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post #61 of 68
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Oh you didn't know, Head-fi admins recently imposed a new rule here at summit-fi that deemed headphones like HE500, LCD2 not summit-fi. The big HE500 and LCD2 general threads are therefore moved away to full-sized headphones forum.


Now I don't know about you but if HE500 and LCD2 are not summit-fi, then HD650 definitely doesn't qualify.

If you don't agree then go argue with Currawong the admin here.

Didnt know. Makes sense pricewise. But well amped hd650 or he500 are right up there. Mine aren't going anywhere and get lots of head time even if they share shelves with Stax O2 and LCD-3.
post #62 of 68
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post


Didnt know. Makes sense pricewise. But well amped hd650 or he500 are right up there. Mine aren't going anywhere and get lots of head time even if they share shelves with Stax O2 and LCD-3.

It's not about performance, it's the fact that HE500 and LCD2 are very accessible to new~intermediate level headphone hobbyists that disqualified them from this subforum.

post #63 of 68

Well the lcd2 are double the price. There suppose to be better.

post #64 of 68

I guess I'm a little confused about the standards since there is a thread about the Stax 507 on Summit Fi right now? Why would they qualify and not the HE500 or LCD2? It certainly seems to me that they belong in the same category. I personally would rate the 507's behind the HE500 since I owned both, but that is just my personal impression.

post #65 of 68
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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post
 

I guess I'm a little confused about the standards since there is a thread about the Stax 507 on Summit Fi right now? Why would they qualify and not the HE500 or LCD2? It certainly seems to me that they belong in the same category. I personally would rate the 507's behind the HE500 since I owned both, but that is just my personal impression.

 

Summit-fi or not summit-fi is always a blurred line, as you might know. At the moment it seems only headphones requiring / scaling with very high-end upstream gear qualify for Summit-fi, with electrostatic headphones (and other exotic transducer technologies) being exempted from this rule.

 

Meaning sound quality/performance, or pricing, aren't really factored in for qualifying a headphone to this subforum.

 

Both HE500 and LCD2 are designed with compatibility to entry-level upstream equipment in mind, precisely why they are two of the most popular $500+ headphones on Head-fi. And so they got removed from here.


Edited by jerg - 9/16/13 at 11:05am
post #66 of 68
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post
 

 

Summit-fi or not summit-fi is always a blurred line, as you might know. At the moment it seems only headphones requiring / scaling with very high-end upstream gear qualify for Summit-fi, with electrostatic headphones (and other exotic transducer technologies) being exempted from this rule.

 

Meaning sound quality/performance, or pricing, aren't really factored in for qualifying a headphone to this subforum.

 

Both HE500 and LCD2 are designed with compatibility to entry-level upstream equipment in mind, precisely why they are two of the most popular $500+ headphones on Head-fi. And so they got removed from here.

 

Not to draw this out too much but both electrostatic and ortho technology have been around for decades. I don't really see one as more high tech than the other. I guess the part about electrostatics getting a pass is a bit snobbish to me.

post #67 of 68
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Originally Posted by Chodi View Post
 

 

Not to draw this out too much but both electrostatic and ortho technology have been around for decades. I don't really see one as more high tech than the other. I guess the part about electrostatics getting a pass is a bit snobbish to me.

 

Well, the Head-fi admins deemed it so. Guess they really favour 'stats 

:D

 

 

post #68 of 68

since fi means fidelity so i would think summit-fi should be based on nothing but sound quality alone, not price, not exclusiveness, not aesthetics, not the requirement that only a special 1k+ amp can drive it, etc... 

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