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post #8626 of 18030

Which do you think is better out of the LCD-2 Vs HE500?

post #8627 of 18030
LCD-2 will take some beating as far as I'm concerned. Of all the high end headphones I've owned, they're the ones I regret selling.
post #8628 of 18030
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

Which do you think is better out of the LCD-2 Vs HE500?


Seems I'm not the only HE-400 owner looking for an upgrade :tongue: But yeah, I'm interested in opinions on that matter as well.

post #8629 of 18030

I found the LCD2 to sound more closed than the 500 with less engaging treble. Personally prefer the 500.

post #8630 of 18030
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

Which do you think is better out of the LCD-2 Vs HE500?


This again could be a subjective call but for me I ended up picking HE500 after comparing it to both LCD2 and LCD3. 

LCD3 is nice though but the sound signature wasn't for me.  In this trio, performance and technicality are so close to one another, you would have to listen to them and decide for yourself.  For me, it wasn't about the $ difference for this purchase.  I was ready to buy the HD800 at the time.

post #8631 of 18030

HE-500 is more of a crowd pleaser. Has a very rich treble and wide soundstage. Really, really good bass when driven well. No other headphone sounded so good right out of the box in my first listen like the HE-500 did. Although over time, there are a few things that bothered me, like lack of depth. It wasn't 3D enough for me. I am not too picky on the dimensions as long as you feel surrounded and engulfed in movies/music. That's actually why I kept my D2000 for movies over HE-500 for that particular reason.

 

Hated LCD-2 at first listen. Took about a month to get used to it's "boring" sound coming from HE-500. Over time, my appreciation grew little by little. They felt more 3D and surrounded you better in depth and height despite not being wide like the HE-500.

 

Also, at first I found the vocals on LCD-2 and HE-500 on par each with each other. Although after 3 months, I found the LCD-2 to be more natural and engaging in the mids. HE-500 in fact started to sound a bit too polished at certain parts. Also, the bass of LCD-2 went deeper and had a more tighter response.

 

The LSD-3 currently beats the LCD-2 and HE-500 overall by quite a margin. The only thing I would change about it is maybe having a bit more mid-bass like LCD-2.

 

I really think listening to these two headphones at meet is quite a poor way of finding out which one is right for you. At the very least, a month is required to even start getting a handle on both. I think at least 3 months is more appropriate.


Edited by Zoom25 - 10/18/13 at 9:50am
post #8632 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

 

Well of course you don't. You own the best HE-500 ever made.:beerchug:

 

Hahaha, honestly, aside from one side not adjusting as easily as the other, you're right, this HE-500 is THE best HE-500 ever :p 

post #8633 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Textfeud View Post
 


Seems I'm not the only HE-400 owner looking for an upgrade :tongue: But yeah, I'm interested in opinions on that matter as well.

 

I like the HE-400 a lot.... But they are have some problems and the HE-500 or LCD-2 + Emotiva mini x amplifier is looking very tempting :D

 

Started off about 3 years ago with some Shure 840c and it has gone downhill from there haha, about 20 pairs of headphones later I am now looking for the "end game" headphones....

post #8634 of 18030
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post
 

I found the LCD2 to sound more closed than the 500 with less engaging treble. Personally prefer the 500.

 

How bright is the treble on the HE500 compared to the HE400?

 

My main issue with the HE400 is the big treble spike and the sibilance.

post #8635 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

HE-500 is more of a crowd pleaser. Has a very rich treble and wide soundstage. Really, really good bass when driven well. No other headphone sounded so good right out of the box in my first listen like the HE-500 did. Although over time, there are a few things that bothered me, like lack of depth. It wasn't 3D enough for me. I am not too picky on the dimensions as long as you feel surrounded and engulfed in movies/music. That's actually why I kept my D2000 for movies over HE-500 for that particular reason.

 

Hated LCD-2 at first listen. Took about a month to get used to it's "boring" sound coming from HE-500. Over time, my appreciation grew little by little. They felt more 3D and surrounded you better in depth and height despite not being wide like the HE-500.

