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UK 2012 Head-Fi Meet - September 15th Cambridgeshire.

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Raffle prizes list directly below (Updated 14/09/12) only £2 a ticket!


HiFiMan HE-400 re-cabled with Toxic cable - courtesy of Frank (Toxic Cables)

3 silver cable iPod/iPhone LOD's (or mini to mini) - courtesy of Frank (Toxic Cables)

Schiit Lyr                                                      - courtesy of Mark (Highendworkshop)

Unspecified prize from Just Audio range     - courtesy of Justin (Just Audio)

Unspecified prize from Amp City portfolio    - courtesy of Zain (Amp City)

Various accessory prizes listed in post 680    - courtesy of David (MainsCablesRUs)

12 pairs of earphones                                   - courtesy of Jack (Hisoundaudio)

3 Mullard Magic mugs (collectors items)       - courtesy of Steve (Mullard Magic)

Violectric V90 headphone amp             - courtesy of Fried (Violectric by Lake People)

Solo Ultra-Linear Diamond Edition headphone amp - courtesy of Graham Slee

RSA Emmeline "The Tomahawk" headphone amp - courtesy of me (Handsome chap) 

Ultimate Silver Stream USB cable             - courtesy of Alister (Artisan Silver Cable)

Halide Design DAC HD                                 - courtesy of Halide Design

Matrix Rip USB DAC                                     - courtesy of Matrix-D

Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2                          - courtesy of Oliver (Epiphany Acoustics)

Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2D                      - courtesy of Oliver (Epiphany Acoustics)

Epiphany Acoustics Atratus interconnects  - courtesy of Oliver (Epiphany Acoustics)

Arcam rPAC USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier - courtesy of an anonymous donor

KNS 8400 Studio Headphones                       - courtesy of KRK Systems 

Bottlehead Crack with Speedball upgrade    - courtesy of Bottlehead

Klutz Design headphone stand      - courtesy of Klutz Design & Frank (Toxic Cables)

Orb Audio JADE to go JAPAN                          - courtesy of Orb Audio Japan

Rothwell The River RCA interconnects           - courtesy of Rothwell Audio 

Audio Technica ATH-EW9                               - courtesy of my friend Tim 

Philips Fidelio L1                                              - courtesy of TBA 

Audiotrak DR. DAC2 DX Muses Edition            - courtesy of Gyrocom 

TeddyDAC                                                        - courtesy of Teddy Pardo

Bespoke headphone stand                             - courtesy of Oscars Audio

Exquisite headphone stand (details post 691)  - courtesy of Frank (Toxic Cables)

Human Audio Tabla pico                                 - courtesy of Human Audio

Lindemann Audio USB/DDC 24/192                 - courtesy of Lindemann Audio

GermanMAESTRO GMP 8.35 D                     - courtesy of Robin (hifiheadphones) 

Final Audio Design Adagio V                      - courtesy of Robin (hifiheadphones)

AiAiAi `Capital' headphones (3 pairs)           - courtesy of AiAiAi headphones

Audio GD NFB-10.2 headphone amp/DAC     - courtesy of Frank (Toxic Cables)

Audinst HUD-Mini & AMP-HP                          - courtesy of Audinst Inc. 

Morrow Audio MA1 interconnects (burnt in 10 days) - courtesy of Morrow Audio

VIRTUS-01 headphone amp/Osram valves - courtesy of White Bird Amplification 

AKG 701 headphone (NOS)    


Edit - EQUIPMENT LIST BELOW (Updated 14/09/12)


Last years head-fi meet in London was such a fantastic event and as loads of people have expressed an interest in attending one this year, I've decided to organise a meet this September.


Provisionally retailers can arrive at 09:00 and attendees with a lot of gear to setup at 09:30. Doors open to everyone else at 10:00 with the raffle draw taking place at 16:00. The meet winds down from 16:30 onwards with it finishing promptly at 17:00.


Bar Hill village hall, which has good access to the M11 and A1(M) via the A14 has been booked for Saturday 15th September. There is ample onsite parking, tables/chairs, a kitchen, spacious hall and accessible toilets. The hall address is - 171 The Spinney, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8SU. The hall is accessed via a residential area, so Sat Nav users enter the postcode and 171 The Spinney to pinpoint the exact location. 


Bar Hill village is well served by buses from Cambridge bus depot. The Citi 5 (operated by Stagecoach) leaves every 20 minutes on Saturdays. The closest stop to the village hall is near Apple Trees.


