I'm considering these two headphones. Amplifier would be either a Ray Samueles Emmeline XP-7 or a Musical Fidelty M1 HPA. I mostly listen to Rock, Industrial, Heavy Metal, but also some classical, jazz, techno, and classic rock.
Obviously my budget is about $1500. I like the idea of buying an American made product in the Audeze line.
I have read through the thread on the LCD-X, but does anyone know how it compares to the HD800 in terms of soundstage width?
Based on your upfront gear, I'd easily recommend the LCD-X. They are fantastic all rounder orthos and would pair nicely with that gear. The HD800s would require a lot bigger investment in your amp/dac/source to get the best out of them.
Nothing beats the HD800's sound staging width....not even my SR-009s.