thanks for the reply. love Vivaldi and will seek it out... nice to know I'm not crazy for thinking the classical I've been listening to on the lcd-3s sounds wonderful. I haven't read through a million postings, but the reading I did before getting them was fairly extensive and had no one (ahem) trumpeting their splendid performance in this area. because of that I was shocked at how great everything was sounding (even larger scale loves the tonal balance, although the soundstage can't touch the hd800s). anyway, enjoy and have a great holiday season.
Thanks Jimmy, you have a nice holiday as well! I highly recommend any of Carolyn Sampson's recordings (many on the Hyperion label; several Vivaldi; Mozart; Zelenka). To my ear she is one of the best (maybe THE best) baroque soprano out there.