Relatively inexpensive accommodation is available at the nearby Travelodge for £32.50 per night (priced on 25/05/12). Details in thread post 565. 


Due to generous sponsorship from Justin (Just Audio), Mark Dolbear (Highend Workshop), Zain (Amp City), Frank (Toxic Cables), David (Mains Cables R Us), Jack (Hisoundaudio) and Mark (Item Audio) this event will now be FREE entry. There is still room for one additional distributor/reseller to attend as any additional sponsorship will be donated to charity. N.B. There are no more distributor/reseller places available, however, it may be possible to have your equipment demonstrated by me at the meet. So please PM me if you're interested in this option. 


My aspiration is to make this a free event subject to costs being covered by distributor/retailers who'll pay to exhibit their equipment. However, if sponsorship isn't forthcoming there will be an entrance charge of between £2 to £3 to cover the cost of hall hire.


Please PM me your expressions of interest and what equipment you'll be bringing along. I will regularly update this thread with further information.






P.S. Expressions of assistance greatly appreciated! 


Equipment that attendees have indicated that they'll bring to the meet -




ALO Continental Mk 1 & Mk 2


ALO The National 


Analog Design Labs Svetlana 2

Audinst AMP-HP (modded with MUSES02 op amp)

Bottlehead Crack OTL (Speedball upgrade)

Burson HA-160

Burson HA-160D

Cary Audio HH-1

Cavalli Liquid Lightning


Digizoid Z02.3

EarSonics 911

Earmax amp

Fostex HP-P1

Fiio E7

Fiio E11

Fiio E17

Fi-Quest (Maxxed out)

Furutech ADL Cruise

Graham Slee - Voyager, Novo Discreet & Solo Ultra Linear Diamond Edition

HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE - TWO, YES TWO!

Headroom Micro Amp

HiFiMan EF5 & EF6

HiFiDIY Panda

iBasso P4 - DB2/PB2

Icon Audio HP8 MKII 

JDS Labs C421 

JustAudio uHA-120

Kenwood KA3020

KingRex HQ1

KS Projects X5

Little Dot Mk III (various tubes)

Mapletree Audio Ear+ HD Super II 

Meier Audio Corda Swing



RWA Isabellina 

Schiit Asgard, Lyr, Valhalla  (DEFINITELY new products too)

Triad Audio Lisa III XP

TTVJ Apex Peak

Violectric - complete product range! 

Woo Audio WA6 (various tubes)




AKG 550

AKG K240DF (600 ohm) 

Alessandro MS-1

Audeze LCD-2 (various cables) 

Audio Technica ATH-W1000X

Audio Technica ATH-ES10

Beyerdynamic DT1350

Beyerdynamic T1

Beyerdynamic T5p 

Beyerdynamic DT880 (600 ohm) 

Beyerdynamic DT990 (32 ohm)

B&W P3 (Black)

Denon D5000 (stock) 

Denon AH-D2000 (modded & woodied)

Denon/Lawton Audio MD5000 

Denon AH-D7000

*Etymotic HF3

Grado RS125i (Ohrenholz modded)

Grado RS1i

Grado PS500

HiFiMan HE-300

HiFiMan HE-400

HiFiMan HE-5LE

HiFiMan HE-6 (x2)

HiFiMan HE-500


JVC DX1000 (balanced)

KODA^2 (think Thunderpants turbo-charged)

Magnum modded SR325i (Black Dragon cable)

Philips Fidelio L1

Pioneer Monitor 10

Sennheiser HD25-1 (x2)

Sennheiser HD595

Sennheiser HD600

Sennheiser HD650

Sennheiser HD700 (pre-ordered)

Sennheiser RS180 (wireless) 

Sony MDR-D77

Stax O2 Mk1 

Stax SR-009

*IEM's - http://www.head-fi.org/t/607311/my-iem-round-up-multiple-earphones-compared

Ultrasone Edition 8

Ultrasone Pro900

V-Moda M-80

*Westone UM2 


* Denotes EARPHONES.




dg Audiolabs Tranquility usb dac

Altmann Tera-Player

Arcam rDAC

Arcam rPAC

Audiolab M-DAC 

Audiotrak Dr. DAC2 DX MUSES 

B&O Beosound 8

CEntrance DACport

Cowon Z2

Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo (CLAS)

exaSound e18 DAC

Eximus DP-1

Fiio E10

Halide Design DAC HD v1.0

Headroom Micro DAC

HiFiMan HM-801 & HM-602

Human Audio Muto Dac/Tabla interface

Iriver H120

Iriver H340 (Rockboxed) 

