I have been using the HD650 as my reference headphones. I think I paid $400 for those. I compared them at CanJam to the Audeze and just broke down yesterday and ordered the LCD-X... I can't believe I spent so much $$ on a pair of headphones, but couldn't stop thinking about them. I don't know what it costs to make them but, for me, they just blew the HD650 out of the water. I mean, holy cow, $1600 for a pair of headphones... After looking at the piles of equipment at the bottom of some of these posts, I don't feel QUITE as bad. For me it came down to wanting the emotional response I got through listening to the Audeze bad enough to pony up. This far away from the show in terms of time, the HD650 still sounds great, but there was some magic going on there with the Audeze that is hard to forget.
Yes, I know what you mean about some magic going on. I checked out a pair of LCD2s a couple months back, and was quite taken by how 'real' some music sounded. Been mostly into home hi fi since the mid '70s, many different systems including SE amps, planar speakers....you name it. Was always taken aback when the delivery of the music borders on sounding like real people singing or real instruments playing in front of you. That sort of illusion can be addicting. The difference between really great reproduction, and sounding lifelike. Reason I hesitated in purchasing the LCD2s was due to the clamping force and hardness of the earpads against the head. Was difficult to forget about that entirely and just get into the music. Did you find the comfort level of the LCD-X to be acceptable? Any comparisons between the X and the LCD2s? I assume if you did have time to compare, that you must have preferred the X since that is what you ordered.