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Portable and Stationary Computer Setup for Audez'e LCD-2

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by pessimistic, Feb 11, 2011.
  1. Pessimistic
    Hello; I'm trying to compile a setup that can be used stationary with a laptop and portable(aggressive skating) with an iPod or COWON J3.
     
    Stationary:
     
    Laptop(optical output) -> CORDA STAGEDAC -> CORDA CONCERTO -> Audez'e LCD-2
                                                                                     -> Swan M10
     
    Portable:
     
    iPod or COWON J3 -> ALO audio Rx Mk2 -> Audez'e LCD-2
     
    I think I'm missing a DAC for the portable setup. The stationary setup should perform fantastically, but I'm worried about the portable setup.
     
    I listen to:
     
    Massive Attack
    The Mars Volta
    At the Drive-In
    Spoon
    Radiohead
    Chevelle
    Mew
    The Knife
    The National
    Muse
    Blur
    Gorillaz
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Mouse on the Keys
    Mutated Forms
    Nero
    LITE
    Josef K
    Blockhead
    RJD2
    Groove Armada
    Hot Chip
    Interpol
    Atmosphere
    Aesop Rock
    GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT!
    the list goes on and on...
     
    I enjoy the sound of all drum and bass, and math rock guitar. I listen to some classical, but I don't want a setup catered to it.
     
  2. matthewh133
    Let me get this straight.. you want to use the LCD-2 as a portable while....... skating?
     
    I hope to god this is a troll.
     
  3. fabriciom
    Agressive skating...
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  4. Pessimistic
    Well... I'll be riding aggressive skates, but I won't be doing any tricks that would lead to a fall while using the LCD-2s. I'd wear the LCD-2s while on joy rides or going from my dorm to class, grocery store, etc.
     
  5. matthewh133


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    Lol...
     
  6. Pessimistic
    Would FLAC files through a COWON J3 -> ALO audio Rx Mk2 -> Audez'e LCD-2 be sufficient or do I need a DAC?
     
    The COWON's codec seems to support:
     
    Audio sample rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz generated internally from master clock
     
    My music is 44.1kHz CD rips and 96kHz vinyl rips.
     
  7. fabriciom
    I personally would not like to be seen in the street with a pair of LCD2 on. Those things are ugly ass hell and on the other hand you are talking about $1.000 worth of sensitive equipment. Do as you like but that seems like a really dumb idea.
     
  8. matthewh133
    Pessimistic, assuming this is not a troll (which it may well be), taking an LCD-2 as part of a portable rig while skating (or doing anything outside) is an extremely stupid idea. First off, they are very large and heavy. Secondly, they are open headphones and leak a lot of sound, and don't block any out. Thirdly, you'll look like a complete fool. Fourth, they may well fall off and you'll ruin them. These headphones aren't made to be worn while outdoors, especially on skates.
     
    I could give you more reasons why this idea is stupid, but I'll stop myself there and let you ponder it for a while.
     
  9. Pessimistic
    Well, I haven't tried them/seen them in real life yet since I'm still in the planning stages and busy. People complain of them being like vice grips and they're over-the-ear so I thought they would stay on. If they're too heavy I wouldn't want them in my stationary system; I need something that's not fatiguing. I need over-the-ear headphones that can be used while I do the laundry and go on joy rides so I don't get bored to death. I want to use the same pair stationary and portable. I like to roller blade around, look at he sky and listen to high quality music; it's an enjoyable experience.
     
  10. matthewh133


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    They are huge and very heavy compared to most headphones so they are not good for what you are looking for. If you were willing to fork out a grand on the LCD-2s, I'd look at getting something for the outdoors and portable such as:
     
    http://www.insound.com/TMA-1-Headphones-Black-Headphones-AIAIAI/P/INS79296/
     
    Then get something a bit larger and nicer for home.
     
  11. Pessimistic
    Stationary:
     
    Laptop(optical output) -> CORDA STAGEDAC -> CORDA CONCERTO -> Audez'e LCD-2
                                                                                     -> Swan M10
     
    Portable:
     
    COWON J3 -> AIAIAI TMA-1
     
    Does this setup seem good for the music I listen to? Thank you for the advice! I'll also try to demo the Beyerdynamic T1 before I take the plunge. The Swan M10 is for movies/dancing with people in my dorm hahaha.
     
  12. fabriciom
    Laptop soundcard with LCD2???? what a waste...
     
  13. Pessimistic


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    Pretty sure the sound card doesn't matter if I'm going optical out through a DAC.
     
  14. matthewh133


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    That's correct. If you're going through the DAC you're bypassing the sound card in your laptop. The LCD-2 is a fantastic headphone for pretty much any genre, so you can't go wrong there. The TMA-1 seems to be an excellent portable headphone, and also looks good so you don't look like a dork wearing them out.
     

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