Yesterday I received these three headphones as demos from The Cable Company. I thought I should post my initial impressions.
RS1i - crisp, very detailed, possibly favors the upper end, but very nice so far. Also very efficient (loud for given volume setting).
T1 - These are hard to describe. They sound a lot like my Sennheiser HD600s. The music seems a little distant through the T1s.
LCD-2 - I don't know how people can even listen to these. The high frequencies are severely chopped. And it sounds like they add reverb to everything I've listened to. These are so bad I've concluded there must be something wrong with them. It's too bad; I was looking forward to hearing these.
A few details... I listened to Yes's HDCD version of Going for the One yesterday. It sounds kind of crappy and distant through all four of the headphones currently in my house. Strange because it sounds pretty good through my speakers. It sounds distant and uninvolving through all the 'phones. I listened to Rush's Moving Pictures (CD) a few hours ago. It sounded great through the Grados. In fact, I couldn't go on with the comparison and instead listened to the whole album. I then tried a few seconds of Red Barchetta through the rest of them. Unimpressive, foggy, boring.
Yesterday I tried Diana Krall's All for You, a Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio. It sounded excellent in all four headphones. Maybe a good recording always sounds good. Fat lot of good that does, though. Most of my CDs are average recording quality or less. I'll report more later. I have two weeks.