I just got a note from Oppo (I had emailed them a while back about demos for the meet) indicating that they will have a representative attending! They will be bringing a couple PM-1s and a couple HA-1s.
How powerful a speaker amp do you need? I have a TA2020 based Tripath amp that I could bring that puts out around 10W into 8ohms. Not the last word in sound quality, but it is a pleasant listen with decent bookshelf speakers. Looking online it seems that just some speaker wire is all that would be necessary for the SR-6, so if you didn't have anything suitable, I can easily bring something to use at the meet.
It sounds like you have a defective one. I had the same issue where I would get a random jump to max volume and some of your other symptoms. RMA was pretty easy. Just email the customer service email address and they will take care of you (your friend).
At the risk of derailing, that is an excellent flash. I have limited experience with higher end flashes and photography, but I can't imagine a better value. I use one with my Canon T3i and 17-55 f2.8, which I will probably bring to the meet for some hopefully good pictures.
What do you guys think of a "Pay what you think is fair" table? I always seem to accumulate audio stuff (especially cables and DIY stuff) that has just a bit too much value to just give away (though I have done that before), but don't really want to set fixed prices or actively try to convince people to buy them.
I like the idea of an open source thread, especially one around home fabrication tech. I am subscribed to this thread as I do hope to get a 3D printer in the coming year, but right now I am focused on CNC machining. I have a Shapeoko 2 coming and will share any useful designs I come up with. PS Big Chicago meet in a month! Trying to drum up attendance.
Dude, what do you want? All listener impressions are subjective and biased. You asked for impressions without reading through the thread and then dismiss what people give you? What do you expect from an impressions thread? LHLabs has published performance numbers if you are one of those guys who needs them. There are a couple pro reviews as well. Buy one and listen for yourself if Headfi threads aren't good enough for you.