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Audeze LCD-2, HE-500, or Anything else to replace Denon AH-D2000

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Hey guys, so I have a Denon D2000 paired with a Xonar Essence STX. I'm thinking about upgrading to a higher end headphone, and I'm actually looking closely at the Audeze LCD-2. My biggest concern is actually the weight and comfort of the headphone. I find the Denon D2000 to be acceptable, but I wouldn't want it any heavier. How does the LCD-2 compare in terms of weight and comfort?

 

Also, how big of a difference is there between the Denon D2000 and the LCD-2 in terms of sound quality. I really appreciate the warm, full bodied bass that the D2000 has, but from what I hear the LCD-2 is amazing for bass and lows/mids as well whereas the Denons are a bit more recessed in the mid section.

 

Finally, how does the HE-500 compare overall. I know very little about this headphone and everyone always recommends the LCD-2, the HE-500 is popular as well. If I didn't want to spend $1K on a new headphone, would the HE-500 be a suitable upgrade from the D2000s? Do I need a new amp/dac to get the most out of these? or is the Essence STX good enough.

 

Thanks,

 

Andrew

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Originally Posted by Spandy87 View Post

Hey guys, so I have a Denon D2000 paired with a Xonar Essence STX. I'm thinking about upgrading to a higher end headphone, and I'm actually looking closely at the Audeze LCD-2. My biggest concern is actually the weight and comfort of the headphone. I find the Denon D2000 to be acceptable, but I wouldn't want it any heavier. How does the LCD-2 compare in terms of weight and comfort?

 

Also, how big of a difference is there between the Denon D2000 and the LCD-2 in terms of sound quality. I really appreciate the warm, full bodied bass that the D2000 has, but from what I hear the LCD-2 is amazing for bass and lows/mids as well whereas the Denons are a bit more recessed in the mid section.

 

Finally, how does the HE-500 compare overall. I know very little about this headphone and everyone always recommends the LCD-2, the HE-500 is popular as well. If I didn't want to spend $1K on a new headphone, would the HE-500 be a suitable upgrade from the D2000s? Do I need a new amp/dac to get the most out of these? or is the Essence STX good enough.

 

Thanks,

 

Andrew


For 699.00 the HE500 is a steal. It is better than my Denon D7000. It not as warm as the LCD2 but has bigger soundstage with excellent transparency and vocals. I am getting the new pad pair and will be doing a review on them but IMO they are a step up over the D2000 and even my D7000

 

post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

Yeah but its only 300 more for the LCD-2. How close are these two?

 

I also heard that the HE-500s have some issues with the cups falling off. Is this true?

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I will be able to answer the pad issue when I get the review sample in the next week or so. Fang addressed the pad issue and redesigned new pads for them. The LCD2 I had also hhad issues like wood cracking and cups swiveling and I had to replace them. I preferred the HE6 I owned over the LCD2 and the 500 is very close from the loaner program I was in. I asked for a review pair and will answer those questions soon but I did like what I heard except for the poor pads which now have been corrected.

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Yeah but its only 300 more for the LCD-2. How close are these two?

 

I also heard that the HE-500s have some issues with the cups falling off. Is this true?



 

post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 

Oh also, how is the HE-500 comfort and weight wise?

post #6 of 27
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Oh also, how is the HE-500 comfort and weight wise?



They are comfortable and weigh less than the LCD2. They are a nice headphone. You know you can buy from a vendor with a 30 day return if you dont like them then you lose only shipping. pretty safe way to hear a pair.

post #7 of 27

Heya,

 

I went HE-500 because it's one of the most natural sounding headphones I've experienced. It's more comfortable to me than the LCD2 which is why I also went HE-500. Velour pads > leather junk any day for long sessions.

 

Very best,

post #8 of 27

Snazzy iPhone guy says it best ~ pretty sharp for a young bloke making his way in the world of high end audio

 

 

 

post #9 of 27

At $699 with a 30 day return policy you can't go wrong.  I recently jumped back into headphones after being speakers only for a few years and picked up the HE-500 and a Zana Deux and could not be happier.  I will have a loaner LCD-2 to compare later in December.  I haven't heard the D2000 in a long time so I can't help you there.  The HE-500 are heavier than I had been used to in the past but I've worn them for a couple of hours easily with out discomfort.

post #10 of 27
The stx is gonna need an amp to run planar headphones.
post #11 of 27

Interesting thread, as a new owner of a pair of D2000s I'm curious of the D2000 upgrade path.

post #12 of 27
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The stx is gonna need an amp to run planar headphones.


The STX has a 600 Ohm headphone amp built in...

 

 

I am thinking of getting the Essence One USB DAC though.

 

Also, the D2000's only really came to life when I paired them with the STX. They sounded like garbage on standard onboard realtek, I assume it will be similar going up to a proper DAC/Amp.

 

I am also very curious  as to the weight and comfort of all of these. I do find the D2000s a bit heavy, not bad but still a bit bulky. If the LCD-2s are roughly the same I can totally handle that, if it's heavier I'll probably want to go with the HE-500

post #13 of 27

LCD-2 is heavier than the HE-500.

 

LCD-2 550 grams to the HE-500 for 500 grams.

post #14 of 27
i had an stx board and it was ok for lower end headpjones n thats it. the d2000 sounds congested after owning the lcd2. i nevr owned any HE series phones. lcd2 are very bulky.
post #15 of 27

Maybe Thunderpants??

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