This is my first post after much reading and lurking in this great community of information. I am new to this level of pursuit of the hobby and started with some equipment from Schiit Audio (GUNGNIR) and Woo Audio (WA6-SE with all upgrades offered on his site) for computer listening. I have limited SQ exposure/auditioning to the equipment available to us. I started with HD650 phones for my first pair of open ear phones and recently acquired a pair of LCD-3's that I love also. The most recent purchase was a portable player (got it today) an AK240. I am trying to determine the level (If any) of gain in overall quality experience but adding a pair of LCD-XC phones for the AK240 knowing I already have the LCD-3's. I see the XC's have a 4 db increase in sensitivity over the 3's and the closed back. Will the higher sensitivity offer a significant increase in sonic output over the LCD-3's with the limit of the portable amp? I also see the XC's are half the impedance of the 3's (not totally clear on the sonic impact of that) Any input is greatly appreciated. Oh yes, I listen to most all genres but heavier on smooth jazz and classic rock with new discoveries of late in other areas.
Need input/opinions for any benefit to purchasing LCD-XC for portable use with AK240
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I'm not too sure that very many Head-Fi members have both an AK240 and either the LCD-3 or LCD-XC. At the SoCal Head-Fi meet over the weekend, though, I had the opportunity to try out an AK240 paired with a LCD-XC, and I was very impressed with how effortlessly the AK240 drove the XCs.Granted, I think I had to crank up the volume, but it was pretty impressive to see the little DAP driving those headphones well! Partly it was due to some of the tracks I tried out (especially The Raven album, Rebecca Pigeon).
I do not have much experience with the LCD-3s, but I would imagine they need more current than the AK240 can provide in order to sound their best.
i have trouble coming to grips with the idea of a $2500 DAP, but I did end up ordering a pair of LCD-XCs for home use.