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If you don't have a tiny skull (or even if you do), you'll probably find the HD 650's far more comfortable. Sound-wise I haven't listened to LCD-2's for more than a few minutes, but they sounded remarkably similar to me. The 650's emphasize bass a little more and won't have quite as crystal clear mids and highs, but the difference isn't massive. Not sure if it was a fluke, but there was one bass-heavy song where the 650 clearly had less bass distortion, which surprised me.

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Originally Posted by dyl1dyl View Post

Hey guys, I am currently using a pair of LCD 2 Rev 2s, however have got a deal for a pair of hd650s very cheap. Do you guys think I should get it? Will I be dissapointed by the sound? (Btw, I intend to recable them for balanced operation) Thanks in advance.


I find the rev.2 and HD650 sound to be distinct enough that owning both is justified. I've been confined to the HD650 the last few weeks but have really enjoyed its musicality and the way it smothers with dense textures in the music. However, I've really missed the natural transparency and resolve of the LCD-2 (thankfully I get them back today), and the weight and impact of instruments, particular in the low end. When both are within reach I'd favor the LCD-2. However, for less critical and extended sessions, perhaps when performing another task and music is secondary, the HD650 is a fine option.

 

 

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If you don't have a tiny skull (or even if you do), you'll probably find the HD 650's far more comfortable. Sound-wise I haven't listened to LCD-2's for more than a few minutes, but they sounded remarkably similar to me. The 650's emphasize bass a little more and won't have quite as crystal clear mids and highs, but the difference isn't massive. Not sure if it was a fluke, but there was one bass-heavy song where the 650 clearly had less bass distortion, which surprised me.



Lol, what? confused_face%281%29.gif

post #4323 of 36890

It was a display model. First time I listened there seemed to be a big difference, but after a few minutes of A/B comparison honestly it wasn't a huge difference. Obviously the LCD2 is considerably better. But not 3x better like the price.


Edited by ac500 - 9/5/11 at 10:04am
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It was a display model. First time I listened there seemed to be a big difference, but after a few minutes of A/B comparison honestly it wasn't a huge difference. Obviously the LCD2 is considerably better. But not 3x better like the price.


Not 3X the price...but definitely 2.5X. tongue.gif

 

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It's true that the HD-650 responds tremendously to good equipment - balanced amp and good cables, good front end, etc. And no doubt there is something to the LCD-2 that makes me think of the HD-650, but the difference is the speed / impulse response and the palpability and resolution of the bass. And that's just the bass. Across the spectrum there is more in the mids, and even though it doesn't have the sparkling treble of some other top end phones, the LCD-2 has more resolution everywhere. It's most obvious if you list to the LCD-2 for a good while and then immediately listen to the HD-650 after that. But I don't feel  like I'm missing something with the 650 if I just listen to it in isolation (although the bass can sound slightly slow even if I haven't listened to other phones that day or week).

 

The LCD-2 is a much heavier pair of 'phones. I am using the padded earband, but the 650 is lighter, no doubt. The 650 has a vice like grip though. The HD 800 is more comfortable and lighter, and easier to wear for longer. I was really concerned about it initially, but the LCD-2's weight is not really a problem for me, the way I listen to it (between 20mins and 2 hours in an evening for example). For marathon sesssions (i.e. over 2 hours), I would probably switch to other phones. Everyone will respond to the weight / comfort factor differently though.


Edited by sonance - 9/5/11 at 6:44pm
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Hi Guys,

 

Would like to ask that, which amp is better for HD650? Budget about usd300.

 

Little Dot Mkiii or Fiio E7/E9 combo?

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If you can afford around usd350, get the Audio GD NFB-5 or FUN and you can end up with a very fine DAC/Amp combo.

 

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Originally Posted by YoengJyh View Post

Hi Guys,

 

Would like to ask that, which amp is better for HD650? Budget about usd300.

 

Little Dot Mkiii or Fiio E7/E9 combo?



 

post #4328 of 36890

Ok I am literally losing my mind.

 

I just want a dedicated DAC and a dedicated AMP that both is JUST enough to be considered to be at this "Hi-Fi" level.

 

How much would this cost?

post #4329 of 36890

Just buy an E7/E9. They both preform quite well according to Voldemort. 

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Just buy an E7/E9. They both preform quite well according to Voldemort. 



I hear the E7+E9 has a mini-dac.

 

I also hear pairing 2 amps together is not as good as 1 standalone amp.

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Also, I am considering the NFB-12 but i'm still doing research on it.

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Originally Posted by jTizMLG View Post

Ok I am literally losing my mind.

 

I just want a dedicated DAC and a dedicated AMP that both is JUST enough to be considered to be at this "Hi-Fi" level.

 

How much would this cost?



That is a subjective question everyone has a different definition of mid-fi and high-fi, you better off listing your budget.

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Because of resource is laptop. If just an amp, i don't think it is enough. So plan to buy E7/E9 combo. But, heard people said that HD650 is great when coupled with tube amp.

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I hear the E7+E9 has a mini-dac.

 

I also hear pairing 2 amps together is not as good as 1 standalone amp.


Uh, that doesn't matter since the E9 bypasses the E7's amp. The only caveat you get with the E7/E9 is the fact that they're separate units and aren't controlled in tandem when connected together.

 

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Originally Posted by jTizMLG View Post

I hear the E7+E9 has a mini-dac.

 

I also hear pairing 2 amps together is not as good as 1 standalone amp.


 

Duh, the E7 serves as a DAC in this combination... 

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