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**SOLVED** Finally: Looking at second-hand flagships (Budget is around $1000). But do any fit the bill?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, I will make it a quick one:

 

If the HD800 was a little too bass-light for me, but the LCD 2 was a little too physically heavy on my head..

 

Is there any point in-between? 

 

I will be doing a side-by-side demo on Monday, to determine which I like better, but it would be lovely to know what else is available. 

 

I'd rather not go over the $1000 budget, so I would probably prefer second-hand. 

 

I like a bassy/warm signature, with plenty of air up-top. 

 

Thanks for your time, let me know your thoughts!

 

Also, sorry I misused the term ''Flagship''!

 

EDIT: SOLVED! AUDITIONED THE LCD-2.2, NOT NEARLY AS HEAVY AS I WAS LEAD TO BELIEVE. WHAT A GREAT CAN!


Edited by White Lotus - 1/14/14 at 12:59pm
post #2 of 34

What amplifier do you use/plan to use for this setup?

 

I'd start looking into Hifiman's headphones as well, The HE500, or the new HE-560 might fit the bill.

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
I hadn't thought about upgrading amp/DAC just yet. I'm using a Head-direct EF1 for an amp (12AU7), and the AUNE T1 (EH6922) as a DAC.
post #4 of 34
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post

I hadn't thought about upgrading amp/DAC just yet. I'm using a Head-direct EF1 for an amp (12AU7), and the AUNE T1 (EH6922) as a DAC.

How bout the Beyerdynamic T1 :3, as you know it's comfy and it should have a nice touch o bass!

 

How ever... I would wait for the HE 560 if I where in your shoes :O 

post #5 of 34

HE-500, but it's a little polite up the top. Lacks a touch of air that would make it world class

HE-6 I've heard fixes that...  or just wait for the HE-560 which looks promising!

post #6 of 34
Maybe the Fostex TH900 - but you probably can't get them under $1000. The TH600 is well under $1000 - I haven't heard them. The Stax SR-507 is around $1000, but then you also need an electrostatic amp, and that's at least another $500. I haven't heard them either...
post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post
 

HE-500, but it's a little polite up the top. Lacks a touch of air that would make it world class

HE-6 I've heard fixes that...  or just wait for the HE-560 which looks promising!

I would  wait for the HE 560, impressions on it are good, the HE 6 sound signiture, minus some of the speed and clarity. Basically a fusion of the two headphones together, the HE 500 technical mertis with the HE 6 speed, all with better comofort and easier to drive  

post #8 of 34
+1 for the HE-560. I think that's going to be my choice in a similar search.

What did you think of the LCD 2's sound?

Also, do you want to meet me Wed to hear the T1s and Mainline?
post #9 of 34
Thread Starter 

Just auditioned the LCD-2 (REV2). 

 

Not nearly as heavy as people make them out to be, I'm baffled by those claims. They were very comfortable, even on my large head.

 

LCD 2 seems to be the answer.

 

Thanks guys!

 

Best community ever.

 

x

post #10 of 34

So when are you buying??? ;) 

post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

So when are you buying??? ;) 

 

I'm purging a heap of my gear on the FS/FT forums to get some. I had an epiphany: Why stack up on so much low-low/mid-mid tier gear, when I could just have ONE great pair of cans?

 

(Which you and I both know will definitely not put an end to anything, and I'll be posting back in this thread in a few months time looking for more flagships)

post #12 of 34
LCD 2 is one of my absolute favorite 'phones - at least until I have had a chance to audition the LCD-X and LCD-XC... tongue.gif
post #13 of 34
Thread Starter 

I actually tried the X as well, and preferred the 2. I'm not sure, it just seemed a little more "up-my-alley". The pads seemed different though, but I'm not sure if that's just from "wear and tear" or not.

post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

I actually tried the X as well, and preferred the 2. I'm not sure, it just seemed a little more "up-my-alley". The pads seemed different though, but I'm not sure if that's just from "wear and tear" or not.

congrats :D I'm not sure when I'll be moving to the next tier of gear q.q, as I own both Closed and open cans >.>

 

that said I might sell off my w1000x to buy a w5000 if I can hear the w5k at a meet some time, or keep both my w1000x and my D2k [wodd back] and save up for an LCD XC, I'm not sure how the bass on the XC is, some say it's FUN others say it's pretty refrance. I can say that I did NOT like the Bass on my dt 990 for genres like rock and reaggae 

 

meaning, I felt the dt 990 had TO much bass to be an all around everything headphone, that said... I'd imagine the LCD XC would have better control of it's bass than the cheapo DT 990.

 

Still, I modded some of the bass OUT of my W1000x well I modded out the Mid Bass hump or at least some of it, but at the same time I own a D2k, and W1000x at teh same time, seeing as I like both the cleaner colder sound, and the funner sound...

 

so I have no idea what to upgrade to... but I can see my self selling my dt 880 for a He 560 in the next year or so! 

post #15 of 34
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Mshenay I think you should audition some Audeze, I thought of you when I heard them. Right up your alley.

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