Ah, the frustrations of comparing headphones head to head! For this morning’s listening, I had set the volume to a level that I thought sounded good on the HD58X. For fun, I tried turning up the Elex and now I see what people mean by the detail retrieval and clarity! Also, it really fills in the bottom end nicely and they no longer sound overly lean. Going back to the HD58X at this new volume it sounds muddy and congested by comparison. To be clear, this isn’t super loud, I’m reading at around 65 dBA on my handheld meter while listening to music, with peaks around 70 dBA.
So, in a nutshell, I can either listen to the HD58X fairly quietly and get pretty darned good sound quality, or listen to the Elex more loudly and get what at the moment seems like fairly spectacular sound quality. So, HD58X for daytime background listening, Elex for critical listening and LCD2C for evening relaxation? So much for whittling down my collection I guess