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So my second pair of LCD-2 Cracked again, need advice for alternate high-end headphones

post #1 of 39
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Hi all, although the title might be about audez'e, I really don't want to talk about this company in my thread. Since the lcd-2 is not working out for me ( second pair cracked), I need advice for something around it.

 

The candidates i'm considering: sennheiser hd-650, hd-600, hifiman he-500 he-400 and he-6

I already have Denon d7000 and k701

 

My rig:

denon DCD-1650AR

Schiit bifrost (for pchifi)

Schiit Lyr

 

Music I'm listening to:

Classical(60%)

Femal vocal(20%)

pure music, like saxophone tributes etc(15%)

anything else(5%)

 

Thanks to y'all in advance

post #2 of 39

I would try out the hd-650.  At used prices right now you could try a near mint pair and then sell it for the same price if it doesn't work out for you.

post #3 of 39

What about the Sennheiser HD800 or HE-500/6, all of which are great for classical music

post #4 of 39
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by winkyeye View Post

What about the Sennheiser HD800 or HE-500/6, all of which are great for classical music



i've head the hd800 and to be honest it does not appeal to me at all, maybe its just the stores does not have proper shizzles, but i don't want to take a chance for 1499 dollars

post #5 of 39

HE6

post #6 of 39

If I were you, I'd honestly not even consider the HE-400s. IMO, they are not in the same league as the other headphones you mentioned. I'd personally go for the HE-500s as they are great value at 699 plus they excel across the music genres you mentioned. If you have great amplification though, you might want to consider the HE-6 instead.

post #7 of 39

HE-500 is a wonderful headphone. I would go for that.

post #8 of 39

I vote hd650, based on your music preferences you won't be disappointed and it will compliment the d7000 and k701 perfectly. 

post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

I vote hd650, based on your music preferences you won't be disappointed and it will compliment the d7000 and k701 perfectly. 



x2 (or 3;)

post #10 of 39

HE-500

 

HD600/650 is not even in the same league

 

post #11 of 39

The HD650 is a very good phone, if you can wait a bit longer maybe you should also audition the HD-700?  Its in the same price range as LCD2.  But only people that had listen to it was on CES back in Jan. 

post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by hawkhead View Post

HE-500

 

HD600/650 is not even in the same league

 

 

I second that. I own the HD-600, HD-650 and (non-cracked) LCD-2. The HD-600/HD-650 would be a total let down after the LCD-2. The only thing they've got going for them, compared to my LCD-2 rev. 1, is a more accurate, less dark frequency response, even the HD-650, but their sound is quite homogenized with distinctly less midband resolution. That said, I don't listen to classical that much and, if I did, I think the frequency balance advantage (in my book) of particularly the HD-600, would weigh more heavily. But it's not the LCD-2 that's up for consideration and the HiFiMan headphones, which I haven't heard, are generally said to be brighter than the LCD-2, right?


Edited by fred43 - 2/23/12 at 3:54pm
post #13 of 39

I love the HE-500 at it's price point, but it doesn't offer the Audeze bass. I believe the HE-5LE has better bass than the HE-500, but it's harder to drive. Should have no problems with the Lyr provided your DAC outputs are hot enough. Definitely take a listen to the HD650, HE5-LE, and HE-500.


Edited by purrin - 2/23/12 at 4:41pm
post #14 of 39

The HD650 is not a total let down after the LCD-2. IMHO it's the LCD-2 that's diminished when the HD650 is heard through a system that has good synergy with it. The Bifrost/Lyr combo the OP owns is such a rig.

post #15 of 39
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post

The HD650 is not a total let down after the LCD-2. IMHO it's the LCD-2 that's diminished when the HD650 is heard through a system that has good synergy with it. The Bifrost/Lyr combo the OP owns is such a rig.

 

So odd. I take it from your signature that you own and have lived with the equipment you're talking about.

 

I don't feel strongly about most gear I've owned or heard, except for the LCD-2. I simply hear more with it. More subtlety, easier to follow lyrics, easier to hear into a mix, but unforced at the same time. Heard it said that the Sennheisers need a good amp to really come alive, but always thought they are meant to have synergy with the Benchmark DAC1 that I own.

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