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Poll Results: If you could only keep one...?

 
  • 44% (113)
    HE500
  • 55% (142)
    LCD2 (either rev)
255 Total Votes  
post #481 of 491
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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post
 

Sorry, I like 00's... kinda assuming the level up from the 400-500-6 is meant to be '600'.

ohhh I assumed you meant hd 600 that is why I said it wasnt a fair fight. There is no he600 but you figured that out. 

post #482 of 491
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Originally Posted by Contrails View Post

I am in a similar situation being a He500 owner and thinking of getting the Lcd-2.2. Then again, there's the He-6... And the Hd800 is not too far off the price range from the He-6.

the upgrade for the he500 would be the he 560 I would wait for the new ones. But all of those would sound vastly different from eachother.

post #483 of 491
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Originally Posted by mogulmaster View Post
 

Yeah I'm pretty sure my next HP is the hd800 for it's special abilities with imaging and detail. LCD for the bass and romantic presentation

Exactly the combination I ended up with, though I find myself reaching for the HD800 much more often now - just so much more comfortable and the clarity is amazing. 

post #484 of 491
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Originally Posted by mogulmaster View Post
 

Yeah I'm pretty sure my next HP is the hd800 for it's special abilities with imaging and detail. LCD for the bass and romantic presentation


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 1:12am
post #485 of 491

Which of these cans are preferred for Rock & Blues.....AC/DC....Dire Straits....Robert Cray......Clapton......Bonamassa.....you get the idea.

post #486 of 491
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

the upgrade for the he500 would be the he 560 I would wait for the new ones. But all of those would sound vastly different from eachother.

+1
That's exactly what I am doing (though I had the HE-6)
Not discrediting the 400i yet though.
post #487 of 491

Just got done reading through this thread and feel better about my recent LCD-2.2 purchase after debating between these two. I listen to a lot of jazz and some electronic music (chillstep and the like) and the LCD's sound like they would be more up my alley. I like the more intimate approach and the bass sounds like it'll be better for me on the Audeze's. Plus it sounds like the LCD's will play better on my HA-160DS amp, I am considering a Lyr in the near future, though. I do hope I have the chance to hear the HE-500/560's eventually as they sound like they are great as well.

post #488 of 491

I recently tested both the HE-500 and LCD-2. Where I'm coming from: been listening to Magnepan 3.6 in a dedicated tuned listening room for the past 15 years, and HD-600 headphones. Musical taste is primarily acoustic instruments recorded in natural spaces: chamber music, ancient music, with some acoustic folk, jazz, etc. Looking for something that sounds like Magnepans on my head. I want the HD-600's wonderful mids but more detailed and spacious with wider, flatter frequency response.

 

Both headphones were impressive, though I ended up returning the HE-500 and keeping the LCD-2. My decision was based primarily on the midrange response, especially the voicing or timbre. I might take HE-500 if I listened to more rock or electronic music, as its bass is slightly more evident and has a bit more sparkle to the highs. But the LCD-2's more realistic midrange voicing cinched the deal for me.

 

My thoughts on the HE-500:

http://mclements.net/Mike/mrc-blog/blog-140320.html

 

My thoughts on the LCD-2:

http://mclements.net/Mike/mrc-blog/blog-140403.html

post #489 of 491
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Originally Posted by MRC001 View Post
 

I recently tested both the HE-500 and LCD-2. Where I'm coming from: been listening to Magnepan 3.6 in a dedicated tuned listening room for the past 15 years, and HD-600 headphones. Musical taste is primarily acoustic instruments recorded in natural spaces: chamber music, ancient music, with some acoustic folk, jazz, etc. Looking for something that sounds like Magnepans on my head. I want the HD-600's wonderful mids but more detailed and spacious with wider, flatter frequency response.

 

Both headphones were impressive, though I ended up returning the HE-500 and keeping the LCD-2. My decision was based primarily on the midrange response, especially the voicing or timbre. I might take HE-500 if I listened to more rock or electronic music, as its bass is slightly more evident and has a bit more sparkle to the highs. But the LCD-2's more realistic midrange voicing cinched the deal for me.

