I didn't take a bajillion, especially since I missed out on some serious listening and partying - i swear, i was like an anti-event magnet! but even so you couldn't escape a good time and interesting meetups even if you tried. since i didn't try, this is what transpired!
Ok, step one - my portable rig is still stuck in Delaware. i know i'm going to get the shakes on the plane without my rig and the K81DJ giving some kinda isolation, so my wife said "just take my Shuffle." oh my. so i grab my Koss KSC75s, which aren't the ideal isolating cans by a long shot but it's what I got, so there you go, and I pile into the plane - right on top of the rumbliest part of the wing. Whee me.
So who do I meet on the layover at Minnesota? Jude! We got a flummoxed traveller to take a pic of us as I dug out the Darth Grados for a photo op:
So Jude was waiting to see what kinda badass rig I had to pump the HP2s...and I showed him the Shuffle.
Jude immediately whipped out his babies:
Uh, yeah, better than my wife's Shuffle by an order of
The poor Tomahawk managed to drive the HP1000 ok, but this is a highly inefficient can and really needs a beefier amp for it. Which was incoming at the Meet...
Ray Samuels took one look at my Darth Grados, heard my Tomahawk tale, and had just the thing for it - the Apache. No doubt. Awesome power, tubey feel, dialed in a nice natural response from the HP2 - my fave pairing with this can at the Meet! Ray seemed to like it too-
BTW, ALO had a pair of stock GS1000s at his station that took me by surprise- they were REALLY DARK WOOD. Mine are a healthy honey, but these were like old school RS-1ish dark. He said he didn't stain them or anything - so there you go! Oh, and thanks ALO for the awesome Cryo Silver Dock for my iPod that I won at the raffle!
So I took a break from the Meet Madness to revel in the awesomeness of Steve Hoffman's considerable experiences and musical catalogue. Truly inspiring!
I headed over to the Singlepower room, and the new Mini with those nifty pencil tubes needed a source. I fumbled around and found, uh, you guessed it. Is this becoming a theme or something?
Amazingly, both Bozebuttons and I agreed that the 256 VBR AAC pumping through this lil beastie sounded better than it had any business sounding. Honestly, I'd love to be ninja in the subway with a Shuffle, then pop it into the Mini at work and enjoy some serious tunes. Tom called Mikhail over to check it out himself - hard to believe, but indeed this thing had some synergy!
Well the next day rolled around and 1911 made me play hooky from the Meet with a promise of all-you-can-eat Dungeness Crab at Fisherman's Wharf in San Fran. So yep I ditched half the Meet for some gastronomic pleasures. I did achieve one personal goal of mine while there, tho - I played the most Politically Incorrect Video Game in History. No doubt this thing will retain that title forever! 1911 beat me 15-16, he has a better eye for potential human roadkill than I do - is that a good thing or a bad thing?
But how about the Real Thing? Look no further than the Atom! Santa's pal drove it down for us to drool over - I missed Wayne tearing up the Streets of San Jose with it tho!
At this point, I only managed a blip of headphone hearing before the teardown, and the NYC crew was about to fly out (i stayed one more day, in fact, the last Head-fier to leave!) so I actually did something called Socializing and tagged along for some Sushi action with the extended Head-fi crew! Here's the left...
And here's the right!
So that's about it! I was going to just do a "see my pics - here's a link" thing to save the Modem folks, but heck - this was a National Meet! I thought you guys would appreciate some color commentary! Of course there was a ton of other stuff going on that I dipped my toe into, but it wasn't captured on film, my apologies. As the topics pop up elsewhere I'll chip in as apropo! Thanks again folks, it was a blast!