Thanks everyone for another great meet. My favorites match SkinnyPuppy's - the Red Wine Audeze LCD2/3 combinations were sensational. I don't know how Vinnie does it - a year or two ago he really nailed it with his Isabella (?) and Decur's R-10 combination as well.
I was also very impressed with the JH-3A/JH16 combination, though I felt kinda dumb thinking for some reason, going in, of the JH-3A as a portable system. Even the JH16 with universal tips sans JH-3A sounded great this go-around - last year, they didn't impress me as much (I own the JH-13). Good thing I had Doug around to keep reminding me, "do you really want to spend that kind of money, do you really want to buy it, will you really be using it ..." That said, I still had Beth Orliss do impressions for me - she did them the last time for the JH-13s, and told her I'd try to decide by New Year's if I'm going to bite the bullet :) Decur had impressions made as well, and like me, didn't bite the bullet - yet. Holographic/three dimensional/pure are the best words I can use to describe the JH-16/JH-3A combination. No overwhelming bass and the highs were nice and smooth (I know a couple of folks thought they sounded a little trebly). The question is, if being used at home, then why IEMs? And if being used on the road, say, with a laptop, well, that's a heckuva chunk of change that I'd hate to lose. Tough call.
I finally had the chance to try out the SR-009 - all three of them at the meet, and what a difference the system makes. I was a bit disappointed with the SR-009, Woo WES combination - much preferred the SR-007s with the WES - the highs on the SR-009 were just too much for my taste with the WES - for me, at least, not easy to listen too long with them. On the other hand, the SR-009 with the Cavalli amp proto-type and Cary Xciter DAC combination sounded great - much less peaky, very musical (for an electrostat). Just a very nice set-up. I can't recall the amp used with the third SR-009. It was a bit noisy in the room, so I didn't get much of a chance to a get a good listen to it, but it was easier to listen to, for me, again, than with the Woo.
I just saw that the BHSE was at the meet - dunno how I missed it - darn, if that is THE rig for the SR-009, I'll have to wait until the next meet (hopefully) to find out.
I have to say that the Woo WA6SE/Audeze LCD3 combination though was just magical. Smooth and very, very nice - although I'm not sure I'm a closed phone kind of guy - the phones are comfortable (the Audeze were new to me, as I had never heard the LCD2 before), but after a while, the leather makes my ears sweaty just a little bit. Still, if I were to go closed, I would definitely consider them.
The best part of these meets, though, are the people, and it was great seeing everyone. Great chat/discusson with Vcoheda and Wavoman about magic dust and cables and balanced vs. unbalanced. Doug is always great to see, it was very nice meeting Decur, and of course, chatting with Tom (Bozebuttons) about all the great buys he's made over the years (I'm totally green with envy). Also, nice talking with Vinnie and Jack, as always.
Thanks again to the organizers - these meets - needless to say - are always great! Glad I was able to spend pretty much the whole day there - and the time flew by like a rocket!
I might be reading your totally wrongly but did u really mean to say the LCD3s were closed cans? Pretty sure they're open cans.