Time to stop lurking and post something...
I use several Logitech Transporters fed with about 1,600 albums ripped to flac. I mostly listen to music while on the computer in the evenings through a crappy (Bose) set of bookshelf speakers. My bedroom and living room have Paradgm Signature 8 V.3 speakers which sound great, but I can't squeeze floor standing speakers into my little office, so I decided on a set of headphones. Having once purchased Stax headphones in 1990 (I don't recall the model, but they weren't anything special), I Googled Stax and landed on this forum 6+ months ago.
I've read all the posts of many of the threads in the forum and decided to purchase a set of 009s which had been on order for some 2 months before I took delivery (Elusive Disc.) I came close to ordering a BHSE, but living in California with a room hosting two highly overclocked computers, gigabit managed switch, etc., I was reluctant to adding a few tubes that would probably push my little home/office room to convection oven heat levels during the summer months. So, I decided on the LL, but I was about a week to late as they were all sold out. I wasn't about to stare at my 009 cans until 04/13 when the next batch of LL amps will become available, so I purchased a 727II.
Now, I'm really enjoying the music like never before, but I think the music could sound better. Now I don't have refined tastes for sound like many on this forum, but I know what I like, and I don't like the veil/haze I'm hearing in my music. I know it's not the headphones or amp. The Transporter is an excellent transport with a quality DAC, but the DAC appears to be holding my 009s back, so a lot more forum reading....I quickly realized there's a DAC made for everyone's unique tastes, and there's no best DAC - if you like the sound, regardless of price, it can be the perfect DAC.
Knowing my sound tastes clearly bias tight/analytical/clinical over bassy/warmth, and appreciating dCS' DAC design (an engineering sledgehammer relative to traditional DAC SoC implementations) I have a Dubussy DAC on order. Whatever sound generated from the combination of '009 cans, 727II amp, Debussy DAC and XLR digital output from the Transporter, I'm going to love it. I'll probably look at the LL again in April, but the 727II seems like a great amp, so it might make a good spare :-)
The 009 headphones are fantastic and will be with me for a very, very long time. It's really great to be able to listen to quality music when browsing through all the posts on this board.
Edited by caseyse - 11/30/12 at 9:22pm