Took the words right out of my mouth. Unfair to judge worth of the LCD3 with no DAC. a Lyr, and 0 hours. :|
Dragonfly - $250
Lyr - $450
LCD3 - $1945
I would've personally gone for:
Gungnir w/ USB- $850
Mjolnir - $750
LCD2 - $995
Take the gf out to dinner - $50
Latter would probably be a... wiser choice.
Sorry, but the Lyr was pretty far from being a great amp with the LCD-3s. With top notch cans like the LCD-3s or HD800s, it's about the entire setup...Source - DAC - AMP and headphones. Really revealing headphones like these will only reveal what "issues" you have upstream. Thankfully when I owned my Lyr, I still had my WA22 in house and could really hear what the LCD-3s were capable of (my DAC at the time was the fantastic Cary XCiter DAC). I've since "upgraded" my gear and the LCD-3s (and HD800s for that matter) have followed me on that journey by sounding better and better.
As well, I'd recommend giving them about a 100 hours or so too. Congrats on the LCD-3s. Next to the much more expensive SR-009s, they are the best headphones I've ever heard!
Edited by Girls Generation - 3/1/13 at 11:03pm