I just bought the LCD-2 rev.1 in the exchange and I guess they're not for me.
Maybe my high frequency hearing is damaged from work and being in my 40's but the LCD2s are just a little to warm for me.
I find the soundstage a little to intimate, too much of what I'm hearing feels right between my ears and when the music gets busy, I find that separation fails and things get a little blurred by all those low frequencies. I just have too few "wow" moments for me for the price. I'd love to try the Rev.2 but that's just too much right now.
Now,,, when I put on something with few instruments like Max Richter or Eva Cassidy then these are very nice!
I have never heard instruments so lifelike from headphones.
I had headphones quite a while ago when I worked my way through the Grado lineup ending with the RS-1s. Those blew me away. It was my first taste of "HiFi". Listening to the second track of P.Glass's Koyaanisqatsi when the flute comes in I could see the player's position clearly. Less so with the LCD2s but the tone of the flute is good.
Recently I got back into this through the Denon D2000's. I really enjoyed those but now having heard the LCDs, they sound a bit like I have cotton in my ears. (only in comparison)
Then I got out of headphones for a standard system which ended up being phenomenal. On Eva Cassidy, I could hear where people in the audience we sitting and could hear that, from the mic being on stage, it felt like I was watching the show from the stage rather than the tables.. weird.. I only mention this to show where I'm coming from.
This was my system:
So.. I don't need the hyper detail or gigantic soundstage because coming from a full system, I'll never get the same effect but I am looking for something a little zippier, and a little more spacious.
I am thinking HE-500's? Any other ideas? I don't want to go back to Grados and can't afford to go up to something like the HD800's. I need to do a lateral trade $$ wise or even drop down a notch and look at getting a Cypher Labs DAC.
I am currently using an O2 amp and the latest Ipod classic through a furutech LOD.
There are a set of HE-400's available in Canada so that's appealing...
HD-700 reviews don't really look great for me but there are so many reviews about so many phones..... arrgh.
Music is pretty varied but mostly Classical. I like to throw on some female vocals, NIN, some electronica from time to time...
but, like I said, mostly non-orchestral Classical.. Solo piano, trios, string quartets, Max Richter, etc.
Any help or recommendations would be appreciated.
Edited by SBranson - 11/11/12 at 7:01pm