Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy
Listening to some bamboo LCD2's that I just got from Headamp's loaner program.
First impression on sound: HE-400 bass + HD650 mids and treble + refinement = LCD2.
So if you love both the HE-400 for it's bass, and everything else on the HD650, the LCD2 is for you.
Hate the pads though. Seriously. UGH. And it has that airplane pressure feel when you put them on. Not the greatest feeling. The weight of the bamboo LCD2 doesn't feel much different from the HE-400, so that's not really a concern.
Really wish I had the vegan pads.
Not gonna lie, I would sell the HE-400 and get the LCD2 + Vegan pads, as endgame. Can't afford it though, and I wouldn't give up my Annies for the air, soundstage, gaming prowess and comfort.
LCD2 + Annie = I'd be done.
Interesting stuff MLE. I've long been fascinated with the LCD2 and would only consider it if it were a clear step above the HE400 which you seem to think it is. I got a couple of questions if you don't mind.
First and foremost, how does the fit and finish compare to the Hifimans? I would assume it's on another level. Secondly what do you make of the clamp? If it's anything like the HE400 I'd be happy with it. It's also good that you don't find it heavy.
Detail retrieval... how does it compare to the HE400? I guess this is partly related to the treble which you say is like the HD650, so in other words recessed and smooth. Wouldn't this give the impression that there is less detail being resolved?
I also find your comment on air/soundstage being similar to a closed can to be interesting. I've read many times how the LCD2's soundstage is small, but many counter that by saying it's more realistic, and presents a wider soundstage when it's present in the recording. I've also read that there's plenty of air between instruments, but you don't agree there. How does it compare to the HE400 in that regard?
Sorry for the question overload, color me curious.