You're the LCD professionals, so I just thought I would ask a few questions (If it's OK with you guys).
- What are the main differences between the LCD rev 1, rev 2, and LCD 3?
- Will the price of the LCD2 increase over time?
- How do they compare, to say, the D5000?
The main reason I ask, is that I had an opportunity to trade in my D5000 plus cash, for some LCD2. Not sure which revision it would have been.
The main reason I didn't, is because the D5000 price went up over time, and I'm worried that they will continue to do so..
1. The Rev 2 is subtle, it has a tighter bass, the treble extension is the same, and the midrange is slightly more defined from the bass and treble. It's very slight, do not let the rev2 prevent you from getting a good deal. The pads on Rev2 are slightly different and more cushion-ey, whilst some Rev1's came out with more angled firm pads that held your ear closer to the driver. I haven't found that this makes an obvious difference in soundstage since the magnets n' stuff are flat anyway.
2. Yes. They went from $899 to $11-and some change. Rosewood is now at a premium.
3. D5000 has punchier bass, although it will sound a little wallowy in comparison since it's not as tight as a headphone that fundamentally produces sound with electromagnetism fields vs a driver moving air. You will lose bass punch, but the actual lower range of the spectrum is still represented accurately and well.
As someone who's had a lot of D5000's pass through my hands, I can tell you that they are a solid headphone and while the 2's are widely regarded as a better headphone, the differences are fundamentally different in how they sound and that is the difference between you going LCD-2, T1, or HD800. HE-500, or hell to some people the D7100 is now a serious contender in that range.. The quality of construction just didn't meet my standards to be quite honest on Hifiman cans, otherwise I would appreciate the secondhand prices on HE-500's greatly. I just don't like threaded connectors vs plugs for travelling, and the way the pads attach is actually a little tricky to get right without bending/breaking the tabs. Also consider my 2 Rev1 came in a lovely presentation box, whilst my Rev2's came in a very secure and rugged pelican carrying case with a handle that I actually use weekly going place to place. The box is more of a conversation piece, the carrying case I use when I go from my house to say, a friend's house (I have a great audiophile for a neighbor who has a ton of awesome gear)