Also I am not sure if HE-400 is such a good complementary headphone to LCD-2.2. I think the sound of both have quite a lot in common. I appreciate HE-400's greater aggresiveness, however I don't think it's much faster than my LCD-2. At the same time the 'tizziness' in treble annoys me a bit and 'forces' me to consider using EQ (which I am not a big fan of).
Will my brain/HE-400 burn in to the point where the treble won't be an issue or I should come to the conclusion HE-400 is not for me? If so, what is a good alternative for a complementary headphone to LCD-2.2 that will be used mainly for listening to 'spacious' electronic music?
I would like such headphone to:
- have more air and feel of spaciousness in depth, width and height
- more aggressiveness and speed
- sound that has good weight (not thin)
- very engaging and emotional
I'm enjoying the K701's as a nice compliment to the Audeze at then mo. Give them plenty of juice and you can get a very balanced, open and engaging sound. Warning though, under-amp these and they will sound a little thin. They may sound wamer with certain amps but may still be under amped and woolly sounding with not enough current. There is also the treble peak. Problem is at this level, big soundstage and treble peaks go hand in hand - can't have one without the other unless you want to go high Stax territory. Even my old K702's had bigger soundstage albeit the extra treble/less warmth. Equaliszing isn't too bad if you always subtract rather than add. I've been playing around with the foobar equalizer and a couple of notches down at both 2 and 10khz sorts it out in an instant. You haven't added anything so there shouldn't be any added distortion.
Or you could go for the Annies
But I don't think there is much else for you that ticks all the boxes above in the price range, maybe a 650 with the driver foam mod? but even then the soundstage is nowhere near as good as the AKG's. As regards to 'emotional' don't think that you can do better than the LCD2's. I attribute warmth and body to bring out a close and more intimate sound that can be much more emotional than a large articulate sound.
Some peeps like the new Philips X1's as a kind of mix of 650 and KXX with compensations like not as good timbre.. but could be an option.