I've been thinking about this...
But I don't compare products in reviews - as I believe the product being reviewed should be judged on its own merit (as many cans differ in design philosophy and certainly execution, etc.) -
But - I have both, and love em - but the XC has remained my number ! closed-back planar
but the Prime is really damn good
maybe I should tackle this - hey, its not a review on a site - I'd be doing this for the love of it here on HF...
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Mike - You just have to decide the most neutral way of doing so. I have not spent a lot of time with the XC, just 15 minutes or so at a meet. I came away feeling the sound signature of the Alpha Dogs was my preference over the XC's. I suspect the Alpha Prime house sound will have me feeling roughly the same about the Primes. However.... My XC experience is meet conditions, unfamiliar rig, noisy, trying to be critical, and being well familiar with the AD's, and unfamiliar with the XC's. You have had the chance to live with both of them. Your comments will be interesting. You (and most here at head-fi) have a greater love for the Audeze house sound than I do (except for the LCD3 - I lust after that one). It will be hard to be unbiased, but it will be interesting to see what you find are the relative strengths and weakness of each can. One man's point of view so to speak. I say give it a go - it will be fun for us peanut gallery folk. It wouldn't even have to be long and involved. For the record - I am sending my AD's in for the upgrade today or tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting them back. Mr. Speakers voicing really suits my sonic preferences, so I expect to be happy with the upgrade.