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Lovely pictures.

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I prefer the appearance of the LCD-2.   

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Originally Posted by MrSpenkelink View Post

I prefer the appearance of the LCD-2.   


It certainly is a lovely headphone. It smells nice too, thanks to the wood used. However the HE-6 is way more comfortable to wear for me.

 

Edit:

 

Thought I'd mention a few more things related to non-sound issues. Namely comfort, aesthetics, storage, cables, etc.

 

I prefer the leather ear pads of the LCD-2 to the velour of the HE-6. The improved comfort of the HE-6 mainly results from the weight difference and the headband. On the HE-6, the headband is flexible. On the LCD-2, it's a rigid piece of cushioned metal that presses down more noticeably on the top of my head. The LCD-2 isn't too uncomfortable, but it isn't terribly comfortable to me either. I find I can more readily forget about wearing the HE-6 when listening to music.

 

The adjustment sliders on the HE-6 are superior to the LCD-2 in my opinion. This is probably the biggest issue I have with the LCD-2's construction. I found with the HE-6 I could slide the ear cups into the right position with ease. It's a very fluid and smooth feeling on the adjustment. With the LCD-2, it took a lot of force to push the metal rods into position. Thankfully I only did this once, and haven't had to readjust the LCD-2 since. The blocks which hold the sliders on the HE-6 are finished in a similar way to the ear cups. Time will tell whether they last. With the LCD-2, the adjustment blocks cracked over time. I'm still awaiting a replacement pair from Audeze.

 

The stock cable on the HE-6 is better than the LCD-2's stock cable in my opinion. It isn't overly rigid. Quite the opposite: it's one of the most flexible cables on any pair of headphones I own, save for the ribbon cables on my Stax. It's not microphonic, and it doesn't rub up against my blouse like the LCD-2 stock cable which was a bit annoying.

 

The storage case for the HE-6 is very nice. It's covered in leather on the outside, and on the inside there's foam which holds the headphones and cable. The name "HiFiMan" is printed on the outside. The package from Head-Direct was shipped well, surrounded by sheets of packing foam with the case itself wrapped up in bubble wrap. There was no damage sustained in shipping thankfully.

 

Holding the HE-6, it feels very solid. The shiny metallic coating on them is really nice, and something you have to see in person to fully appreciate. The purple hue that comes through in the pictures is much less pronounced in person. It's more of a straightforward metallic look reminiscent of the Ultrasone Edition 9.

 

In terms of sheer aesthetics, I like both headphones equally. They both have a totally different feel, and seeing them together they compliment one another to my mind.

 

I'll be listening to the HE-6 all day. Since both headphones are top tier, I'm going to take my time in comparing their sound. Hopefully I can visit my brother next week and make use of his Beta 22 to do so. I think any impressions I give regarding the sound would be better left to when I've calmed down somewhat. Right now I'm just too excited over these headphones and might come across as though I'm trying to hype them.


Edited by MuppetFace - 11/12/10 at 8:47am
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I prefer the appearance of the LCD-2.   



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MuppetFace,

 

You're excitement is contagious. Having these two performing off the same equipment is the review I'm interested in. Almost everybody giving opinions of these two headphones are doing so by memory. I do think one can get the general feel of the land by memory but being able to go back and forth with a passage to hear how each handles it is the surest comparison.

 

Wish I were there.

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You mention the HE6 feels lighter on your head then the LCD-2? As in better fit or are they actually lighter then the LCD-2? The LCD-2 is 4/5 comfort regarding fit and weight distribution on my head. It is 5/5 when not having to move around but it compresses my neck to much which drags down the comfort rating to 2/5.

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HE-6 502g

LCD-2 550g

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When I received one of the 2 loaner "prodo" HE-6's and reported back on them, people (even those who know me), thought I was being a bit over zealous about the changes, and I had stated that these where in the top category of headphones that I have ever heard in all of my experience with headphones in the past 34 years. I had posted that I would never make a statement like that unless it was the absolute truth because this is a tough crowd, that is hard to pull the wool over their eyes. I review with my heart (and in this case, with my ears).

