Threw my earpads in the rubbish pile. Put the HF2s bare naked on my ears...guess what they sound like the most to me like this? My LCD2s...with less refinement. But that unmistakeable huge midrange is there.
Checked all the Grado measurements - the 225 with flats pads give me an indication of what I am hearing...indeed - a flat as a pancake midrange.
Funnily enough, the big 10 khz spike doesn't seem to register with me as excessive brightness, same as the spike in the Beyer T1 - I am OK with this.
Reconfigure my setup to include an equaliser. Yes, as I edge the 8khz slider with my LCD2s on board...that dagger like sensation starts to manifest - it does not take much at all - a 4db boost will kill me in the long term.
But it seems to me a large part of the ortho sound is the midrange flatness - and perhaps only gentle wobbles in the 300hz squares, no ragged edges here please.
Learning a craptone with my latest EQ adventures...for instance, a boost at around 100hz - as the HF2s have makes the bass sound snappier and speedier...all this and more.
This EQ business is the bees knees. With my LCD2s I have gradofied, HD650rised, and low volume orthorised. But of course, it was the whole Grado thing that got me started again...and here I finally understand where the LCD2s cannot go...they can not be trebilized like a HD800 just as the HD800 can not be orthorised like a planar. Somewhere after the 4khz slider is some kind of a brickwall. From there I have to be careful with the 8khz and 14khz sliders. I was not to know this in the past as there was never a kind of treble I wanted to emulate...until I spent more time with my HF2s...this is bright done right. I can EQ the LCD2s to sound just as good in the treble as the HF2...but I am dealing with closing on the borderline schizophrenic properties of the LCD2 treble when exposed excessively.
I would like to hear the RS1s, I definitely will purchase a pair of SR60s...these should be the cans to take it to the PX100s and PortaPros - two excellent cans in their own right.
Low level listening is where I am at right now and I think the Grado curves go will with the loudness contour. I'm talking very low level here - not even moderate...very low. Its just not worth sacrificing hearing acuity for headphones...I need my acuity in the forest for stalking prey, over there is where I use up my limited amount of good hearing to its fullest resolve...I am pretty sure there is a very limited rifle shots before I go deaf...but there is where the sacrifice is well worth it to me. I'm not going deaf sitting in my room doing jack all.
Interesting read, out of curiosity what kind of EQ are you using?