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I use the Cavalli Liquid Carbon with the balanced cable and I really like that combo.
I second this!
Budget £300=$400 this is utter max for me
Would like dac/amp with XLR front out, neutral to slightly warm sound...but for that budget, not going to happen.
But in asking, any neutral/slightly warm amps with XLR front out, all I can see is Aune X7s, any others
A desktop version of the Pocket Class A can be made with XLR out. Many users have reported excellent match between this amp and LCD-2. It is Single Ended Class A with slightly warm sound.
If you're alright with secondhand goods, try getting the Schiit Mjolnir which I find has excellent pairing with the LCD-2. I waited patiently for mine and searched the forums everyday, eventually got one at SGD420, about £235. All the best!
Thats a good price, all that I find is the V2.
Seen Schiit Audio Asgard 2 for £200, just need to read up on it, though I think its neutral sounding.
Consider the Schiit Jotunheim for $400. The Mjolnir does not have a built-in DAC and the Asgard does not have an XLR out. You can't go wrong with Schiit for Audeze cans, there's sufficient output power and the house sound is balanced and neutral.
$400 for built-in DAC and XLR balanced output does severely limit your options though.
Think about getting a separate DAC too, that way you can upgrade either the DAC or the amp when the time comes. Because you know you'll be looking at upgrades sooner or later.
lol I am bad enough with upgrading PC, this started of as a wanting to get back into music.
So start of the year bought Westone W40 IEMs and Cayin I5...now LCD-2f and wanting a good enough dac/amp to last a year or two..need to calm down.
Schiit Jotunheim is one I like, has all I need, just spent up, next thing is Aune X7, but no dac, or forget XLR and Aune X1s.
Heard LCD2.2 with Ragnarok. It's incredible. Almost bought the headphone but ordered ZMF Eikon instead.
I second this, the LCD-2 sound spectacular when paired with the Mjolnir. They're my favorite Planars to go with tubes.
Very happy with the pairing of my LCD-2's with the audio_gd NFB-28, the balanced output specifically has great bass impact and extension. Mostly use it with my LCD-3's since I've upgraded but it still is a good compliment for the 2's.
Just joined this thread having recently got my own LCD-2F (2016 Alu). I started off with an ifi Micro iDSD (silver not BL - not enough of a difference to justify an upgrade IMO) as my main desktop dac/amp as it has an amazing dac section and plenty of power in its clean AB-class amp. More recently I bought a Matrix HPA-3B balanced amp when I tested my iDSD with my brother’s Matrix and found the synergy to be incredible. Both are warm of neutral, and the Matrix gives the brilliant iDSD dac so much more headroom (and the option of powerful balanced output, which I take full advantage of).
FWIW the Deckard is OEMed by Matrix - in fact the Matrix HPA-3U is basically the Deckard with a few different components and a different dac section for half the price. The combination of the iDSD and HPA-3B essentially gives me a more powerful, more dynamic ‘Deckard’, with the option of going mobile with the ifi should I ever need to.
It’s a winning combination for the LCD-2F, and I’m hoping it will prove likewise for my incoming ZMF Atticus (giving me my endgame TOTL open/closed/desktop/portable headphone setup).
For a very good amp for the LCD-2 I would suggest the audio-gd HE-9. Extremely precise, potent and musical. Bass is to die for.
So I'm thinking of a nice used amp for my new lcd2 (my 6080otl amp is not going to pair well)
For the same price, I can get a chord mojo, deckard, or burson soloist SL+ some dac, probably a schiit. I picked up the lcd2s for the bass and mids. Which routes should I try? Thanks!
If you're going single-ended, the Deckard has no peer when it comes to powering the LCDs with beautiful music.