Interesting reading those stories. I wasn't as lucky on the price. I bought my original HP-2, and a couple of years later was contacted by a friend (headfier) who was going to sell his pair. I figured I'd buy it as a backup. The original pair I had was pretty rough looking, so when it came time to sell one of my two pair, I naturally decided to offload the original ones that looked rugged and keep the other set which was/is in good condition.
The gentleman that bought my original pair from me did some research, and it turns out, that particular HP-2 had
been sent back to have brand new drivers installed right before I bought them. I had no idea. I would love to have that HP-2 back. It would be just nice knowing that I had brand new/fresh drivers (well NOS anyway).
That being said, I'm really happy to just have a pair of HP-2s in general. There's really nothing quite as elegant as the sound they deliver. That and the K-1000s are my two top headphones. I'm hoping someone makes a new headphones that can capture the magic that either of those two do, but so far none have worked out for me.
I actually find the sound of the HP2s to be slightly reminiscent of the AKGs, since to me they both present a mid-centered sound, but I've read some people saying that they couldn't be more different. What is your opinion on this? Interestingly though, I could not live with the K1000s at all... While they do soundstage like nothing else, I couldn't live with the hard sounding midrange, especially having the HP1s around showing a sound that had a similarly forward midrange but much, much sweeter!
When I tried the AKGs with the GS-X they sounded better than when I still had them, but the problem was still not entirely solved, and they're headphones that I just don't miss in my system. I really do get why so many people love them, though. They are indeed very special headphones.
Yeah, include me in your "bought for crazy money" category. First one I got for less than 2K, but my most recent pair cost me $2800 all told. It is in great condition though, and this is the one headphone that actually satisfies me on a day-in, day-out basis. They are not for putting on headphone stands and posting pictures in "Pics of your High End Headphones" threads. They are for regular, awesome listening. For people who like music.
I do put them on my stand every once in a while, as I think they're gorgeous
They don't spend a lot of time there though, since I'm usually scared to leave them exposed.
Edited by Leonardo Drummond - 3/26/14 at 4:46pm