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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

 

Did they arrive today?  

 

 

I have them and Dear Lord they are beautiful... Mouth agape when I first opened them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting them through their paces as we speak. I'm comparing them to my D5k's HE-400's, and A900x from AT. So far so good! The test hasn't reached the Denon's yet but compared to the HE-400's as amazing and wonderful as they are these are on a whole nother level. The 400's are still some of if not the best headphones you can buy for $399. Probably the best bang for your buck on the market today but once I put on the LCD's it was very clear right away what the next level sounded like. At every volume point they are superior in every way which is really saying something. The main difference to my ears is the instrument separation and soundstage, the LCD's just POP. The mids come alive and the vocals are right in your face but still not to forward so that to me is the perfect mix. I love that mids on the 400 but these are just better to me.

 

That's it for now, I'll post more pics in a day or two. 

post #332 of 1464
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post

Alright, just got the HE-500 today.

 

Some quick impressions:

BTW, the moment I opened the box and held the headphones in my hand, I told my roommate "I'm buying these.” Moving on...

 

These are quick impressions done within basically 2 hours using Flac or 320 kbps with various music, some audiophile quality and some not. Source goes from desktop to Fiio E09k/E07k combo using low gain. I know this isn’t the “optimal” equipment but this is what I have at the moment, sorry. Main headphones are the Sennheiser HD650. Some more background: I am a college student in sunny Californ-eye-a so my English might get a little weird but please bear with me.

And finally, I’m probably a victim of confirmation bias.

 

Build Quality

                Instantly I noticed the weight of the headphone and I actually like it. Makes it feel like a quality product. The weight and parts used to make the headphone make it seem very durable especially compared to my HD650 which I baby in fear of breaking headbands. The little screws for the headphone cable are kind of cool but wish they were like nonscrew-type or universal screw meaning screw just the nut and not the entire cable. It’s cool though, gimmicky and different. It’s pretty big but not really that big compared to audiophile headphones such as the hd650, dt880, denon 2000, etc.

 

Comfort

                The weight is a non-issue for me and the headband is fine given that there is barely any padding. I haven’t tried on the leather/pleather pads but one thing I noticed that both the pleather and velour pads are pretty hard. I much prefer the HD650 pads and even more so the DT 880 pads. I unfortunately have plastic frame glasses and the clamp plus the hard pads cause some discomfort after a 30 minutes to an hour. it kinda feels like my m50s from a while back. Going back to my HD650, these are definitely more comfortable. I believe my ears also touch the pads but because the pads are more soft, there is little or no discomfort. And although while wearing the HE-500, i experienced no headband discomfort,  there is no denying the pads on the HD650 are so nice :) Without my glasses, the HE-500s are pretty okay comfort wise but definitely not going to have these on for hours and "forget they're on my head". This is probably due to my monster sized ears that touch the pads which we all know to be irritating especially with hard pads. I guess oval shaped headphones are my preference. 

 

Sound

                First thing I noticed was the crisp sound especially treble. There was so much texture in the vocals and guitar from AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill. It was eerie how textured it was. It was a little bright for me initially but this may be due to my coming from the HD650 and maybe the included silver cable.

                Second thing I noticed was the soundstage. Its huge and so open, much more than the hd650. Another thing I noticed was that when you covered the grills, it becomes very closed and sounds muffled; obvious right? I found that this had a more drastic effect than on the hd650. Oh btw, these are crazy open… I remember when I first got into head-fi with the m50 and 598. Long story short, I thought open headphones were going to be me floating in sound and listening to the HE-500 brought me back to that thought. The HD650 has a big soundstage in my opinion but I believe the HE-500 to have an even bigger one. I don’t know about depth, width, height. Listening the Dave Brubeck at Carnegie – Blue Rondo was “sexy” to listen to. I’m not really sure what that means but that felt like the right word to is. Lots of me grunting and saying yea lol.

                I noticed that on some tracks, the sound sounded pretty stereo but still had a wide soundstage which was kinda weird. Maybe it’s more true to the source or idk. It was with many recordings that probably weren’t too well recorded like Top50 and modern music. Sorry if I’m not clear.

                While listening more intently for soundstage, I noticed that the instrument separation and positioning was phenomenal (wish I had binaural tracks!). On Led Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad times, everything felt clean and well balanced. I could hear all the little background sounds clearly and nothing felt overpowered.

                I love these with rock; not sure if that’s the norm with these headphones. It’s not a bassy headphone but the bass is punchy and tight, I love it. The clean, crisp sound and detailed treble. Loving AC/DC right now… I also realized that I don’t have an ear for mids or maybe just don’t know what to listen for… lol. I’ll listen for that later. What I do notice is the clarity which usually means recessed lower mids.  Wish I had more audiophile vocals to listen to.

 

Other

Driving with the Fiio stack with low gain, HE-500 was driven perfectly well in terms of decibel with it usually around 11 o’clock. HD650 around 10:00.

 

And that’s basically it for now. Sorry for being all over the place (unorganized) with my writing. 

