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Is the NFB what they needed to come alive?

I think so, sorry mate redface.gif

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I really want to recommend Alice in Chains' Unplugged with the HE-500. With the lcd-2 it sounded great, with the HE-500 I was rocking, I consider the 'music synergy' even better than with DSotM.

 

Any other really good recommendations?

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I really want to recommend Alice in Chains' Unplugged with the HE-500. With the lcd-2 it sounded great, with the HE-500 I was rocking, I consider the 'music synergy' even better than with DSotM.

 

Any other really good recommendations?

Eric Clapton Unplugged sounds pretty good too

post #4384 of 18028
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Pink Floyd and other live albums were killer on the HE-500 though. HE-500 excelled with Pink Floyd. 

 

This, this and, definitely, this!

 

For the whole year I've owned the HE-500, there was never a listening session without The Wall at some point basshead.gif

 

Now that I have the 5LEs, the Rolling Stones took over and I pretty often finish the session with Moonlight Mile before going to sleep cool.gif

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The HE-500 is very versatile indeed when it comes to musicality smily_headphones1.gif
post #4386 of 18028
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I really want to recommend Alice in Chains' Unplugged with the HE-500. With the lcd-2 it sounded great, with the HE-500 I was rocking, I consider the 'music synergy' even better than with DSotM.

 

Any other really good recommendations?

 

Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live 

 

one of my favs! 

 

sounds great on HE-500 with WA6-SE

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Out of all dubstep artists and albums. I remember this being special. Bassnectar's Timestretch and Divergent Spectrum. Both of these albums are incredible and actually worth the listen front to back. It's a proper album. I remember losing my **** over how good these two albums sounded, even back when I used the O2.

 

EDIT: Here's a playlist to the album on youtube for Divergent Spectrum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RASwpu2NwHk&list=PLE8B9C2DC89A2914E&index=1

 

Timestretch, playlist style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQmOi3sjDIo&list=PLCDDB5A6671E911BE&index=1

 

I have no clue how the quality is going to come out, but in FLAC, with HE-500 this was one of my top albums to bring out the bass and imaging capabilities of HE-500.


Edited by Zoom25 - 4/15/13 at 2:32am
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Out of all dubstep artists and albums. I remember this being special. Bassnectar's Timestretch and Divergent Spectrum. Both of these albums are incredible and actually worth the listen front to back. It's a proper album. I remember losing my **** over how good these two albums sounded, even back when I used the O2.

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Also, Submotion Orchestra. Their album Always. It was a beautiful listen. Jazz, live instruments, sweet vocals, deep house, amazing mixing, mastering skills, They got kick ass bass, nice vocals, sweet melodies, perfect room ambience, just beautiful. I am certain that everyone out there would enjoy this. 

 

Here's a few sample tracks.

 

Good track, also it's a video to get a sense of their setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMmqgBvNdVQ

 

Slightly laid back, but still great bass and vocals. A delight for all jazz and electronic lovers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_u8w0D_Lfc

 

Jazz, with some killer basslines. Prepare your subs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lm0cZwY14I


Edited by Zoom25 - 4/15/13 at 2:50am
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I really want to recommend Alice in Chains' Unplugged with the HE-500. With the lcd-2 it sounded great, with the HE-500 I was rocking, I consider the 'music synergy' even better than with DSotM.

Any other really good recommendations?
Band is BOY, album is 'Mutual Friends'. Shiver-inducing!
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I like them all. For different music or applications, they vary. I actually started liking my D2000s more after getting the planars.

 

For movies, I would say D2000 is my favourite. HE-500 has no depth or rumble. Being wide is great and all, but no depth for movies is an absolute no-no. The D2000 isn't that wide but has more depth (overall a great width to depth ratio), proper subwoofer bloom. It's actually phenomenal with the O2, which doesn't work out as nicely with the planars. Also, the vocals on movie sound a whole lot natural and clean on the D2000 than on HE-500. The D2000 gives out a noticeably better movie presentation than the HE-500. I forced myself to watch up to 5 movies on the HE-500, but I usually couldn't stand it more than half way, the sound is too off. The HE-500 are comfortable but nowhere near D2000. Although vocals in typical music comes off a lot better on HE-500. I don't know why the mids become weird and recessed for music, but for movies, it scales to a whole another level.

