I've been a member here for a long time, but I had stopped visited the forums for years (so I don't go broke). Since, it's been a few years, I thought I'd take a look at what's new and see if I can do a major upgrade of my equipment.
I mostly listen to classical, jazz and more modern orchestral (like Yanni, Vangelis etc.). I like all frequencies equally. My music is mostly in SACD and ALAC. I use a mac and a Marantz SA8001 for source. I have one of the very first WA6's with a Sophia and the PDPS mod and I use it mostly with the HD650. I also have some portables and speaker amps, AKG K701, Beyer 770's etc., but I'm looking to upgrade my desktop rig, so let's concentrate on that.
I would like to get a wider soundstage, represent all frequencies equally, separate instruments and increase clarity. I don't care for too analytical of a sound, like that coming out of the AKG K701 as compared to the HD650. I do use those when I mix, but not when I want to sit back, relax and enjoy the music.
I have pretty much decided on getting the Audeze LCD-X, after looking at the LCD-2, LCD-3 and HD800. I have read that the LCD-X pairs well with transformer coupled or SS amps. Specifically, I got these from the forums:
I really like the Woo quality and looks. I am thinking of going with the WA6-SE or the WA5-LE. Here are my questions:
1. Am I correct that with the LCD-X, I will hear some immediate changes even with the WA6 I have?
2. Will there also be a significant change moving to the WA6-SE, then the WA5-LE, then the WA5-LE with upgrades? I am trying to gauge by how much, so I can see how the diminishing returns apply in this scenario.
3. Am I correct that the WA6-SE has the power that the WA6 is lacking for the LCD-X?
I am comfortable with a $3k total budget (so LCD-X + WA6-SE). I can stretch to the WA5-LE, if we are talking about 10% or more difference between the WA6-SE and the WA5-LE (like how I quantify that?). I really don't want to pay another $1200 for the upgrades of the WA5-LE, unless you guys put a gun to my head.
Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of listening to any of these amps here. I am in St. Louis, MO and looked at what's going on with meets here, but it seems like nobody around here has met in more than 6 years. So, any light you may shed on how much of a change you think I would see with the above combos would be greatly appreciated.
I tried to come up with something that I believe I will like after reading these forums extensively and trying to catch up. If you believe, I am heading down the wrong path, please feel free to suggest anything else you may think I need to look into.
Thank you all for any help you may be able to provide.