So, I'm back from the head-fi meet up! What I learned is... Remember when I said that a good amp would fix the soundstage, but nothing else? Reverse that. A good tube amp would fix everything else, but not soundstage. Turns out not a single headphone there could give me any depth like I was hoping for. But, man, do those headphones sound good. Sadly, I can't afford a good tube amp
Edit: I didn't actually get to listen to the DT880s, but I did learn what it sounds like to lack power. I listened to many other headphones, and I now know the sound qualities that happen when you underamp a headphone. I used a cheaper solid state amp with the Annies and they ended up sounding exactly like my DT880s! I had been convinced that amps didn't really get better over a certain power level (woo science) but I guess I misinterpreted that discussion XD
It turns out I really like the HD600s, because it manages to have all the qualities of my HD280s, but better. I liked how they didn't show bass until you asked them to, then they exploded with bass when you wanted it to. I wish I had the DT880s to try out there, but I couldn't take them with me. I'm almost positive all I need is a good amp, though. They would be different sounding then my 280s, but definitely not in a bad way.
Oh, also, I listened to the HE90s. I like the HD800s way more o.O The HD800s are a ton like the DT880s, right? Agh, I want an amp so bad... Namely a tube amp. Because tube amps are the best.
Oh, I also listened to the Philips Fidelio X1, and those things had some crazy clarity. It was insane how clear they were. Or maybe the sample music was amazingly mastered, specifically for those headphones. I dunno.
Edit2: Coming home from these headphones back to my HD280s isn't the best experience :P
Edited by daleb - 6/9/13 at 4:46pm