Hi, although i'm a kinda new member here at headfi i appreciate the forums immensely and they have expanded my knowledge of headphones tremendously. I decided i am going to spend some cash on new headphones and i fell in love with the audeze LCD-X and the audeze LCD-XC. The problem i am facing right now is making a heart breaking choice between the two of them. First it might be smart to explain the situation i'm in, i live in an apartment in Belgium with a semi busy street in front of me. As i am a smoker :/ i keep the window open most of the time so i get some noise in my room but not to much. The LCD-XC looks awesome and as i am a sucker for aesthetics i was kinda leaning toward this model.
There are some questions i have witch i would like to have anserd so if there's a pro headfier out there that can help me out that would be awesome.
1. My concern is that i have heard they are a bit bright and i have recently auditioned the Grado rs1i and couldn't listen to long to them as the treble hurt my head.
2. Another question on my mind is how much better will these sound than my denon AH-D600 as i have no need for another extremely bass heavy headphone.
3. Will i be able to drive these with my Fiio e17 for a while before i get the cash to buy a decent amp?
4. This is the real hard question to me should i go with the LCD-X or the LCD-XC i do live alone so my leakage is no problem but the street does make a bit of noise ( not to bad) witch might (i don't know) interfere with my music. So if there would be a consensus that the LCD-x sounds better than the LCD-XC i would go for the open phones but if there is only a very slight difference i might go for the more handy closed back.
If you are still reading at this point, thank you very much i know i have a annoying hard to answer question but since i can not audition these headphones here in Belgium this community is my window to the world.
Thanks in advance,