After a bit of negotiation I recently worked a plan to participate in a hp trade with a fellow head-fier. I swapped my hd650's for his lcd2's for the coming week. I just want to take the opportunity to share some impressions as I audition them for the next week. I'll be listening on the Schitt lyr with Lorenz tubes and odac.
Here we go. The box...looks like something that you carry a very expensive bowling ball in or perhaps a very large fabrejay egg. The thing is huge!! Fortunately the hp itself is not as big as I imagined. They are roughly the same size as the he400 if that helps with perspective. The weight is what I worried about the most. They don't feel as heavy as I imagined either. Now the do have some heft to them, but maybe only a touch more than the he400. The pads are super comfy, these have the leather. They feel similar to my old d5k that I dearly miss to this day. The cable is flat ribbon style, not something the seems very impressive. I'd definitely be in for an after market cable if these were mine. There is some clamp but it's not bad. Now that I've had these on for about 30 minutes, they feel about like the he400. The leather headband seems to alleviate some of the weight. I've just made a mental note to buy one of the Audeze headbands for my he400...that would be a fantastic mod for the he400!!
Listening-first 30 minutes. I'll get right to the bass, I know that what I was most curious about. This hp sound strikingly similar to the he400 but with more bass impact and texture. It hits really really hard!! There is something about the mids. They are...smoother, a little richer and maybe a touch more forward than the he400. It's a very nice sound. I love the darkness to the mids. Not bright at all. Similar to hd650 mids.
Okay, I'm about 45 minutes in to the audition and I'm not dying from the weight. I'm feeling the clamp a bit though. Didn't expect that. If these were mine, I'd stretch the headband. But not on a borrowed pair. I'm going through some jazz right now. Incredible. Fantastic sound stage. Wonderful instrument separation and good God the bass. This may be liking borrowing a Porshe for a week and then having to get back into my Mazda on Monday.
If anyone has specifics question please feel free to ask. Time to get serious with the music...
Edited by MattTCG - 10/20/12 at 11:55am