I've been perusing the entire thread on the Audeze LCD 2.2. With the Black Friday sale I just missed picking up a pair LCD 2.2s last week. I stopped by the Audeze dealer yesterday and had a listen and I was very impressed by the overall tone and signature. I felt what sounds like a slight lack of detail in the treble. Parts of the music seemed to have a little less bloom and I noticed the lack of air people refer too.
The dealer had an LCD 3 sitting there as well. Against better judgement I checked them out too. Holy smokes! It sounded like I was getting the full 100% of the music. Lively and engaging everywhere, not as much detail up in the higher frequencies as some other headphones but an entirely addicting sound. Better separation and treble detail without being tiring. I could listen to these for a long time. There would, of course, be temptation to upgrade some other components in the system as well. Here's where it gets hard, I was ok justifying the ~$800.00 on the Auduze LCD 2 sale but the LCD 3's are $2000.00! I've since been scheming about a pair of LCD 3's but have started to suffer from the reality that that is just a bundle of cash.
Would the HE 500 be somewhere between the Audeze 2s and 3s? Never heard the HiFi Man stuff but that's what the forums seem to indicate. I'm running a Glow Audio Amp 1. Thoughts anyone could offer? Thanks.