I have had experience with many great sounding headphones. This includes anything from the LCD-2 Rev 2 and LCD-3 to the STAX 009 paired with the Blue Hawai amp. The issue I have with the LCD products is primarily their weight and fit design. The latest batch of LCD-3 headphones very closely matches what I hear with a STAX 009 headphone, but the STAX 009 headphones is so much lighter and the headband is just about as perfect as I have found in any headphones.
I spend up to 4 hours or more a day listening to music and am looking for a headphone with the sound of the LCD-3, but with the design and light weight nature of the STAX 009.
I currently use a pair of Denon AH-D2000 and JH Audio 10 x3 Pro with a Grace Design m903 Amp/DAC and find that my listening experience is full and pleasing, but the speed and open feel of the LCD-3 is something I am still striving for with my setup.
I have heard and commenced long listening sessions with the HE-500 headphone and although I liked it it just did not measure up to the latest batch of LCD-3 headphones. I do find the HE-500 more comfortable, but the headband is still something of a problem.
In the end I am looking for a Planar headphone that is light weight, great sounding, and under $5000.
Suggestions and insights are always welcome.