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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. eek.gif 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
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Bass extension... devil_face.gif

 

Soundstage? duggehsmile.png

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

Bass extension... devil_face.gif

 

Soundstage? duggehsmile.png

 

Don't be a hater..tongue.gif

post #4 of 165

I'm not I'm asking for those specifics compared to the HE-400. 

 

Also when you first auditioned the mad dogs with the O2 pads you said it had more bass impact and better midrange than the HE-400, does that still hold true here, and how would you vaguely compare them to the LCD-2, since people like to call the Mad Dogs closest thing to LCD2.


Edited by TMRaven - 10/20/12 at 12:10pm
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How do the highs sound on them? smily_headphones1.gif

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

I'm not I'm asking for those specifics compared to the HE-400. 

 

Also when you first auditioned the mad dogs with the O2 pads you said it had more bass impact and better midrange than the HE-400, does that still hold true here, and how would you vaguely compare them to the LCD-2, since people like to call the Mad Dogs closest thing to LCD2.

 

To my ears, the he400 and lcd2 are the most comparable of all the headphones that I've owned and auditioned. The MD sounds like a much different hp to me. 

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Originally Posted by Bassix View Post

How do the highs sound on them? smily_headphones1.gif

 

The highs are smooth, detailed and touch rolled off. Perfect to me!!

post #7 of 165

I'd give them a few days to grow on you, every time I listen to my LCD-2 Rev2s I love them more and more. They don't wow you out of the box, but just have the most infectious, pure and natural sound from top to bottom. That said, the bass is the real killer app biggrin.gif

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To my ears, the he400 and lcd2 are the most comparable of all the headphones that I've owned and auditioned. The MD sounds like a much different hp to me. 

 

The highs are smooth, detailed and touch rolled off. Perfect to me!!

 

 

Neat, now break out those 40, 30, 20hz sine waves!

post #9 of 165
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You talking to the wrong guy. I only listen and measure with my ears. biggrin.gif

post #10 of 165

That's why you break out the sine waves.

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I was able to listen to these hp's today for about three hours consecutively without an real comfort issue. I want compare the comfort level to the he400 even though the lcd2 is heavier. I'm guessing that the nicely padded headband and the ergonomics in general make the difference. 

 

Another interesting note is how well the lcd2 responds to the lyr. Truly impressive. Going from the e09k/odac to lyr/odac is a true metamorphesis. The change is actually bigger than when I use the hd650 between those two setups. The lcd2 just loves the lyr. I wouldn't recommend another combination as this one seems just right. 

 

So the lcd2 has bested both the hd650 and he400 on mids and the he400 on bass...easily in both cases to me ears. The unfortunate part is the sticker price. I suppose a small part of me, the frugal/cheap part, wanted to be disappointed with the lcd. It delivers no question. If this were a $700 hp, I'd be all over it. Is it worth $1k? Honestly, yes but you have to be able to afford it. I would certainly be willing to parse down my collection to own it though. 

post #12 of 165

How does HE-500 compare? You don't seem to talk too much about that one anymore. Is it really that close to the 400?
 

post #13 of 165

How big are the openings to those earpads?  Are they deeper and bigger circumference than the Denons, and the same general fit?  Denons had a good shape that had a fit I prefer over the round pads from Hifiman.

 

Still hoping for you to boot up a sinewave generator and listen to low tones. :(

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How does HE-500 compare? You don't seem to talk too much about that one anymore. Is it really that close to the 400?
 

 

Do you mean how does the lcd2 compare to the he500? If so, for me it's no contest...I'd take the lcd2 all day even with the difference in price. 

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

How big are the openings to those earpads?  Are they deeper and bigger circumference than the Denons, and the same general fit?  Denons had a good shape that had a fit I prefer over the round pads from Hifiman.

 

Still hoping for you to boot up a sinewave generator and listen to low tones. :(

 

The openings for the earcups are massive!! Biggest that I've come across. For those of you who want a cavernous earpad, this is it. My ears aren't close to touch anywhere. Bigger and better than the Denon. 

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At the risk of offending the denon fan bass ( I'm allowed as I'm one of them) let me say this about the bass between the d5k and the lcd2. The d5k gets trounced on bass by the lcd2. The denon is built around the bottom end with some refinement in the mids with the wooden cups. But the lcd2 is just in a completely different league. It's just a wonderful presentation of depth, texture and impact. It's a very well executed sound signature across the board. God I wish I didn't like these so much!! rolleyes.gif

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