Originally Posted by HPiper
I don't know your budget but have you considered the Audeze LCD2. Has what a lot of people have said are the sweetest midrange they have ever heard and is not the least bit harsh either.
Originally Posted by mandrake50
I think he said that he wanted to stay around the HE 400i price range, or about $500.
From my listening with the 400i over the last several months, and the description of you ear problem, I do think the 400i would be a good choice. I find it to be pretty neutral sounding and consider it a very smooth sound.
I have both the HD 600 and HD650 (as well as a modded HD580). I think the closest of those to the 400i is the HD 600. But even though I have had the Senns for years, and still listen to them occasionally, since I got them, I have used the 400i much more. They are simply faster and, to me, more natural sounding than any of the Senns. Bass has better definition, though the lack of a mid-bass hump may sound like there is less quantity. Some have complained about a slight peak in the treble, but honestly, I simply do not hear it. I have had zero problems with sibilance.
Just a few things to throw out from my perspective...
yeah i know, the lcd 2.2F was on my radar as well. But it's correct that my price range is $500 US retail...
the hd650 here is $640, and considering adorama and amazon deals, i can't help feeling a little rip-off by the price. OTOH, the he-400i is the same at $640 which makes more sense to buy.
ive been reading a lot about the two, and the fact that people post speed and decay as he400i strength i think that i would prefer it more to the hd650 since i prefer sound signature that's a little bit north of neutral.
However, if you read my posts a page or so back, i've said that i have an inner ear condition that made my ear physically hurt when listening to bright headphones like grado or shure or akg. That's the only reason i'm considering hd650. I think hd600 will suits me better to be honest but, they're not available locally.
I think at the moment i'm leaning towards he400i for resale value more. If I ended up getting the he400i and it turns out to be too bright for my ear i can recoup my losses by selling it on head-fi pretty quick.
While there's no way anybody would buy hd650 from me with the price i got it new...