I have been on the verge of purchasing the LCD-3's for awhile now, but I think I might be swaying towards the TH-900's after reading more about them.
I originally wanted the LCD-3's for having awesome bass and being open at the same time. I love open headphones because they sound more natural, I like the out-of-your-head sound, I dislike sound being drilled into my ears, and it's easier to talk more naturally with open headphones on rather than closed ones.
But the more I've been reading about the TH-900's the more it sounds like it's one of the most open sounding closed headphones available. This is very intriguing. And the more I read about the bass, the more I want it. A lot of bass-heavy headphones seem to compromise the rest of the sound, but it doesn't seem like this is an issue with the TH-900's.
Originally Posted by Currawong
I think this is it really: The LCD-3s with serious kit are highly detailed, yet impactful. The TH-900s are more "fun" with a big bass kick but don't have the micro-detail. There is a lot of music I have more in the direction of modern and pop that sounds a bit bland out of the LCD-3s that the TH-900s made more enjoyable (as would the TH-600s or Ultrasone Sig DJs for similar reasons). Likewise my best recordings where you can hear how the players' clothes shift as they move and other uncanny stuff is better with the LCD-3s.
The problem I'm having right now is with music that relies heavily on bass, sounding dull. There are so many rap, hip-hop, pop, and modern songs that are bass-focused and mastered to be played on club speakers and subwoofers, making them sound horrible on a lot of headphones. Reminds me of eating a hamburger with lettuce, onions, pickles, and tomatoes, but no beef. I'm really hungry for a full sandwich.
I think I might be able to handle some uncanny micro-detail loss in exchange for some euphonic, big, powerful, impactful, fun bass. I can still appreciate genres of music that aren't all about bass with bass-heavy headphones, but there is some modern music that I can't appreciate at all on headphones that don't have impactful bass. That's kind-of the way I'm looking at it.
Is the detail lost with the TH-900's only micro-micro-detail, such as the sound of clothes and whatnot?