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post #5356 of 18022
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


U forget one big important part to take into consideration...
First u cant really compare both phones because they both has different needs ampwise..only amp i know of who drives both perfectly is the 337...so only with an amp who drives both well u can really compare both...and i myself did that....the hd650 is not worse then the he500..BUT..it does has a completely different soundsignature....in my opinion the he500 has the more balanced sound signature and the better bass and especially better mids..but i got a feeling the soundstage was better on the hd650...what the hd650 did well was making the sound intimate..darker, mellower, soft..more forgiving...but as a total package the he500 is the better phone..the more balanced phone..
But i can imagine people who have an amp (normally an otl tube amp or a low power ss amp) who pairs well with a hd650 and not with a he500 say the hd650 is the better phone...

Guys..i would say..as long the phone u have puts a smile on ur face..stick with it..it only will irritate u thinking other phones are better biggrin.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by Limniscate View Post

The DT880 is much dryer than the HE500, which is warmer.  

 

 

Thank you for proving my point.

post #5357 of 18022
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About 20-30 min each the He-500 probably longer since I had a pair and just wanted to compare the sound of a properly amped one with mine. I listened to the LCD-3's on two different amp pairing and it didn't impress me with either.

 

I disliked the LCD-2 for the first week I had them, coming from the HE-500. LCD-3 are still similar to LCD-2, or I've been told. They seemed boring and closed in a bit. Definitely don't feel the same after a few months. I think at the very minimum a month is needed to get a handle on the sound. I personally decide to hold out on opinions for certain gear for at least a couple of months to make sure I get used to their sound and be comfortable with it. The excitement or lack of excitement usually subsides and you're left with a more stable opinion

 

Perhaps in the future, your opinion might differ. I would definitely suggest the Audeze's if you can, maybe on a loan or something for at least a week or two. You just might find something there wink.gif

post #5358 of 18022

the LCD-2 didn't impress me a whole lot at first either, takes a while to get used to them.

post #5359 of 18022
The LCD's are far superior to any other headphone I've heard in terms of percussive timbre. If you've ever played a drum kit or intimately seen one played unmic'd then you know what I mean.
post #5360 of 18022
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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post

The LCD's are far superior to any other headphone I've heard in terms of percussive timbre. If you've ever played a drum kit or intimately seen one played unmic'd then you know what I mean.

 

Surprisingly the KRK KNS 8400 are right there with the LCD-2 for percussion. I was in a band for many years and played percussion and woodwinds. I would definitely throw the KNS 8400 in there. 

post #5361 of 18022
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Surprisingly the KRK KNS 8400 are right there with the LCD-2 for percussion. I was in a band for many years and played percussion and woodwinds. I would definitely throw the KNS 8400 in there. 

What's their sound signature like?

post #5362 of 18022
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What's their sound signature like?

 

They are quite close to neutral over all. They aren't planar magnetic fast, but still fast. They are supposed to be studio monitors. Some people think they are sterile. I also didn't like them for few months back when I used the D2000 and Bose Triport a lot. After getting the HE-500 and LCD-2, I started to like them more and more. I have had them for 2 years I think, or somewhere around that.

 

These work best with live music and real instruments. You can definitely tell analog vs digital instruments on these. The timbre is quite authentic on these. For example, listen to 808's & Heartbreak by Kanye West. The drums and percussion elements comes out quite good. These are more based for monitoring rather than full on mixing. They are quite sensitive to changes in the mids and bass (not talking sub-bass here). This is where a lot of the weight of harmonics lies, so it's quite a good pairing with real instruments. The soundstage isn't the biggest. It's okay. Presentation wise I'd say from neutral (whatever that is) they are slightly bit more in your face. The mids and vocals are more with you. However, they aren't thick at all. Voices sound like they should in real life.

 

These have decent treble extension, not the most air due to their closed nature, but okay.

 

I like their soundstage presentation - it's not big or small - just your average closed phone I guess. Imaging also isn't superb, but not bad. However, everything feels like where it should be. Nothing odd.

 

Bass is where these headphone gets a lot of heat. These actually have quite deep bass extension. However, not the most impact. Very controlled though. It's bass is like the O2 equivalent. Transparent, easy to follow, not over impactful. I think for electronic music, these aren't the best. With pop, hip-hop they were good. Rock is okay/good. Orchestra is great within the realms of a closed headphone. 

 

Comfort wise, these are amazing with their memory foam pads. I prefer them to planars and my D2000. The clamping force after getting broken in is where I want it to be. Not too tight to give you a migraine and not loose that they would fall off like the D2000.

 

Currently, these are the only headphone that get used everyday. I use them the most for watching shows and movies casually. Not too much with music though. For that I have the planars. Although for movies and shows, I have grown accustomed and fond to their presentation. A little bit in your face, ever so slightly that you don't to concentrate on picking up things, but not so much that they fatigue you - which makes sense since they are made for studio monitoring.

