my 2c mark....
i now have some good headtime on the LCD-2 and trying to find some LCD-X to try out. for jazz/classical, i'm going to call it pretty even with my RS1 (i'm not super into jazz/classical so i'm no authority on what should sound better), i actually prefer the soundstage on the rs1 because of the intimacy especially for jazz. for anything with bass (as in modern pop/hip hop/EDM) it's not even a question to be asked...LCD-2. for acoustic / rock / metal / guitar based or even ambient stuff....it's a harder game to play. for me, i prefer my rs1 very ,much to the LCD-2 in this regard but the audeze do not sound bad at all, in fact they are beautiful, fast, and remarkably accurate. they just don't have that "grado sound" which i prefer. i'm hoping to replace my he400 with some lcd-2 next christmas as i have a large collection of "bass music"
if i HAD to own only one, i'd get a second job and own both. variety is the spice of life, and planars / grados make a very complimentary pair IME/IMO
i should add one thing that doesn't get talked about much...but every planar i've heard (including my he400 and the lcd-2) don't sound nearly as good at really low volumes, they lose a lot of presence. in this category, the grados are the best i've ever heard, when using lower than reference volumes grados sound amazing.
agree, but i will say, the lcd x, is better than the other planars i've heard in this regard