Wow so they're only making 16 x LCD-3's I see? And they'll come with illustrious paperwork that shows they were all owned
by the famous and notable in headphone racing. Sounds great!
Doesn't work that way Nikp ~ anyone who's heard the big flagships or owns them will tell you $500AUD is the real
barrier where after that ~ price per performance unit becomes exponential.
The dollars go up and up and the performance becomes incrementally nuanced. Some don't even value it
depending on their tastes.
I once posed this question to a group of fairly seasoned Head-Fiers, which would you choose :-
1) AKG Q701 or K601 with any source and amp you want on the planet
2) LCD-2 / LCD-3 / HD-800 and a Nuforce Icon HD Dac/Amp
No offence to Nuforce owners but you'd have to be silly to choose option #2.
I don't mean it that way. I haven't gotten a chance to listen to high end headphones (and probably never will). I may attempt a shot at it but I don't have the time / money to spare if the difference in sound quality is small. I'm just guessing the major cost on the LCD-2 was purely because it's handmade (?), exotic materials and the classic beauty that it possess.
In universal IEMs, performance exponentially increase as $ goes up to around 250-300. After that, the differences became just a matter of preference.