I'm looking to add another pair of headphones to my collection (currently have a HD650 and HM5 Brainwavz clone) and it looks like I've come down to the LCD2 and HE-500 as my two options. I'd like a neutral sound and I've generally heard good things about both, but I can't seem to pull the trigger on either one. Any suggestions?
My main concern besides sonic characteristics is the weight, given that my current headphones are pretty light.
I'm aware I will probably get biased feedback given the thread I'm posting in.
What are you amping with or planning to amp with?
Also, if you get either of these, you'll end up getting the other one as well over time. I personally got the HE-500 first as I found a good deal on it for around $500ish. LCD-2 joined the club a few months later.
I think HE-500 is more of a crowd pleaser than the LCD-2. It suits more genres than the LCD-2. HE-500 is love at first listen. It can be the same with LCD-2 for some, but for me it took a while to appreciate and love them. Neutrality wise, that's more HE-500. Although LCD-2 has amazing bass to mid coherency. Then some funky cool weird stuff starts to happen in upper mids/treble where it takes a dip, although a very pleasant soothing one at that.
Both are heavy but still liveable. HE-500 has less clamping force than HE-500, although I like the LCD-2 pads and fit better with the angled fit as opposed to the flat fit of HE-500.