So you're looking at this as a durability issue? If the LCD-XC was meant for the studio (has metal ring) it wouldn't have wooden cups. I don't know if the "studio durability" need stands up.
Have there been wood splitting issues since the new LCD-3 type connectors?
Was looking at the "with cable" weight. Point still stands, though, the SR-009 weighs as much as the LCD-2 (without fazor) and is overwhelmingly more comfortable.
I haven't had the chance to wear the LCD-X for hours at a time, but the LCD-2 stock (without any comfort mods) is wearable for maybe 45 minutes before I get a headache. The much heavier LCD-X would be an impossibility for me, despite the fact that they are my favorite headphone sound-wise. The fact that Audeze has fans (and this isn't a rare complaint) that can't wear their headphones without major discomfort (or even pain through headaches) for a reasonable amount of time should be a serious issue for them.
For comparison, I can (and have many times) wear my D7000's for 12-15 hour stretches. My issue isn't with headphones, it's with the combination of heavy weight and very poor headband comfort found in the Audeze headphones (especially the leather).
I was referring to durability in the ring area. I've seen most wooden cans fail there (even the most recent HE-560s before the redesign to veneer and the Grado RS1/RS2). With regards to weight, I wasn't simply going off of specs on a website, I happen to have both headphones right here and I find it very unfair to quote one headphone mass with the cable (LCD-X) and the other without (SR-009). I literally just put both down before I wrote this post and the LCD-X's are heavier by a good amount (when I take the cables out of the equation by resting them on a table). And the LCD-X's weigh the same as the LCD-2s. The Fasor's added only approx 50-70g of additional weight and are still heavier than the SR-009s. If you want to lighten up the cable weight of the LCD-X/2/XC/3, then I'd strongly suggest a Q Audio Cable. So to say they weigh the same is simply not true and unfair as one is an electrostatic headphone and the other is an ortho that requires magnets to drive them.
You can't compare the LCD-X to the D7000s, totally different headphone types and my goodness, they demolish the D7000s in sound quality and after all, isn't that what this is all about? With regards to overall comfort, I agree that the SR-009s are quite a bit more comfortable (and amongst the most comfortable headphones I own/owned), but the LCD-2/X/3/XC are pretty good at distributing the weight across my head and I can listen to them for hours with minimal adjustments. My initial comments were that I didn't want Audeze to sacrifice sound quality at the expense of weight/comfort like some other ortho manufacturers have...because the sound is by far the most important to me.
YMMV of course with regards to comfort as no two heads are the exact same.
Edited by MacedonianHero - 6/29/14 at 8:38am