Some great Black Friday deals going on and I am stressing over which trigger to pull. I currently have a pair AKG Q701 which I just play out of my Marantz receiver (no dedicated head amp) and VModa M-80s for portable, both of which I love.
I have wanted a pair of LCDs for a while but always balked at the price. The sale price for the LCD-2s is very tempting. However, the ones I really love are the LCD-3 and LCD-X, neither of which I am willing to drop the cash for. But the LCD-2.2 is very good and I think I would enjoy them a lot (if not as much as either of the more expensive models). For that I would also need to get an amp.
AC Gears is having a sale on all their HiFiman line so I can get either the HE-400 or HE-500. Since they will price match I can get the 400s for $299 from them (or buy online from HiFiman) or get 20% off the 500s. The 500s are better and more neutral IMO (I have listened to both) but would also require an amp and are heavier. While I am generally a neutral-ish kind of listener I have always found the 400s to be a very fun headphone and they seem like they would be a good complement to the 701, which I intend to keep. But most people I have talked to at meets and whatnot have said to go for the 500 if you can afford it. But I do love the fact that I can just plug the 400 into my IPad and they will still sound excellent (if not optimal). And at $299 I really cannot go wrong and can always resell with very little if any loss (probably true for all of these though at these discounts).
My headtime has been pretty limited lately as my evening time after the family has gone to sleep has been focused on guitar playing (and my expenditures have leaned that way as well). But these sales are so attractive I feel like I should get something. Any thoughts are appreciated.