Originally Posted by LugBug1
I'm a big fan of the LCD2, it is amazing for Jazz/acoustic music - the tonality once you get accustomed to them is second to none! (haven't heard the LCD3 though) . But I found it struggled with larger classical works. I can hear similarities with the K712's and not just the darker tone - its the the depth and velvety mids. I sold mine when I went for the HD800, ideally those two hp's would be my endgame - one for classical and one for Jazz.
These days I'm balancing my monies with my other passion photography, so thats why I've stepped down to mid-tier set ups. Although I don't like the labels we have these days, as it wasn't that long ago that the K701 and HD600 were the high enders!
Another plus with the LCD2 is how easy they are to drive, they are not like normal planars in this respect. I wouldn't plug them into an iphone but any decent amp will do, seriously!
Good luck with your next purchase!
Was this the pre-fazor LCD-2? From what I gather the two sound a bit different, I've only heard the pre-fazor personally.
I understand that, never really got into photography personally, though I have a cousin that's really good at and into photography. Those two used to be high-end, well they are still high-end, it's better to call the current flagships ultra high-ends. There really weren't near as many ultra-high end headphones back then. There was the Orpheus, HE-60, R10, K1000, various STAX's, and the Koss stat that were at the pinnacle. It's an eye-opening experience to hear how speakers, headphones, and various gear haven't really improved much over the years. I find there are more good headphones and speakers now and the baseline seems to be better, but the pinnacle hasn't improved.
True, I didn't find the LCD-2 all that hard to drive when I auditioned them at length. I've come across many orthos that are fairly hard to drive, some being harder to drive than the K712. Many AKGs seem to be just as hard to drive as some power-hungry Orthos.
Thank you, I amkeeping my eyes open. If I can find something to satisfy me for cheaper I will go for it as well. I'm a bit worried about the EL-8 as I've heard lots of mixed things about it. I am hopeful about the Audioquest Nighthawk, I'm waiting for longer-term impressions and what my friend will say about them after owning them for some time.
I'm not sure why but with the K712 I always have to adjust to their sound for like 30 minutes after listening to the HD 600, HD 650, and DT 150 for a while. They sound overly sharp to my ears at first, yet oddly once I adjust to them it goes away. Most headphones I find sharp bother me more with more listening. So it made me realize it's just a presentation difference in the treble. I have found the K712 the least fatiguing to my ears of my headphones once I adjust to them.Edited by kman1211 - 5/25/15 at 12:07pm