"I guess what I'm looking for is some open cans that do a really good job with bass that aren't too bright, sibilant, and/or harsh with trebles. I'm very sensitive to bright sounds and consider them extremely fatiguing. Despite being sensitive to treble, I appreciate the detail, soundstage, imaging and separation of bright headphones and do not want to sacrifice much of those traits, but I plan on using these headphones every day for hours upon hours a day, so fatigue is one of the most important factors for me when deciding what I want, and I consider bright sounds much more fatiguing than dark sounds."
I could have written this myself. I always find myself hearing more detail, more conversations, more speaker mistakes than those around me. And the bright sounds that seem to bother nobody bother me. And for sensitive ears like ours I have found the LCD-3 to deliver the great sound without fatigue. I've tried many Stax, all the way up to the 009 with Woo GES, Ortofon HD800 with various amps. The Stax 009 are clear, clean, detailed, transparent, but I do not find more detail than I get with LCD-3. Just lighter tone, which emphasizes detail, but leaves me wanting more full mids and weightier bass when I try to get at home that which I hear at live classical and jazz concerts.
The LCD-3 are the best combination of detail, naturalness, fullness, and low distortion I have heard. Just get them. You know that you will eventually get them, I can see by your wandering back and forth about the LCD-2.2 and LCD-3 that you will eventually get them, not knowing which is better is going to kill you, admit it, you know yourself! Get the LCD-3 and be done.
Edited by Operakid - 4/19/13 at 11:35am