 

It took me about 6-7 months after I had them to start liking them. Since the past year, I have been enjoying them.

 

These headphone took me the most time to get used to out of all the others in my collection. It was a learning process and I'm quite happy I didn't sell them.

post #5363 of 18022
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

They are quite close to neutral over all. They aren't planar magnetic fast, but still fast. They are supposed to be studio monitors. Some people think they are sterile. I also didn't like them for few months back when I used the D2000 and Bose Triport a lot. After getting the HE-500 and LCD-2, I started to like them more and more. I have had them for 2 years I think, or somewhere around that.

 

These work best with live music and real instruments. You can definitely tell analog vs digital instruments on these. The timbre is quite authentic on these. For example, listen to 808's & Heartbreak by Kanye West. The drums and percussion elements comes out quite good. These are more based for monitoring rather than full on mixing. They are quite sensitive to changes in the mids and bass (not talking sub-bass here). This is where a lot of the weight of harmonics lies, so it's quite a good pairing with real instruments. The soundstage isn't the biggest. It's okay. Presentation wise I'd say from neutral (whatever that is) they are slightly bit more in your face. The mids and vocals are more with you. However, they aren't thick at all. Voices sound like they should in real life.

 

These have decent treble extension, not the most air due to their closed nature, but okay.

 

I like their soundstage presentation - it's not big or small - just your average closed phone I guess. Imaging also isn't superb, but not bad. However, everything feels like where it should be. Nothing odd.

 

Bass is where these headphone gets a lot of heat. These actually have quite deep bass extension. However, not the most impact. Very controlled though. It's bass is like the O2 equivalent. Transparent, easy to follow, not over impactful. I think for electronic music, these aren't the best. With pop, hip-hop they were good. Rock is okay/good. Orchestra is great within the realms of a closed headphone. 

 

Comfort wise, these are amazing with their memory foam pads. I prefer them to planars and my D2000. The clamping force after getting broken in is where I want it to be. Not too tight to give you a migraine and not loose that they would fall off like the D2000.

 

Currently, these are the only headphone that get used everyday. I use them the most for watching shows and movies casually. Not too much with music though. For that I have the planars. Although for movies and shows, I have grown accustomed and fond to their presentation. A little bit in your face, ever so slightly that you don't to concentrate on picking up things, but not so much that they fatigue you - which makes sense since they are made for studio monitoring.

 

It took me about 6-7 months after I had them to start liking them. Since the past year, I have been enjoying them.

 

These headphone took me the most time to get used to out of all the others in my collection. It was a learning process and I'm quite happy I didn't sell them.

They sound good. Do you know how they compare to the Shure 840's? 

post #5364 of 18022

How do you measure the OHM's of each side? 

 

Its Exam time and naturally im procrastinating looking for something else to do. 

post #5365 of 18022
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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post

They sound good. Do you know how they compare to the Shure 840's? 

 

I don't feel too comfortable in assessing the 840's as I don't own them. Although I have heard them. I have owned their other Shure products like SRH240 and SRH440 for over 6 years. I am quite familiar with their house sound. On a side note, their IEMs are definitely different, and more my type.

 

Generally the Shure's to me have been a bit slow sounding. Also bass wise, they aren't bass exactly bass light or bass heavy. I don't know...it was a bit weird for my tastes. Not the most exciting, not dull either, but also not in the middle...having trouble describing it. My biggest qualm, regardless of their sound signature was that they sounded slow and seemed to lack resolution.

 

I have grown more fond of the KRK's over the Shure headphones. IEM's as previously said, are another story.

post #5366 of 18022
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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post

The LCD's are far superior to any other headphone I've heard in terms of percussive timbre. If you've ever played a drum kit or intimately seen one played unmic'd then you know what I mean.

 

I actually play a full kit, and surprisingly the most accurate drum presentation I've heard is out of the Denon D7000. I didn't expect it either. 

post #5367 of 18022
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I actually play a full kit, and surprisingly the most accurate drum presentation I've heard is out of the Denon D7000. I didn't expect it either. 

That's interesting. If only the Denon's isolated better I'd try them.

post #5368 of 18022
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I actually play a full kit, and surprisingly the most accurate drum presentation I've heard is out of the Denon D7000. I didn't expect it either. 

It's probably because you're a sloppy player, so the Denon's sloppy bass made it seem real wink_face.gif

Only joking man please don't hurt me

post #5369 of 18022
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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

It's probably because you're a sloppy player, so the Denon's sloppy bass made it seem real wink_face.gif

 

 

That is certainly a possibility, but my ears are still sharp tongue_smile.gif

post #5370 of 18022

Well I sing like an angel, probably the greatest voice of my generation and the HE-500 renders my voice the best. Not quite like the magic of hearing it live, but it gets close.

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