Well there was so much unique and new gear that I only made it through about half of it. Initial impressions are,
Audeze lcd-2 - Very nice balanced sounding can. Had a nice soundstage and the vocal presentation seemed to sit back a little further on the stage than being forward. I have a small head so I found them to be comfortable. They reminded me of a open version of my LA7000 with tight bass good. I would have liked the bass to have a bit more body but it was still enjoyable as is. It also seemed to have very good dynamics. The highs were extended without being irritating and it was able to deliver a lot of detail while still remaining smooth.
K1000 - This was the first time I have had the opportunity to try these. They were connected to a real to real rig. They didnt fail to impress. I was expecting a thin sound being spaced of my ears and hotter highs. I found that they have great tone and texture with all the notes portraying great body in there respected place. The mids and highs were balanced and delivered the music with a natural and musical tone. I thought the bass was fine. I didnt even care about the bass because the rest of the presentation totally overcame any of the flaws the bass had. Very impressed by these.
Luxman P1u - I had some time to be able to do some comparisons with my rig since they were close together.This amp seem to have plenty of power to drive any can. I used the T1 while a/b and found that the volume only had to be turned up to 12 oclock to be able to get a nice load volume. It has great detail and good dynamic. The high I found were well extended and almost on the verge of being tip up too much The bass was a little thinner than my rig I found. I could see this amp matching good with darker can and would be careful of cans that can have sibilance issues.
HE 5le - Still dont like this can. The mids can be harsh it seems at times and I have now upgraded them to being only bass shy rather than having no bass at all. I figured out that when they are on the stacker they seem to have very little bass. Would get a liitle bass from them when I moved to other rigs. That brings up the stacker.
Stacker amp - A very nice powerful amp capable of running any cans easily. I did find that the bass was recessed on it compared to other amps and there was a little background hiss. Both of these problems might be attributed to the tubes in it probably. Possibly rolling different tubes would solve one or both of the small issues. Great mid range and treble. I can see why it would make a great ortho amp because its strengths of great mids and mild bass matches the typical sound signature of orthos.
T1 - Still not overly impressed by this can. While it doesnt do anything wrong to say, it doesnt set itself apart by doing anything great. It has a nice balanced signature, but for $1300, I feel it is overpriced considering the audeze lcd-2 can be had for $900 and have a more even presentation while retrieving more detail and appearing to be more dynamic. I would only put them a step above the stock d7000.
Random thoughts- Joe from Kosmic was a great guy to talk to offering lots of tips and was quick to try to answer any questions. He had a lot of great gear. The dbel amps were very nice eye candy but never had the chance to listen to the headphone amp, but did hear the speaker amps that the k1000 was connected to. If the headphone amp sounds as good as the speaker ones then i will be sad that I never had the opportunity to take a listen. The real to real sounded awesome and I now understand why my uncle always used one when I was growing up. Nice room and a good turn out. I hope somebody post pictures with the names of the people in them because I met and talked too a lot of people that I didnt know there names. Thanks for organizing the meet Big Poppa and to the people who brought snaks. I look forward to the next one.