets. The main improvement is linearity. The XC is simply completely neutral to my perception (bass seems a bit less than the LCD-2s though, alas, unless this is something that changes with break-in), and the 'Pants are somewhat colored in comparison . The XCs also preserve detail better. While I can listen to lossless at work (where I use them), I mostly listen to streaming, and the differences even show up with Pandora One, MOG and Play. The difference isn't super dramatic (the 'Pants are very good), but it is definitely strong enough to make the purchase worthwhile to me.

 

I like a shorter cable for work, and I didn't want to hack the supplied cable. The craze for large gauge, woven cables never made much sense to me. Headphones are 1000 times more efficient than speakers, and mixing the left and right cables would seem to reduce channel separation. I suspect some of these cables are being used as expensive tone controls. At any rate, I decided to get a cable made by a custom pro audio cable manufacturer I have used before. Connectors are Neutrik and Switchcraft, and the cable is Mogami (if you aren't familiar with them, they are dominant in the recording industry). Cost for a 5' cable was less than $60. If anyone is interested, send me a PM and I can pass along the details. They could do balanced also if desired.

After listening to the headphones for a couple of days, I am mystified by comments from quite a few people that the XCs are bright - I actually find them to be on the dark side which is just fine with me. Are people who think they are bright using stock cables or aftermarket?

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Originally Posted by sbradley02 View Post
 

After listening to the headphones for a couple of days, I am mystified by comments from quite a few people that the XCs are bright - I actually find them to be on the dark side which is just fine with me. Are people who think they are bright using stock cables or aftermarket?

Just ordered the Black Dragon cable from moon audio...they were just too bright with my silver dragons, which work great with the LCD-Xs.  I've tried a whole myriad of amps and they are the brightest Audezes by far, even out of a darker-sounding amp such as the Ray Samuels Darkstar.

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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

Just ordered the Black Dragon cable from moon audio...they were just too bright with my silver dragons, which work great with the LCD-Xs.  I've tried a whole myriad of amps and they are the brightest Audezes by far, even out of a darker-sounding amp such as the Ray Samuels Darkstar.


Did you try the stock cable?

I know that with the Mogami cable I mentioned and my Asgard, the combination is definitely on the dark side.

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Hi guys, hope you all don't mind me posting my XC video review on here. The XC in the video is a review sample provided to me by Audeze and arranged by audio360.org. For those interested there will be a group written review on audio360 concerning the XC.

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I have been reading Head-Fi forums for a long time and never posted before, but last night I bought the XC's and I am so excited I had to post. This is my first foray into the top tier. I hope it pairs well with my nuforce icon. Planning to get the WA7 fireflies later.
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Did you try the stock cable?

I know that with the Mogami cable I mentioned and my Asgard, the combination is definitely on the dark side.

Yes, I tried it and....meh (still kinda bright; not a fan of the stock cable. The Black dragon, I'm pretty sure, will put the XCs in their place...if the Black Dragon cured my HD800s treble woes, I'm sure it will cure my XCs!)

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Arly i liked the video. Nice job

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Thanks Frank, glad you liked it

:beerchug:

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I auditioned the 3's and the xc's yesterday (and the abyss) the 3s and the xc are two totally different headphones. The 3s seem to play a neat trick almost like a fish-eye lens that focuses on the micro dynamics and the smooths them out. It seems very flattering to the ear as most of the appealing harmonics dwell in the micro dynamics. The xc is not like this. It doesn't smooth out the sound although it didn't seem fatiguing either. Pretty analytical sounding. Its more reference like with the focus being more on the whole music and therefore the imaging seems definitely better than the 3. The xc also seemed to shout we me ears sometimes with vocals. Like they had distance from my ear and then when the singers voice escalated quickly, the voice would slam my ear drums. That is actually fatiguing to me though
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