A lot of it is relative to where you live. So in the US, yes it's $2000 for the TH-900 and for the LCD-3 (and shockingly, for the RRP of the Ultrasone Edition 8 Limited Edition!!). In Japan, the TH-900s are equivalent of $1807, whilst the LCD-3 is a whopping $2804 in the shops here.
Yeah, it's just that the LCD-3 command 2k all day long...and people express concerns over the difference in price over the LCD-2...for obvious reasons. The sound is better, the comfort is improved, but overall the materials are not a _significant_ upgrade.
However, the TH-900s are comparable to the similarly priced LCD-3s but actually USE materials that are in and of themselves very expensive...and people don't understand the price?
I know it's the internet. People love to debate for the sake of debating... but this one seems clear cut to me. Not only am I getting a sound quality that is comparable to products in the same price range, but the materials are actually better and pricey themselves? That's actually kind of unheard of.
It's rare to find a product that is not only comparable performance wise but also made with better quality materials, and is in fact the same price as it's competition. This is not to knock the LCD-3. It's a great headphone. I love it. I am receiving my TH-900s tomorrow and I'll be able to compare it personally, but it is obvious based on what I've read and know of the TH-900s that they took what the LCD-3 offers (different sound, I know, but I mean the same playing field sound quality-wise) and put a lot of high quality parts in to it, not just parts, but workmanship, artistry, etc. and then released it at a comparable price...I'll say comparable because as you said, it varies greatly dependent on where you live...
Anyways, this isn't meant to be LCD-3 vs. TH-900 (at least not for me) but rather, just about my confusion over how people can try to understand why TH-900 is selling at 2k and did all of this aesthetics work, when in fact the LCD-3 is being sold for around the same price and doesn't have NEAR the same level of workmanship involved in it's creation... Oh well. Just me voicing my perspective on the last few pages of this thread.
Edited by tokendog - 11/7/12 at 11:39am