Amp recommendations for Audeze LCD-2
May 11, 2021 at 11:13 PM Post #9,166 of 9,180

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The best aspect of the LCD2 is its capability of performing natural sound. I don't want to pair the LCD2 with amps and dacs that sound artificially.
The Schiit multibits have quite natural timbre and euphoric sound but there are too much good things when paired with my LCD2 sometimes. Because they are v-shape and dull sounding
I like pairing my LCD2 with dac with Burr-Brown or pcm chip inside and Class A amps but YMMV
 
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yo guys, about to receive tomorow my LCD 2 CLASSIC, using with RME ADI 2 DAC FS, anyone have this comb? hows the pairing? any eq reccomendations?
have F. Clears now, wanna try planars
thanks!!
I don't know this amp but I know the LCD2fazor. If you like bass then it helps to compensate the roll-off that you'll probably experience compared to the clears: https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/headphones/measurements/audeze/lcd-2-classic/

You might want to dial in a bit of 'bite' in the upper mids as well as you can see. Planars take very well to EQ, so have fun with that if you enjoy tweaking.

The best aspect of the LCD2 is its capability of performing natural sound. I don't want to pair the LCD2 with amps and dacs that sound artificially.
The Schiit multibits have quite natural timbre and euphoric sound but there are too much good things when paired with my LCD2 sometimes. Because they are v-shape and dull sounding
I like pairing my LCD2 with dac with Burr-Brown or pcm chip inside and Class A amps but YMMV
I can vouch for burrbrown based DACs, I still use one to this day that I bought in 2014. I am now looking at maybe an upgrade to a topping D70s, but sadly I can't demo.
 
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Yea thanks @spookanide
Out of box, the sound was trash compared to F. Clears.
With EQ, I literally cant believe what they are capable of.
Using this + additional BB function so of total about +11db BB, playing giga loud, playing bassboosted song and they still hold it... its insane!
Especialy this:
 

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May 15, 2021 at 12:02 PM Post #9,169 of 9,180

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Yea thanks @spookanide
Out of box, the sound was trash compared to F. Clears.
With EQ, I literally cant believe what they are capable of.
Using this + additional BB function so of total about +11db BB, playing giga loud, playing bassboosted song and they still hold it... its insane!
Especialy this:
I think all LCD lines lacking the high mids range and already having plenty of bass? The Focal Clear is the headphone that I want the most to add to my headphone collection now
 
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I think all LCD lines lacking the high mids range and already having plenty of bass? The Focal Clear is the headphone that I want the most to add to my headphone collection now

Yea man..
I just wanted to sold F. Clears bcs "i want that audeze bassssss".
but...I just put Clears on my head again and holy *** those details.....
The only reason I want to swap Clears for LCDX (yea i want to spend more then 2C to be more satysfied....) is the capability of planars to handle EVERYTHING I want...



BUT.. the Clears detail......

So Im hoping the X can do both things for me...
 
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Yea man..
I just wanted to sold F. Clears bcs "i want that audeze bassssss".
but...I just put Clears on my head again and holy *** those details.....
The only reason I want to swap Clears for LCDX (yea i want to spend more then 2C to be more satysfied....) is the capability of planars to handle EVERYTHING I want...



BUT.. the Clears detail......

So Im hoping the X can do both things for me...
Yeah understood bro. But I don’t know your RME dac+amp combo can push out the Audeze known bass. Planar headphones are strange when it comes to power vs bass quality. Some headamps that have huge power and impressive snr number cannot give my LCD2 the sound quality from the “lower-specs” headamps
 
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Yeah understood bro. But I don’t know your RME dac+amp combo can push out the Audeze known bass. Planar headphones are strange when it comes to power vs bass quality. Some headamps that have huge power and impressive snr number cannot give my LCD2 the sound quality from the “lower-specs” headamps
I think yes, I can have head massage from 20-100hz and still hear clean sound from 100 to xxx Hz :p...

But yea I know that... external amp is also on my wish list... probably Burson Soloist 3XP :)
 
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Yeah understood bro. But I don’t know your RME dac+amp combo can push out the Audeze known bass. Planar headphones are strange when it comes to power vs bass quality. Some headamps that have huge power and impressive snr number cannot give my LCD2 the sound quality from the “lower-specs” headamps
So what are your suggested amps you own/tried?
 
May 21, 2021 at 2:34 AM Post #9,174 of 9,180

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Out of the box LCD-2F with new pads (2021) powered by WA6SE. I changed the Rectifier tube from a GZ32 to a GZ34 Brown base. The Bass definitely woke up after. Has more Bass than HD660S in regards to quantity and quality. Dare I say, it's on the same level as a Rev 2.2 Pre Fazor I had (powered by V200 then).

Or, the new pads are starting to form a better seal. Will change the Rectifier again later on.
 
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Writing here again to chime in. I upgraded to a ifi neo idsd DAC going into the ican SE, both with the power supply upgrade. This setup rocks if you want to keep that warmer tone. I also demo'd the Violectric V200 with this as the DAC and that is my next upgrade goal.
Gobs of power, gobs of drive and dynamics. My current setup comes close with the 1 bass up tick on the ican.
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Absolutely love the LCD 2F with my McIntosh MHA200, the MHA200's accuracy and neutrality are a nice complement to the LCD-2's warmth IMHO. However, buying an amp that costs more than your cans doesn't make a ton of sense....so a cheaper Schiit amp (Jotunheim) probably makes more sense.
 
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Makes quite the difference, doesn't it :sunglasses: ?
Haven't exactly done AB, but I'd say it's worth it as an affordable little step in the sound improvement. Seems to make the background quieter on the iCAN and I haven't even heard the neo without it lol. If you like the sound as it is, then it's worth improving it even a little.
 

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