Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl
i have yet to hear the HE-500, which is why i will not comment on its sound.
i do enjoy my LCD-2 alot and find that they have a very similar sound to the HD-650 (of course, the LCD-2 are better in almost every way and not as colored as the 650s). IMO, the LCD-2 will appeal more to people who are used to the HD-650 sound and looking for an upgrade. I have no idea how the HE-500 and LCD-2 compare. i'm guessing they're about the same with the HE-500 being less dark and having a better soundstage.
Though they are all fairly distinct headphones on their own, I'd say the HE-500 is clearly more like the HD650. Vocals and bass are really what stand out the most as similarities. LCD-2's vocals feel more distant than both of these headphones, while the instruments feel more forward than the HD650 and HE-500. The HD650 and HE-500 both have a similar bass impact, with the HD650 having a slightly stronger bass impact, and the HE-500 having a more refined and deeper extending bass. Along with this, the soundstage of the HD650 is closer to that of the HE-500 (Which has a wider soundstage) than the LCD-2 (Which has a narrower soundstage).
Regardless, I was used to the HD650 and was not a fan of the LCD-2... however, that is all highly based on personal preference.
EDIT: Just realized you never said one was closer to the HD650 than the other, so I have nothing to disagree about
Edited by vc1187 - 12/5/12 at 12:57pm