Dear Audiophile Siblings,
As I mentioned in the HD800 thread, a couple of weeks ago I took delivery of a pair of Lawton Audio LA2000s, which are heavily modded Denon AH-D2000s. I have now been listening to them almost constantly since then and thought I would summarize my impressions. At approx $1200 (over $500 of which pays for the Jena Labs cable), these really beg comparison with the HD800s and rest assured, this is something I will return to in due course! I have posted this review over at head-fi (where you will also find a review of their "bigger brother", the LA7000s but thought I would also post here for your convenience.
To provide some structure (and allow for repeatability if anybody wants to try to replicate my findings) I concentrated on a handful of test tracks listed below, although I also listened to a much broader range of material including choral and chamber music, indie rock and bebop. Most of the material is stuff that I am intimately familiar with and forms part of the standard array of test tracks that I use to evaluate any new system. I should also mention that although all the tracks below are ripped at 16/44.1 from CDs I listened to quite a lot of hi rez masters at 24/88.2 and 24/96. I thought impressions based on tracks widely commercially available would be more helpful.
I listened to each track on my LA2000s with Mahogany cups, now with about 50 hours on them, and my AKG701s which have been re-cabled with dual-entry Moon Audio Black Dragon and are fully burned in (several hundred hours on them, I