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DEALUX

The Audiophile Thread

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DEALUX

I just got my Audeze LCD 2 today. I wrote a mini review on Facebook.

 

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The very pleasant sounding Audeze LCD-2 (Fazor, 2018). My first actual pair of high end headphones (and first pair of planar magnetic ones too). Somewhat surprising on first listen but also familiar sounding.

The stock tuning isn't too bad. It reminds me of the Sennheiser stuff (HD600/650) but it is significantly more laid back. Not necessarily dark sounding in my book. In fact I expected them to sound much darker judging by reviews. The oratory1990 EQ preset can fix the frequency response and achieve an almost perfect flat/neutral sound with a little bass boost and minimal resolution loss. In fact they sound even more coherent than my Etymotic ER4, which are legendary for their coherent sound signature.

 

The biggest upgrades are the resolution (especially bass resolution) and overall dynamics. It has a very clean bass, quite punchy but not exaggerated because the bass is very flat compared to the typical bloated bass of open back dynamic headphones. They rumble pretty deep with no audible distortion. The increase in micro and macro dynamics improves the mids and treble as well but the detail is never in your face in any way. You just notice it as you pay attention to different aspects of a song (e.g. that reverb on that instruments sound more realistic/reflective and I can actually hear where the echo ends).

 

The overall impression (especially post EQ) is that of a very natural sounding headphone that doesn't really try too hard to excite you. It just reproduces music in a way that you would expect, so in a sense they're a bit underwhelming.

 

The soundstage isn't huge but it is somewhere between the AKG K712 and HD600. Not extremely wider than the HD600 but still fairly wide and not disappointing in that regard in my opinion. Imaging is better than the mid-fi stuff due to the increase in clarity and dynamics which makes instruments sound more lively and real. Depth is also pretty good but it still sounds like a "wall of sound" for the most part like the mid-fi headphones typically do.

 

The weight of these headphones might be a problem for some. They feel like a tiny brick in the hand lol but they do sit quite well on my head. The issue is the slight discomfort caused by the pads exerting pressure on my head. Interestingly enough, the headband on these doesn't seem to kill the top of my head like the HD600 and K712 used to do sometimes. Neck might get sore from hours of wearing them as well, so beware of that.

 

Overall, I'd say these are worth it if you can get them under the typical MSRP like I did. They're not exactly three times the sound quality of the HD600 (in fact there are some slight downgrades perhaps) but they're still a significant upgrade for someone looking for a natural and pleasant sounding headphone.

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J Dilla

I'd love to hear all your opinions..

 

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SilverRST

What about Meze Audio? Sennheiser and AKG are pretty well known and are good too but what about some brands that are really good and yet underrated? Meze Empyrean is a bit over the top but the 99 Classics are damn good. Wide soundstage, no sibilance at all and lots of details are there. The bass might be a bit much but for me it sounds very good. And the design is so damn good🥰

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DEALUX
3 hours ago, SilverRST said:

What about Meze Audio? Sennheiser and AKG are pretty well known and are good too but what about some brands that are really good and yet underrated? Meze Empyrean is a bit over the top but the 99 Classics are damn good. Wide soundstage, no sibilance at all and lots of details are there. The bass might be a bit much but for me it sounds very good. And the design is so damn good🥰

I like the look of the Empyrean and the design but their other products are kinda meh. And I'd pick the LCD-4 over the Empyrean due to its apparent superior resolution and dynamics even though that thing is $4000 lol. In fact I'm saving up to get one as an upgrade to my LCD-2 once I upgrade my DAC and amp set-up.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, DEALUX said:

I like the look of the Empyrean and the design but their other products are kinda meh. And I'd pick the LCD-4 over the Empyrean due to its apparent superior resolution and dynamics even though that thing is $4000 lol. In fact I'm saving up to get one as an upgrade to my LCD-2 once I upgrade my DAC and amp set-up.

 

 

The Neo is meh lol.

 

To me, I think the Amiron Home is the best I have. (For now). Great long range soundstage, amazing wearing comfort and despite it's high impedance, it's easy to drive on portable devices. Got it for €100 less too. I wish there would be Amiron Home Copper edition but oh well.

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DEADWOODZ

Any recommendations on an amp/dac for the Beyerdynamics DT 990 Pro 250hms? main purpose is gaming, I'm stuck on where to ask...looked everywhere but nothing.

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sivispacem

Desktop or portable? Budget?

 

The Schiit Magni 3 or Magni Hereasy is a pretty decent ~$100 option for high impedance headphones.

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4 hours ago, DEADWOODZ said:

Any recommendations on an amp/dac for the Beyerdynamics DT 990 Pro 250hms? main purpose is gaming, I'm stuck on where to ask...looked everywhere but nothing.

I'm buying the SMSL M500 soon. It measures really great but might be out of your budget slightly.

 

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/smsl-m500-dac-and-hp-amp-review.9606/

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DEADWOODZ

Would the FiiO E10K drive the DT 990 Pro's? Thanks for the feedback! Also would be used for desktop gaming.

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5 minutes ago, DEADWOODZ said:

Would the FiiO E10K drive the DT 990 Pro's? Thanks for the feedback! Also would be used for desktop gaming.

Hmmm. Your cans are fairly hard to drive it seems. I remember the E10K struggling to power my similarly inefficient K612s. I'd recommend a JDS Labs Atom if you're strapped for cash and get a cable to connect it to your laptop or device or choice. Not the best option but the Atom is a great amp but doesn't come with a DAC.

 

https://jdslabs.com/product/atom-amp/

 

Edit: Topping DX3 is also a good choice and comes with a DAC.

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DEADWOODZ

At this point i guess anything will be better then on board sound my motherboard is a asus rog strix z390-f, I can get the E10K for a fairly cheap price. So I'll save for something more expensive later on down the line.

 

Thanks again! 

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On 3/14/2020 at 12:13 AM, DEADWOODZ said:

At this point i guess anything will be better then on board sound my motherboard is a asus rog strix z390-f, I can get the E10K for a fairly cheap price. So I'll save for something more expensive later on down the line.

 

Thanks again! 

Sorry but any reason why you'll go for a more expensive amp? I have the E10K and my DT770 can get really loud and that one is one of the least efficient.

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