 

Also, at first I found the vocals on LCD-2 and HE-500 on par each with each other. Although after 3 months, I found the LCD-2 to be more natural and engaging in the mids. HE-500 in fact started to sound a bit too polished at certain parts. Also, the bass of LCD-2 went deeper and had a more tighter response.

 

The LSD-3 currently beats the LCD-2 and HE-500 overall by quite a margin. The only thing I would change about it is maybe having a bit more mid-bass like LCD-2.

 

Nice overview, I'm tempted to move onto the LCD-2s, or even LCD-X, depending on how they turn out. 

post #8636 of 18030
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

How bright is the treble on the HE500 compared to the HE400?

 

My main issue with the HE400 is the big treble spike and the sibilance.

The treble issues with the 400 are not there with the 500.  The 500 is well balanced and doesn't need all the EQ tweaks we apply to the 400.  It doesn't have the sibilance issues.

post #8637 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

HE-500 is more of a crowd pleaser. Has a very rich treble and wide soundstage. Really, really good bass when driven well. No other headphone sounded so good right out of the box in my first listen like the HE-500 did. Although over time, there are a few things that bothered me, like lack of depth. It wasn't 3D enough for me. I am not too picky on the dimensions as long as you feel surrounded and engulfed in movies/music. That's actually why I kept my D2000 for movies over HE-500 for that particular reason.

 

Hated LCD-2 at first listen. Took about a month to get used to it's "boring" sound coming from HE-500. Over time, my appreciation grew little by little. They felt more 3D and surrounded you better in depth and height despite not being wide like the HE-500.

 

Also, at first I found the vocals on LCD-2 and HE-500 on par each with each other. Although after 3 months, I found the LCD-2 to be more natural and engaging in the mids. HE-500 in fact started to sound a bit too polished at certain parts. Also, the bass of LCD-2 went deeper and had a more tighter response.

 

The LSD-3 currently beats the LCD-2 and HE-500 overall by quite a margin. The only thing I would change about it is maybe having a bit more mid-bass like LCD-2.

 

I really think listening to these two headphones at meet is quite a poor way of finding out which one is right for you. At the very least, a month is required to even start getting a handle on both. I think at least 3 months is more appropriate.

 

Thanks... Have you compared the HE500 / LCD2 to the HE400? I find the HE400 is pretty good for "3D effect".... The soundstage on the HE400 is not huge but it sounds pretty good to me, nice seperation and a good balance between being too close and too distant.... TBH I am happy with the HE400 bass / lower mids and most parts of the sound.... I would like better treble and slightly more upper midrange.... The HE400 treble can be quite harsh / sibilant and painful at times with the wrong recordings... Do the HE500 have the "tizzy" treble and sibilance of the HE400 or are they a lot better in this area?

post #8638 of 18030
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post
 

The treble issues with the 400 are not there with the 500.  The 500 is well balanced and doesn't need all the EQ tweaks we apply to the 400.  It doesn't have the sibilance issues.

 

Ah you just answered my next question as I posted it :)

 

Looks like it will be the HE500 + Emotiva mini X next because overall I really like the hifi-man sound and value for money.... Just looking for better treble and upper mids compared to the HE400, hopefully the HE500 are pretty similar to the HE400 in other areas.... How does the soundstage and "3Dness" compare to the HE400?


Edited by nicholars - 10/18/13 at 10:00am
post #8639 of 18030

One other question....

 

Can anybody please give me a link to the cheapest method of hooking up the HE500 to the Emotiva mini x? I am not willing to spend £100 on a cable and I could probably do it myself using the stock cable if it is not too complicated?

post #8640 of 18030
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

One other question....

 

Can anybody please give me a link to the cheapest method of hooking up the HE500 to the Emotiva mini x? I am not willing to spend £100 on a cable and I could probably do it myself using the stock cable if it is not too complicated?

 

Get an adapter cable. Banana plugs to 1/4 or banana plug to XLR, depending on which cable you own.

 

It's the cheapest and non-invasive method.

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