Totally agree with this. After running a couple dozen tracks through them I noticed that they are extremely forgiving and not as transparent as other headphones. They are colored and the bass still remains a bit atonal. Even with these major deficiencies the LCD-3TP is a vast improvement over the stock LCD-3. The pads are nice and comfy though!
The LCD-3 is a joke in stock form. Perhaps it's the seriously overpriced quality controlled stock sound, perhaps it's the atonal bass, perhaps it's the severely recessed mids....I don't know. I seriously don't understand the praise this headphone is getting. It seriously puzzles me. Could it be that my hearing is that bad/amazing that you guys are hearing things that I am not?! The TP'd version barely...barely managed to resolve certain distortions in some recordings. In stock form, there was no distortion!
For a TOTL headphone, the LCD-3 is a serious fail for me.
Sorry to hear that. If LCD3 is a very expensive joke for you, then my advice is to just get rid of it. You'd better off sell it in the second hand forum than return it to Audeze. Everyone hears differently and there is no need to be upset/happy about it.