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I was just about to buy a LCD-2 and now you do this to me?! Such a hard decision
I honestly recommend the HE-500s over the LCD-2s. The LCD-2s do have more impactful bass, but they have a very noticeable rolloff in the highs that I find disturbing, especially when listening to classical music. I will concede the LCD-2s certainly look pretty with a more pleasing aesthetic, but I would contend that the HE-500s are more accurate and neutral. The only way to know which you should get though is really to give them both a listen for yourself. I've had the opportunity to directly compare the LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-3 with mods, and the HE-500 on the same stack using the same tracks.
While I do very much enjoy the LCD when listening to more bass emphasized songs such as one test track I use which is "Silence (feat Delirium)" which is a dubstep remix of Sarah McLachlan's "Silence" as well as Daft Punks "Get Lucky". However when listening to my classical test tracks, it becomes immediately apparent that there is a rolloff in the highs right around 18KHz. My classical test tracks are typically Arvo Part's "Spiegel Im Spiegel for violin and piano", Beethoven's "Piano Concert No 4 in G Major, Op 58" as played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Linn Classical Studio Master), and Beethoven's "Piano Sonata No 14 in C Sharp Minor Moonlight, Op 27" as played by Artur Pizarro (Linn Classical Studio Master).
To some people however, they may find this rolloff more pleasurable as it can keep longer listening sessions from being fatiguing. Since I primarily listen analytically, I find it bothersome, but that may not be the case for you. The frequency rolloff in the highs on the LCD-2 and LCD-3 is noted in most of the reviews if you read online as well. I believe Inner Fidelity posted frequency response graphs showing this as well.
What did you use to drive your HE-500? I'm looking to finally buy the Schiit I've been holding off. Since I've "mistakenly" pressed the Join button on these.
sounds like I made the right decision then. I know I cant hear over 18khz . especially when I picked em up for only 700
Most orthos aren't picky to amps as long as they have enough power flowing through them. minimum is 1 watt per channel. suggested is 2+ per channel.
The HE-500 really does not benefit from 2+ Watts per channel.
That is not true at all. Run the Emotiva Mini-X into it and have a listen.
Actually I have . . . . no better than the Burson Soloist.
I am using a Schiit Lyr with the Sylvania Green Hornets swapped in for the tubes. I'm pretty happy with it, although it's not a balanced setup which is where I'm eventually going. I'm planning to demo a Bryston BHA-1 and a Woo WA22 as possible replacements sometime later this month.
It depends on the sensitivity of the drivers. Something like the HE-6 needs LOTS AND LOTS of power. The HE-500 is more sensitive than the HE-6, so doesn't require nearly the power. The HE-6 pretty much needs a speaker amp, but with the HE-500 you can adequately drive it with around 1-2W per channel, excess of 2W per channel is pretty much unnecessary.
I haven't heard the Soloist, but I've heard the Conductor and to be honest I was very much not impressed with it. I hope you're having a better experience with the Burson gear than I did, but it's permanently on my "avoid" list.