no, I haven't because I don't have two grand to spare. But I have read quite a few impressions of them in the LCD3 thread and it seems that they are a slight improvement over the LCD2 but not a radical shift in quality. And I have used the LCD2 and I don't think they're the be all and end all of headphones.
I don't care what engineering goes into the headphone if I don't like the sound they produce (I'm sure there are plenty of folks here who could say the same about the wonderfully engineered and precise Senn HD800)
but the comments you made about the diminishing returns and the "money is no object" items also apply to other manufacturers, not just Audez'e. I don't think they've shown, via their products, any qualities that are above and beyond what we see from most other headphone vendors.
Have you even heard the LCD-3? And did you forget that audio has always been about diminishing returns?
There is a product in just about every line that costs significantly more for less gains than the previous model had over the lower one.
It's for the "money is no object" crowd.
To have the best, people will pay. Such is life.
But it's the engineering spirit and the will to improve that I love so much about Audez'e, even though I'll never be able to afford one their headphones :(
To continue this train of though (FWIW I have the LCD-3s and did own both revisions of the LCD-2s). Are they 2x better? Nope...are they better, two my ears absolutely. But diminished returns are part of this hobby. So back to the train of thought....are the LCD-2s three times better than the HD650s? I wouldn't say so...then are the HD650s three times better than the Grado SR-80s? I could argue not.
So the laws of diminished returns are present at many different price ranges and whether the price is worth it, its up to the potential buyer, their ears and wallet (and maybe their wife ).
Here are my thoughts between the LCD-2 r.2s and the LCD-3s FWIW:
Edited by MacedonianHero - 1/17/12 at 5:03pm