With the LCD2 you can hear flaws in recordings as well as any other headphone, the difference here is that the job of the LCD2 is to highlight the actual music - so flaws in your recordings won't stick out so sorely - so you hear the music as the sound engineers/producers intended.
Fast paced music, relaxing soothing music - the LCD2 does it all. The LCD2 reproduces what is on the recording, if the recording is sibilant - the sibilance will be heard, but not hi-lited, so you can get on with the music.
I can understand the desire for a brighter can for classical and ambient driven electronic music - but I find the LCD2s can work with those. Balance cables is not a necessity. Remember, the LCD2 and LCD3 are voice the same - the LCDX slightly different, from what I understand.
Okay, cool thanks for the info.
If you are confronted with a kickass - 1/2 million dollar stereo, would you just use it for backround music? How might you listen to a half million dollar stereo? This is how the LCD2s separate itself from its competitors. Listen to it like you would a totl stereo speaker system - you will understand. Even at low volumes, it is incredibly detailed and dynamic. But to do that - like totl exotic 2 channel, you will need some real grunt.
I'm not sure if I'm understanding what you're getting at here.
Really? I've heard they are quite difficult to drive, and assuming that my current setup (Asgard+HRT MSII) isn't sufficient at all...
Alright. So again I'm hearing that it is great with everything; and at its price it definitely better be! But there it does have a distinct sound, right? It will be different to my HD600s right?
However, while the FR isn't quite as suited to electronic music, a lot of its qualities are absolutely perfect for electronic music (accurate, fast, and deep bass, smooth treble, awesome texture, great transient response, and the ability to give a strong tactile kick). I believe the non-FR qualities of a headphone are the most important thing to look at as far as compatibility to a specific genre, since FR can be changed to a reasonable degree, but it's much more difficult to change a headphone's transient response or ability to render musical texture. With some FR changes I think the LCD-2's can be one of the best electronic music headphones out there (perhaps only beaten by the LCD-X or maybe LCD-3).
When I say electronic music, I'm more into the stuff that is experemental non-dance electronic music (though I do enjoy the occasional Deadmau5) which is a pretty huge range.
The LCD-2's can do pretty well with metal once the upper midrange dip is compensated for. Headphones that have more "air" will do better with the mushy, poorly made metal (separating the mush a bit better than less-airy headphones), but the LCD-2's can do drums like no other and it really can sound amazing. I'd recommend it with average quality metal or above.
Free jazz would be pretty great on the LCD-2's, they have the ability to render a lot of brass instrument texture which I consider to be very important for jazz. I don't listen to a lot of straight jazz, but I listen to a lot of jazz-fusion or jazz-inspired music. I'm listening to Hidden Orchestra at the moment, which is an electronic-jazz collective.
Good to know it will suit experimental electronic, free jazz, drums, brass textures etc. How do I go about 'compensating for the upper midrange' and changing the FR (frequency response?) though? With the correct amps, cables, or...?