I've been planning on keeping my amp and DAC neutral.
Aren't the LCD-3's known for being pretty much neutral? I know people call them "dark", but from all the graphs I've seen they're pretty neutral, no?
And this is where I get confused with people saying to get an amp that adds coloration to make the LCD-3's sound better. If the Mjolnir makes the LCD-3 more aggressive, then it's adding coloration, correct? Wouldn't it make more sense to just EQ that sound in if that's what you really want, instead of gambling on an expensive colored amp to add what you want? Or is there coloration in amps that aren't reproducible via EQ?
Now a question to jronan2 or anyone else that has this setup: Does it take the Mjlonir to make the LCD-3's sound better than the TH-900's with electronica? And when you say "electronica", are there any sub-genres you're focusing on, or do you just mean electronica in general?
Also another question to anyone: On a completely neutral chain, what genres do you consider the TH-900 better with, and which genres would you consider the LCD-3 better with?
I still feel like I might prefer the TH-900's despite the technical capabilities of the LCD-3's. Is it possible to EQ the LCD-3's to make them sound closer to the TH-900's, thus negating the need for the TH-900's?
Both cans aren't very neutral. In fact, neutrality for the most part in headphones is a myth. Typically folks like one house sound over the other. So this whole line of reasoning to me is bogus.
Why is this?
Because the overwhelming majority of ears likes some attenuation and boost in various frequencies to sound musical. Manufacturers know this and apply this line of thinking to product development.
So to your chain questions, people tend to mix and match flavors of sound they prefer by augmenting their chain accordingly (and in fact most folks can save hundreds to even thousands of dollars by simply learning how to EQ but I digress...).