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+ 1 on the TH900. I did compare my Hugo with them and Audeze X and LCD 3. All three good. TH900 better bass (more fun). I find all Audeze just too heavy for extended listening, but that's me. My only quest now is to better Hugo's internal amp with the Fostex (not easily accomplished and perhaps a waste of energy). I lost an auction for some Eddie Current stuff that might be nice, but those amps are more money than the Hugo itself and not portable. So, AK100 or 120 (or the...
Could you compare the Fostex to the HE560 please and perhaps the Oppo? The 560's are the only high end phone I haven't tried; and they are supposed to be lighter than the other planar magnetics.
Try the TH900 Fostex. Hard hitting bass, can be driven loud by Hugo and still have "flagship" accuracy. While they are not quite as good as my Stax 007 system; using the two in the same sentence is in itself a testament to the TH900, as the Stax phones are $2K + dedicated amp. I much preferred these to the HD800 because of the bass and efficiency.
Momentum is good, but so are your P7's...I use them when I want to look more "portable". If you can raise your budget up a bit ($1200) you are into the a whole 'nother league with the TH900 though. 
Just curious what you are playing your Bluerays through (an Oppo?)...and is there any you would recommend from an audiophile perspective?
Yes and know (pun intended)...bad Redbook still sounds bad. Well-mastered Redbook is amazing though. When all the links in your chain are strong (Hugo, good headphones, good source/transport) it all comes down to the mastering engineer. That's why Cookie's stuff (Blue Coast Records) all sounds so good...if her name appears as the mastering engineer ...then the only thing I need to worry about is whether I like the musicians...and that's the way it should be.
Please try the TH900...your prayers may be answered. With Hugo driven from my AK 100 via optical...the words "bright", "thin" and "digital" are forever vanished. When at the Chicago show, I tried the HD800 and all the high end Audeze...Audeze were better, but stupidly heavier. Nothing comes close to the TH900 and it rivals my Stax setup.
Hugo and MP3   I don't have any MP3's, but my girlfriend does on her iPhone. Has anyone listened to MP3 from the iTunes store via an iPhone and then through Hugo?...does Hugo help, or does it magnify the imperfections of compression inherent in MP3?   Also, I'm looking for the best portable, amplified speakers to go with the Hugo. Either B&W Zepallin style or better sounding. Must not be too big, so I can take them traveling.
Might be that one of you two has more jitter in their front end? This is interesting, as the Hugo seems to handle incoming jitter and shrug it off; case in point...I find my AK100 optical out to sound every bit as good as the AK120 that I just sold, event though the AK120 has much less jitter (according to IRiver's specs). So what else could it be? Each of your headphone's respective presentations?
My TH900's sounded "ehh" until they broke in. Now they are simply wonderful. (Maybe the Hugo also broke in a the same time)... Much better than the Hugo HD 800 I tried at the Chicago show...but then again, my Hugo was almost right out of the box and not broken in.
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