Originally Posted by TMRaven
Sounding so much like the LCD-2 that it's scary? Where are these J-Money Beyer pads and how much are they?
Yes. It is. However, I'd like for the HE-400s to have their own sound with the pleather, the velour or even the J$ Beyerdynamic pads. When we go into the sound space of another headphone, it gets a bit weird, as people who don't hear the same connection, can often be disappointed. The same thing is happening in the Fostex T50RP modification thread. When the initial impression was made that the modified Fostex could come within [fill in the blank] percent of the LCD-2 headphones, people jumped on it like crazy to get a $100 pair of headphones and apply a few mods, a new pair of pads ... and presto! You all of a sudden have headphones that sound like the $995 LCD-2 by Audeze.
However, to me, sound is one thing, yet being able to own a beautiful product such as the LCD-2 in Rosewood with the luxurious leather pads and leather headband seems like a completely different experience all alone. Also, for me, personally, I think I'm done in using a cheaper headphone to chase the sound down of a higher-end headphone. I'll still use the cheaper headphone, but view it for what it is and what it's capable of. If it can sound like a headphone that is $995.00, then fine. However, if it costs $100.00, but sounds like anything greater than $100.00 is cost, I'd think the objective was met. However, if I have a $100.00 headphone that sounds like an $80.00 headphone, then my objective would not be met.
That's just my rationale. Others might see it differently.