Firstly bloom was fantastic to work with. I inquired initially through discord then through email and he helped answer all my questions. Shipping was fast and well packed.
The first couple things about the LCD-2 that struck me when listening to them is the combination of how smooth they are with how much power they have in the low end. Bass is well textured with a pretty strong impact while being extremely smooth and pleasant. The mid range is crisp and realistic but not perfect in the upper mids. It can be improved with some light EQ around the 3-4k area. I personally added a few dB sub 100hz and at 3-4k. This cleans up the mid range helping with female vocals and makes the most of the lows. The highs are great with just enough air. I personally am sensitive to bright headphones and these lie in the perfect spot that I can listen for hours while still sounding great. The soundstage is very good but not as wide as an HD800 or similar. The imaging is great although certain directions aren't perfect. Its more than good enough for gaming though, it feels like cheating in R6 Siege. Separation is great as well. I have never before actually heard the distance between instruments and been able to focus on individual sounds so distinctly. They have held up well for almost a year as my daily drivers. I had a very minor issue with the leather headband but Audeze support handled it perfectly. I would highly recommend the LCD-2 as long as you like a fairly warm sound signature. These are by far the best sounding headphones I have heard and impress me each time I listen to them.
Just got it for my newly arrived bha100 amplifier (also made by audio technica). The headphones itself is with a very healthy middle band and a naturally extended high frequency response, adding a suitable bass. The sound stage is also impressing, thanks to its open-back structure. Under my bha100 The sound is a little bit warmer, making it even better atmosphere for pop musics.
For several years, I have avoided purchasing a Focal headphone. Recently the Utopia was revisited on one of the forums where I participate. The gist of the revisit had one important finding. If you do not have a DNA or EC tube headphone amp, you are not getting the most out of your Utopia. Since I have a DNA Stratus, I decided to upgrade.
Right out of the box, Stratus sounded pretty good on my SS/digital system. ( SPL Phonitor E & Matris Sabra Pro MOQ DAC). I ran that combo for 8 days 24/7 for break in. When I hooked up the Utopia to my Stratus/Shiit Yiggy/PS Audio CD transport, It was great. I played some Sade and wondered what Utopia owners were complaining about. Not enough bass?? I would not say so. Not too much certainly, but bass was lightening quick, detailed and bountiful.
Midrange was clear and musical as it was supposed to be.
All in all, an excellent combination.
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After 20 years of composing for Film and TV, I’ve found a pair of headphones that are both inspiring and accurate enough to mix on. They have a transient response like no other. I can hear clearly into mix details - the most microscopic amounts of distortion, the smallest changes of reverb, the most minute details of resolution. If you’ve watch Life Below Zero on NatGeo this year, you’ve heard music mixed on these. They make a portable world class studio truly possible.
I am a recording engineer primarily of classical music. I rely on headphones for monitoring many live recordings and sessions since these often take place in concert halls, churches, and other venues with good acoustics and when monitors are not available. I own and have used a variety of excellent headphones in the past including HiFIMAN HE1000v2, Sennheiser HD800, Audeze LCD-3, Stax, etc. I prefer open back headphones unless background noise is too high. Recently, I have been using the HEDDphone headphone for a number of recordings that are being streamed including Timothy Chooi and Max Levinson (violin and piano) https://rockportmusic.org/concertwindow/ and an arrangement of the Goldberg variations for string orchestra with Emmanuel Music to be streamed in another week or so. HEDDphone is very accurate in the sense that I hear all the details in a natural way. Equally important for me, it also provides the most similar experience to listening over my B&W 802 monitors in my studio of any headphone I have used. It is almost uncanny how predictive these headphones are for what the recording will sound like in the studio and are the first headphones I believe would allow me to confidently master a recording without using monitors.
I had AKG k702. Its treble was good but mid and base was muted.
Ananda is way better ones. I don't listen to metal or hard rock, so Ananda is perfect for all the genres of music for me.
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Spectacular, immersive sound. It does require more power to effectively drive than my other Hifiman headphones, but with stunning sound.
Honestly I really enjoy listening on this headphone, the sound-stage is probably the widest I've heard unless you have a STAX, even then I think it is somewhat on par with STAX in terms of sound-stage. It sounds fairly neutral with hint warm and with amazing detail retrieval. Physically it is lighter than the LCD-X i had thus it doesn't hurt my neck as much as LCD-X, the earpads are big so make sure you center your ear on the driver when you put it on or it might sound off. While I have not used many planar but this headphone served as a great introduction for me and is definitely a keeper.
Also thank you Andrew!