in my experience, and from talking with others who have experienced what i have experienced with the LCD-3, complete driver failure seems to occur more frequently with planar magnetic than with standard dynamic transducers. it has nothing to do with amplification or misuse or dc offset etc. the drivers have a higher rate of just becoming mute. i'm not sure what the reason is at this time and what the percentage is.
i haven't begun redrafting this. it definitely improves the sound however. on the other hand, it doesn't make me suddenly feel that the qualia is the world's best headphone..... it probably still won't be in the top 20 i think, though we will see.
Are LCD-3 with their thinner membrane more prone to this than LCD-2, as despite bigger LCD-2 customer base I haven't seen many reports on their drivers failures, esp. for 2.2?
Edited by Andrew_WOT - 2/1/13 at 11:33am