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I'll just add my experience of amping HD580 (essentially a HD600) on the cheap. I was recently given a 1980's mid level Yamaha amp and found the headphone out to combine really excellently with the 580s, the headphone stage is transformer coupled to the amp and provides plenty of power - the added control gives lots of added detail across frequencies and, a good, precise sound stage, the sound is not veiled to my ears with this amp (the best I've heard the 580s actually-...
I've heard both, but on different occasions and not in depth. They were my favourite headphones at the respective meets where I heard them. I couldn't begin to offer a comparison sadly.
Hi Typhoon, the M3 has less treble than the M2. M3's a little on the dark side, but not bad at all for most music, if you listen to violin concertos it is apparent in a lack of sparkle that can be heard very easily with a side by side comparison to, say, a well amped HD600. However on its own the balance never sounds emphatically unnatural to me in the way that the M2 can with some music. Good levels of detail can be heard in the treble and they're more forgiving of over...
And what are you amplifying the headphones with?   I've heard those 2050II only briefly, and they're lovely sounding things, in the ballpark of neutral, but with strengths and weaknesses that others would be much better placed to describe than me. There's a huge Stax thread that you might jump into...   By the way I don't think the bass of those Denons is neutral, it's really distinctive and quite nice, but not neutral.
The problem of what constitutes neutral is one with which this forum is vexed, since the recordings we listen to and by which we judge our gear are not neutrally mastered (at best they are limited by mic technology)  and since most people like the idea of neutral - without imparting artificial emphases - but like the reality less, preferring all sorts of artificial emphases, from emphatic treble that gives a feeling of enhanced detail, to bloated sound-stages or...
It's not quite as simple as an interbreeding of M2 and RE-0 characteristics.   Both the M2 and RE-0 have more assertive trebles than the M3, the M2 has excess bass which spreads over the mids and the RE-0 is light on bass whereas the M3 has a good healthy bass that sounds fairly much natural, but is absolutely there for the fun when the recording calls for it. Detail and texture are more evident with RE-0s in the way that is flattering but a bit hyper-real, artificial,...
The differences between the M2 and M3 are not subtle and they may appeal to different buyers, so you need to work out if you're interested in the virtues of the M3 as opposed to your M2. I think the M3s are well worth the $.
That's an excellent review, and a really good reflection of the M3s. I should write a full review soon, but much of it will be along very similar lines to yours.
The lightness of them is probably part of what makes them very comfortable. No comfort or fit issues for me. The plastic from which they're made isn't very sexy, but it works well enough and there's no obvious reason to believe that they won't be strong enough to last.  
I don't listen to much of any of this, but I've taken a bit of time to listen with both the M2 and M3:   With Trance and Electronica the M2 delivers a less atmospheric, more in your head sound but with that bigger bass and more emphatic treble, M2 feels more energetic, I prefer the M3 a bit, primarily for me this music needs to be more out of my head than the M2 can deliver, even more so if the bass and treble are going to kick like they do, but could imagine many would...
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