My go-to headphones for the past 6 years have been an Audeze LCD-2 driven by a Cavalli Liquid Fire amp and Schiit Gungnir multibit DAC. Divine. The sound is whole and wholesome. It is my home headphone sound. The sound just sounds right to me as a headphone. It is what I want headphones to sound like. Six to ten years ago that was a $5K+ headphone setup. If you banished me to an island with only a Cavalli Liquid Platinum hybrid amp, Audeze LCD-2 Classic headphones and a Schiit Bifrost 2 multibit DAC, and all of my ripped music I'd be OK with that. The Liquid Platinum ($400), LCD-2 Classic ($800), and Bifrost 2 ($700) system would be about $1900 at what those components are selling for new now and I consider to be about 90% of the $5K+ system. Banish me to an island with that $1900 system instead of my $5K+ system and I'd be happy with what I had (assuming I had electricity to play it). I can afford more expensive headphones than the LCD-2 Classic, but with the Cavalli amps I don't feel the need to splurge on a more expensive headphone. The Cavalli Liquid Fire and Liquid Platinum and Liquid Glass get the lowly LCD-2 Classic or older LCD-2 rev 2 to sound better than the LCD-3 does with other lesser amps. There are $1K+ (and $3K+) headphones that are better than the LCD-2 Classic, but the value position of most of the $1K+ headphones is questionable. Most of the $1K+ headphones are a demonstration that the owner has more money than they need. The headphones in that price category aren't giant killers. Each only does certain things better. None do most things better. With that said, I am looking for a new and better headphone that is going to be in the $1.5K to $4K category. It's because I can, not because I can justify the additional expense.