@ericrosenfield Thank you for your original thread that set my thinking and exploration into motion.
After reading ericrosenfield’s thread that he created “Sennheiser HD 6XX vs. Hifiman Sundara SHOWDOWN REVIEW,” I was having so much fun that I found my conversation with others flooding his thread with my comparison of two other headphones. I felt that I was derailing the thread so I deleted my final comments from his thread and thought it more appropriate to make my own thread here to continue my thoughts on the Audeze LCD-X vs Monoprice M1570. So, …
The brand name Monoprice contains the word price because they believe that they can outperform the competition at a lower price. However, this is not the case as the Monoprice M1570 is poorly constructed with a headband consisting of low quality metal that bends just by looking at it. As a result, it is difficult to take this headphone seriously. Also, the weight of the headphone is too heavy and many would get a neck ache just by the sheer weight placed upon your head and neck.
So why am I discussing such a horrible headphone? Because some are willing to live with the poor quality and discomfort due to the amazing sound quality that it can produce. I chose to Frankenfy mine using an Audeze headband and rods. I also created my own yokes to hold the Monoprice M1570 cups. If anyone else wants to modify a pair and purchase the parts from Audeze, the cost breakdown is $125 for the headband, $20 for the yoke rods, and $20 for the yokes for a total of $165 for Audeze parts. On top of this you will need to purchase tools, solder (in case you pull the wires) and of course your precious time. $450 for the headphones plus $165 parts equals $615 plus time to convert it to an acceptable headphone.
I took quite a long time listening to hundreds of tracks to determine the best amp/headphone combination from my collection of headphone amplifiers to find which paired the best with each headphone.
What I ended up with was the Schiit Jotunheim that can be found used for $300 paired with the Audeze LCD-X. The Singxer SA-1 $540 which paired best with the Monoprice M1570. As a side note, I NO LONGER RECOMMEND ANY of Schiit’s amps due to questionable quality. I am going to sell off all of my six Schiit headphone amplifiers as I have lost all confidence in Schiit. The Singxer SA-1 would be a much better purchase and also pairs well with the Audeze LCD-X.
I have been listening to my Audeze LCD-X 2020 this morning and going back and forth with my Monoprice M1570. The LCD-X has had some burn in and the Monoprice M1570 has always been burned in as they now get the most use out of all my headphones.
I used HeSuVi on my Windows PC to equalize the LCD-X. Otherwise, they sounded horrible. When describing the sound, someone questioned my use of the word dark with the Audeze LCD-X. I don’t mean to say that the Audeze LCD-X is dark, but that it is darker than the Monoprice M1570. The weightiness of male voices is one area that the LCD-X surpasses the realism of the Monoprice M1570 where I almost feel the texture of a male’s grainy voice. I also think that besides the drivers of the LCD-X beginning to be burned in, my brain burn in is starting to take effect. I am starting to appreciate some of the good qualities of the LCD-X. The soundstage is narrower than the Monoprice M1570, but the narrower soundstage is not a bad thing. It is an intimate experience of the music being closer to me but retaining the spatial realism of the performance. It still feels three dimensional but at a closer, warmer, mellower, presentation than the Monoprice M1570. A reassuring comforting relaxed sound that was pre recorded.
The Monoprice M1570 on the other hand creates a wide open presence. The direction is more towards a live performance. The instruments are more spread out and I feel like I am not confined to a small space. There is much more air to performances. So much more clarity than the LCD-X. But yes, missing that heavy textured male voice.
Ultimately, I do have growing appreciation and love for the Audeze LCD-X. It sounds good. I definitely prefer the Monoprice M1570 more, but I will be keeping the Audeze LCD-X in my forever stable just as I shall with my Hifiman Sundara. I may however one day sell the Sennheiser Massdrop HD6XX but that is another story for another thread.
Highly recommended tracks to listen to amazing male vocalists:
Chris Cornell, You Never Knew My Mind
Stephen Bishop, On And On
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Into My Arms