I've the chance to live in Europe (Just next to the Philips ilab in leuven, where the L2 have been developped :D ) so i could manage to order the L2 from Amazon.it for 200€ wich is a bargain.
I was really impressed with the headphonia test like the rest of you i guess, and altough i'm impressed with the L2 on my ears, they are over rating them in my opinion (well, im' not surprised, they dare to compare them with the big boyz like the LCD2 LOUL). I could compare my L2 with my old good Sennheiser hd598 and i have to say i love my HD598 a little bit more.
L2 has really GREAT transparancy, very good bass quality and impact, it's tight, textured, just perfect to my taste, the best bass i've heard. Mediums are not as creamy and organic as the sens, that make all the difference to me. It's clear, good, but "drier", the voices doesn't seem to spread out in the space like the HD598 manage to do. High are very clear, crisp, detailled. Separation is very very good. They sound a little bit agressive and harsh at times because of the pikes on the 8K region ? i don't know. Nevertheless i can push up the volume on the hd598 much higher without getting my ears pierced. That's pretty important the ability to listen to high volume and not becoming deaf afterwards because of harsh highs.
Soundstage is a bit strange to my ear, i thought first that my open cans were way better in that matter but...ok, it's less wide, less open but there's something special in it, DEPTH ! i litteraly can fall into the music because of the definition and layers on some tracks. Really impressive for a semi nomad mid-fi headphone. My sens are more envelopping but there's less depth in them.
If i had to choose between the well known HD598 and the L2, i'd be in trouble because i'd prefer the L2 for classical instrumental and music with big BASS. I'd choose my Sens for Vocal music, Jazz and perhaps rock music but the L2 maintain a high level of clarity even when the music is supercharged in instrument, the L2 won in the ability of portraying complex music). I've havent decided wich one is better for that genre. Probably the Sens because of more the organic, smooth sound wich match my taste, sound more natural to me.
They are very friendly, i can't imagine someone disliking them but to sum it up: THEY ARE NOT BETTER than our mid-fi cans. Headphonia exagereted the thing.
The thing is, they sound very good out of a HTC One S, of course they tend to sound greater with a dac like Fiio e17 but you can enjoy them outside of anything (except maybe the Clip+, the sound become very very harsh with that music player in my opinion :/) without much trouble.
Regarding the burn in effect, i didn't notice any change in the sound after 10 hours, it seem that the L2 sound at their best right out of the box. (or maybe there are a very slight change, difficult to say).
Edited by Drrizzt - 12/28/13 at 7:57am