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Very interesting, but aren't they more like outside ear monitors, not so much of an IEM? I mean 2 11 mm driver on each side need some volume capacity, right? I am in the business for real IEMs right now. Would anyone here allow the Shure 535 to be labeled as basshead IEM? I am afraid, I should know the answer.....:ph34r:

post #7592 of 11259

Technically they would be considered "canalphones" that are somewhere in between earbuds and IEMs. But personally I don't really draw a distinction - if it seals your ear canal, it's an IEM to me :)

post #7593 of 11259

BTW, I HATE IEMs and I've been doing alright with the Shure's and Denons... sure, I still think it's weird (and I feel weird) having something IN my ear (yuuuccck), but these sound so good that I don't mind!

post #7594 of 11259
No, the shure 535 are not considered basshead. If you want the most bass from the shure line, try the 215 Limited. There is the regular 215 and then there is the Limited version, which has the bass added. Importing saves you a lot of money btw if you were to consider amazon.
post #7595 of 11259

Another vote for the HiFiMAN HE-400 from me!  I've had these badboys for going on 6 months now and the bass, when run from a quality source, is a real kick in the head!

post #7596 of 11259
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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post
 

Very interesting, but aren't they more like outside ear monitors, not so much of an IEM? I mean 2 11 mm driver on each side need some volume capacity, right? I am in the business for real IEMs right now. Would anyone here allow the Shure 535 to be labeled as basshead IEM? I am afraid, I should know the answer.....:ph34r:

 

I'd consider the Westone 3, at that price-point. 

post #7597 of 11259

Sorry for double post:

 

Just made a deal with my girlfriend: If I don't make any major purchases over the next few months, and keep enough money in my bank account, I am allowed to buy some LCD2s.

 

HELL YES. 

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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

Sorry for double post:

 

Just made a deal with my girlfriend: If I manage to hide all major purchases over the next few months, and keep a dollar or two in my bank account, I am allowed to buy some LCD2s.

 

HELL YES. 

 

Cool.

post #7599 of 11259
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

Sorry for double post:

 

Just made a deal with my girlfriend: If I don't make any major purchases over the next few months, and keep enough money in my bank account, I am allowed to buy some LCD2s.

 

HELL YES. 

I would suggest not ruling out the Sig DJ before finalizing.

post #7600 of 11259

Hmm.

 

I'm definitely not finalised, open for suggestions. Anything in that price point, really. I like the LCD because:

 

  • I love wood on headphones
  • Planar magnetic, so hopefully a nice flat bass response
  • Open backed bassy cans are definitely something I'm into.

 

I could definitely be talked out of it, if you guys have any other suggestions, however..

post #7601 of 11259
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

Hmm.

 

I'm definitely not finalised, open for suggestions. Anything in that price point, really. I like the LCD because:

 

  • I love wood on headphones
  • Planar magnetic, so hopefully a nice flat bass response
  • Open backed bassy cans are definitely something I'm into.

 

I could definitely be talked out of it, if you guys have any other suggestions, however..

Denon D5000 or D7000 to my ears are the sound signature I love.  Wood back - check.  Not planar so no check.  Open back - no but they have the soundstage of a semi-open.  Have you ever heard them? 

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Cool.

Isawhatyoudidthere.  Like it. 

post #7603 of 11259

I would recommend a visit A2A to do some auditioning before you make any decisions rather than relying on the impressions of others.

 

However, I find that the LCD-2s often impress me more now than they initially did. They have continued to grow on me the more I listen to them. I find I am more perceptive of the way the cans produce subtleties in the presentation of music that I had not heard before. I did not get the same listening experience at first, it was all about the bass. After that, it became more about the warmth, then the transients, etc. But nowadays I really appreciate them when I am not listening for to evaluate various aspects of their performance, but just to get taken away and lost in the music.

 

But hey, in my youth I used to be able to deeply enjoy music on my craptastic boombox. Sure I was ignorant to what I was missing, but my wallet was in better health.

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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post
 

Denon D5000 or D7000 to my ears are the sound signature I love.  Wood back - check.  Not planar so no check.  Open back - no but they have the soundstage of a semi-open.  Have you ever heard them? 

 

I own the D5000 - and love them very much. Agreed on all points. Great recommendation :) 

 

Here they are, with the HM5 pads. Best mod I've done, since the MarkL mod.

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately the sub-bass isn't as prominent as the mid-bass on the D5000. I think this is a common characteristic with dynamic drivers? It's definitely not a bad thing.

I know I sound fussy, and.. Well ok, It's just me being fussy. But that's what I'm after: nice and flat response around ALL bass frequencies. This is why I'm super keen to go down the planar magnetic route. 

post #7605 of 11259

I haven't heard the D5K, but I am well familiar with the 2K. In fact, TBH I haven't heard all that many cans.

 

I really liked the 2K, and found the bass (especially sub bass) to be awesome (I'd never heard bass that low before I got the 2K). But their ability to impress me was largely dependent upon the track. I found that I was chasing the sub bass dragon and was not really appreciating a lot of music that didn't slowly and gently massage my ears (e.g. Solar Sailor - Daft Punk).

 

In comparison, the LCDs don't seem so much to go lower than the 2k, but do so more effortlessly (i.e. faster and harder with more precision). But to my ears, the mid bass of the LCD is what really sets them apart from the 2K. This is where the texture of the bass comes from. Where the tone of the instruments lie. The LCD-2 bass just sounds so much more thick and real. The 2K gives a (false) sense of bass slam, which feels like a small puff of wind in the ear, The LCD doesn't seem to do that (I guess being open), but you actually hear, those low frequencies (all, or at least more of them), rather than (sort of) feel them (as a puff of wind). This make so much more music so much more satisfying (IMO).

 

FWIW I listen at approximately 80db (peak) most of the time with the LCD, a little higher sometimes. The LCD seems way more satisfying at this volume than the 2K, which I found that I tended to crank a bit more, a bit more often.

 

I recommend an audition. I could just keep going and going, on and on. But I feel like I'm coming across like a shill or naive fanboy. The reality is I haven't got a great deal of experience with high end gear. In fact, the gear I have now is the best I have ever heard (by far). So I concede that my impressions are totally biased and quiet possibly misleading. hence why I strongly recommend an audition. Whilst I definitely appreciate the difference, I wouldn't expect others (non-enthusiasts) to see the value in the price to performance ratio.


Edited by In Over My Head - 9/26/13 at 8:07am
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