This was my first meet, and if they are all as cool as this, I am definitely going to come to more of them!
Something about seeing people listening to my stuff (I had the DAC1 USB and the Denon AH-D5000) is really, really exhilarating and I am glad that people enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed hearing everyone's stuff, too.
For me, the LCD3 and the Hifiman products took center stage. The only thing keeping me from ordering an HE-500 right this second is that I'd like to see what my tax returns are first -- perhaps an HE-6 and a new amplifier, or even an LCD3 could be possible!
Biggest surprise was definitely Steves vintage receiver. Ugly old thing (ugly in a good way, I mean), heavy and hot old thing -- but damn if it didn't sound awesome!
I didn't see it get a lot of attention, but the AKG K501 was tremendously clear and very impressive, and nearly weightless! Not my thing (I like my bass), but it was very cool for what it could do.
Lastly, I think I should have tried to spend more time with the Stax, or I'd have liked to hear them from fancier amplifiers. The 007 was outrageously comfortable and clear, but I think at least at this meet, some of the other equipment overshadowed it for me.
Hopefully next meet I can bring a more impressive selection of stuff, and hear more stuff, still!
Everyone I spoke to was very rad and I feel like I learned a lot and well, I don't know how to articulate whatever else there might be to say, it was jsut a great experience and I am very happy I went. (And so is my roommate).
edit: I almost forgot a few things!
Firstly, the HD650 I heard through my DAC1 was very, uhh, smooth and laidback? Extremely enjoyable to listen to. And the tube speaker amp rigged with resistors for headphones was very spiffy, too.
And I'm sorry to say I forget your name, but awesome guy who let me plug the Asgard into my dac, let it be known that you are an awesome guy and also that the Asgard is *hot*.
Finally, just a side note - I think it's cool that nearly every single source in the room had Massive Attack - Mezzanine ready to play, or at least it seemed quite common. Great album.
My only 2 regrets: not enough time to converse with everyone, and I only managed to bring about a dozen albums when I've got so much more here at my apartment. Next time will be better!
Edited by Timestretch - 1/28/12 at 4:00pm