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I got a Sony MDR-MA900 a couple of months ago and packed away my LCD-2. I don't think it is a better headphone, but I prefer its sound. Always, when I first put on the LCD-2, I feel a bit suffocated until I adjust. The Sony sounds more open and natural, but it has less treble than Audeze, which is counter to my understanding. I thought upper treble was supposed to give a sense of air. Bass is pretty good on the MA900, but the LCD-2 undoubtly spanks it in that department, like a red-headed step-child.
I think MA900 is not as detailed. On Stevie Ray Vaughn's version of "Little Wing", I can hear guitar amp hum in the quieter parts with the LCD-2 and 325i, not so much with the MA900. I'm not sure if this is down to frequency response or driver speed or volume matching. Also, badly clipped metal tracks are more listenable on the MA900. This must mean MA900 is less accurate, I think, maybe not, I dunno.
So, the Sony has less treble, less bass, less detail, but is more open and natural. Treble and bass I EQ with a couple of shelving filters, then sit back, enjoy my music, and not worry about anything else. And it cost less than 1/5 the price of the LCD-2.
Yes, 'sound suffocation feeling' is probably for worst thing in LCD-2 for me. Other weaknesses are much easier to accept.
I would really like a headphone that gives me most of LCD-2's strengths and at the same time gives me the sense of air and spaciousness in sound.
I haven't yet, but would like to. I have HE-400 which is my first choice for electronic music and sometimes also for other genres after LCD-2 suffocated me enough;)
Secretly I am waiting for a new HE-hopefully HiFiMan will release something in the next few months.