Yea. Higher learning curve on the Audeze's than the Hifiman. Also, the sound signature difference. Audeze's will seem a bit boring at first when coming from HE-500. Hifiman is more speaker like, so it takes less time to get used to. Audeze's while having a smaller soundstage, is more 3D and comprehensive. Even after having the LCD-2 for 5 months and then moving to LCD-3, I still needed at least a month to get a handle on it. I only started liking the LCD-3's after two months with them.
Might I add that if coming from the HE500, don't expect your WOW tracks to be the same on the LCD2. Your ears are just too used to those tracks on the HE500. They will sound great eventually on the LCD 2 when your ears adjust.
That being said though, on select tracks (especially female vocals and acoustics or combo of both) that really shine on the HE500 - I have yet to find a headphone that can best them.
Edited by NZheadcase - 10/30/13 at 9:19pm