Originally Posted by brokenthumb
Definitely still in the honeymoon phase. I really should wait a month at least before commenting on them. With that said I'm really starting to feel the weight of the LCD-2 after a few long sessions. The headband has made the top of my head really sore from a pressure point, I'm constantly adjusting them like I did with the K701 bumps. The HD650 feels like a dream to put on after using the LCD-2... in fact I'm listening to the HD650 right now and the LCD-2 is sitting there looking like a death trap out of the movie SAW.
LOL, interesting new twist Yeah the weight is the one big fear of the bigger orthos to me as well. Though for me the AKG headband didn't cause the kind of trouble it caused you...it was the uber-stiff pads that drives me crazy for the first 20 min with them. Though my HiFiMan pad experience isn't all that different. Interesting that the HD650 comfort is winning you back even somewhat. IMO no matter how good LCD-2 is...while I'd like to own one, and still may do so, I still doubt it could replace HD650, but complement it
Originally Posted by Tilpo
I know not everyone here will agree with me on this,
but if you have that much to spend, better get new headphones instead if you want to go for improvement.
With a budget like that you could go entry-level Stax, which in my experience is significantly better than the HD650.
I can't imagine who you're referring to, Tilpo? You're right, for $1k there's a lot of things you can do with that money than just an amp. On the other hand one doesn't need to spend $1k to bet substantial upgrades, in terms of amps, for HD650. There are plenty of options under $500. And while there's always the Stax option for a one-headphone-solution, if you have a collection of headphones the amp upgrade benefits all of them, so there's always that to consider. And if factoring the DAC in...that helps the Stax too.
I wouldn't spend $1k on an amp just for HD650 as a single headphone solution when so many options now exist that didn't used to. But I wouldn't rule out spending $1k on an amp to power my entire headphone menagerie.
Personally, though, I'm at end-game with Lyr. It just never ceases to impress me. I'd love to get a stab at Ardilla's WA22....but honestly I'm more than content with Lyr. I'd consider the Schiit statement gear depending on what it does and price since I know I like Lyr so much, but I wouldn't "need" the upgrade any more than Olor1n's example of "needing" HD800 versus HD650...he may like 800 more, but HD650 is pleasurable enough he could live with it easily (taken from an older post.) . And by then my tube collection will be large enough to kind of lock me into Lyr I may get curious at upgrades beyond it....but I definitely don't need the differences those upgrades would provide.
Originally Posted by longbowbbs
We are always looking for the next best thing (and Head-Fi doesn't help us stay satisfied with what we have!) Sometimes it is good to know that the 650's are really good headphones and you should just sit back and listen to some music..
Lots of truth to that!