Mike, the most important thing for you to tell us is how they rate in the 700 buck range as compared to other headphones in the same category. Everyone here want to know how they rate against the HD-700, Sony Z7, HE-560, Oppo PM2/3 and the like. Is it really worth the asking price of 700 and how does it hold up to the other headphones in its class.
From your first impressions I may want to wait till the LCD-XC is modified to become lighter with the graphite headband instead of buying the EL-8 closed headphones. Although I may be waiting maybe months or years before the XC becomes lighter.
Yeah I just published an in-depth Impressions piece for EnjoyTheMusic.com on the open-back EL-8s.
I used that piece to launch a new column under Sonic Satori called
I'm saving the other headphone comparisons for my full review - here:
I put together a few different system configurations and then gave impressions track-by-track.
I wanted people to know what I thought about the sound of the EL-8 - and keep the focus THERE,
just for now...
I just thought there were FAR TOO MANY people wanting me to tell them how they stacked-up against the LCDs!!
And I'm like - this IS NOT AN LCD!!
YES- my comparisons will be on cans in the same price category...