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I've been a long time lurker but I'm about to spend the most that I have ever spent on headphones so I want to make sure that I am making the right decision.

I'm currently using HiFi Man HE-400 (balanced), Firestone Bobby amp (balanced), Emotiva XSP-1 preamp (balanced). And my sources are Emotiva DC-1 DAC (balanced), and a VPI Traveler turntable. I purchased the Bobby after reading a positive review on innerfidelity.  He used this amp with both the HE-400 and the LCD 2 and liked it with both headphones. At $500 I think that this is a great amp and I'm surprised that it is not more popular.

I mainly listen to pretty much all variations of Rock, from Metal to light Pop. I have been very impressed with the HE-400 and I think it is a great headphone but I am really thinking that I want to get as serious as I can get for around $1000 (+balanced cable). My only worry is that I may be disappointed in the bass of the LCD2 compared to the HE-400 for Rock music. My previous headphone was the Denon AH-D5000. Am I making the right decision upgrading to the LCD2?

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That depends--mostly on what sound signature you prefer.  I prefer the cheaper and more neutral HE 500.  Others prefer the velvet lush tones of the bass master LCD-2.

 

You should read about both of them (and many more excellent cans) in this outstanding piece:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_LCD2b

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Thanks so much for your response. I have been reading for about two months. I have read that thread (more than once) and the LCD-2 and HE-500 threads and reviews. I have read so much that I have only ended up confusing myself more.

For Rock I think that bass impact is very important so your description of the LCD-2 as the "bass master" is very appealing. I wish that I could just listen and compare. It is very difficult buying gear without ever hearing it first.

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Originally Posted by mumstead View Post
 

Thanks so much for your response. I have been reading for about two months. I have read that thread (more than once) and the LCD-2 and HE-500 threads and reviews. I have read so much that I have only ended up confusing myself more.

For Rock I think that bass impact is very important so your description of the LCD-2 as the "bass master" is very appealing. I wish that I could just listen and compare. It is very difficult buying gear without ever hearing it first.


Go to a Head-Fi meet.  In that same vein, you might add to your profile some indication of where you are from.

 

BTW: you should not be too confused between the HE-500 and LCD-2.  Your choice is between a balanced/neutral can where everything is there and a colored velvety bassy can that costs hundreds more.  Both are excellent at what they do.  For most (but not all) that is enough to put one on one side of the divide or the other.  Of course its always better to try before you buy with $700 to $1,000 of your hard earned dollars.

 

The HE 500 is truly a genre master, including rock.  However, there are many who adore the Audeze sound signature, even if neutrality and balance is not quite there.  Neither offers a large sound stage, like that found in the T1 and HD 800.


Edited by KG Jag - 11/3/13 at 2:59pm
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