Originally Posted by Bill-P
I'd think that if you like the Mad Dogs, the next logical update should be the LCD-2.
To me, the LCD-2 had more presence and weight (to the music) than the HE-500. Plus it retains the same smooth treble and improves a bit on soundstage + bass compared to Mad Dogs.
Funny... but I honestly can't shake how similar the Mad Dogs sounded to the LCD-2.
It's an easy one for me - Mad Dogs are quite similar to LCD2. Too similar for me to feel the need to upgrade to them at the price multiple of the LCD2's over the MD's. HD650's are a kissing cousin to the Mad Dogs, can be had used at or under $300-ish on occasion, and are a nice, open headphone alternative to the closed Mad Dogs. I've also always liked the HD650 sound signature. I'd like to have a pair (or possibly the HD600 - I have never heard them though) for classical and the like, that do a bit better with an open can.
That said - if I was more able to use open cans than I am, the LCD2 would be a nice upgrade from the Mad Dogs, though diminishing returns really hits hard on that price/value comparison. The LCD2's are arguably superior, but they are open, and I think more than 3x the price.
The HE6 and HE5LE, and the HE500 all got my attention as well. Lots of cool open options out there. I really wish I'd paid more attention and gotten a listen to the TH900, Ed-8 and the AT W3000 Aniv, or whatever it was. By all accounts, I missed 3 very special closed headphones.
EDIT - I forgot to add that I spent a few minutes @ the Eddie Current table, and A/B'd the balanced LCD2 against my single ended Mad Dogs on that little balanced kit amp. They really, really sound similar. Very similar. I expected a more expansive sound stage from the LCD2, but it really was not, at least to my ears.
I also listened to my pair and all 3 of Mr. Speaker's pairs of MD's. They are very consistent. I could not detect a variation in sound across all 4 pairs. That really set me at ease knowing that one gets a consistent product when one orders the MD's.
Edited by aamefford - 3/1/13 at 12:10pm