I didn't and will never say such thing because I know what sounds good to me might not sound good to you, vice versa. But I could say that the reason I went with HE500 and not LCD2 was because the overall sound of the LCD2 was too mellow overall for my taste. That's the same difference I found between the AD and LCD2. The AD is getting very close to the sparkling and airy upper mid/high of the HE500. This is why the AD is on my list to purchase for a closed pair to be used at the office. It will happen soon if I am not ending up getting the HD800 to pair with my WA22. When is Xmas again?