I've gotten my LW just about 3 wks ago, after nearly 5 months of wait, and I've got to say, I'm very happy with it.
Both ears fitted very well, the isolation is fantastic! For this, I've got to thank Uncle Wilson of Jaben for the impressions which is nicely done.
I've previously owned the Shure E530, to which I've been comparing my LW to for the past 3 weeks of listening.
The LW, although more analytical than the E530, is still musical to me. I thoroughly enjoy the tighter bass of the LW. I was worried when I saw comments of the lack of bass of the LW, but the bass was definitely very much present in my pair of LW.
For the mids, the E530 does seem to be slightly more forward then the LW, but it is in the treble that the biggest difference comes for me. In the highs, the E530 is very much harsher than the LW, and tis is evident in music with cymbal crashing. The distortion on the E530 is quite unbearable. On the same music track, LW does not have this problem at all! All this makes listening through the E530 laborious and hence fatigue can set in quite fast.
However, I'd say that the soundstage is slightly bigger on the E530 than the LW.
So far, I like what I'm hearing from the LW, even unamped through my iPOd Touch, and I have not found the need to get an amp for it as yet. If I do, it'll probably be with a view to widen its soundstage.
I don;t know about you guys, but I'd say that this purchase has been very therapeutic for my patience, and that the wait has been worth it so far.