Thanks to everyone for letting me listen to a lot of cool gear. :)
Mr. Speaker Electrostatic Prototype Headphones
My favorite setup of the meet was the mr. speaker electrostatic prototype headphones hooked up to the headamp blue hawaii. Going back and forth between it and the sr009's I thought they had comparable detail/soundstage/impact but the sr009's suffered from a bumped up highend while vocals sounded fuller on the mr. speaker and the highs more relaxed (which is to my liking). The sr009's are a lot easier to drive. I'd love to spend more time with them to get to know their sound signature better outside of meet conditions.
My first listen to the focal utopias on a woo audio tube amp was really nice. It was some audiophile music and then a couple of adele songs and the detail and 3-d spacial separation was really good (stax sr009 level detail). Later I listened on some other setups and other music and there seemed to be a little funkiness/brightness in the highs and thinness and sibilance in the vocals depending on the frequency range of the voice. So it does some things really well, but I don't think its a jack of all trades. I would love to hear what they sound like in my system.
Mr. Speaker Ether Flow
The Mr. Speaker Ether Flow sounded pretty balanced and I think its a more steady performer then the focal utopias. I didn't hear the same level of detail or 3-dness but they were different systems so that's not a fair comparison. I'd love to hear these in my system as well.
I got to compare the lcd-4's to the he1000 in the same system and I preferred the sound of the lcd-4's. To be fair the he1000's sounded a lot worse then when I owned them so possibly it was an amp mismatch. The he1000's sounded soft and thin and sibilant and the lcd4's sounded more authoritative and vocals more realistic. The lcd4's are a lot less efficient to drive.
Jds Labs Abyss
I tried the abyss headphones and I felt like I was cheating on real headphones. They sounded great out of the woo audio prototype amp, but I don't consider these to be headphones.
I listened to the hd800s's and still found them to be too bight for my taste. It was an improvement over the hd800's, which set my ears on fire. :P
I didn't see a single grado at the event doh. I still think the hf-1's with flat pads are the best rock headphones for casual listening.
I was trying to listen to the same songs on each system and from the stuff I knew there were 2 albums that everyone seemed to have: Michael Jackson Thriller and Daft Punk: Random Access, so Billy Jean and Get Lucky were my go to references. I was hoping there would be more Radiohead fans hehe.