So. I am gonna get kicked around the thread like a doll but...
I love my $2000 Audeze LCD-3s. I bought them myself. After buying my set I fell in love with the company and volunteered as a consultant for a year while they were getting funding. I am now paid. A friend I treasure happens to be the CEO and I do consult for them. So, I may be deemed biased and evil.
I love them. Nothing sounds better. I use a RedWine DAC/AMP with them and a Schiit Lyr/BiFrost setup.
I put away my Sennheiser HD-580s after maybe 15-20 years of heavy use. I tried many others. Audeze is the first group that got me to put them down. I was gonna go with LCD-2s but the 3 just came out and I was convinced (it was my 40th bday present to me as well.)
I listen to them nearly every day. They occupy the most valuable real estate in my home. Rob, Pesco, Mark, Xeni have all tried them. I guess @beschizza felt they aren't worth it