Sigh. I'm just going to lay all this out honestly.
I had tried the LCD XC at a high end retailer a few weeks ago, and I decided to buy them new.
For background, I like bright and detailed headphones. I love, absolutely love, my Shure SRH940 headphones. I didn't like the Fischer FA-003 because they were flat sounding and muddy, and sold them. But I recalled the LCD XC being bright and very detailed and being impressed by them in the store.
So now I have them and after three hours . . . I think I hate them. First of all, I like good vocals, like dionne warwick, stevie wonder, late 80s singers e.g. tiffany, etc. But when I listen to such songs on this, the vocals seem completely drowned out behind the instruments. It's like the instruments are right in front of you and the singer is 10 yards away. That caused me to turn the headphones up which is a terrible thing to have to do with good headphones. After using them for a while, I put my SRH940s back on and I was like, wow, these are so much more spine tinglingly beautiful, detailed and better sounding. I can actually hear the singers instead of a bunch of instruments and they sound awesome. The problem was that I had to turn the SRH940s to about 75% higher volume than I normally use when listening to them because, by playing the LCD XCs at high volume I had temporary diminished my hearing.
Then I downloaded the frequency charts from innerfidelity (by the way, why are there two materially different frequency charts for this headphone on innerfidelity?), and set my equalizer so that the LCD XCs should have a similar sound profile as the SRH940s and they sounded better. But then I turned that off and I'm going to try to enjoy the LCD XCs using their own frequency profile.
I'm going to continue using them but so far I'm really really disappointed by how they drown out the vocals behind instruments in songs, how they're not as bright as I remember and how for this price there should be at least some WOW factor which is completely nonexistent in these. I also purchased them from a small audiophile store which I don't think takes returns, so I may have to sell them on Ebay. Overall this is really disappointing though. When someone buys headphones like these, they should be spending the first few hours noticing how much better their favorite songs sound.
Edited by ag8908 - 2/12/14 at 3:27pm