I only heard the HDJ500 very briefly, and to my ear is sounded boomier and less defined than the 2000. I still think the lows could be a tad crisper, but they trade some of that crispness for a warmer resonant tone. The 2000 also had cleaner mids. I would expect some improvement though considering the price difference (though admittedly price is not necessarily an indicator of quality). Looking at the Headroom graphs, they seem to measure fairly similarly.
Don't you sell headphones? Just get one and chalk it up as a business expense. Get a DT1350 while you're at it
I think you pretty much summed up the differences in the cans.. More refined is what I am reading about the higher end cans...At my shop believe it or not I am the only one that enjoys
mid-hi fi headphones.. I sell more of the cheaper stuff that sound good.. The JVCs and the like.. I do order higher end phones for people that come up with the cash but I make the bulk
of my income selling cell phones.. I do get to listen to my cans more than most people do however as I am the boss. I usually have my cans on at all times at work actually. I am a people
person and I love finding good phones for your average non audiophile for cheap.. I know this community is all about high end cans and how they sound but to me.. If I can find a great sounding mid fi/ budget can I am just as happy if not more so.. My reviews are going to be based on many cans I deem worthy that are more accessible to your average music lover. .
That being said I am a big fan of the Pioneer sound and wanted to share the base Dj can with the community..Many overlook Dj cans but many ask for their qualities..Isolating, better build, better bass..And don't think about getting DJ cans. This is the most portable out of the Pioneer line while staying true to the sounds so I immediately grabbed one.. I honestly think these will be very popular.. Those DT1350s look monster.. Would love to try those actually..