DDM is a close second in favorites status behind the SM3 for me, and definitely a huge bang for the buck. Even though the SM3 & DDM are rather different, the SM3 is still far and away the closest BA I've heard to what dynamics do in conveying music with soul, naturalness, and pace. The Earsonics definitely do that in spades too. I couldn't get on board with the DBA's if they didn't have that quality as well, no matter how good a value.
How close it the SM3? I know that from my experience dynamics and BA tend to sound different in two areas and those being bass and timbre. Is the SM3 close to dynamics in those areas or just better than what most BA driver based phones do.
Also I understand about the DBA-02. I feel the same way about the DDM. They may be a good value and certainly the reviews/impressions I've read confirm that but their signature sounds like it may not be for me so it may not be that great a value for myself.