 

For movies, I think I have tried the LCD-2 once or twice. I remember it fared better than HE-500, although it also didn't have the full engulfing subwoofer bass presentation you find in a theatre. Also for movies, I have never found the D2000's bass to be ever sloppy. It's actually so well ridiculously controlled, much more fun than HE-500. I should try LCD-2 more in the future for movies, but the D2000 has virtually nothing wrong it for movies. It has full extension and right bass impact and transients. Music is another case, where the LCD-2 and HE-500 kill it. Although looking at 50 Hz square wave response on D2000, you can see they are actually quite impressive. Not as good as LCD-2, but still applaudable. Definitely my favourite closed headphone.

 

For movies I can say with confidence that D2000 is better than HE-500. The verdict is still out on LCD-2s though.

 

For music, it again varies, and especially with genres. One thing I will say about the D2000 is that it does a whole lot better with slow/moderate paced music. Up to a 100 BPM, the D2000 are solid. That's why for rap, they are my favourite, even for LCD-2s. Their bass is very coherent for rap and not loose at all. The mids don't seem recessed at all and the rumble of them makes the LCD-2 seem quite poor...On the other hand, switch over to trance, DNB or dubstep, and all of a sudden the vocals start getting muddy. The bass isn't kicking hard enough and getting sloppy. Both HE-500 and LCD-2 win here.

 

HE-500 loses depth and has a okayish centerstage presentation. Kick ass treble though. Hands down the best in that area.

 

LCD-2 has the best height to width to depth ratio among the three. It's the most 3D of them all and wins the overall soundstage presentation among them. Even though HE-500 images better, it can't really utilize it with it's lack of depth and fuzzy center soundstage. Although near the sides, it's imaging is off the charts.

 

LCD-2 doesn't have the sparkly treble of HE-500 or the bloom of D2000 but it still manages to image quite respectably. While the soundstage isn't wide as the HE-500, I don't have a problem with it though, as at least it's soundstage comes off more natural and true to life.

 

 

I agree with the treble of the HE-500, it's one of the best in the business.  I can't speak to much about headphones and movies.  I like to use my Paradigm studio 100s and my Epik Dual Empires.  they give you all the rumble you need.

 

When I had the LCD-3 and LCD-2.2 side by side.  It was no contest.  The LCD-2.2 got sold in the first week.  LCD-3s have better treble, more open sound, overall better width and depth in the sound stage.

post #4392 of 18028
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I really want to recommend Alice in Chains' Unplugged with the HE-500. With the lcd-2 it sounded great, with the HE-500 I was rocking, I consider the 'music synergy' even better than with DSotM.

 

Any other really good recommendations?

Eric Clapton's Unplugged is just as glorious as AiC's on the HE500. Nirvana's Unplugged sounds a bit lackluster in comparison to those two performances.

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So much to look into? The best of the best maybe?

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Out of all dubstep artists and albums. I remember this being special. Bassnectar's Timestretch and Divergent Spectrum. Both of these albums are incredible and actually worth the listen front to back. It's a proper album. I remember losing my **** over how good these two albums sounded, even back when I used the O2.

 

EDIT: Here's a playlist to the album on youtube for Divergent Spectrum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RASwpu2NwHk&list=PLE8B9C2DC89A2914E&index=1

 

Timestretch, playlist style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQmOi3sjDIo&list=PLCDDB5A6671E911BE&index=1

 

I have no clue how the quality is going to come out, but in FLAC, with HE-500 this was one of my top albums to bring out the bass and imaging capabilities of HE-500.

 

I want more music reccomendations from this poster, they are amazing haha

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I HIGHLY recommend this song, well actually a certain part of the song, for everyone to try. There is a breakdown at around 3:35 that will make your jaw drop with HE-500. The extra treble really helps the effect. I remember I had to go back and listen to that part a couple dozen times. It was one of my highlight moments with the HE-500 and what it could do.

 

Try it in HD. Also I recommend not to start directly at 3:35. At the very least start 30 seconds before to let it build. Or just start from the beginning and don't even bother looking at the time and close your eyes...and then when you're not expecting it. BAM, it hits you. You will definitely know what I mean when you hear it. Okay, enough talk, here it is:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwl81f4dMaU

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