If you wanna meet up, I can bring my Gungnir out, might as well shoot high right? I honestly always knew the MSII was a winner, but I never met anybody with the MSII+ before. It's absolutely nuts. Everybody expects the DIY build to be good because it's not hiding anything.. and for $300 in parts, thats about right.. but a $350 USB DAC with no power supply? Cmon..
The HD650 may be an old world grail, but it's presentation still goes toe to toe. I mean if you don't like HD800 (many people don't), or the planar sound (many people don't), what else is there really? Also removable cables are rather important, to me at least. Sennheiser knows that :)
Oh also how awesome was that Donald North amp, everybody? One of my favorite amps at the meet and it's relatively expensive, but it friggin looks fantastic and it sounds good as well.
Yeah, I'd be down for meeting up to A/B the MSII+ versus the Gungnir. I'll warn you that I'm in Moraga (near Walnut Creek), so a solid hour away for one of us.
I didn't get a chance to check out Donald's stuff at the 2012 Bay Area meetup (I think he was there), but I had a good solid listen at the 2012 LA meetup. I liked the Sonett 2 for sure, but the Stratus knocked my socks off. He's doin' good stuff.