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post #46 of 212
Thank you for your impressions IAMBLEST you help to make my mind up. I am looking for a portable setup and I think I could use a more neutral headphone my denon 7000 and 7100 got me covered on the bass department
post #47 of 212

The AMP/DAC would be next on my list. :) 

And i would use them almost exclusively with my PC.

 

Unfortunateley if i order the Oppos from the USA they are almonst exactly the same price after customs and i doubt that Oppo wouldn't provide a proper invoice. Also, i've contacted Oppo about that and if i would order them in the US, i would need to ship them back to the US if something ever happened to them, so i'm not too sure about that :/ 

post #48 of 212
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Hello from a first time poster! Thank you for a great review. I'm looking to "up my game " in the headphone dept. I started with the p5s and also own the psb 4mu2. I had both of these headphones that you reviewed on my shortlist. Should I go open back el8? Closed pm3 ? I would not like to be too redundant with what I have. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Looking to use mostly at home. I own the oppo ha2 amp/dac. Will hook to it and iPhone and use tidal. Also will hook into a parasound p5 preamp. Rock and blues is what I listen to but also listen to some jazz and classical.
Go easy on a newbie !!
I have heard good stuff about Sennheiser momentum 2, you should go to a M2 thread and read up. I am very tempted by this headphone as well as the Oppo HA-2.
post #49 of 212

I'm definitely interested in the Oppo after reading this thread. I'm not sure what the purpose of the el8 serves except maybe a poor man's LCD3. 

post #50 of 212
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I'm definitely interested in the Oppo after reading this thread. I'm not sure what the purpose of the el8 serves except maybe a poor man's LCD3. 

You might be surprised how many people need a poor man's LCD3. I think the el8 is very smart marketing of Audeze, especially considering how favorably it is reviewing next to the lcd3.

post #51 of 212

I'm wondering if the LCD-3 are $1246 better than the EL-8... :rolleyes:

post #52 of 212
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I'm wondering if the LCD-3 are $1246 better than the EL-8... :rolleyes:

That's the surcharge for putting the letters LCD3 on your signature and headphone list:gs1000smile:

 

Trying to save up my $1246 right now....

post #53 of 212
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I'm wondering if the LCD-3 are $1246 better than the EL-8... rolleyes.gif
+1 well said.
post #54 of 212

That's always been the case. Lots of money for little gain. Diminishing returns, blah blah. 

 

Wasn't the el8 marketed as a portable? Or was that something started on headfi? 

post #55 of 212
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That's the surcharge for putting the letters LCD3 on your signature and headphone list:gs1000smile:

 

Trying to save up my $1246 right now....

lol. for ur audiophile street cred. =P

post #56 of 212
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I'm definitely interested in the Oppo after reading this thread. I'm not sure what the purpose of the el8 serves except maybe a poor man's LCD3. 
It's not a poor man's LCD3. The sound signature is very similar and it is much more efficient. They have priced it well.
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I'm wondering if the LCD-3 are $1246 better than the EL-8... rolleyes.gif

Haha exactly. The LCD3 is a lot cheaper plus you don't need a powerful and expensive dedicated desktop amp to drive it.
post #57 of 212

I'd be interested in how they compare against Oppo PM-1.

post #58 of 212
Oh hell. You only live once. I went with the open backed el8.
post #59 of 212

Just got to try the PM-3 yesterday, and they sounded too closed for my liking. How do the closed-back EL-8s compare to the PM-3 in terms of soundstage and air? Do they sound more open or closed?

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Just got to try the PM-3 yesterday, and they sounded too closed for my liking. How do the closed-back EL-8s compare to the PM-3 in terms of soundstage and air? Do they sound more open or closed?
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