Audeze LCD 3 was on Tyll's wall of fame for a long time, it was #2 following the Stax SR-009. Then it was kicked out of the wall of fame by MrSpeakers original Ether (Red). I tried the ether, but the sound was too thin. Reading your comments, and everyone's comments here, the AFO looks very, very promising. You are right, I'll need to audition them. In my case will mean to purchase them online and take advantage of the return policy, because no store here carries them. Thank you!