I have been putting off ordering a pair of LCD3's because of the price tag. I currently own a pair of LCD2 v1 and I love them. I have always said that the only thing the 2 v1's were lacking we're some sweeter highs. So when I heard from users that the 3's found these lost highs I was very happy.
Now I'll give you a little back story. I was originally into home audio until one day I realized that you can easily spend many THOUSANDS on getting that magical sound. This was when I decided to get into headphones. I thought I could spend a few thousand and try and achieve the sound of a $75,000.00 home audio setup.
I had heard about Magnepan speakers from various group members. I hadn't even heard of these speakers until then. A few weeks ago I found a local dealer that sold Magnepan's, so I decided to give them a listen. I told the salesman I am into headphones and told him about my Audeze's. He started to giggle and told me to sit down and enjoy the ride. He put on an Krall album (of course) and left me alone for 10 minutes.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I realized that the magical sound I had grown to love in my Audezes was now happening with the Magnepan's. I just sat there shaking my head, I could not believe what was going on. The sales man came back and said what do you think? I told him I'll take a pair in black. The MMG's that I bought are 1.25 inches thick and about 4 1/2 feet tall. They are unbelievable. Trust me when I say if you love your LCD2 or 3 you will love the Magnepan's. Because they are speakers, they have perfect soundstage and the have a much better high end then my LCD2.
Now here is the most shocking part...are you ready? Magnepan MMG with tax and freight cost me 850.00 (that's not a typo). They actually cost 599.00 plus freight etc. But my out the door total cost was 850.00.
I took then home and hooked up a BK -ST-202 amp pre/amp that I have had for years. I am delivering about 200wpc into 4 ohm and I can't tell you how incredible this sound. My 20 year old musician son guessed that the MMG's must have cost me $5000.00. Wrong only 850.00 lol.
I will go as far as saying this is the BEST audiophile investment I have EVER made, ever.
I think I'm going to hold off on the LCD3's at this time. When I see what Magnepan can do with planer magnetic speakers for $600.00 It makes me know for certain that there is no way an LCD3 is worth anywhere near $2000.00
The flagship Magnepan goes head to head with top of the line B&W and they cost $5000.00.
I won't stop listening to headphone, but when I sit and listen to a live recording on my MMG's I'm telling you I am sitting in the audience.
Oh and by the way, Magnepan offers a 60 day money back guarantee, to upgrade of if your not happy. I can see why they can offer this guarantee.