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Upgrade for Audeze LCD-3?

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by mitchb, Oct 29, 2019.
  1. mitchb
    Hi, I am enjoying a pair of LCD-3's which have most recently have returned from Audeze for driver replacements. This time 2019 the headphones sound better than ever but I am wondering what would be a nice upgrade from my LCD-3's? The LCD-4's seem like they may be contenders but I've read too much about treble disparities so I am hesitant not to mention the exchange rate in Canada would make them a $6000 CDN headphones. For that kind of scratch I thought I'd research. Any help would be appreciated. I should mention my amp is an Auralic Taurus MK2 which I like and I am using PS Audio for transport and dac. Perfectwave not Directstream. I like my audio but I must wonder what a headphones upgrade could do. The rest of my system is a Pass x250.5 amp and Pass X1pre with Hales T5's speakers connected with Cardas Golden Reference cables everywhere for signal cables and my AC is with Shunyata Hydras and a variety of ac cables.As nice as my headphone setup is for what it is my Pass-Hales setup is quite a lot nicer than my headphone setup. My phones sound good but my speakers sound better! What would be a nice upgrade to my headgear?
  2. Oscar-HiFi
    HiFiMan Susvara :wink: get them and never look back.
  3. bfreedma
    I've owned LCD3s for many years and recently added a Focal Utopia. For me, the Utopia offers a good alternative with a great but different sound profile. If you have the chance, audition one to see if you like it.

    I thought about the LCD4, but while better than the LCD3, it was quite similar in presentation.
  4. XLR1
    I also recently bought a Focal Utopia. Outstanding headphone! Highly recommended it.

    Around the same time I bought a graphic equalizer to mate with my Audeze LCD-3 Classic. Although I prefer headphones that do not need EQ, IMO the the treble from the LCD-3C is overly represses. Once I raised the treble slight (slight increase at 2k and slope up through +1 1/2 db added to 8k), it is close to as full a sound as the Utopia, but with more base and a bigger soundstage. Now I cannot decide which I like better. Plus my LCD-3 “upgrade” was much cheaper than the Utopia.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2019

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