KAO Audio UD2C-HP 

LessLoss Laminar Streamer (subject to release)

Lindemann USB-DAC 24/192

Marantz 2385 (or the receiver below)

MacBook Air/Pro

Matrix Rip USB dac 

Musical Fidelity V-DAC II (probably with V-PSU II)


Pioneer SX-1980 (a behemoth)

Pro-Ject CD Box 

Pure i-20 

Resonessence Labs Invicta DAC 

Rega RP3 (if John is feeling brave

Schiit Bi Frost 

Sony Z1060 Walkman 

Sony WM-Z (Z1060) 

RWA iMod (x2) 


Teddy Pardo TeddyDAC 





Cables & other kit from Mains Cables R Us

Head-Fi Tuning Fuses

LessLoss BlackBody

Omega headphone stands

Edited by smial1966 - 9/14/12 at 4:03am
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Ooh. I really enjoyed last year's and I'd be very interested in attending this one. It's pretty close to me and is before I go off to university, so no problems there.


Thanks Mark for tweeting about it. tongue.gif

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I'm game! It would be brilliant to catch up with everyone again and try out more gear! Such a great bunch of people came along last time and I'm sure this meet will be just the same.


I can bring along my Grado RS1i's and AMB M³. Source wise, if I'm feeling brave enough I'll bring along my upgraded Rega RP3 and some vinyl (my new pride and joy smile.gif), otherwise it'll be the DAC_I with a whole bunch of lossless audio loaded onto my computer.


If people can add this link to their signatures it should help spread the word.


Can't wait!

Edited by jr41 - 3/14/12 at 2:36pm
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And the ball is well and truly rolling...


To avoid too much equipment duplication please indicate what gear you'll be bringing along - of course you don't have to bring kit as we just want to see you. happy_face1.gif


I'm anticipating a lot more computer audio this year, so to kick things off I'll bring my KAO Audio UD2C-HP USB DAC and Eximus DP-1.







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We will be fed and watered...


A fellow member has agreed to provide basic catering at low cost, so there'll be hot/cold beverages and snacks. 


I will also bring my Magnum modded SR325i and KODA^2 headphones - think Thunderpants on heat for the latter. 


Keep posting to raise the meet profile and spread the word via Facebook and Twitter if you use them.








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OK guys so here's the thing...

Hiring the hall and other incidentals will cost around £200, so do I peruse sponsorship and charge distributors/resellers £50 to attend and limit the commercial element to four stalls, thereby covering my expenditure? Or do I ask distributors/resellers to donate an item from their stock and organise a raffle for attendees with the donated items as prizes? The latter option would mean charging £2-£3 for admission.

Incidentally, any 'profits' from the event will be donated to charity. So please suggest possible charities and I'll donate any surplus monies to the charity that gets the most 'votes'.

Keep spreading the word about the meet guys - I've started a forum thread on computer audio.


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Good news on the catering, that's a major bonus!


I don't mind either way. It would be great to have some suppliers at the meet, as they usually have a lot of good gear to bring. If they're willing to pay toward the event, which means it's free for head-fi'ers, then that's brilliant. Otherwise a £3 admission fee is nothing for what will be a very enjoyable day!

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Fellow enthusiasts...

I don't want to make spurious posts for the sake of it, but if I start to approach resellers/distributors for sponsorship and point them to this thread, there needs to be more folks expressing an interest and listing what equipment they'll bring to the meet.

I've tried to be fair and selected a fairly central locality with good links to both northern and southern motorways, so please be more vocal and contribute to this thread.


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I believe that the parlance is BUMP.



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Hi Andy


I am definitely interested.


What is the address so I can check out for somewhere to stay?  (hopefully a village pub with real ale)


Will bring LCD-2 r1 / SAA Endorphin cable, db Audiolabs Tranquility usb dac, KS Projects X5 amp and my trusty macbook.



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Definately up for this. Would bring my Imod, Alo Audio Continental V2 and Senheiser HD650's.



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The ALO Continental is a great amp, powerful, non-fatiguing and slightly syrupy sounding but in a good way. I have the Mk1 version and love it. 





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What delights are you going to bring for us this time? 

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