Audeze LCD-X
Dec 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM Post #10,711 of 12,519

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Still wondering how much better my triumvirate of listening devices could sound out of a fully balanced system. Someday will upgrade upstream but for now slumming with H2 and GLMk2. Although I must say that if this is slumming then I am OK surviving at a sub-standard level of SQ... =^)
A balanced source might give your balanced GL a boost. But I'd have to agree that it's all in the design. Apparently for example, the Chord DAVE's se outputs sound better than the supplied balanced outs. I don't have anything balanced as yet, and I'm not suffering.
 
Dec 8, 2018 at 5:05 PM Post #10,712 of 12,519

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I agree with all of you as I have had amps that sounded fantastic in single ended just as good as balanced out of my mj2 but I guess in certain systems it is just different. I pretty much only switched to balanced cables because I knew my Jot would give full power via balanced out and Mj is the same way. So quite happy that I made the switch or otherwise I wouldnt have noticed this difference and I mean its a noticable difference where on other amps single ended sounds just as good if not better then the balanced output.

If anyone else on here is running an MJ2 I would love to hear if you have had the same experience, cause who knows maybe I am going crazy and just hearing things that arent there. Thats always a possibility.
 
Dec 8, 2018 at 10:24 PM Post #10,713 of 12,519

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I think schiit designs there balanced output amps to be superior as balanced and functional single ended. I suspect that if you were to listen to the utopias on a different amp (let's say an SET) you might return to our original opinion.
 
Dec 9, 2018 at 7:26 PM Post #10,714 of 12,519

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Well hopefully here soon I will get a more definitive answer. I have a set of mrspeakers ether 2s on the way along with an ifi pro ican which is supposed to have a very good solid state section along with some tube settings. I am hoping to gain a little more clarity as to the truth of how all three sets of cans sound.
 
Dec 20, 2018 at 9:51 PM Post #10,715 of 12,519

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Welp, my journey on the head-fi hype train is done (assuming my LCDX doesn't spontaneously die somehow).
The interface on the top is a Sound Devices USB Pre2, which has the same internal DAC and ADC as their renowned 702T portable recorder. I would have been done with that had this Sangaku not popped up at a price I absolutely wouldn't pass up.
 

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Dec 20, 2018 at 11:26 PM Post #10,716 of 12,519

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Im looking to buy a pair of lcd-x's, and wondering if anyone would recomend the Jotunheim with multibit dac? it has probably been spoken about before, but im not looking trough over 700 pages to find it :p
 
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I have the Jotunheim but use that as an amp only. But either the balanced or multibit dac is a great way to go from people I know who use that with LCD-X or an equivalent/comparable headphone.

I just ordered the Massdrop THX AAA 789 and look forward to comparing that and my Jotun with my RME-ADI2 DAC
 
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I use a Jot with my Yggy A2 as HP amp and preamp and love it! It won an award at TAS for 2018:)
 
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Is there any other cheaper Dac's you guys can recomend, that i can use with the jot for example? I could buy it without a dac. The thing is, i need a USB dac, and it will only be used on my pc.
 
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Modi-multibit or Modi 3 D/S depending on taste are good DACs, I prefer multibit but it's doesn't measure as well, sounds better too me.

Mimby aka Bifrost multibit is loved by many and a great choice for regular 16 bit, which I listen to mostly with Yggy as well.

Also comes in D/S for $200 less and true 24 bit for what that's worth.

I'd personally avoid a built in DAC :wink:
 
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Man I would love to audition Yggy with a Violectric 281 or GSX-MkII someday. For the price, that dac may well be the best deal out there. I know when I used my Gungnir (original) I sure put the hours on that. And loved it too.
By all accounts the guys who own the Yggy do seem to really like it. Me spending 13k to >20k on a dac are not likely to happen any time soon. Not that I wouldn't, just can't. Plus will have to get updated balanced cabling from Trevor (Norne) as well when that wonderful day arrives... So for now just dreaming.
 
Dec 22, 2018 at 8:46 AM Post #10,722 of 12,519

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Im looking to buy a pair of lcd-x's, and wondering if anyone would recomend the Jotunheim with multibit dac? it has probably been spoken about before, but im not looking trough over 700 pages to find it :p

I used a MB Jot with my LCD-Xs, and really enjoyed it. I did move up the food chain with Schiit Dacs, but the Jot will always have a place in my heart as my first true Dac/Amp I would consider Audiophile. Recommended for sure!
 
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I used a MB Jot with my LCD-Xs, and really enjoyed it. I did move up the food chain with Schiit Dacs, but the Jot will always have a place in my heart as my first true Dac/Amp I would consider Audiophile. Recommended for sure!
I 100% agree I was quite fond of the Jot with built in multibit dac. I also owned a Questyle CMA 400i at the time which was more expensive and supposed to be better. Through much back and forth between the two with my Xs I consistently found the Jot to be the superior unit and eventually returned the CMA.
 
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Have any of my fellow LCD-X owners tried the Ether 2s yet and if so how would you say they compare? I have both and am having a difficult time pinning down which one I would say is technically better. I am aware that that is an incredibly subjective statement but I would still be interested to hear anyone elses thoughts on the two.
 
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Have any of my fellow LCD-X owners tried the Ether 2s yet and if so how would you say they compare? I have both and am having a difficult time pinning down which one I would say is technically better. I am aware that that is an incredibly subjective statement but I would still be interested to hear anyone elses thoughts on the two.

Well I would love to hear your thoughts. I used to own the LCD X and my Ether 2’s are supposed to arrive next week. What are your impressions between them so far?
 

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