On comfort...The 009s are much more comfortable than any Audeze can I've worn. They're #2 on my list (just under the TH900).
I heard the PWD2 with an LF, LG (with many pairs of tubes), and LL. HD800, TH900, 009, HE500, and HE6. I actually still have it here (Alex hasn't needed it back yet).
Let me clarify that it wasn't 'lackluster'. It sounds good (without a doubt), but next to my 851C there isn't a ton of improvement (certainly not enough to warrant double the price MSRP wise). They're both fairly neutral and both have great detail. The PWD2 has a more airy sound, slightly more detail and if I could get one for a small amount more than what I could sell my 851C for used, I'd go for it.
Strangely enough the 851C is a more versatile unit than the PWD2, and I find the touchscreen somewhat obnoxious.
EDIT: You also need to understand where I'm coming from on this DAC a bit, too. Ever since I started lurking here I've admired the PWD from afar. It's always been a piece of gear I wished to own someday. It's also been hyped up around here quite a bit, including by the local Head-fier who's Ayon CD-1 (10 years old now) I liked so much. He told me that the PWD2 'destroys' his CD-1. It was like expecting to see Jesus walk on water and instead watching him end up neck deep.
Edited by MorbidToaster - 11/9/12 at 9:32pm
Originally Posted by dj nellie
May I ask what you thought could be better about the PWD2? Did you get to try it with various amps and headphones, or was it just with the 009s and LL that it seemed lackluster?
One other major reason for selling my LCD-3s which I forgot to mention is comfort. That's obviously very subjective, and the LCD-3 was definitely less bothersome than the LCD-2 due to softer pads and reduced clamping force. But they still felt very heavy, and I was always very conscious of their grip on my face.
I'm hoping that the 009s will allow me to (for the most part) forget that they're there, so I can just kick back and enjoy the music.