why are you bothering him with so much options, he said that he liked the HD650, there's a good chance he'd fall in love with the Audeze LCD-2\3. You've experienced a lot of headphones, picking should be easy for you, am I right ?! besides, if you're sensitive to bright ( over-emphasized treble ) headphones, then the LCD-2\3 it is. It's a no-brainer.
I think you should check out these links
Audeze LCD-2: $995 Planar magnetic headphone, one of the world’s best!
The Spectacularly Yummy Audeze LCD-2 LCD-3 Headphones Reviewed by innerfidelity
You're mostly right....I did come into this with strong leanings toward Audeze....but on the other hand, if I didn't want more options, I'd have just bought one and not asked for the wisdom of my fellow addicts Some of the options are off the wall (I'm intrigued by RS1 for example, though I agree with LCFiner, they're probably not the same kind of "technical jump at high diminishing returns" I was looking to treat myself with. The Koss recommendation was a very good one however.
My only regret was forgeting to tag the original post with "Not SR007/009." Some of these summit threads rapidly become prods to buy into $4k+ Stax systems I never hear a bad word about them from those that buy them.....on the other hand anyone dumping that kind of crazy money REALLY knew they wantted them befre they bought them. So I wouldn't expect much dislike of them.
I do appreciate the encouragement back to Audeze though from you and paradox...I was starting to wonder if they were going the way of Grado: Loved by their customers, forgotten by everyone else