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Looking for desktop AMP/DAC combo to complement Audeze LCD-X

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Hi folks. As the title says, I'm looking for some help pairing up something that would compliment these cans. I don't mind paying for quality, but at the same time, don't want to blow my life savings if you know what I'm saying… Any help would be most appreciated!
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maxroch
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Mar 8, 2019
It's "complement."
damien_chung
74
Oct 22, 2018
audeze deckard for sure
Volly
328
Oct 21, 2018
What reference sound you shooting for? Neutral, warmish, a detail-monster? End-game type dac/amp setup or something to dip your toes in?
I've not owned an Audeze yet but I do have the Edition X from Hifiman, I have heard the LCD series like a bit of juice.
Perhaps, check out something from JDS labs, Schiit have some price/performance stuff there that could go well with your LCD-X. There are fans of Audio-GD products as well that could partner up well with your headphones.
I do believe Audeze have their own dedicated amp as well, if you're wanting to go down that direction.
Hope this helps.
Pixelz
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Oct 26, 2018
Thanks for your response. I've checked out Audeze's AMP. I wasn't sold. I'm looking for something mid-way — nothing that will break the bank, and nothing that I'll regret buying 6 months after. Warm would be my sound preference if that helps?
Slinkyyy
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Mar 5, 2019
Have you found an Amp/DAC yet? I have the LCD-X coming to me and trying to think of an amp/DAC duo myself. I have heard great things about the Massdrop THX 789 amp that some people like to use in their endgame setup but they are not currently for sale. I was strongly considering the Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amp since this inlcludes a DAC as well as balanced capabilities. You don't really need too much juice to drive the LCD-X compared to the other LCDs.
ethanchan
257
Oct 21, 2018
I personally would not recommend a tube amp since the LCD-X is a planar magnetic. I have the LCD 2 closed and run it from the Aune X7S and the Amp I use is the SMSL Sanskrit pro which is part of my panda stack. I go passive to my Aune and XLR balanced out to my LCD. The sound is outstanding regardless of genre, all I do is switch my headphones depending on what I am listening to. I hope that helps.
Pixelz
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Oct 26, 2018
Very helpful. Thanks.
Rhamnetin
176
Oct 20, 2018
Since you want quality, avoid the usual suspects in Schiit and especially Cavalli which is proven garbage.
DAC: Chord Mojo Amp: Mjolnir Audio Dynalo if you don't want to pay more for a HeadAmp GS-X Mini
AudioFaze
199
Oct 22, 2018
Make sure to detach the battery for the Chord. The Mojo should not be charging 24/7.
Pixelz
6
Oct 26, 2018
Good news. I already have the Mojo. :)
cjpianist
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Oct 20, 2018
Jotunheim from Schiit (for solid state) If you're looking for tubes I'm a bit hesitant to recommend because it all depends on your taste. Maybe someone else can help you with this one. Hope this helps