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Headphone AMP/DAC combo for Audeze LCD-2s

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I recently took the plunge and bought myself a pair of Audeze lcd-2s.  I am very excited to start getting into audiophile culture.

 

The only problem is that I need to find a good AMP and a good DAC.

 

My price range is maximum $800

However if possible I would really like to keep it under $700 (or maybe even 600$?)

 

What I want

-Tube amps that are displayed (I love the look of these and I think they add a lot to your office/work-space)

-Relatively powerful (Needs to drive audeze LCD-2s)

-sleek look (brushed aluminium preferably)

-Dac/amp looking somewhat similar.  this way they flow and look good on the desk

-relatively neutral sound (but the ability to tune the sound with tubes later on)

-toslink or USB input (preferably USB but I am not super picky about this)

 

What I listen to

-dubstep

-alternative

-classical

-techno

 

Options I have looked at so far

-schiit (bifrost + lyr)

-wooaudio (firefly, this is out of budget but I am in love with it)

-Pan Amp by ALO (anyone know a good dac to go with this?)

-Hifiman EF-5, but I still need a dac and these arn't cheap(these are interesting I am going to research these)

 

Also I am kind of a high end audio noobie so any tips or things to watch out for would be much appreciated.

 

That's about all so far.

 

Thank you


Edited by spidert622 - 12/6/13 at 3:27am
post #2 of 9

Have you visited LCD-2 appreciation thread or threads?

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yes, but I am really looking for something with the exact requirements I stated. I however will read through the forums a bit more and see if I find anything else.
post #4 of 9

As Schiit says in the FAQ, the Valhalla will not power them.

 

You might want to look at the Hifiman EF-5, which will.

 

But here's the thing...the LCD-2 is already a dark can.  You apparently want to make it darker.  That is certainly a minority viewpoint among LCD-2 owners.  That's fine, but you need to be talking to that like minded subset of folks.  You just won't find too many of them here on a general advice thread.  This become more true as your inquiry becomes more specific and multi-faceted.

post #5 of 9
ALO Pan Am
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you. I am very new to this so I did not realise that the audeze lcd-2s sounded like this.  Perhaps I am better off going for a tube amp with relatively neutral sound properties and modifying tube amps later?

 

Thanks for all your suggestions.

post #7 of 9
Pan Am comes with built in DAC as so does WA 7
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Oh yeah I saw that it did come with USB support. Is the integrated dac good enough quality to run lcd-2s to their top performance?
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Bump...

I have been looking at the glow amp one, and I am close to pulling the trigger. What do you guys think of this amp.
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