Pick up an 007t/ii amp for the 009s. I've got a Pinnacle with HD800s/LCD3s/TH900s and love them all a lot,
but when I power up the Stax combo I get floored, and nothing sounds like it and I love it to death: no fatigue,
no problem with high-volume listening on any type of music (pop/rock for me), dense images, fine bass, and more.
Piano and vocals and percussion to die for, strings sweet with no stridency, even now on standard resolution digital, even on old 60s/70s recordings.
It's not the last word in soundstaging, but tonality is so wonderful from top to bottom I just don't care.
(It took a year to really break in though. And my EMM source really helps.)
(I just commented in the "How to turn down the brightness on 009s" thread in more detail on this.)
Edited by rgs9200m - 8/6/13 at 10:14am