I just got home from CanJam. All I can say is that I had an awesome time! I really need to thank Jude for inventing Head-Fi, the organizers (John, David, Greg, Ed, Aaron, Luis) for putting on a fantastic meet, all the vendors that turned out to support this great community, and last but not least, all of the great members that make Head-Fi so great.
Here are some of the highlights of the meet for me
Listening to the HD800 on the Headroom BUDA and Ultra DAC, what a great combination, they had plenty of low end, with a nice musical presentation of the mids and highs. They were detailed but not hyper analytical. I really loved them.
I was on hand for the unveiling of the HF2 and was fortunate enough to actually take home #23. The HF2 look great and sound great. I am not a Grado expert, but love the way they present music with a little more punch in the low end. They are a great headphone that will keep me satisfied for quite a while and maybe even tame my lust for the HD800.
The Eddie Current Zana Deux sounded great with some juicy vinyl and his phono preamp. The Balancing Act with the 307A tubes in it sounded wonderful with his balance AD2000. Both of these amps sounded great.
I was finally able to listen to the HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE with the O2 Mk1 and now know what all the hype is about. They sounded absolutely stunning, they were one of the best sounding combinations at the meet for me. They absolutley rocked to Dire Straits and Genesis.
The Woo Audio WA22 balanced amp with a pair of balanced HD650 were a great rig. This was one of the best HD650 rigs that I had heard before.
The headphone that is at the top of my custom IEM list is the JH13, with 6 drivers per ear
. They sounded like music should, very realistic and very well balanced.
Joe Harley's talk about Blue Note was very entertaining and enlightening. Steve Hoffman put on another great session with some stories and excellent music.
And last but not least was the great raffles from both days, let's just say that I was very lucky
. A great big THANK YOU to all the vendors and especially Music Matters, Crossroads, Lavry, Ultimate Ears, ALO, Whiplash Audio.
I had a blast and it was great meeting everyone at the meet.