Loaner: RD-X (rhythmdevils modded Audeze LCD-X)

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  1. loadexfa

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    I’ve heard the X and a couple of 4’s and the modded 4 variants are VERY good. Of course budget needs to be taken into account, fortunately the LCD-5 has driven down used prices for the LCD-4. The X is also great just saying the 4’s earn their TOTL status especially once modded by RD.
     
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    I am curious to hear either, with a bias for “state of the art”, but practically speaking LCD-X is something I am more likely to see myself owning.
     
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    Won’t have any time to listen to gear and write impressions :)rolleyes:) until end of June (life’s too busy), but I would love to hear *any* RD modded headphone! I could see myself parting with the LCD-R if the modded 4 is better ;) (that’s saying something, I LOVE the R).
     
  4. rhythmdevils

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    @Clemmaster you're better off modding the LCD-R if you have the balls to do it. At this point though I do have enough extra fazors with intact double sided adhesive to reverse a pair if needed. But I can't imagine wanting to.

    It looks like I'll mod another set of LCD-X and send those out as planned and when Marv gets back on his feet, I'll have 2 pairs to send out to get this loaner moving faster. He has a second Liquid Gold X too, so I can send out 2 of both.

    And then I'll do a modded LCD-R + Jottenheim A loaner starting with just the modded LCD-R for current owners then adding on the Jottenhiem A for non owners.

    And anyone who wants to hear the modded LCD-4 or LCD-4z is welcome to, I might make another thread for those. They do sound quite different surprisingly. The LCD-4z has more clarity and is a more obvious upgrade from the sound of the LCD-X. It has faster transients than the LCD-4. But the LCD-4 has something very special and unique to it, a reserved presentation that is more soft. It's equally resolving, but has a kind of HD650 like presentation of detail where it's not shoved in your face. I think it would be a great upgrade for HD650 lovers. Both need a few tweaks and new parts before going out. so I'll work on the LCD-X first.

    Thanks everyone! Like I said I'm more excited to just share what I think are beautiful sounding orthos with you all than selling my mods. So don't feel any commitment to buy or be interested in buying anything from me. I just want to share. :)
     
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  5. rhythmdevils

    rhythmdevils MOT: rhythmdevils audio

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    Done, let me know if you change your mind. You don't' need to write any extensive impressions or anything to be included.
     
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    I've just decided to take a cue from Marv that I also need a break. I'm enjoying my gear. Looking to spend my weekends outside now that the weather is warming up.
     
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    Please add me to this one! - Seattle, WA.

    The modded one would be cool to hear. I’ve never heard modded Audeze, and it’s been years since I’ve heard an Audeze headphone, but the Drop x HiFiMan HE5xx was partially based off my personally modified HE-500. (I’ve never actually heard the HE5xx, so I have no clue if it inherited any of my headphone’s qualities.)
     
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    Please remove me from this loaner
    best,
    Josh
     
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    That sounds like my jam. I need to find some place to hear the stock model in the mean time ...
     
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    Please add me to the list if modded LCD-4 would be on tour. I would use MTCH and Vista Audio Spark amp to drive them. I am interested to see how they perform in comparison with my experience of the LCD-3, 1266-TC, and Susvara. I like Verum 1 a lot for its natural tonality but want more resolution and imaging precision. Hope the modded LCD-4 has a lot to offer.

    Thanks!
     
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    Just curious - where is the loaner right now?
    edit: may need to get moved to a different spot if I'm up within the next two weeks.
     
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  12. rhythmdevils

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    The loaner is with Marv right now. I usually send things to him last because of his backlog, but he has the stock LCD-X right now so I sent the to him to compare directly and possibly take measurements.

    I'm going to mod another pair to get this loaner going, just dealing with some health issues. But I'll get'er done soon. Your'e safe for the next couple weeks. I'm still going to send you my modded MX4, I've just had a few new ideas I'm trying on them first. :)

    I'm happy to loan out a modded LCD-4z or LCD-4 separately. This thread is just for the modded LCD-X though.

    By what you describe it sounds like the modded LCD-4 is the one you'd like to hear. I've got an open grill mod for them, and I'm having chrome rings and grills made for them to match the color scheme, which will take a few weeks probably.
     
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    I finished modding the new pair of LCD-X and will ship them out early this week to @CaptainCope who has the Liquid Gold X. So we're back in action!

    A coupe of items of good news:

    I managed to get enough of the right size of black tuning tubes to use in these, so they look as they will look If you commission a mod from me, it's a final product going out.

    I implemented a change to the mod. Something I figured out while working on the LCD-5 that I applied to the LCD-X and it works really well. The sound is more spacious, airy and more resolving than before. :). This will very likely be the final version I don't see changes to the mod but you never know....

    Here's a teaser picture

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    Black tuning vents :)

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    No idea how they sound but they look awesome!
     
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    Shipped to @CaptainCope today! :)

    ps. If the headband rod locks get loose, I put an Allen wrench to tighten them at the bottom of the cable compartment of the pelican case. They probably won't, but just in case.
     
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    Pinging @paranoidroid and seeing if this message reaches you, sent a few PMs. Hit me back to let me know if you are still interested or if I should move on to the next.
     
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    These arrived today and sound great so far on the EC ZDT. I have not plugged in the amp yet.
     
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    Can I get in on both the amp and headphone?
     

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