- Feb 3, 2017
Maybe I'm old school, but I'm of the opinion that it's the headphone manufacturer's job to voice the product well, not mine. And as others have pointed out, once you introduce EQ as a variable, it becomes (even) more difficult to have a discussion about the relative merits of headphones. While I agree with @number1sixerfan that CanJam is not the venue to form definitive impressions of a headphone, I do think that useful and valid relative assessments are possible. Based on an admittedly cursory listen to the LCD-2 a few years ago, I was somewhat impressed by the bass response, but really nothing else. Seems to be a consistent theme with me vis-a-vis Audeze cans... so far. As I said, I'll be giving their new offerings a listen this weekend.That is true, actually, 200-300mW is enough to drive pretty much anything, aside from the likes of HE6, Susvara, because there would be no headroom left for quiet music, have tested it myself with balanced cable + switch box and level matching. The only amps that sound different are tube and hybrid amps. But i would be carefull with hybrids, because one i have tested sounded pretty much the same as ss, could not really tell it apart. Another one i could tell apart 10/10. Unless you got the option to compare like this its hard to tell the difference without level matching
There is also an dac/amp around 70$ you can buy, which is enough to drive any headphone on the market with headroom left for almost all songs and one for around 299$ i belive from Topping, EX5 that is everything anyone could ever need, if EQ/Bass Enhancement (without PC) is a thing.
Well, i had a couple of people blind testing the Susvara against an LCD-2 with oratory EQ + slight EQ changes from myself and the LCD-2 won most of the time with 20 tracks from different genres and personally, i find the LCD-2, as well HD800S with EQ and ZMF Auteur with EQ better than the Susvara with and without EQ. Regardless of that its still one of the best sounding headphones i've heard without any EQ applied, very well balanced. Only thing i dislike about the susvara is, that the sound seems to be vibrating to me at lower levels, especially the bass seems to be not clean because of that. But it got beaten by much cheaper headphones in my opinion, if EQ is not a problem and your head/earshape fit&comfort is okay.
I did the blind tests because i wasn't sure if my opinion is super unique and the persons i have tested didn't know anything about the price.