Yo, why no pictures of my ghetto gear?
Seriously, though, this was a very good event. It was nice to meet up with some of the people that I've communicated with on this forum through sharing ideas, etc. and then be able to share conversation, thoughts, etc. in person today. While I did personally spend 4+ hours at the meet, I feel as though I didn't get enough time to even begin to hear the headphones that I would have liked to hear - like the: Thunderpants, HD-800s, LCD-2 v.2, Grado PS-1000, Grado GS-1000, the Stax, some of the Ultrasones ... and, a few others. I didn't make it around to enough to have an opportunity to catch a listen to some of those devices.
However, the conversations were great. While I don't have impressive gear, I felt that having the Music Streamer II, the Little Dot I+ and the Audio-GD NFB-12, offered the option for some of us "enthusiasts" --- who love music, but might not quite yet be the true, "die hard" audiophile to hear some DACs and amps in the $125 - $250 range. We all love to gasp when we approach the mega-buck gear, yet, for many of us the financial priorities can be different. So, we have to have somewhat of a compromise in the headphones and gear that we have.
In closing ... all I have to say is damn, that Blue Hawaii gear is sexy stuff. Unfortunately, my daughter is heading to Virginia Tech in August, so the bucks will be tied up in education for the next 4 years before I can make any drastic moves or purchases in audio.
Thanks to Vlad for arranging this meet, along with the facility. Excellent stuff !!