Did ask the guys at work, Audeze do a challenge, They bring up an issue, best idea wins a small prize?
Just a thought!
I'm pretty sure other than Audeze, the planars on the market all have manageable weight. What you are saying makes no sense.
I had the LCD-3F and liked it but sold it to buy a pair of mint condition used HE1000s...best decision i have made!The HE1000's are simply better IMHO in every way and so much more comfortable....perhaps the LCD-4 will compete with the HE1000 but I thought the HE1000's were expensive so the LCD-4s are off the charts expensive.....we shall see i guess
One word: Abyss.
I for one don't mind the weight, it makes me feel i'm holding something of value. Literally, there are more expensive... heavier headphones on the market... and if Audeze wants to sell its own "flavor" of headphone in league with them, so be it. Also the headphones are already in production, let them fail or succeed based on what they've made... not a what could of been.
I for one love the Audeze sound and don't mind investing in the LCD-4. I installed a Lohb suspension strap on my LCD-2 and can wear them for hours with little adjustments here and their. Even the Ether C, which I just received, needs to be adjusted here and there. So if the LCD-4 suspension strap is anything like or better than the Lohb then I'm sold.
Just my two cents :)
Ironic you say that, since the LCD-4 is even heavier than the Abyss, which weights 20 grams less (not significant, but still proves my point).
And of course, Abyss is as boutique as they come.
Compare to Hifiman, MrSpeakers and Fostex offerings, Audeze products are significantly heavier.