Actually that's something I'm deathly curious about since you can get the LCD-3 AND a top of the line amplifier at the cost of the SR-009 alone so I wonder whether the former combination can close the gap against the SR-009 driven with a "basic" 727 amplifier?
I still do think that if you have the money to burn then investing in a proper SR-009 setup is the way to go though since properly driven, its transparency and clarity is really something else so long you're ready to accept that it's not exactly a forgiving headphone, unlike the LCD-3 or SR-007. Both of these headphones do offer a unique property that is achieving a perfect balance between musicality/forgiveness and transparency, something that is becoming difficult to come by judging by the recent trend of headphone development AKA brightness war.
There is no need to be curious. I have both setups in front of me (LCD3 driven by LF), and the gap is still huge, IMO. I would not call the SR009 unforgiving, just that the LCD3 does have its unique properties. The so called brightness of the SR009 that some mention is nothing like the ED10 or HD800 brightness, which is unbearable to say the least. I also consider the LCD-3 to be quite "unforgiving" when compared with my LCD-2 Rev 1, but I wouldn't call the LCD-2 to be the best headphone I have. Perfect balance is a subjective idea - once in a while, if I put down my SR009, and put on the LCD3, or the W3000ANV, I can still appreciate how good they are, for different reasons. But it is not difficult, at least for me, to reckon that there is still a huge gap between the dynamics / orthos and the SR009 in terms of the fineness of sound, the transparency, the minute details, but most importantly, with the right source gear and source materials, the musicality which is simply brought out without feeling like there is a transducer at all.
If there is something like an "overall score", the SRM727II and SR009 combo still surpasses the LF/LCD-3 by quite a far margin, IMO, and it is utterly unfair to say the SR009 is not as good as the Omega or the LCD3 just because of a strong personal preference against even the slightest degree of brightness in poorly recorded music.
Edited by googleli - 9/7/12 at 5:15am