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post #751 of 1137
If you love the Momentums you probably won't like the LCD-3's. The LCD-3's are way brighter, have less bass and a lot more soundstage.
post #752 of 1137
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

If you love the Momentums you probably won't like the LCD-3's. The LCD-3's are way brighter, have less bass and a lot more soundstage.

HE-400 are also a favorite, though it could be a little bit better on the mids. How do they compare?

post #753 of 1137

The LCD-3 and Momentum aren't that far apart on tonal balance...

 

 

Not sure how liking one of the better closed headphones would mean you don't like one of the better open ones.

post #754 of 1137
I have both the LCD-3 and Momentum and the graphs don't tell the story straight. LCD-3 has tight bass, neutralish sound signature and a pretty big soundstage. Momentum has a boomy and exagerated bass, warm sound signature with recessed treble and sound congested. What I'm trying to say is if he likes the Momentum's bass then he might not like the LCD-3 which has both less and tighter bass.
post #755 of 1137

You mean their price tags reflect actual performance?  Crazy talk :P  Think he'd prefer an HD800 or HE-6?  Pretty sure they're brighter than the LCD-3, just saying ;)


Edited by Solude - 8/3/13 at 4:13am
post #756 of 1137

They sound like the perfect compliment to each other..

 

I say go for it..

post #757 of 1137

I got a chance to listen to the HD800 (and i think may be able to get a listen to the TH900) and i liked them too, just a bit sibilant for my tastes. Couldn't try too much music though, they only had Queen, some jazz, and some classical. 

 

For what it's worth, i really enjoyed the IE800. Yeah, i know they're iems, but i just loved the sound on them, even straight off my phone. 

 

I considered the HE-6 but i honestly don't like spending more on an amp than the headphone itself, so i ended up deciding not to get them. 

 

Oh, and i asked the same question about amps on reddit's subreddit for headphones, and some guy complained to me how what i was doing was helping the inflation of prices by buying such expensive amps/dacs, lol. 

post #758 of 1137
What I'm saying is that he should listen to them first, see if he likes them smily_headphones1.gif
post #759 of 1137
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

What I'm saying is that he should listen to them first, see if he likes them smily_headphones1.gif

That's the thing though, i don't know where to audition the schiit, nor the lcd-3. Has anyone ever been to the actual headphones.com store in new jersey? were you able to listen to the lcd 3?

post #760 of 1137

Buy used, lose nothing on resale if you don't like it.

post #761 of 1137

Darth:

 

You can audition the LCD-3, LCD-2, HD800 and the HE-400, -500, and/or -6's via The Cable Company's library.  You call them, they send them to you for at least 2 weekends (maybe longer, depending on who's waiting for them, and how good you are at begging for more time).  Costs you shipping and 5% of the cost of the headphones, but the 5% will be applied to whatever you buy from them.  Since those headphones aren't usually discounted anywhere anyway, you might as well buy them there, and it will only cost you shipping, about $30(?) if you bring in 3-4 headphones to compare. 

 

They have the Burson Conductor in the lending library as well, that's where I got my audition unit.  The Soloist is the amp part of the Conductor, so you can hear what it sounds like with and without Burson's DAC.  The added shipping cost will be minimal. 

 

Schiit provides a 30-day trial, and if you end up not liking their stuff, that costs you shipping + 5% restocking as well.  Trying the MJ cost me ~$105, because I sent it back.  You could end up demoing the Burson vs. Schiit amp/DAC combos and 3-4 headphones for ~$150 or less (way less if you keep the Schiit hardware) in total shipping/return costs.  Then you get to decide what you like the best by listening to the equipment itself, not us opinionated blabbermouths. 

post #762 of 1137
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

The LCD-3 and Momentum aren't that far apart on tonal balance...

 

 

Not sure how liking one of the better closed headphones would mean you don't like one of the better open ones.

That's why I love 'em both!

post #763 of 1137

But...i don't want to spend $150 (kind of a cheap ass for that stuff). Anyway, i got all my other headphones via opinions from here, so it's fine. 

 

I guess seeing what i listen to would help: Electronic (both bassy and non-bassy subgenres), Hip Hop, Alt. Rock, Metal, Classical, Modern Jazz, Indie, Folk, and a little bit of indie pop. So i have a wide amount of genres that i listen to, yet i mostly listen to the first three genres i mentioned, with some mixture of Metal and Indie/Folk

 

I've been stepping away from dubstep and DnB type genre's though, so for electronic i've been listening to things like Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Purity Ring, Atoms for Peace (not strictly electronic but whatever), and Anamanaguchi. 

 

For hip hop, i listen to everything from stupid bangers (A$AP) to more chill stuff (Chance the Rapper) to hard hitting stuff (Yeezus, Death Grips), etc etc. Hard hitting beats are nice but they don't need to pummel my ears or anything.

 

As for rock, metal, indie, and folk, i listen mostly to Radiohead (favorite band), Deafheaven, Arcade Fire, and Fleet Foxes. 

 

Hip hop has kind of been my main genre for a few weeks or so, but i definitely change it up when i'm in the mood. LCD-3 sounds the best to me, simply because the TH-900 hits too hard (apparently) and the HD800 burns my ears. As for the amp, i think the mjolnir and a bifrost would help give the lcd-3 an aggressive addition to it, so really it gains what most people complain about: Bass impact. 

 

All assumptions, of course

post #764 of 1137
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Originally Posted by DarthUnnamed View Post

But...i don't want to spend $150 (kind of a cheap ass for that stuff). Anyway, i got all my other headphones via opinions from here, so it's fine. 

 

I guess seeing what i listen to would help: Electronic (both bassy and non-bassy subgenres), Hip Hop, Alt. Rock, Metal, Classical, Modern Jazz, Indie, Folk, and a little bit of indie pop. So i have a wide amount of genres that i listen to, yet i mostly listen to the first three genres i mentioned, with some mixture of Metal and Indie/Folk

 

I've been stepping away from dubstep and DnB type genre's though, so for electronic i've been listening to things like Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Purity Ring, Atoms for Peace (not strictly electronic but whatever), and Anamanaguchi. 

 

For hip hop, i listen to everything from stupid bangers (A$AP) to more chill stuff (Chance the Rapper) to hard hitting stuff (Yeezus, Death Grips), etc etc. Hard hitting beats are nice but they don't need to pummel my ears or anything.

 

As for rock, metal, indie, and folk, i listen mostly to Radiohead (favorite band), Deafheaven, Arcade Fire, and Fleet Foxes. 

 

Hip hop has kind of been my main genre for a few weeks or so, but i definitely change it up when i'm in the mood. LCD-3 sounds the best to me, simply because the TH-900 hits too hard (apparently) and the HD800 burns my ears. As for the amp, i think the mjolnir and a bifrost would help give the lcd-3 an aggressive addition to it, so really it gains what most people complain about: Bass impact. 

 

All assumptions, of course

 

 

Can you swing the Gungnir over the Bifrost?  That would most likely be the best upgrade you can do at this point..

post #765 of 1137
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Can you swing the Gungnir over the Bifrost?  That would most likely be the best upgrade you can do at this point..

Can't, I have around a $3000 total budget, buying the mjolnir and the bifrost is a stretch as is
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