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While I am not keen on closed back headphones, these do look interesting. However, when I found what else ISK has to offer, I was - delighted. So , a BIG THANK YOU  for mentioning the ISK in the first place !!!
I agree most headphones are too divorced from real life hearing. That includes anything that uses pads or tips - of any discription. Enter earspeakers -  Jecklin Float ( and its derivatives, MB, Precide AMT driver equipped variation on the theme ), AKG K 1000, Sony PFR-V1 - they are more or less all listed here, but there might be more. 
Curiosity will drive those who truly want the recorded/reproduced sound to be as close to that heard live to any length. And they are bound to be alone in this quest - at first, at least. I can not flush an entire audio system down the internet pipeline - and files alone, if reproduced over "conventional, supposed to be transparent" equipment will show - more or less - nothing. The minute improvements they do contain will be masked by the equipment that can not reproduce...
As good as the above result is, I am infinitely FAR more interested in the forthcoming ADC project. Which formats are going to be supported - particularly being interested in DSD256 and above. DACs outnumber ADCs by a factor of ??? - yet even a perfect DAC can not but reproduce the ADC errors.
Correct.
http://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/marantz/2500.shtml
Nice to hear.  The drying issue when using only water without alcohol and/or surface tension additives is a problem; and towels or anything that introduces friction will lead to static problems. You can try spinning the LP really fast - for example, using a "clamp" that is used as a drill bit in power tool drill. The centrifugal force should remove any bigger blots of water, the main issue for stains - and can be then left to dry normally.
By now, with this state of relatively high quality, night and day differences are, in reality, hard to expect. It is in detail, in the palette of shades equipment can accurately convey - or fails to do so. No really good component can, today, improve the sound to the point of some really big difference to whatever went on before. Digital in general has only recently became capable of approximately equalling what we once had with top analog equipment - and what some of us...
It IS in the software. It is not yet another implementation of any known DAC chip - and it allows to tailor the performance exactly as desired by the developer, not within constraints of any given off the shelf chip hardware. It is a whole different generation of DACs, something that goes way beyond more or less well implemented hardware produced by others. In a way, like comparing building something out of LEGOs with defined discrete size(s) and colour(s) vs something out...
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