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IDAnonymous
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Aug 11, 2017
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So this generates enough power for a audeze LCD-2 to sound it's finest? LCD-2 says 1-4W of power. But I heard 1 W is enough. (i know more powerful amps like 4W should theorectically sound better but I am trying to find the sweetspot between diminishing returns or headphone sounds like anemic and lacking power) I don't really know how the math works. 50 ohms: 1W Rms per channel . LCD-2 specs says impedance 70 ohms. that means this amp can produce greater than or less than 1W at 70 ohms ? And this hybrid amp produces warmth like an all tube amp? I need a hybrid to drive a planar that cheaper all tube amps can't do
Aug 11, 2017
Vigrith
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Aug 11, 2017
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I haven't read the specs so I can't help you with the LCD-2 related stuff (though I will say I've owned a pair for several years now and hybrid amps usually do well with it); what I can say is that Cavalli's house sound is pretty mellow/warm usually so I'd expect this to be more on the tubey than solid state side of things - even their Liquid Carbon which is straight up SS is one of the warmer amps around, and many people (myself included) love it, the sound signature being a big part of why it is so popular.
Aug 11, 2017
Elsid
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Aug 12, 2017
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Yes, and in my opinion, planars can use a little warming up. I like the detail and speed, but it gets fatiguing. Great for reference.
Aug 12, 2017
Jaggi
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Aug 12, 2017
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From doing a little reading I'd agree with Elsid, this amp shouldn't have any trouble at all powering LCD-2s. It's likely that the max output power will be less than 1w into 70 Ohms, but still probably around 700mW per channel at least.
Now that's per channel, so total max output of 1.4w. From the calculations I saw, even half that much power would be more than enough to make your ears bleed.
Aug 12, 2017
bigjim
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Aug 20, 2017
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As long as the amp is not clipping, extra unused power is not doing anything.
Aug 20, 2017
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