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Great amp for the price with plenty of power and a lot of flexibility

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Pros: Amazing flexibility, plenty of power, dynamic sound

Cons: It can get pretty darn hot when using tubes (which is normal for tube amps)

This is one of the only (if not the only) balanced hybrid amps available on the market that allows you to swap between tubes and full solid state (full solid state is achieved via Schiit's new LISST solid state tubes).   It offers plenty of power to drive virtually any headphone yet is also quiet enough for in-ear monitors! It has both balanced ins and outs as well as preamp outs so it's a great all-in-one which can be used with powered speakers and headphones. Note however there is no switch to turn off either the headphones output or the preamp outs, they are each on all the time so when switching to speakers, I just unplug my headphones and when listening to headphones, I turn...
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Sweet little amp!

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Pros: Surprisingly good for an amp of this size

Cons: No preamp out

I can confirm the LC drives the HD800 S just fine (balanced) with no perceived lacking of power or dynamics!    My DAC is the Schiit Gungnir Multibit.    I've been doing some back to back comparing of the Liquid Carbon to the Schiit Mjolnir 2, using the same track, "Whiplash" from the movie soundtrack of the same title.    This track has great dynamics and a lot of instrumentation going on so to me it's a good demo track.   The LC sounds very nice! Smooth and almost tube like, with more extended low bass than the MJ2 (running Amperex Orange Globes tubes). Solid state will always have a bit more super low end bass than tubes but vocals always a...
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A worthy upgrade over the HD800!

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Pros: Smoother more engaging sound experience

Cons: None!

HISTORY: I tried the prior Sennheiser HD800 headphones previously and really wanted to love them but always found them too strident in the highs for my liking. The bass also seemed a bit lacking as well. While they were VERY comfortable to wear and they had excellent stereo separation/precision, and very good overall reference performance, in the end, they just were not that fun or engaging to listen too, a bit too cold and clinical sounding. Alas, I didn't end up keeping them. My headphone of choice the last few years has been the Audeze LCD-3: great headphones with a smooth, laid back, slightly vocals/mids-forward type of sound yet not as an expansive sound stage as the Sennheisers,...
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Increases vocal quality & mids dynamics at the expensive of some dynamics

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Pros: I noticed a difference in vocals and mids 'presence'

Cons: Lowered dynamics and bass impact a bit

While this does seem to improve vocal clarity a bit, I also noticed it slightly decreased overall dynamics and bass impact in my system.  If you don't have any issues with your current USB audio, or have another device already such as the Schiit Wyrd (which I did use in conjunction with the Jitterbug) which is cleaning up your USB, I would skip this.   Overall, it just made the sound a bit unnatural and not necessarily as musical with some types of music such as heavy metal/hard rock.   On the plus side, if you don't have anything cleaning your USB yet, the cost of entry of this is low so you can see if it makes any improvement for you without too much risk.

If you run USB, you need this!

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Pros: Absolutely sounds better with it

Cons: Power supply draws 2 watt even when unit is off

I've done a lot of A-B comparing and the Schiit Wyrd absolutely improves my sound quality. Without it, the music sounds more distant, less expansive, less clear and also a bit softer volume.    A bit of background; I'm running a good quality 10 foot Belkin AV USB able from my Mac to the Dac. The Mac has sorta weak USB as it is.   I was not really getting dropouts except on a rare occasion, but I would definitely hear some buzzing on certain tracks at times. 10 feet of USB cable can't be great.     The Wyrd cleared all that up. I would say if you run USB, you need Wyrd.    My only small complaint is that the power supply draws 2 watts of power...
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Very nice wireless noise canceling headphones with an emphasis on the music and wireless features

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Pros: Better sound quality than Bose

Cons: A bit on the expensive side, some functions don't work when using the included cable, noise canceling not as good as Bose

INTRO The main selling point of these headphones is the wireless Bluetooth functionality however the Denon Globe Cruiser headphones also have a better sound/music quality and a better build quality than the headphones most will want to compare these to, the Bose QC25 (which are a bit of an industry-standard for noise canceling headphones).The noise cancelation on the Denon's is not as good as with Bose headphones in that it doesn't cancel out quite as much background noise as the Bose. With the Denon's the emphasis is more on the sound quality and the wireless capabilities.  On the plus side, I can hear no slight hissing sound at all with the noise cancelation on, whereas with the...
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Great looks, ergonomics & sound albeit on the pricey side

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Pros: Great design, ergonomics & customer service

Cons: On the pricey side

I bought the Q Audio French Silk balanced cable for my Audeze LCD-3's mainly because of the ergonomics and cool design/look over the stock cables. When running balanced, I doubted I would hear much sonic difference if at all since you automatically already get some built in noise rejection and better dynamics just by running balanced mode, not to mention more power.  Mainly I just wanted a nicer cable than the ones that came with my LCD-3's, although the stock ones are really not bad at all actually.     These cables make the headphones feel a bit lighter, almost as if no cable is there-really nice They have a really cool retro look to them as well and the build quality...
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Better than expected

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Pros: Noise cancelation is tops, audio quality better than expected

Cons: Audio quality when off is terrible

The noise canceling on these is the industry's best. The sound quality is better than expected and quite listenable, although could be slightly better. I decided to do a view review of these here:     
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