LCD2's tonal balance in the treble region is definitely south of neutrality, but is within the margin for "naturalness" still. Same with HE500's treble quantity. I'd say if neutrality is at 0, and naturalness dictates treble has to be arbitrarily between 1 and -1, then LCD2 is at -1, while HE500 is at maybe -0.3.
Air is always good, air means distance between sound cues, aka spacious 3D separation/imaging.
As for degree of engagement, LCD2 and jergpadded HE500s are on par I think. Velours on HE500s make them a bit more HE400-like in tonality (sharper treble, more spacious but less lush midrange).
I would say so.
Interesting thanks. If I ever upgrade my HE-400s I would want something that's better in all aspects, not just some, and since you say the HE400 is more airy and spacious sounding that would be kind of a bummer since that's important to me. I'm now curious as to how the LCD3 performs here.
Air is better with the LCD-3 and all aspects are slightly more refined. Still by many considered to be not worth their 2000 USD price tag. The improvement is not that big.
Well, the LCD2 is very, very well known for it's sound by their owners, so it shouldn't be surprising that I like them a lot based off that, but comfort leaves a bit to be desired due to their weight, and I think they are ugly headphones, personally. I think they are great gaming cans including casual/fun gaming.
I do find the LCD-2 ugly too :/
I wouldn't say it's a clear step up. It just has a tonality that I feel is better than the HE-400s, which does have similar LCD2 mids, and a bit too much treble. If the HE-400 had a similar frequency curve, I think the HE-400 would definitely be most of the way there.
Fit and finish: I don't particularly care for the LCD2's finish, and I feel they are about as comfy as the HE-400, pad differences aside, and a few extra point for the HE-400 for perhaps slightly hurting the top of my head sometimes. I am starting to feel pressure on the top of my head though, which isn't exactly comfortable. The HE-400 has it beat on that regard. The clamp doesn't seem problematic to me. I don't care for the pressure/suction that is like tight/closed headphones on the LCD2.
Detail retrieval: I'm not too keen on these things without direct comparison, but the mids are more upfront, which is where most music is at, so it has the HE-400 beat on that. The treble is smooth, extended and I don't personally find them to be bright back or anything. Treble aids in air, but it's not the final word. The HE-400 is definitely more airy and spacious sounding. The LCD2 has very good instrument separation, and I honestly can't say which is better as I don't have the HE-400 on hand right now. Better to ask Raven who's about to get his soon-ish.
There are things the HE-400 and LCD2 have in common, but the mids and treble differences make them not exactly comparable. Too much of a difference in emphasis between the two in that regard to truly compare, IMHO. The best thing to compare between the two would be the bass (IMO), DEFINITELY.
The LCD2 is definitely sound first, everything else second. I do like the way it looks or feels though, but the sound alone warrants purchase, as long as vegan pads really help in comfort around the ears without sacrificing sound.
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