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Audeze LCD-2C Classic - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by XERO1, Oct 7, 2017.
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  1. betula
    If you are into chill out/ambient music I highly recommend this new album from Sync24. He is one half of the legendary Carbon Based Lifeforms. You can buy the album in much higher quality than this YouTube link. If you like the music, purchase the album in FLAC at least to support artists we like. This is niche music for niche audience. (Most people don't even have the audio equipment to fully appreciate how complex these tunes are.)
  2. betula
    I owned better headphones than the 2C. Focal Clear for example. While the Clear is objectively and technically better than the 2C I still enjoy the 2C more with my music and my listening habits. I need an easy-listening headphone with smooth and warm presentation. The Clear is astonishing but too intense for my everyday use.
  3. endlesswaves
    Thanks for the recommendation. Yes I am into this kind of music. A recent development. Maybe something to do with age and work pressure. Googling Sync24. Found them in bandcamp.

    I usually bought my tracks thru beatport or bandcamp. Just wondering if you ever have the same song in flac and in wav form. I find that wav sounds better.
  4. chef8489
    Sound quality is the same. It is identical, both are lossless and contain the exact same information.
  5. WildStyle-R11
    Well that is not true exactly. FLAC is technically a compressed format. Albeit it is pieced back together when playing. VS Wav which just is what it is. With FLAC I guess it isn't impossible for the player you use or device to affect how it sounds perhaps? I for one can't tell the difference, but I tend to get WAV's Because they are just a single piece.
  6. Frihed89
    There is big difference between listening to one's headphones and listening to the music.
  7. betula
    There is indeed. And there are headphones for both kind of enjoyment. Some prefers to listen to music, some prefers to listen to their gear. I prefer music, that is why I chose the 2C which is not the pinnacle of technicalities but offers a lot of fun&joy. I still enjoy my gear too, it would be a lie if I said I don't, but I agree with Steve Guttenberg here who said: "in the end the gear serves the music".
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  8. endlesswaves
    The tracks I bought from Beatport are in wav format. Converted them to flac using Sony Sound Forge software for the sake of tagging album art. This conversion are done with same sample rate and bit depth with default compression level. Sound quality are supposed to be the same but I do hear better sq in the original wav form. Sticked to wav format and with a lot of tracks without album art. Minor irritation but will like to know if I can have both good sq and album art at the same time. Any advice are welcome. Thanks in advance.
  9. obzilla
    There is no difference. The 0s and 1s are identical when open (listening), the only difference is resident storage. Think about tif image files, some are compressed, some are not, when open (viewing), the exact same pixels are displayed. Read times, and disk space may vary, but the images are invariable.

    If you like wav that’s great, but to claim any difference in them and any other lossless format is to have a fundemental flaw in understanding how data works or to be bested by a placebo effect.

    (Also single piece reassemble etc is not how compression works either)
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2018
  10. betula
    I have compared the same tracks in flac and wav. They are extremely close in quality, pretty much indistinguishable. Perhaps wav is marginally better but I doubt anyone could tell if they hear the track in flac or wav in a blind test. There are very subtle differences I could pick up for example in one track the echo of a sound was ever so slightly more lifelike and lingered on a little longer. The difference between mp3 and flac is much more obvious, however in a blind test if the recording is good quality it is pretty much impossible to tell whether you are listening to 320mp3 or flac. IMO in A/B comparison it is possible to tell the difference between 320mp3 and flac, not that much between flac and wav.
  11. betula
    Anyone can recommend balanced cables in UK/EU around £100-150 which performs better than the stock balanced cables?

    Listening to this atm.
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  12. BrotherKathos
    Good track! I've been listening to this track alot this week. Sounds good on the lcd-2c. Especially since I switched my digital filter on my Topping D50 to slow linear. Had it on fast linear before and its even softer now. Gives more of a punch without that peaky treble shouting at you.

    Last edited: Sep 30, 2018
  13. Fegefeuer
    Here's something raw to massage your ears with the LCD-2C

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  14. chimney189
    Has anyone had a chance to compare the classic to the LCD-3 Fazor?

  15. FrostyP
    I've been been wanting to recreate the Reveal EQ for these cans but my search so far can only find the settings for the fazored version
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