First of all - a BIG thanks to Destroysall and Coolzo for generously hosting us today!
I thought the Central Phoenix location was excellent with the room being pretty decent. Next to a high traffic area was a little weird, but it didn't really cause any issues; only interested onlookers!
My first stop was at Destroysall's table to listen to his HiFiMAN EF2A out to the Beyer DT990. This was my first time with both pieces of gear, but I had sort of an idea of what the DT990 might be like since I have previously owned the DT770 and DT880. The DT990 frequency balance wasn't as dramatic as some make it seem to be. (ie: treble hot) It definitely is a sibling to the other two - mostly reminding me of a little bit hotter top end than the 880. I recommend the T1 if you like the DT990 and want to move up the technical chain!
Next up was joining Mr. Sneis on his wide spread gear section. I finally got to hear the revised Audio Technica ATH-AD2000X. I really want to love them, but something just doesn't click for me with them and I don't know what it is. They are one of the best under $1,000 open backed dynamic phones available in my opinion, but unfortunately they have the weirdest fit mechanics. The wings weren't strong enough to stay high enough up on my ears and the lack of cup rotation made for a poor seal on my ears. If they had a touch more sonic warmth and a little bit better fit mechanics, I think they would have an absolute champion on their hands.
I was also finally able to hear my custom in ear monitors (JH Audio JH13 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors) on the Headamp GS-X with the new "+" modules installed. With the stepped attenuation and low gain I was able to get excellent channel balance and zero noise even with the Amp and Power Supply stacked on top of each other. The Lynx Hilo provided a nice digital front end for the amp and made for a very nice setup to listen to pretty much any headphone you could want.
I hopped over to roscoofyore's setup to get my first taste of an iDevice decoding DAC/Amp combo (The Fostex HP-P1). It sounded very well with the DT1350 and the V-Moda M-80, but unfortunately doesn't allow an easy interface with the older iPod Video devices. It was also dead silent with my custom in ears and had a nice volume control.
Moving on to Funch's table was a great reminder that the silver spinning disc can sound great! His modified Sony fed the Decware amplifier duo beautifully. His interpretation on the Fostex T50 modifications was executed amazingly from a sonic and comfort standpoint. A little too over the top aesthetically. (little bit on the large side) Of course the Anax 2.0 modded HD800's sound great off the OTL amplifier and the LCD-2 sings with the Transformer coupled speaker amp.
A real shocker for me came from Funch's iPod / Algo Rhythm Solo / Continental v3 setup into my JH13. He had mentioned that the Continental was a touch too bright for him and I was a little worried that it was going to be the same situation for me since I am not a huge fan of hot treble. Luckily it wasn't at all an issue with the JH13 and it actually propelled them to a level that I could be content with 24/7. I'm currently searching for something like that in a single device (fingers crossed)
I quickly got a chance to listen to Andolink's HiFiMAN HE500. It sure has the ortho sound, with a touch of brightness that might be a little too much for me personally. I'm a LCD-2 fan so that should explain that!
I unfortunately did not get to hear any of Demon Fox's gear - I was hoping to sneak in a listen to the SR71a, but got carried away in what Head-Fi is about - the people!
All-in-all - it went pretty well and it was nice to see old and new faces and connect in the real world! Thanks to all who came out!