Thanks everyone and VERY MUCH THANKS TO JUSTIN AT HEADAMP. It was like a dream opening up my package, seeing the HIFIman box and putting the headphones on my head

 

-John

 

P.S. Box condition was kinda poor. No offense but taping job was pretty bleh... But i want to keep using the same box for nostalgia sake~

 

 

Great job on the write up. And why are you apologizing for using the Fiio Stack?? I use the e17/e09k stack myself and if someone has a problem with it thats on them. The Fiio is cheaper than most to everything out there and yet is very highly regarded and more than capable to power the HE-500's and LCD's. Sure there are better options out there that are way more expensive that do less but unless someone wants to buy them for me this is what I have and I may add a nice tube amp (EF5 or PAN AM) in the future just to add to my collection but I'm more than happy and impressed with what Fiio has been pushing out lately. I consider them the Hyundai of audio equipment. Was just a cheap alternative and is now a world beater and Fiio is on that same path right now. 

 

Sorry, had to say something :) 

 

Back to the LCD's o2smile.gif

post #333 of 1464
Just got my vegan LCD2 that I ordered from Headamp. Thanks a MILLION Justin! These are as amazing as the leather padded ones I demoed. Bass is just as deep and full as I remembered of the demo. Just stellar. I'm more than happy. I'm thrilled.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/9/13 at 12:23pm
post #334 of 1464
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Just got my vegan LCD2 that I ordered from Headamp. Thanks a MILLION Justin! These are as amazing as the leather padded ones I demoed. Bass is just as deep and full as I remembered of the demo. Just stellar. I'm more than happy. I'm thrilled.

Is the clamping force or "pressure" you experienced during your demo still present with the vegan lcd2?
post #335 of 1464

Aww man is it too late to sign up for this?

post #336 of 1464
Will whomever has the bamboo LCD2 on loan please post a pic of the graph data and post it? I wanna see how it differs from mine. Appreciate it kindly.

As for the cabin pressure, it's more of a slight suction/sealed feeling for a brief moment, then it goes away. Less than the leather padded ones.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/9/13 at 9:55pm
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The sign-up for the STAX SR-407 and SRM-252S system will go up at 9:00PM EST, tomorrow, Monday night.  Anyone can sign up if you are in the U.S.  It will be limited to the first 10 people.


Edited by justin w. - 3/11/13 at 5:36am

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post #338 of 1464
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The sign-up for the STAX SR-407 and SRM-252S system will go up at 9PM EST, tomorrow, Monday night.  Anyone can sign up.  It will be limited to the first 10 people.

 

Anyone meaning international?

post #339 of 1464
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

Anyone meaning international?

sorry, still U.S. only.  the problem with international is, the shipping cost is too high and it takes too long

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sorry, still U.S. only.  the problem with international is, the shipping cost is too high and it takes too long

 

Yeah just saw your edit. No need to apologize, you're offering a great service as is.

post #341 of 1464
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The sign-up for the STAX SR-407 and SRM-252S system will go up at 9PM EST, tomorrow, Monday night.  Anyone can sign up if you are in the U.S.  It will be limited to the first 10 people.

Will it be put into the topic here at that time or is there another link?

post #342 of 1464
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it will be the same link thats at the top of the first post

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post #343 of 1464
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Originally Posted by DemonFox View Post

 

Great job on the write up. And why are you apologizing for using the Fiio Stack?? I use the e17/e09k stack myself and if someone has a problem with it thats on them. The Fiio is cheaper than most to everything out there and yet is very highly regarded and more than capable to power the HE-500's and LCD's. Sure there are better options out there that are way more expensive that do less but unless someone wants to buy them for me this is what I have and I may add a nice tube amp (EF5 or PAN AM) in the future just to add to my collection but I'm more than happy and impressed with what Fiio has been pushing out lately. I consider them the Hyundai of audio equipment. Was just a cheap alternative and is now a world beater and Fiio is on that same path right now. 

 

Sorry, had to say something :) 

 

Back to the LCD's o2smile.gif

Lol thanks DemonFox! I thought the Crack + HD650 was my final setup but with this demo, I needed to get a amp with a 1watt output and fast. I didnt want to spend too much considering I was solely getting it for this demo but after listening to it, im really liking it. The bass is a bit boomy but so much bigger than my crack which leads to a more enjoyable listen. You cant beat the crack's soundstage and mids but still.... hahaha i drive a hyundai!!! bigsmile_face.gif

I really want the Schiit Lyr now though... MOAR PWR!

happy listening~ cant wait for my pair to show up atsmile.gif

post #344 of 1464
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Edit: The sign-up page is now live (see the first post in this thread) HOWEVER I will not accept any submissions that are time stamped before 9:00 PM EST


Edited by justin w. - 3/11/13 at 5:36am

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post #345 of 1464
For those interested in how the vegan LCD2 measure against the leather LCD2...(thanks to ninjames for the leather LCD2's graph).



Vegan on the left, leather on the right.

Very similar, but the vegan maintained a higher amount of treble, if slightly, as I mentioned. That paired with the pad differences, is probably why I felt the vegan version to be slightly less warm with more sparkle. The area between 1khz to just over 2khz has a bigger drop on the leather than the vegan as well... about 4db in the section after 2khz, if I'm reading it correctly.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/11/13 at 6:45am
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