Well, I'll bring the PHA-1 this time, so you can play around with it on your other cans.
Perhaps the iQube is a more refined amp, but since I can tune my headphones for that extra refinement, the PHA-1 would work just fine. Plus I can use the PHA-1 as a DAC with my portable devices. The iQube, on the other hand, can't replace the DAC of my iDevices, so it is more limiting.
Thank you. The iQube V3 and up CAN be used as a DAC for portable devices (it works with iOS and Android) and that's the best part of it! You just have to get a special cable and it bypasses the internal dac. I used it with my iPod and the ES10s and it was glorious. http://www.moon-audio.com/iqube-v3-portable-headphone-amp-dac.html
Okay, Sony wins.
They converted me back into a semi-basshead, so... I retuned the DT770 with bass in mind.
I wish good ol' @mikemercer can attend this mini meet, because I would love to get his opinions on this DT770.
Daniel, I think you'll like this one very much. I tried my best to shave that treble down, so hopefully it won't be too bright for you.
Still keeping that smooth and slightly sweet midrange, of course.
Hopefully it won't be too bright for me ;-). I'm really considering the T5Ps now modded to trade for my Edition 8s... The ED8s actually sell for the same price, sometimes more used, and new they are more I think. I just loved those T5Ps that guy had, they are perfect because when you look on the graph the T5P seems to be darker than the other Beyer's I have owned and the ED8. In fact that horrible T70P has a huge treble peak close to 10K, it's supposed to be neutral, but it's far from it. The T5P's seem to be the most midcentric and have the best bass. As you can see the ED8s have the worst bass of the bunch, which is what I always felt, but people seem to think it's a bassheads can... http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID=1053&graphID=2231&graphID=3791&graphID=3641&scale=30
Yeah, the excess output is noticeable. But it's a controlled boost rather than just extra boom. The amp section of the PHA-1 is very very well-implemented. The boost is even more controlled than the Schiit Magni, which has less than 0.1 Ohm output impedance.
The ES10 is still tuned with low impedance sources in mind (namely my iPhone 5), but my DT770 is now tuned for the PHA-1 because the pairing sounds very nice. That bass is really to die for. I haven't heard bass this good with any portable amp at all.
This is what I like about my Nokia N900, it has more bass than most portable amps or even table top amps I have tried, and even more bass and punch than my Centerance Dacport! The N9, iPhone and others cannot beat it in that sense.