 

My thoughts on the HE-500:

http://mclements.net/Mike/mrc-blog/blog-140320.html

 

My thoughts on the LCD-2:

http://mclements.net/Mike/mrc-blog/blog-140403.html

+1

post #490 of 491
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Originally Posted by MRC001 View Post

I recently tested both the HE-500 and LCD-2. Where I'm coming from: been listening to Magnepan 3.6 in a dedicated tuned listening room for the past 15 years, and HD-600 headphones. Musical taste is primarily acoustic instruments recorded in natural spaces: chamber music, ancient music, with some acoustic folk, jazz, etc. Looking for something that sounds like Magnepans on my head. I want the HD-600's wonderful mids but more detailed and spacious with wider, flatter frequency response.



 



Both headphones were impressive, though I ended up returning the HE-500 and keeping the LCD-2. My decision was based primarily on the midrange response, especially the voicing or timbre. I might take HE-500 if I listened to more rock or electronic music, as its bass is slightly more evident and has a bit more sparkle to the highs. But the LCD-2's more realistic midrange voicing cinched the deal for me.



 



My thoughts on the HE-500:



http://mclements.net/Mike/mrc-blog/blog-140320.html



 



My thoughts on the LCD-2:



http://mclements.net/Mike/mrc-blog/blog-140403.html

 



These reviews are exactly my thoughts regarding these two phones. I've been agonizingly comparing and a/bing them for the last two weeks. My conclusions are:

Comfort: I find the lcd-2's much more comfortable, although they are still quite heavy. I contoured the headband so it wasn't putting pressure directly on the top of my head by making it more V shaped and less U shaped. This dispersed more weight to the pads and less to the band. Also, i found that when the pads were pushed too forward, it put pressure on my cheeks. moving the pads more towards the back of my head fixed this.

Bass: similar bass response, both very very good. at loud volumes, the lcd-2.2 has more impact and NEVER distorts to my ears, while the he-500 loses just a touch of control when getting loud. With jergpads, the he-500 actually has a bit more "boom" in the 50-80hz range.

Mids: HE-500's are excellent, but when compared to the lcd-2.2 they can sound farther away and even very slightly "sucked out". That's not to say that the he-500's mids aren't good, because they are. They are probably more neutral than the lcd-2, but that's partly due to the presentation of the he-500 being more distant and the lcd-2 being closer and more intimate. Before i had the lcd-2's, i considered he-500 vocals to be the best i had heard, but lcd-2's simply present vocals in an amazing way. They are spotlit and forward, but dont take away from the rest of the music. There is a bit more liquidity and lushness that makes the lcd-2 midrange absolutely georgeous, without muddying up or congesting the sound. It's quite a paradoxical feat.

Treble: Another paradoxical quality of the lcd-2 is to have such a smooth treble response, without as much sparkle as the he-500, while retaining more clarity than the he-500. The he-500 does have more air and space around instruments, but can have too much zing coming straight from the lcd-2. The he-500 treble is great and has sparkle without being fatiguing or sibilant at all.

presentation: soundstage is decent on both, but i find them both to be lacking compared to my hd-700. Imaging is better on the lcd2.2. I have the version with the fazor mod, and this is supposed to help with imaging. LCD-2 has a more 3d holographic feel, which adds a bit of depth and dimensionality compared to the he-500. Again, overall the lcd-2 is closer and more intimate, while the he-500 is a bit more distant and airy.

The lcd-2 overall is my preference, although im not sure whether i will keep the he-500 and hd700 together for some different flavors or sell them for the lcd-2. my BIGGEST takeaway's are:
1. the magical vocal reproduction of the lcd-2 is simply better than the he-500, not by much, but a bit better.
2. The lcd-2 has more depth and resolution to the sound partly due to the 3d holographic imaging being a bit better than the he-500.
3: The lcd-2 is warm and smooth with a bit more liquidity and lushness, but at the same time sounds cleaner with less distortion and harmonics than the he-500. Quite an accomlishment.
4. The lcd-2 just sounds effortless at loud volumes. Where the he-500 starts to get just a bit distorted, the lcd-2 NEVER loses composure at loud volumes.

This is not to say that they he-500's are not amazing headphones, because they are. They are really on par with the lcd-2's in most ways, but i do believe overall the lcd-2's are just a notch above the he-500s.
post #491 of 491

nice. Just confirming my choice to go with the audeze. I'd prefer just a bit more soundstage but other than that they're perfect. the gorgeous tone is the best part, and yes the vocals are magical.

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