That is one angry bird! And, that game is addictive, stay away!
Looks like a smashing meet. Wish I could've been there, even if only for the brownies. Really need to try those someday.
Anyone know if Mercuttio actually showed up? He and I go way back.
A terrific meet as always -- thanks to all who make it great (you know who you are). The Towert7 dual HP stands really are very nice -- if you look at the picture sequence carefully (great pix!) you will see two of them migrated over to my table (you'll see Denon woodies, my headphile-modded GS1000s, and Lambda Sigs on them, next to Kerry's $59 challenge) -- and are now safely in my home, one light wood, one dark wood, thanks to MD1032 for wrapping them so nicely and packing them in my trunk.
Not only did Ari get me to spend $120 on SR-Gamma's (I was just trying to get Jack W. to bid higher -- what the heck, it's for the room -- thanks to whomever donated them!!) but he taught me how to clean them and promised I would love them. So I spent today with a wire brush and tweezers ... and it worked! No more black flakes, no foam crumbles, just nice lightweight (in both senses of the word) HP's, finally something to plug in to the normal bias jack of my SRM-1/Mk-2 which heretofore was unused. Someone on-line suggested a touch of EQ high and low ... I did that. Nice! Not the answer for female vocalists, or any critical listening, but for light jazz and up-tempo pop they are great. You just can't have too many Stax.
You can have too many brownies. Boy are they good.
Dinner was great. Leave Jersey at 8 a.m., come home at 11 p.m. (I was Kerry's ride, so the trip was thru NYC) ... Saturday's simply don't get any better.
I got some video of the Spanish music troupe. And actually, not to be picky but they weren't gypsies. They were from Galicia in Northern Spain. Gypsies don't wear all black - that is the Catholic influence. And while bagpipes are not what one normally hears in typical Spanish music, they are present in gypsy music. One of the BEST movies I've ever seen is called VENGO by the director Tony Gatlif. He always features gypsy music - or more specifically - true FLAMENCO music. The attached videos are of the group outside the Annex room and the 4th video is of La Caita from Vengo. She will blow your mind!!! By the way - if anyone is interested Tony Gatlif just premiered a new movie in NY. Let me know if anyone wants more details - I'm happy to share - I just dont want to bore...
Boy did that stink. Almost as bad as Bob's "quit smoking" caramel frappachino fake ciarette pipe.
I was so glad that that fake pipe "covered up" my fried components. No one wants to be the guy that stank up the room. From now on - I'm blaming Bob's pipe on it all! DONE!
I had a great time, thanks Aaron and everyone else for putting together a well-organized meet in a short time. At the November meet, I showed up late and felt like I missed out; this time, I showed up early and stayed longer and still felt like I missed out.
It was great talking with Michael from Ultimate Ears, who was very patient and honest in explaining many aspects of the UE IEM designs and the company's overall approach. The show-stealer for me was the Reference Monitors, which gave me a painful tinge of remorse at having just bought Westone ES5s (and already owning JH16s). The RMs, to me, just had stunning transparency on my HM-801 and UE's massive Headamp board thing. I thought the RM's neutrality would seem rolled-off at the high and low ends and boring overall, but actually the presentation was quite fun, with a larger-than-expected soundstage and a versatile ability to adapt to any particular source/amp/EQ.
By comparison, my ES5 and JH16 seemed to have a bass haze that clouded the presentation somewhat. The RMs just seemed capable of squeezing out the last bit of detail that the ES5 and JH16 sometimes smear or hide somewhat. It was a short audition, and maybe the differences between the customs are smaller than I perceived, but the RMs seemed to represent a total departure from the typical UE house sound, and (for me) quite a substantial leap in clarity and detail resolution over the other custom IEMs I own. If I had stayed until the audiologist arrived, it would've been extremely hard to resist splurging on the RMs.
Aside from that, I learned that the LCD-2s can sound a lot better on a top-tier amp (the WA22) than my own humble setup (headphone out of the Lavry DA-10)--not a surprise, but it was reassuring to know just how good my headphones can sound if and when I choose to upgrade later. Towert7 was very gracious in letting me listen to his Stax setup and explaining its nuances, I was very impressed by how crisp it was and how the LCD-2s sounded a little muddled and dark in comparison using the same source.
Wish I could've stayed longer, but I still had a great time. Thanks everyone for being so friendly and willing to share your knowledge/equipment. Hope I'm still in NYC for the next meet!
Oh yeah man - it went up like an old Christmas tree. I ran it outside as fast as I could but the damage had been done. Especially to the room. STINKY!~
I had a great time at the meet, but didnt take any pictures.
Special thanks to Aaron & Telica for running the meet, and making brownies and other treats.
I dont really go to these things to listen much anymore, but here are some highlights:
I had a GREAT time running my first silent auction. Thanks to everyone for bidding hard!
Many thanks to Warp08 for bringing awesome headphones. They were GREAT! It really just made me want Qualias more.
I feel like poo for forgetting your name/handle but thanks to the guy who brought ath-M50's. I had wanted to hear them for a while. Not bad for $100.
Doug and ECP audio was running full tilt, and sounded GREAT.
The woo gear was, as always, quite nice. I spent some time with the Woo22, and liked it quite a bit.
Peter from PHP audio had his sweet little amp here.
Hey Jimmy, hope you feel better.
They are mine. Remind me before the next NYC meet and I'l bring them out again. Or PM me and I'l ship them to you, just bring them back to the next meet...
I think the brand is "road ready" but I doubt there is much difference between cases for the relatively gentle treatment they will receive from me or most audiophiles. I picked this one because it was $30 less than anything else after shipping (I did buy it used, but I think that just adds character and you dont freak out as bad the first time you bash it into a door frame - which you will do the first time you try to carry it through a door). I kept strong tabs on craigslist too, but this was STILL cheaper! Hindsight being 20/20 the whole rack-mount front end may not be such a great idea. Im happy with the functionality of the units, and the whole thing is very easy to move from place to place, but extremely heavy.