Have to say, for my first meet, ChiUniFi 4 has set an amazingly high bar! As a relative newcomer to the world of Head-Fi this meet was an amazing way to start. Big thanks to Billy and Steve for the tremendous job they did putting the meet together, The location was great and the quality and quantity of raffle prizes was flat out astonishing! Was extremely lucky to win a pair of Westone 3s in the raffle and the quality of their sound already has me re-appraising all my other gear and re-ripping my music -- guess I just hit the slippery slope of this hobby!
That said, the huge variety of gear present at ChiUniFi 4 really gave me a chance to see and hear what's possible and I was completely impressed with the knowledge and friendliness of the other attendees; especially Darryl and Ray S. Gear testing and listening fun aside, the conversations in-between were great and it was a pleasant surprise to talk music with so many knowledgeable folks. Already looking forward to ChiUniFi 5!
Impressions: Ray Samuels's protoype amp driving the HE-6s was jawdropping to me. Although I listened to other cans that were as detailed (LE-2s, the Stax...stack, and the Blue Hawaii rig were also amazing) and others with superb imaging and sound staging (HD800s), the HE-6s combined those qualities best and also offered a warmer, more naturalistic sound, IMO.
Another set that caught my ear was Stringgz301 Grado HF-2/Buffalo II/EHHA combination. The music was very neutral and open, with excellent articulation and more bass than I would have thought. Listened to a variety of music via his laptop source and was very impressed.
Have to also extend thanks to Head-Fi for their support and for really encouraging the sense of community here. Have taken part in many different forums over the years and Head-Fi consistently stands out for the quality of the information and the folks that share what they know so freely.
Thanks again to everyone. Here are some snaps from the event...