The following have been added to the lists in the OP - Thanks heaps guys. Much appreciated. (Click to show)
Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD
All the new HDs can be added to the list really, they all have pretty significant boost in the bass.
Originally Posted by Stereolab42
Please add the Sennheiser HD8 DJ to the list, I can vouch for its ability to be amped to amazing levels of bass (and it controls that bass quite well, a necessity for EDM).
Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy
I would like to add the Xiaomi Pistons 1.0 to the IEM list.
Originally Posted by smithamb
Type: In Ear
Brand: Atomic Floyd
I would say these deserve a place on the list
Originally Posted by PsiCore
Yesterday I had the pleasure to listen to Audeze LCD-2 for about 3 hours.
This was a mesmerizing experience, which left me totally sad, that I need to let them go today...
Are these an audiophile basshead wet dream? The surely could be. I was amazed and surprised with how good they sound.
At the beginning I was sceptic - could they really sound better then my Unique Melody Merlin? Well, yeah, they do. They seem to be a natural upgrade from the customs.
Bass: deeep, strong, but, man, is it incredibely well controlled. My standard bass boost settings were bloating the most cans (HD8 DJ, D600, SRH1540), but the LCD-2's bass is still being superbly kept under control. Fantastic!
Midrange: Oh my, I'm in love. I though the Merlins had the best midrange to date, but these cans are so sweet. Detail, vocals, beautiful.
Highs: exactly how I like it. Extended, but velvetly smooth. No harshness or fatigue at all (not possible with them!). Man, was I surprised when I heared new things on some very well known tracks - I couldn't believe it.
Comfort: the leather pads are great, but for some reason, my right ear kept pusing on the inner side of the cans (the left was perfectly fine).
Most cans grow on me (the Merlins needed a month I think), but I instantly felt in love with the Audeze. If they weren't open headphones and the strange comfort issues, I would probably starting to save money
So, are there any closed cans, which sound similar to LCD-2? LCD-XC?
I've had a sneaking suspicion for a while that you and I have similar taste in cans - this confirms it. I am Merlin + LCD 2.2 all the way!
The comfort issues were quickly remedied for me by bending the headband - It's really pliable but sturdy metal, so you can bend it right back, and almost perfectly shape it to the size of your head. I wear mine for watching movies, no issues.
Ended up buying the highly controversial HASZ2000 whilst in Japan.
I'm using them with the Digizoid ZO on the highest setting, with a Fiio E18 with bass boost on, in High gain mode.
Still not really being blown away by these - am I missing something?
Without EQ I can't say I'm a huge fan. And unfortunately a headphone that "needs" eq isn't something that will stick around in my collection for very long.
They are, however, quite comfortable. Not as much as D2000, DT770, HD600 etc, but definitely more comfortable than your average can.
They fold too, which is great.
I'm also a fan of their styling.
The pads are a bit weird. Any word on being able to swap them? I put some DT990 pads on, but they didn't quite fit right. The little bump/lip on the SZ2000 makes it a bit awkward.
A quick word on headphone EQ:
To me, Headphone equalisation are like the drinks that are sold at a live show. You don't NEED the drinks to enjoy the show, they are just there to potentially enhance your experience.
A show that NEEDS drinks is not one I'm terribly interested in going to. Same goes with headphones. Unless they sound good "as-is", I'm not too keen on being forced to use EQ.
The LCD 2.2 can smash faces apart with EQ, and I'm waiting on mine to come back from a mate before I do a head-to-head bass test with the SZ2000. The difference here, is that the LCD 2.2 is an amazing headphone, even without EQ.