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That thing looks nice! A bit pricey compared to Aurender/Lumin but not by such a massive amount considering the build quality and features involved.    There's also the Music Vault and Baetis stuff - I don't have any personal experience with those, and some of the design philosophy is questionable, but it's worth looking since they both run Windows.
It was the Rowland 501 monoblocks which are sort of "middle of the road" in the Rowland line (at least I think they are, I'm not super knowledgeable about Rowland). I think they were $8k, and the Merak combo is MSRP $5k but my buddy got them new for a bit less. I use Merrill Audio Thor monoblocks and find them on the same level as the Meraks - they have a smaller footprint though, which is why I chose them.    Rowland stuff can range from pretty good to damn good, but...
Understandable. With all the new stuff coming out, I look around and see my HD800, T1, LCD-3, HE-6, SR-007, Alpha Dogs..... and feel completely behind the times! Not a single one of those is a hot new model. But I'll wait and see what shakes out - some of the new models (Ether, Dharma, HE-1000, Nighthawk, etc) may end up winners, but surely not all of them. And I don't want to pay to find out which is which.   Back on topic, I recently had a chance to check out the...
Wow, excellent buy there for someone with the proper voltage. I notice you selling your Hugo as well - what's the future plan?
The suspense! I wonder what it could be..... 
  Yes, definitely give it some time. When I first got a pair of customs (loooooooong time ago) I had the hardest time getting a proper fit. It just felt "wrong". It probably took me two weeks of daily attempts and gradual use (and some discomfort) before I got used to inserting them and having them in for more than a few minutes. Since then I haven't looked back - CIEMs are sooooooooo much more comfy and easy to deal with than universals! There is, of course, a chance you...
  This, sort of. Not sure about the open part though.... A lot of "closed" headphones are also portable which is useful in many cases.... but not really what I look for personally. If I want portable I'll go CIEM or maybe a DT1350 type on-ear. If I'm shooting for a larger, circumaural design, might as well go all the way with something huge-ish like Mad Dogs, K553 Pro, that sort of thing. That's the reason I don't own a Focal Spirit Pro - love the sound, can't handle the...
I think the LCD-3F is mostly balanced (compared to my pre-Fazor LCD-2 for example), with a slight leaning towards lush, dynamic, musical sound.   LCD-X is more analytical and has even less of that slight leaning (practically none, unless you compare directly to H800 for example).    I'd definitely use the V281 with LCD-X to get a more engaging, inviting sound. LCD-3F I could go either way.... Taurus would be a little more energetic, while V281 would be smoother, more...
I think V281 is more dynamic than the Mjolnir, and certainly more fun (for me) to use! It's just not so glaring up top.    Of course there are other great options to consider. GSX, Taurus, various tube amps from Eddie Current, DNA, Icon, etc. 
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