 

I am not a man who gets a lot of joy out of saying "I told you so". When I write, I know that a lot of people who trust me, who don't get a chance to actually try the product, take my reviews with open ears, and I take that responsibility very seriously, especially when people are spending their hard earned money on a product that they will have in their possession for a decent period of time.

 

I am going to break tradition here and say something that I don't ever usually say:    I TOLD YOU SO!!! Nah, nah, nuh nah nah.tongue.gif

 

The only thing that was holding me back, was the efficiency issue and the absolute need for a speaker amp. Now, that that is no longer an absolute necessity.

The HE-6's have become my "Desert Island" Headphones. The ones I would pick if I only had one choice. I would still bring my JH-13's due to space, sand, and the ability to be driven by portables, but if I was like that guy with the monkey on the island with all of his gear and necessities of home, there is no reason why I wouldn't bring the 6's to Survivor. They would be my immunity necklace. Other's can gather wood and catch fish, I would be in the background listening to Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" smile.gif. I'd probably get voted off in the first round, but I can stay in the hotel and listen to my tunes.

 

Everyone who got them and those who will be getting them...Enjoy your new toy! I know that I will. 

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There is a small screw on the sides on the blocks. You can adjust it to make the rods slide very easily - or turn it the other way to lock them, if you find a position you really would like them to stay in.

 

Nice comparison beerchug.gif
 

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With the LCD-2, it took a lot of force to push the metal rods into position.
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@macendonianhero please email me. Thx
Edited by baka1969 - 11/12/10 at 10:30am
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Thank you so much MuppetFace for this fantastic comparison as the two cans you compared are my top picks for next can! I have an odd question- did you have to pay any tax?

 

Also a question for all of you experts- can the Auditor and Little dot MK IV power the demanding HE 6 or will I have to buy another amp?

 

LD specs: http://www.littledot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=820&sid=fb7143d00480fe1a72d130bad3dd2540

 

Auditor specs: http://www.spl.info/index.php?id=438

 

thanks a bunch guys and galls 

 

 

and yes, we were told! :p

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@immtbiker

 

Okay, Okay I pulled the trigger

 

Having just rejected the LCD-2 I hope you bear the burden of my headphone nirvana ? LOL

 

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I'm so glad I don't teach class on Friday... I can stay home and be in audio heaven!

 

I personally feel this year we've seen the three best headphones come out that you can get for $1000:

 

HiFiMan HE-6

Audez'e LCD-2

Stax SR-507

 

Any one of these three could truly satisfy most people as the only headphone they'd ever need. All three convey music in such a way that the instruments sound truly real. This is a very exciting time to be a headphone enthusiast. I shudder to think what the Stax C32 is going to sound like.

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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post

When I received one of the 2 loaner "prodo" HE-6's and reported back on them, people (even those who know me), thought I was being a bit over zealous about the changes, and I had stated that these where in the top category of headphones that I have ever heard in all of my experience with headphones in the past 34 years.

 

The only thing that was holding me back, was the efficiency issue and the absolute need for a speaker amp. Now, that that is no longer an absolute necessity.

The HE-6's have become my "Desert Island" Headphones. The ones I would pick if I only had one choice.


is "prodo" chinese for prototype? tongue.gif  seriously, those are some powerful statements you've made. you prefer them to the HP2s, HD800s, T1s, LCDs, R10s, K1000s, Jades, Orpheus, & JH-3a?!?!

i'd love to hear more about them - more details please! atsmile.gif

 

Romy, your pix make the he6 look far more elegant & refined than the lcd, which looks crude in comparison. i do like the lcd wood box though.

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I know it's probably a bit early yet but has anyone been able to try these out with a GLite or Dynalo?

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