Where to began, I think its only fitting to first and foremost extend great thanks to Billy, Audio Addict and Todd for organizing such a great meet. With out their hard work and dedication this would have never happened and with such bang.
The location was great, not too big not to small with quite a bit of setup area. Was a good mix of high end gear and mid to low end setups. I did miss not seeing some higher end gear I was hoping would be there but there were a few great setups.
It was great chatting with some new faces and old friends.
It was interesting how many setups used computer based sources.
Three setups stood out and I was happy to spend time with them.
Ray Samuels, always great to see and chat with, dragged out his A-10 Thunderbolt electrostatic monster driven by Meridian G08 also one of my favorite sources. Thank you Ray for dragging out this monster, I felt a bit bad as I asked about it being at the meet and then learned that Ray will be traveling light. Was greatly surprised to find Ray had dragged it out. Sorry Ray :)
Was my second time listening to the Jade headphones, previously on Singlepower and I was very positively surprised how much better they sounded over my HE60. Unfortunately I did not try the Jade on my HEV70 but that’s on the upgrade list anyway. Was also interesting to compare my HE60 to Ray’s modded version.
One member, name escapes me now, had a great setup with Blue Hawaii, HE60 and Stax. I never had an opportunity to listen to the Blue Hawaii and was pleasantly surprised to find one at the meet. While this is another electrostatic amp that I don’t think I will ever own, it was still great to check it out. I would honestly be hard pressed to choose between it and the A-10 if sound was the only criteria. It was great chatting about the gear as well as the gentlemen’s Transporter with ModWright mods as I was just looking at possibly buying one.
The 3rd setup I would like to mention was very own Billy’s B-52 with yet another Meridian G08. He was running recabled Senn 800s, another can I never heard. After owning 580, 600 and 650 and while respecting and thinking highly of these cans, I ultimately never liked it for my taste. A good friend tried out the 800s and did not like them at all and I had negative expectations. I was very positively surprised with how these cans rocked. I threw a couple CDs at them and they performed respectively well. Perhaps they need a solid amp to blossom.
Some other notable items that I remember from all this great gear were the Denon D2000, the Hippo IEMs that surprised me with a very nice presentation and surprisingly good low end for the price.
We had a huge over $7000 worth of prizes for the raffle and quite a few ticked sales that will help to pay for 2011 meet. I purchased dozen tickets and was very lucky to win several great prizes. Couple IEMs, line out and Ray’s Tomahawk! I could not believe being this lucky.
Many thanks to all the companies and people supporting these great meets. With out your support this meet at this level would never be possible.
Edited by dariusf - 11/13/10 at 7:30pm