I'm facing a dilemna. I recently bought a pair of HE-500s and ordered a Matrix M-Stage w/OPA627 op-amps biased into Class A. Currently I'm listening to the HE-500s on an iBasso D10 Cobra. They sound really really good. I'd been listening to my Ultrasone Pro900s mostly lately, though I also have a pair of HD600's cabled with the cardas smurf cable.
I bought the HE-500s then started questioning whether this is end-game. If I'm gonna pay $700, maybe I should go end-game. If that's the case I should be considering the HD800s and the LCD-X. I'd consider the HE-6 also, but i don't think the M-Stage is gonna pair well with them. I've read that it pairs very well with the HD800. I see the HD800 may go on sale this Black Friday, too. Are the Audeze headphones as detailed as the HD800? Does the detail of the HE-500 compete with these with the amp I'm getting? Is the change in tonality the biggest difference between these headphones?
I primarily listen to rock, electronica, and female vocals. I listen to very little classical or jazz. I do like listening to a lot of acoustic and female vocals, though. I really have enjoyed the HE-500's so far. Listening to tracks like Tin Pan Alley by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Over My Head by King's X, Disintegration by the Cure, or some Fiona Apple has revealed a lot of details I hadn't heard on my HD600 or Pro-900s. I like the guitar sound on them A LOT! Listening to Neil Young playing Cortez the Killer on Weld is great! I'm a little worried that the HE-500's are a bit fatiguing. The HD600's are by far the least fatiguing headphone I've ever worn. I can just melt into them.
I like the treble on the HE-500 other than thinking it may be a bit fatiguing. The headphones do clamp a bit, too. I am thinking that I'd adjust the headband more in the future to make them easier to wear. I'm wondering how much the sound of the HE-500 will change once I get the m-stage, too.
Any suggestions for me? I hate being undecided. I'm just worried I'm gonna get something and later find that my tastes would have been better served by xxx.
Thank you all. I've been reading through messages all weekend long. It's comforting knowing there are others out there as obsessive as me =D