Originally Posted by givemevinyl
Even though the HD800/LG combo is close, you still believe it's worth the 2x the price you would pay to reacquire the 009/LL combo? I realize the final 5-10% in high-end audio is always disproportionately expensive, but that's pretty high praise for either the 009 and/or LL.
I was surprised how much better I thought it was, actually. I was expecting it to be near nothing and thought I'd just keep my HD800s. I hadn't been impressed by any Stax cans I'd heard before that.
The first time I switched back to the HD800 my jaw dropped. It wasn't a subtle difference. Very similar signature (close to neutral with a very slight treble tilt) but better in every way.
So, in the end, I absolutely thought the cost was worth it. Maybe not in price to performance, but if you've got an LG and HD800 you stopped worrying about price to performance a long time ago.
I had the LF and HD800 when I bought the combo and did my inital comparison. I heard the LG in my home AFTER buying the LL1 (but had the same reaction). It was definitely better than the LF but it will couldn't make the HD800 and 009.