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Denver, NC Mini-Meet, February 20, 2011  

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Todays meet was attended by fatcat28037, Dannyb, Elk, Alwayswantmore Stevtt, Ken weitzen, dailydoseofdaly and a friend of Dailys. for a small group we had an amazing array of gear, unbalanced, balanced, electrostatic amps and enough different flavor phones to please everyone. There was Sennhieser, Grado and  Beyer along with AKG, there were three K1000 and the queen of the meet was Danny's Ultrasone Edition 10. There was also a variety of IEMs. 

 

A few of Dannyb's (Danny) headphones

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Pacific Valve CDM12/Cambridge audio DVD99 SACD>DacMagic>WA22

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Ken Weitzen   checking the RS-1

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Dailydoseofdaly (Patrick)

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Dannyb & Stevtt (Steve)

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pizza break (Kelly & Danny)

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Stevtt's Little Dot vinyl setup

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alwayswantmore's Red Wine

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Elks WA6& Cambridge audio CD

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Amanda sporting the Ultrasone Edition 10

 

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Ben Steve & Kent with Ken's system

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Patrick & Ben with Kent's K1000

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Ken's enjoying his own very impressive sounding setup

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Edited by fatcat28037 - 2/20/11 at 4:00pm
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Alex.

Great pics. You captured the essence of the afternoon.

I recently placed a post on the Ultrasone thread stating the following, for those who may be interested:

 

Thread 1526

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/518477/ultrasone-edition-10-the-butterfly-initial-impressions/1515

 

"We had a small headphone meet in Denver, NC about 30 minutes north of Charlotte today at the home of fatcat28037/Alex. About 10 people showed. Even with that small number there was quite a bit of equipment to check out.

 

List of equipment:  http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/527692/charlotte-area-mini-meet-february-20

 

The most popular and best liked headphone was the Ultrasone ED 10 (with new pads).

The HE6 was next. Last year's "winner" was the Stax O2Mk2/HeadAmp KGSS combination.

 

Attendees seem to feel that if you have the $$$ go for the ED 10. If you need more bang for the buck try the HE6. Interestingly, all felt the ED 10 was worth the price."

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Dr. B., you are the Hugh Heffner of Carolina Audio. No one man derserves that much pleasure.

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Obviously, I have suffered greatly with this "calling". But I can't let personal sacrifice get in the way of bringing joy and pleasure to others. Simply put, I do what I must to serve my flock.

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I am truly humbled. And yes, you hit the nail on the head with the ED 10's

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glad all of you had fun! really wanted to attend but sick i am. slept off and on all day. 

 

among everything else, i would like to have heard the he6. which setups did y'all listen to them on? how easy are they to drive?

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It was lots of fun. It had been a while since I tried such a variety of truly high end gear.

For starters I really enjoyed listening to electrostats again. Danny's electrostatics were very detailed and very easy to listen to as electrostatics always seem to be. They just have a special kind of smoothness to them is the only why I know to explain it.


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For me the HE-6 stole the show. I was hoping to have the new Beyerdynamic T1s to listen to but the HE-6 filled that gap nicely. They were so good, in fact, that in my mind the HE-6 and T1 are now tied in the running for my next pair of cans. I would love to hear the two side by side. This was my first chance to really get a feel for the sound of the HE-6. At first I started off thinking these sound very nice but within about 10 seconds their was some new level of detail that caught me off guard. One of those moments where the sound is so awesome you can't believe what you just heard. I really liked these cans. The HE-6s highs were present but not exaggerated. I started by listening to them on the TTVJ Millett 307A which is very nice but not as warm as you would typically expect from a tube amp.


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Next I tried them on the Woo Audio 22. This was again that same incredible sound. I even tried the Woo with two different balanced DACs and the results were the same.

 

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To answer the previous posters question the HE-6 is harder to drive than the average can. If you look close you can see where the volume knob is on the Woo.

 

 

Once again there were K1000s at the meet. I didn't listen to them this time around.

 

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The Ultrasone ED 10 (with new pads) hit it out of the park. These were hands down the most liked cans at the meet and for good reason. I will not comment on the sound because I don't think they were fully broken in at the time.
 

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Look how well they go with this dummy's eyes.  :)

 


The HD800s were fun to try again. I have only ever heard one amp that I thought made them sound better than their lower priced competition. That was the Apex Pinnacle which I later found out costs a cool $10,000.

 

 

This is the setup I brought this time around. Cans not pictured.

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You'll notice the DAC isn't lit up. I managed to pull one of the RCA connectors out of the back while setting up. It was the left one if anyone cares. I guess its a balanced only DAC at the moment.

 

I don't have much more to contribute so the rest is just more pics from the meet.

 

Here's an action shot.

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Look at this mess...

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Did anyone tell Danny his CD logo is upside down?

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Great pictures Kelly, thanks.

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I'm still kind of embarrased that Dannyb found his ED10's in my car.  Not sure how they got there

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^LOLatsmile.gif

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I'd like to thank everyone who attended for their friendship and the excellent gear they contributed to the enjoyment of all. Given the number of enthusiastic Head-Fiers who attended I'm guessing I'll have to do this again next year. More fun !


Edited by fatcat28037 - 3/4/11 at 10:18am
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