I'll say this, while for Classical I prefer the HE 4, for Duets and Solos of Classical Instruments, the LCD2's faster response is nice, listening to a very modern Cello Duet, sounds great on the LCD 2 better than the HE 4 for sure, the HE 4 doesn't have the dynamic speed of the LCD 2 either, and the LCD 2 [like my D2k] sounds a little better at louder volumes, having it around 52-57dbs it's ok, get it up to 60, 65 and around 67dbs and it's starts to shine a little more
oooh now here's an interesting song, Epica's "Solitary Ground Verision" sounds magicl on the HE 4, every time the balance of the Vocals [beautiful women with an equally stunning voice] and the music in the back ground, really strikes me...
let's see how the LCD 2F Compares,
ewwww, her voice sounds wonked, to much emphasis on the low mids, her voice alone is nice, but the background is smeared, the powerful lower notes in her voice smudge up the back
I was level matching the two headphones, cranking the LCD 2 up to it's "optimal 62dbs" it does sound a touch better the background get's a little cleaer, but holy crap is the her VOICE FREAKING LOUD, yes it's sounds better but it's SOO LOUD, ugh not all that comfy for my ears
Where as the HE 4, while not as quick dynamically, has a better overall balance, and really does a great job with the track at a whole, on what I feel is a comfortable listening level.
I'll do some comparisons with the LCD 2 on the NFb 10ES2 [Thick Can Dry Amp/Dac] and w1000x [Dry Can, thick Dac, Neutral Amp] to my ears the hm801/pb2/w1000x combo is magic for eveything [minus anything EDM] I think the two headphones though share a simmilar mind set,