And also about any mods you've made, equipment you're using and music you like. I don't doubt, as has been covered in other threads, that phones like the LCD-2 are overall superior to the 650, but I think that superiority is going to show up much more in some systems than others, in some ears more than others, on some music more than others. One thing I'm certain of: at the discount prices the 650 can be got for these days it's an unadulterated bargain, and more than good enough for 95% of listeners. For the others, Audeze and Stax wait in the wings.
That right there, is what I wish more people realized. About everything.
Agreed. The fact people are using baffling terms to describe the HD650 highlights this and I think it's unfair to dismiss the HD650 until you've heard it in a system that can at least hint at its potential. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found a synergy in my chain that's pleasing to me. Sure it's not perfect, but it gets more things right than wrong imo. I love how I can just listen to my music without the nitpicking of the headphone's sound detracting from my enjoyment.
@ KneelJung - I used to consider myself entrenched in the Grado/Alessandro camp based on what I thought was my absolute preference for the MS-1i's energetic presentation. Head-Fi hyperbole would have you believe that if you preferred one camp, you could not possibly find anything of worth in another. I still love the in your face attack of the Alessandro and still hope to one day own an RS-1i or MS-Pro, but for now I'm pretty content I've found my all-rounder cans. I'd suggest you at least give the HD650/600 a try, especially with the Sparrow if you still have that.