I am in the market for something new. I am torn between the LCD-2/3, HE-500 or the HE-400. I have recently been in a closed Headphone stage with my last couple of purchases, but i am ready for a new open can. Any input would by greatly appreciated.
I am a closet basshead no doubt, but i also enjoy a refined style as well (HD-600, AKG701 ETC.)
I switch back and forth from tube amps to solid-state so the amp is not a factor in my decision. I have a Lyr that is not listed on my profile so plenty of power on hand.
I am looking for a large soundstage, hence why I am looking at open HPs.
One of my favorite sounding cans are my modded Fostex T50rps so I am a bit familiar with the orthodynamic sound and know this is the route I want to go.
I also do not like a dark sound (M-stage with stock OPA is an example of what I mean by dark), but do like punchy midbass and somewhat bright highs(not Grado bright).
I do not have a chance to audition any of these based on where I live, but did hear the HE-400 through an I-phone and liked it (somewhat, unamped can not really judge). So based on the criteria I have listed if any of you have owned/heard all three what would you buy if you had my preferance?
Thanks in advance.