Most of these headphones I've heard were at two head-fi meets I was at. They were good turnouts and had a good amount of equipment to test and listen to.
With regards to the Beyerdynamic lineup, I honestly don't recall which lower model I heard but it was a fun listen. The T1 reminded me of an AKG K701...flat and boring. Then again, it could have been the type of music I was listening to with them. Either way, they didn't blow me out of the water like others I've heard (Stax, Ultrasone 9, etc.).
Grado, yup we agree. I have an SR80 (not the "i" model). I don't think they changed much but the original SR-80 is a gem but it just collects dust mostly these days. I just won't sell it because it's not worth the time, effort, or money to ship to someone I'd be lucky if I got $40 for it before adding shipping costs.
Sennheiser HD800, I was demo'ing them next to an Denon LA-7000 and listening to songs like the Eagles - Hotel California and it just was too bright for me to focus on anything else. In addition, the Lawton Audio modified Denon's were pulling me more at the time. I refused to throw them on again.
The Ultrasone 9 were ridiculous. If anyone likes the D7000/LCD2 sound (e.g. decent bass) the 9's do not disappoint. The guy who owns them is a member here and lives close to me I could perhaps give them a listen again and comment further. I just remember I loaded up a Blu-ray copy of Dark Knight and watched the scene with Batman, Joker, and the truck and was just gawking at the level of detail and how much punch it gave in the LFE channel. From an appearance standpoint, they look cheap for the price they command but the sound is incredible.
I gave the LCD-2 a good listen and I enjoy the "color" of the Denon's over the LCD-2. If I want a more natural sound I'll throw on my HD600, both of which look 1000x better (and fit more comfortably) than an LCD-2.
Here's the rig of the member with most of his headphones at one of the meets...if you can see the Ultrasone Edition 9's on the far left, followed by the Lawton Audio, HD800, T1, LCD-2, and a modded D2000. (I think I got them right for which cans they are in the photo).
If you found the 880 more enjoyable than the T1, then something was definitely up. The T1 is like a vastly improved DT880.
Agree with Grado, the very low end cans are good for a small budget but so much of the lineup is seriously overpriced and/or bad in comparison to what we have now. The "i" series also seems to just add nothing but ridiculously excessive brightness AFAIK. The RS1, HF2 etc have had their day I think.
HD800 is a bit too bright, but not much else? Soundstage, detail, etc. And how do you love the HD600 but not the HD800? Very peculiar.
What was the ED9 like? Never heard em.
LCD2 is honestly straight up superior the D7000 in nearly every way, even though I thought the opposite initially. But if one enjoys more artificial rumbling bass+sparkling highs and recessed mids, then the D7000 is of course better.
Edited by N0sferatu - 7/5/11 at 9:39pm