Great meet, thanks to everyone for coming.
I liked quite a few things at this meet. Firstly, the DACs I heard blew me out of the water. I loved the PS Audio, and I doubt it's possible to do better for the price, secondly, the Wyred4sound DAC with its 32-bit DAC was more than able to keep up with the 24-bit (with 8 DAC's!) Berkeley Alpha, confirming what everyone already knows about 32-bit DACs being the future of digital audio. I'm going to have a hard time resisting the urge to try the Bifrost after hearing the Wyred4sound. Fortunately, I'm patient, so I'll wait for the reviews to confirm it. If it's a bomb, good for me, if it's a success, also good for me, but my wallet is doomed.
The LCD2's sounded awesome out of the Pinnacle, which as I discovered, is a pretty freaking bright amp, but heck, that's perfect for the dark LCD2's. That was a killer sound from that rig, probably the best in the meet.
By the way I never liked the LCD2's when I first heard them, I loved them at this meet and was told that there was a revision and something changed. Hooray! All I can say is that they sound nearly perfect now and I'd definitely buy a pair if I had the cash. I would say they are kind of like a more detailed Senn 600, with a flatter response and a dark sound thanks to slightly rolled off highs and a pleasant bump in the bass. These 'phones are a prime example of how a headphone can sound good without outrageously bumped up highs.
I loved Larry's K1000's out of Vinnie's little Red Wine Audio battery-powered all-in-one device. It sounded fantastic even with low gain.
Oh man, the Stax O2 Mk1 versus spritzer-modded Mk2's. That was one hell of an awesome comparison. Honestly, I cracked up when I heard the difference, mostly, believe it or not, because they're almost identical. We're talking about two headphones that even Stax clearly designates as different headphones sound more similar than your average two pairs of Grado RS-1's. Yes, they did sound different...I like others, prefer the Mk1's (less treble, more bass, overall better sound), but honestly, they're basically the same. Oh, and I still think the Orpheus eats both of them for breakfast.
Echoing wavoman's comments briefly, the turnout was too low. There's just no way we can afford to have this happen next year. Assuming the turnout will be the same, it's either going to be in a smaller room (back to half the size like it was originally) or not at all. At any rate, this meet is back to "Interest Check" status next year, so keep your eyes peeled next year around this time and we will determine whether this meet will happen or not. Fact is, the NYC meet, which this is modeled after, which we all go to anyway, is much better, and if the north jersey meet is in a decline, there's no sense in continuing it.