Hi guys, I decided to do a 3 way shootout involving the XC vs the Alpha Dog and the Paradox. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did
Yup. The whole purpose of this board is to tell you that your audio setup can be better.
I still never got a response to my question about what volume you guys play your LCD XC at, dbA at ear level.
I think the explanation may simply be that I play it at a low enough volume that an amplifier has no effect.
True, I've talked to Ray and heard that he uses HD600 or HD650 (not sure which) for all his amps. (could be diff one now since it's been 2 years).
HD600 is great one to buy.
Around 90dB average
Depends on your definition of "need". You can drive them to satisfactory levels with most any source, they are quite efficient.
Planars are especially sensitive to amplification, so you won't get what they are capable of without good amplification.
One of the best amps I have heard with planars is the Bryston BHA-1. This costs almost as much as the XC though, and I am sure there are very nice choices for less money.
I personally don't like the Schiit gear with planars (and I own an Asgard) though others disagree...