How about a comparison of the HD650 and the HE-500? These two cans are close in price, especially once you consider fancy recables.I will soon have both at my home and will try to rapidly burn-in and listen. I will also have upgrade cables (Cardas) for both.
Currently I use the LCD2. I'm a bit unhappy with the recessed highs, hence I'm continuing my search. I'll make some comments here about the LCD2 as a middle reference, but what I'm really trying to decide is between the HD650 and the HE500.
Despite this minor problem (rolled-off highs) the LCD2 blows me away with its musicality, natural dynamics, ability to imbue dynamic changes with great amounts of feelilng.I would say the LCD2 is a headphone for the man who likes to hang out in his heart.
I haven't heard the HE-500. Forum posters here suggest that it has flatter tonal balance across the spectrum. That will be good. But I wonder if it can match the musical dynamics of the LCD2? We'll see.
I also read on the forum that people like the imaging of the HE-500 better than the LCD2.
I've heard the HD650 with a Sennheiser cable -- have it burning in right now. The musicality and expressive dynamics are good. Quite good. It has greater extension on top than the LCD2. It's missing the bottom octave compared to the LCD2. It's transients are rougher and muddier than the LCD2 --but what do you expect? A planar-magnetic driver can be very fast, and I expect the HE-500 to be so.