Listening to Leonard Cohen´ “You want it darker” made me think that I need darker, warmer and more laid back headphones than the Hifiman Ananda. Ananda is nice, but I never found myself lying in bed after a long day and relaxing with them - i think its both due to their clear and neutral sound, but also due to the weird big cups, which I never found 100% comfortable. I like the Ananda more for movies, gaming than music tbh. So lets go warmer and darker. (a big stage is also a plus)
Is there anything else besides Audese LCD 2 Classics I should consider? The budget would be around 800ish euros / 850ish dollars
The verum 1 are also a bit dark and spacious. Not overly dark but very relaxing with good balance and macro dynamics. Not very detailed tho. There is also a rather long wait to recieve them but they punch way above the $350 that they cost.
I don’t plan on doing a long write up on the LCD-2 Pre Fazor…but I might do one for the Aeolus seeing as it is now my very favorite headphone I own. But here are some major impressions between the LCD-2 pre fazor and the LCD-2C
The LCD-2 pre fazor has the better bass extension and doesn’t have wonky treble like the fazored versions or the LCD-2C. The LCD-2C sounds more grainy and compressed to me, whereas the LCD-2 pre fazor sounds natural and open. The LCD-2C starts to really fall apart at higher volumes…the pre fazor does as well but at a much higher volume (a non-listenable volume I should add as it is painfully loud).
The LCD-2C actually doesn’t sound anything like the pre fazor LCD-2 at all, IMO…not even close. The LCD-2C has a peak in the mids from 1 to 2 KHz and a 10 KHz peak that separates it from the LCD-2 pre fazor. Those 2 peaks completely separate the 2C from the pre fazor LCD-2.
The other big difference is that I feel the LCD-2 pre fazor has a wider soundstage than the LCD-2C, and also sounds more open…way way way more open.
It also should be highly stressed that the drivers that Audeze used for the LCD-2 Pre Fazor are no longer in production as they use a completely different driver for the current LCD-2 Fazored and LCD-2C. The LCD-2C has a slightly higher impedance than the LCD-2 prefazor (LCD-2C is 70 ohms, LCD-2 pre fazor is 60 ohms).