I would definitely add the Luxman SQ-N100 to that list. The N100/HE-6 combination off the Luxman's speaker taps is phenominal. This combination blows away anything else that I've ever heard. The HE-6 is extremely well balanced across the entire frequency spectrum. Its transparency and speed are incredible and in its own league compared to the T1, and HD800. The soundstage is wide and deep and imaging is spot on. The HE-6's level of clarity in the midrange is a real eye opener. It achieve's this level of clarity without leaning out the midrange or emphasizing the highs. The bass is deep, tight and powerful but again not overemphasized. For reference, I also currently own the LCD2, LA7000, T1 and HD800. My latest purchase is the LCD2 with the Silver Dragon cable and I like it a lot but it's too new to for me to make a judgement. I've made some quick comparisons between the HE-6 and LCD2 and my preference is the HE-6. However, my experience tells me that quick "A to B" judgements are not always the best. I once purchased the Edition 9's based on a brief listening session and that turned out to be one of my worst headphone puchasing decisions ever.
great post and great comments, Steve.
i am loving my HE-6.
when i did a quick "shoot out" with my other phones - including T1 and LCD-2 - it came out on top.
however, i've always been more a believer in those lengthier impressions formed by living with a headphone.
becaues when i A/B or when i listen to the LCD-2 and HE-6 within a close timeframe, it messes with my brain. the one headphone colors my perception of the other.
but, this is fairly common. and why i usually avoid A/B'ing.
when i listen to only one for a day, they both tend to sound state-of-the-art.