I had a great time yesterday, meeting old friends (wow, I actually know/recognize many of you in the past 3 years since my first northern NJ show), new friends and lots of good sound.
Thanks of course to Tom (Bozebuttons) for organizing this and the manufacturers (Jack, Justin, Vinnie, UE) and the great home systems that folks brought in.
Thanks muchly to Tony (and his wife) for letting me plug in to their PSAudio power conditioner and sharing a table with me, interesting conversations and clearly a shared love of music.
Thanks to Kerry for loaning the stax pro-bias energizer to run off the Kenwood car stereo output of my 'patio portable' system (left my SRD-7 at home..............)
Impressions? Before sound fatigue and hunger set in (somewhere around where I was listening to the UE reference and 18s), I enjoyed a number of rigs.
Pras' DAC is the coolest physical design out there and the sound is almost(!) as good as it looks (nothing can sound THAT good). If anyone has a totally dead one of these for a good price, I'd buy it just to have on my shelf.
A couple of top of the line Audeze sounded fine (but I can't tolerate the weight and pressure on my head), and I got a particular kick out of listening to them on Joe's DIY on a real breadboard! Thanks to Joe also for reminding me why I was fatigued at 3pm, having skipped/forgotten lunch in all the hoopla, and getting me out to a deli before I collapsed.
Good luck to the freshman computer science major at U. Illinois, who inquired about the cost of an entry level stax system. I did what I could to convince his parents that an entry level stax system would be a GREAT graduation present (and when I found out he was a freshman in college and wouldn't graduate for another 3 years, I told his parents that it would be a great belated high school graduation present and that my stax had helped me maintain my sanity and help get through electrical engineering studies and then graduate school).
Hey, I'm biased and have loved Stax since they first replaced an old pair of Koss PRO4AA when I was a freshman in college. TEAC reel-reel into a Kenwood receiver into stax energizer..........
Now that I have my BHSE (
), I felt a great need to compare the O2 and 009 (though I already knew the outcome from previous non-side-by-side comparisons) but it was really no contest going back and forth between them on Justin's BHSE units, as I really loved the detail, separation and layering I hear with the 009. Many of the things I heard on Woo's amp in Westchester with the 009s was evident again here (though I always find the variations in DACs hard to quantify, and here Justin had his pico-DAC which sounds nothing like my home DAC).
But, you pointedly ask, "Marty, how shall you pay for this next outrageously extravagant addition to your home audio system?"
Answer: Partly by selling off some of my old stuff, and I thought I would give the NY/NJ folks a first crack at it before I put things up on the 'for sale' forum.
Let me know by PM if you are interested in any of the following (I'll wait until latter half of the week to put them on wider notice)
SRM-T1S pro bias amp (at show yesterday)
Lambda Pro Classic Stax headset (at show yesterday)
Cosmic Headroom Headphone amp
Magnum Dynalab FT101A Elite/Etude FM receiver
Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth (FM signal pre-amp)
B&W 801 Matrix 2 speakers
Cal Gamma DAC
Melior/Museatex BS-1 DAC
Audio-gd Digital Interface (w/power supply option)
Maybe by the end of the year...........
Til next time.
MartyEdited by cat6man - 6/4/12 at 11:35am