Nice posts. I should make clear that I'm pretty old (66) so the brightness is probably lost on these old ears. AIso, I only listen to classical/orchestral so things like bass texture are lost on me as well. And I wouldn't pretent that what's good enough for me should be good enough for all, though I stand by the contention that phones of the DT880/HD650 etc are probably good enough for most people, even head-fiers, if they don't let themselves be sucked into the "more expensive is better" or "he's got it and I want it" syndromes. Also, I don't want to entirely minimise what spending more (wisely) can bring. The LCD-2 was a beautiful phone, and I once wrote that it was in a different class to the HD650, which it is. But there's a tendency here to hyperbolise (is that a word?) differences, often with military terms like "totally destroyed", "blew out of the water" etc, which gives the impression the differences are immense when in fact a casual listener may not even detect them. This is especially true of amps, where experience tells me the differences can't possibly be of the order being suggested (we won't even get into headphone leads and interconnects). In any case I just wanted to draw attention to some of the inexpensive diamonds lying unnoticed at our feet while we gaze off enviously into the distance at LCD-3s and HF6s etc.
hifimanrookie, I appreciate your free-flowing prose but I must admit, as a traditionalist, I do find it a bit hard to follow at times. Do you think just for us old fogies that you could clarify just a little, or at least not use texting language quite so much? I really would like to follow exactly what you're saying.