There is a lot I feel I need to write on this, but I'm not sure im going to explain it well enough.
The description for the power adapter is misleading. tl:DR You get a US plug only. No options to change.
Power adapter (add plug adapter for your country's outlet)
For NZ users you all you need to buy is a "Figure 8 Power Cord - 2 pin plug to figure 8 connector 7.5A".
The unit sparked the first time i plugged it in. Not impressed with that! I have unplugged & replugged it in a few times since trying to get a video but it hasn't done it again, it was just the first time plugging it in.
So first off the #1 question can you use this for gaming? Yes! It works well with gaming, its only issue is the soft treble making gunshots not sound right, footsteps sound softer but you can still hear them just fine. Explosions are something to look forward to. Using balanced (over SE) the soundstage opens up even more in some games, Its great!
The packaging is quite nice, I was expecting no frills & mostly is but the box art is quite tasteful. Inside the Box everything is well packaged, nice velvet cover on the foam, Amp is inside a dust proof bag. Honestly as nice as it is, they could of probably cut more costs here...
I've been using this with the HD800s since I'm familiar with it.
It is kind of disappointing in a few ways, they used the standard Sdac (class1) & not the balanced Sdac (class2) which is... well stupid, but it works fine & cuts costs. The Dac lacks power at times when a lot is going on in songs & comes through in a very obvious manner that QA would of heard it & seemingly ignored it during development. Its like when music is full the sound drops from bass when theres treble heavy parts & when theres bass heavy parts the treble sound drops. Mids seem less affected by it but not immune from it. Its not just the sound but also the detail e.t.c. like it cant handle multipul signals at the same time very well. The more layers of sound & the quality of sound starts dropping. more apparent in "band" music than "electronic" music for some reason.
The Combo works very (Very!) well with J-pop, K-pop, all Electronic music & more dynamic songs, some classical to a degree, but the treble issue affects classical music as well as rock & metal in a bad way.
I've tried the USB cable that came with it as well as a better cable that's thicker & insulated with the same results.
• Bass - Extremely well done & detailed ~ Most of the time, but not all of the time.
•Mids - forward & good. (possible random bleeds into treble/from treble)
•Treble - This is the biggest issue/s. The treble is poorly done in a few ways:
It depends on low or high gain of the amp.... Treble is actually better on low gain.
On high gain:
• I'm bright sensitive so I don't mind a mild tone down in Treble, but this Dac/Amp doesn't even come close to hitting peaks in a normal/natural way (or in my opinion acceptable way), its nerfed noticeably & I've heard treble toned down systems before this one has the softest treble so far, its actually bad & the treble range as a whole needs to be bought up 1 level at least to be acceptable, 2 levels to be neutral, 3 levels to be perfect. (hopefully that's enough perspective on that)
•On top of the soft treble its also harsh (Glare) E.g. with rock/metal cymbals sound like shakers mixed with static & not cymbals at all. A perfect example of this is if you have ever owned the ATH-2000x & 1000X its like plugging in your 2000x & getting the 1000x treble/cymbals sound but the rest of the 2000x sound/clarity/detail e.t.c.
(oh another good one, Making your HD660s sound like a HD58x! Is actually perfect way to describe it! & for those unaware No those 2 headphones don't sound the same!)
It gives the HD800s treble which is Great with average & higher gear the harsh treble issues the SHP9500, X2, ATH-1000x headphones suffer from, to name a few, regardless of dac/amp they are attched to. I stop just short of saying it makes the HD800s sound like the Philips X2 at times. (Yeah its that bad!)
I've seen some people say the Dac sounds "Sterile" I'd agree, Its fantastic for its price but its not good enough to be paired with this amp.
Something I noticed is if you see a review or post saying I use this Dac/Amp with the HD650/HD6XX you should ignore it, they wont be helpful unless you own a HD6XX/50 because the issues aren't as apparent when using them in balanced on the LCX-Sdac.
• SE - Nil use.
• Balanced low gain - Lacks power, but works fine, Treble is actually better on low gain but you lose soundstage its not a good tradeoff..
• Balanced High Gain - Still lacking a bit of power, werid "Blurr"/"muddy" treble issues at times (could be due to the dac issue i menchioned at the start), Soundstage is good & a bit larger.
• Sound separation is good.
• Heat is fine, it gets hot but its more a warm hot than a burning hot.
So that all said, Its not actually bad in anyway. Its good, with its own colourful sound, I do recommend it.
sorry its a lot to read, hopefuly you can follow it.
I can't wait to try a balanced Dac with it & will update this when i do, because im not 100% which issues are Dac or Amp, i assume i'm right but who knows.