First and foremost, if this is the wrong place to post this type of question, please move or delete as needed.
So, I just sold off my Manley Stingray and Merlin TSM speakers which I have used for the last few years. I have a 20 month old at home and another on the way in 7 months and just haven't been able to listen to the speakers as before (son's room is directly above my listening area). So I have made the decision to join the hi-end headphone world to let me listen to music while the children are sleeping.
I have trolled through most of the Audeze LCD-2, LCD-2 Rev 2, and LCD-3 threads but can not find answer to my question. If you had a total budget of $3K, would get the LCD-3 with a $1K amp, like a Woo 6SE, Schiit Mjolnir, Buson Soloist; or go for the LCD-2 Rev 2 with a $2K amp, like a Woo WA22, used RSA Apache, or other options not yet found?
Source will be a computer based system with a Mac Mini, Metric Halo ULN-8 AD/DA and Rega P7/Dynavector at 24/192 through the AD side of the ULN-8. The ULN-8 being a "studio" AD/DA is balanced through out.
I listen to all genres of music and am sold on the Audeze house sound just not sure were the best bang for the buck is going to be. My gut instinct is to go with the LCD2 and a high quality amp to maximize their performance versus potentially short changing the expected improvement of the LCD-3 but not giving them adequate amplification.
Thanks ahead for any input and I can't wait to join the party.