Originally Posted by elwappo99
I think that is an excellent point, and one many people asking for advice don't get. I couldn't count how many times a new member might say something like "Is the LCD-2 3X better than the HD650?". It comes down to value, and to some people, yes it is.
I also, agree with your conclusions there. It's a mid-tier can.
I agree with you on this but I've been following this thread for a while, owned and then sold the 65th and I don't think anyone ever claimed it to be on a similar level to any of the top flagships, aside from MLE preferring it to the LCD-2. Yes, I'm sure there was some general impression of hype in this thread but I think the accusations of hype have been somewhat overblown here.
And I myself have fallen victim to "hype train" in the past as well. Case in point, going from the K701 to LCD-2 R1 blew me away, but in retrospect I feel it was way over-hyped, at least for the qualities that I value in headphones. Getting to hear the T1 got me to sell my LCD-2 almost immediately. And even then, moved to HE-6, then dropping back to mid tier phones a bit, then to HD800 and am settled on it for a while at least. Of the under $1000 phones I've owned, the one that comes the closest to that level to me, is AD2000X, though sacrificing some bass and soundstage.
It all depends really on what qualities you value in headphones. For people who have little value for soundstage but like drive and attack for instance, Grado's may be amazing for them. Likewise bass for LCD-2's, or HD800's for all-around performance. If you value a well rounded, non-offensive headphone around the price of the K702 65th, it will come off as an awesome headphone for the price. The key is trying to evaluate the qualities that others value, and relating it to your own.
So that being said, the K702 65th is a mid tier can but is very solid for the price (for what I value) and could satisfy many people but probably won't "blow away" experienced headphone enthusiasts.