I want to the NY meet this past weekend to have Jack Wu help me setup my WA7 with Foobar, and Dan "lured" me to his table to listen to his 'phones. I told him that I had heard them last year and the tone was not to my taste. What I did not tell him was I really didn't like them at all back then. Well I let him sales pitch me and I tried them again. What a huge difference one year of development makes. I had just listened to the Thunderpants not 10 min. before at another table. While there were differences, the sound was on the same (audiophile) level. After a 3 min audition, I bought them on the spot. Yeah, they were that good.
The most impressive feature were the standard Alpha earpads. They are similar to the Stax pad upgrade to the thunderpants. The sound isolation is very good (better WAF), and they are comfortable. I may do a review in a few weeks when they break-in.
I will likely have to get a better cable to extract the most out of them. I did a little comparo to my HE500. Even un-broken in they sounded good and acceptable for most casual listening. No, they did not sound as good as the well broken-in '500s, but they were 90% of the way for the few tracks (Nick Drake & Jeff Beck) I listened to.
They are much better than any $300 'phones I have listened to. Just as a reference, I like most top tier 'phones more than the 'dogs, except Grados. I have never liked any Grado product at any price. Well done, Dan!