Hey again, I was listening to the Audeze LCD-2 on a test run, the equipment it was connected to was:
C.E.C - TL3N CD Transport + DA3N Dac Transport
Amps - iFi iCan + Leben CS600
Music - K2 24bit/100Khz mastering of Oscar Peterson Trio. Pink Floyd 20th Anniversary The Dark Side of the Moon. ELP: Tarkus. J.S.Bach (I don't remember exactly) and a few more.
I didn't post the review before but I'll write something not as detailed as I wanted, so here we go:
The "store" (garage style with some acoustic work) owner is a really nice audiophile guy who knows a thing or two about this. So first thing I was introduced to when I entered the store was the speakers by Raidho Acoustics the C-2.1 or D-2 whatever it is these cost apparently 76,000 ILS which is really nothing to laugh at ... the sound is pretty nice and all but I couldn't compare until what I did was I saw the Audeze LCD-2, really pretty headphones! I also brought along my HD700 for comparison.
Design: Really beautiful. Really. The HD700 are also unique :)
Quality: Sturdy, though of course since that's wood we're talking about it might have problems with that quality. But these headphones speak quality.
Comfort: Amazing. As good as my HD700. Clamping force is VERY light yet very good. Padding is excellent. There's plenty of space between my ears and the padding and the driver.
Sound Quality: So here's where what I said before about the Raidho Acoustics speakers come into place. They were playing when I put the headphones on. And because of the open design I couldn't understand what was playing, the Speakers or the Headphones, and apparently, they were both playing because when I asked to turn off the speakers, I got the same feeling, pretty much nothing changed, I couldn't tell the difference. Mind you, we're talking about a difference, well, the LCD-2 costs here 4200 ILS, so go figure.
The Imaging on the LCD-2, I couldn't feel too much of a difference between the LCD-2 and my HD700, I might even say that the LCD-2 might have better imaging. I could hear better how and where the instruments were being played. But it was much closer to you, than the HD700 it makes the sound stage really far and that's harder for a new audiophile to hear. Maybe because it's easier to drive the LCD-2's. Most likely.
Overall I felt that sound quality wise, these were amazing, a bit darker than my HD700, and without the Sibilance problem. More Neutral. But also the Bass was lacking in kick/punch I felt like my HD700 were beating in my ears much harder, but yeah, the bass on the LCD-2 was quite a bit more real. I think after that demo I am hearing differences in sound quality better... yeah.
Regarding the Amps, to be honest, I didn't really like the iCan, it was good, but just not good, had to play with it too much to enjoy the music, all settings off on them the sound was way too muddy and unrealistic as well as pretty much dead and boring. Turn on the Leben CS600, my jaw dropped... When I tried the HD700 with it, it almost completely killed off the treble and made the sound so much livelier than whatever I have right now (STX). So yeah, both headphones will happily give out whatever improvement you give them, and both headphones are great, but I really like the sound of the Audeze and I feel that when we're talking about LCD-2 and Sennheiser, I feel they are much closer to HD800 quality, and maybe even beating them.
The only Con I could find in the Audeze is that they're not mine. Yeah. That soon will too be eliminated, very soon. But I'm hunting the LCD-3 this time around.
Here's a taste: http://imgur.com/a/doy6Z
Mind you, I didn't have much sleep, I don't look like the happiest person on earth, but that was in Givatayim (Near Tel Aviv) and I'm in Beer Sheva right now.