Well I'm back home in Dayton. If I had to drive around Chicago on a daily basis I would lose my mind!
Some more reports.
Audio Technica W1000X - Not my cup of tea. Honestly, it's another variation of Audio Technica's typical sound sig. I felt the bass was rolled off a little too much. The typical upper midrange boost was decently done.- not to a painful level like the AD2000.
Grado GR8. These are actually great sounding IEMs. They have a very balanced sound, albeit with a bit of a rolloff in the treble. They don't really have the "Grado" sound. I suppose this is because Grado doesn't make the drivers.
Electrostatics (various) - I found the Stax O2 MKI to be preferable to the MK2. I found the bass on the MK2 to be muddy.
I've heard a lot of electostatics setups and I always come up with the same feeling - nice, but not worth to money (to me). I need flat bass extension to 20hz!
Somebody asked for some LCD2 vs W1000X comments. I'd say these headphones are pretty much the opposite of each other. THE LCD2 is bassy, somewhat dark sounding, and IMO needs a little extra energy in the treble. The W1000X has enough energy at the top, has a brighter sound is in dire need (IMO) of better bass extension.
Somebody in another thread asked for comments on the Westone ES5 vs the JH13.
Let me start by rocking the boat - I left CanJam with a preference for the ES5. I really liked these IEMs.
The JH13 is a well balanced headphone and it has a solid bass presence (read: boosted). There is quite a bit of energy at the low end and you get a great thump when the bass hits - it's like a sub. The treble is well extended and has enough presence, but I found it a little too smooth sounding. I wanted a little extra sparkle at top.
The focus on the ES5's energy is at the top. The treble has a nice amount of sparkle. The bass is there, but it doesn't slam like the JH13. The end result is that the ES5 is a drier sounding headphone, but it has a great amount of clarity. If the JH13 can be considered to be a little dark sounding, the ES5 is quite a bit brighter.
To state all this in more commonly used terms, the ES5 is a more "analytic" IEM and the JH13 is more "fun."
Both are incredible so it all boils down to personal preference. The JH13s are easier to listen too because they are more forgiving at the top end, but I suspect the ES5 will be more neutral in a measurement sense.
Finally, my vote on the "Winning Can" meaning the headphone I would have liked to have walked out with.
I just kept going back to listen to the T1. The bass has good punch, and the upper area (upper mids/treble) has enough energy that you get all the sparkle that comes with instruments that hang around up there (e.g. cymbals) but it doesn't come off as overly hot or sibilant. Beyer really got it right. The can is also well made, extremely elegant, comfortable, and everything you want when you buy a "luxury" product.
Both the LCD2 and T1 were driven out of an Mini3 without a fuss. They both sounded great on that tiny amp!
Edited by odigg - 6/6/10 at 8:20pm