Your review of the SE535 was spot on, David. I love the SE535... until I listen to classical with them! But I'm curious what kind of value rating you would give them at the $350 price point. I recently picked up a new pair from an authorized Shure dealer around $350... I'm torn by them because what they do well they do really well, but their flaws are unforgivable...unless I stay away from classical tracks!
I think for $350 they're a better value, but I still would take the Westone 4 over all. It remains my favorite universal I've tried.
I have been in the works of adding the HE60s to my review for some time now. I've been so busy with other avenues of my life that I keep neglecting to have it included. I also have a Hifiman addition in the works.
I haven't yet considered the TH600, but its an interesting concept.
I once almost pulled the trigger on this, and I would ultimately like to get to know this headphone. To this day, I haven't heard it, not even at a meet.
I recently bought the Kingsound electrostatic HP and the Kingsound SS amp. My first foray into the electrostatic world. IF you do have some time, it would be great if you listened to this set up. I am listening to the Traveling Wilburys on them and did some quick comparisons with the LCD-3 and HE-500. This is mind-boggling to me but the Kingsounds sound quite a bit better than the other two HPs. There I just said it because part of me still refuses to believe this. Is it correct to presume the electrostatic will have better clarity, detail etc than the planars ?
Congratulations on taking the ES route. I am sure the Kingsounds offer an example of what electrostatics can do. I will definitely look for it at the next meet. It may have more detail than planar magnetics. I would say generally, yes this is the case, but its also on headphone by headphone basis.