Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl
yes, i feel that the 596 has taken the LCD-2 to another level, the combo is very good, i still prefer the T1/WA2 for most, but this is merely my preference for a bright yet slightly warm presentation, the subbass of the T1, and the better comfort. the LCD-2/WA6-SE i feel is equally as good and i do not feel that the T1/WA2 is superior or better sounding, just that i feel the LCD-2 still is a little too dark at times. if it was just a tad bit more detailed and had a little bit more air and openess, it would be better. am i describing the LCD-3? another issue with the LCD-2 is that i find it sounds much better at louder volumes, at which it will hurt my hearing fast (the bass is awesome and the overall sound, but not very good for long term listening, so i tend to use them for shorter sessions,)
i have been enjoying my LCD-2 much more since i got the 596 tube however.
Well spoken. Are you trying to make me give you an excuse to get the LCD-3s? LOL. Keep in mind that I've got LCD-2 rev. 1, but yes, I'd say all the qualities you're asking about is more present in LCD-3, but not in the same way that we find in T1 obviously. You're well read and I think you are pretty sure about what you're getting with LCD-3.
T1 are the best headphones I've tried (and own) at low volumes, and yes, Audeze is dangerous because they sound their best when played loud. It's also very easy to turn the volume up loud as it keeps sounding better and better. I find the opposite to be true for T1, the louder the harsher. I would argue that LCD-3 sounds a touch better than LCD-2 on low volumes, but it's just as easy to crank them up due to excitement...
When it comes to physical comfort I think LCD-3's softer pads are more comfortable than my old LCD-2 pads, but your pads are probably softer than mine as they are very early model and stuffed like there was no tomorrow. Some doesn't like the vacuum that the 3 pads are prone to give and prefer the later rev 2 pads.
imo a woman of your caliber do need to own, or at least demo, LCD-3 at one point though, lol.