Again, I thought it was a good meet - it was also the first type of event like this I've ever attended. I've never even listened to other high-end phones before. I purchased my Grado's so I wouldn't have to worry about amp-ing - and here I am $1000 in amps later.
I was worried about all the talk of how you need to pick your sound and how some phones just wont work for you because of personal preferences and I bought my grado's without ever even seeing a set before - but here I learned, for me, that this wasn't a huge issue, I enjoyed the LCD-2, the HD650's (and even though I will never admit to being a re-cable fan, the recabled HD650's were incredible), the
beyer dynamics, and the ps-1000's. So all very different headphones and I would have been happy with them all. Granted these were all expensive sets but that's not the point. Though I did notice I wasn't too happy with the ATH-m50's which is good to find out because I was thinking about them as a 2nd headphone.
I also thought Peter's set up was a good learning point. First, it sounded fantastic. But then you realize his source was a $20 CD player (which therefor had a $5 DAC), he had no fancy cables and I could have listened to that all day. Which, I'm guessing is good, since he is trying to sell his line of amps.
I was surprised to find out how far people drove to get there too. Esp for a last minute, planned on the spot, lets just pick a venue and see if anyone shows up type of event that this was. I heard July mentioned a couple of times - if there is real intent on having another meet in July then the next one should be even better. Everyone was also very nice and helpful.
I brought 2 amps, 2 DACs and my computer this time - and many people brought much more gear - but I think next time I'm going to bring my primary amp and a CD player.