Great review Rob, as always.
Does anyone know whether the LCD-2 travel case still fits the LCD3? If so I may order the wooden box this time.
Yes, it should, the size isnt much different, except here and there.
The pairs of LCD-3s in Tokyo appeared to be using Stax 007 MK1 pads, which are softer than the Audeze pads.
Which ones? 007? 009?
Stax pads are so expensive...
The craftsmanship of the 009 earpads is just top-notch. Just a feel of it makes me shiver. The ED10's earpads are even more comfortable, but the 009 earpads craftsmanship is the best IMO.
Well I know the 007 pads are 155 USD a pair...So the 009s had better be comfy. lol
Sorry, 007 MKI pads. As I don't have a pair handy I emailed Alex to confirm this. I'm not sure it would make a significant difference on the final version unless there was a radical change in thickness or material, except in comfort.
Ive only heard some ringing with my first tube amp, not with any solid state amp I have owned prior.
The ringing for the most part is inaudible when I put my Lyr on blocks.
Just stating my own experience with the LCD-2/DT770 on my HPA.
As for pricing, I don't believe in any of that. The Lyr is cheaper and better with my LCD-2's, only thing lacking is crossfeed. Easy to say a $10,000 amp is head and shoulders above(hell it may be, but over exaggeration is rampant when something is so much based opinion and heresy) but most people will never own such a luxury. Even the original LCD-2;s @ $950 are a luxury that I feel lucky to be able to afford. And the LCD-3 is a luxury(if I choose to get it) I will have to save up for. TLDR Version: You don't NEED them, you WANT them.
I hear a difference with cables, but I have not noticed that more expensive is better, but just different flavors. I had a member here make me some really nice copper/silver cables for my powered speakers, and they were gorgeous and much more expensive than the Monoprice cables I was using. I expected to like them, I wanted to like them, I tried to like them even after I had some misgivings about the sound, but in the end I went back to the Monoprice cables. The handmade silver/copper gave the already neutral Mackies a cold/analytical tone while the Monoprice sounded much more natural, giving the Mackies a bit of warmth that they needed. I have also disliked a lot of the aftermarket HD650 cables, feeling that they did the same thing to the HD650, and instead of just making them a bit brighter in the treble, they changed the overall tone for the worse.
IMO I'd rather play around with different low price cables than shell out for something that's just expensive.
Must be second.