There's a decent chance that I'll attend again this year. I definitely want to check out whatever speakers Monitor Audio will have there, if nothing else, but all the headphone gear will be a great bonus too of course. I'm not expecting another out-of-town trip interruption this time.
A note to those new to the "CanJam@RMAF" event - this kind of event isn't a "meet" per se. Essentially, that means no one needs to bring any gear. If you bring anything, bring your own music (CDs, DAP, USB devices, etc). Maybe, at most, your 1 pair of headphones so you can listen to it from different amps. Other than that, there's really no need for anyone to bring a single thing. And I'm including local Colorado Head-Fiers in that too. Seriously. Last year there wasn't enough space for member rigs, so don't even bother. Just come and enjoy the show.
CanJam@RMAF is a 100% vendor expo. The vendors will have ALL of the gear, and it will be more than anyone can imagine. Those who've been to any size meet, even big ones, should think of CanJam@RMAF as being an extra-big "meet", except that all of the gear in the room is supplied by the vendors - NOT by any Head-Fi members. Then, triple the size you're thinking of. Yes, it's really that big.
Another note for those who might plan on "seeing Colorado" at the same time as RMAF: don't count on great weather. Some years have been lucky, but the time of year that RMAF usually falls on, usually means rain (more rarely snow), and the fall colors in the mountains will be long gone by then too (especially since they seem to be showing up early this year). For those coming out of town, I'd recommend packing a t-shirt (no shorts) and light rain jacket.
Originally Posted by William007
pff the cost to go there is €800... that a HD700
Not to make a case against your post specifically, but this attitude in general completely undermines the benefit of an event like this. Ok sure, your travel costs might be the same as buying an HD700.
But think of it this way instead: the cost of buying an HD700 will let you hear an HD700 at the show. And the Stax SR-009 on the HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE. And the Audeze LCD-3 & LCD-2, Fostex TH900, V-Moda M-100, everything HeadRoom, TTVJ, and Moon Audio bring (which itself is practically three stores' supply of different manufacturers' headphones, amps, & sources), Westone's many IEMs, most of the Cavalli, Ray Samuels, and Woo Audio amps, the latest Beyerdynamic headphones, and all sorts of other gear too numerous to list. And you don't just get to listen to all of that gear either - it's also an opportunity to meet those vendors and ask them questions. And you can ask any questions to other Head-Fiers who'll be there too.
You can spend all day or the rest of your lifetime reading about stuff on Head-Fi, but until you actually get to an event like this, you'll never hear for yourself the variety of equipment that's being written about. It's an opportunity to hear, in a single place, everything you read about on Head-Fi. And that knowledge you gain after hearing something for yourself will give you even more knowledge so you can compare other people's experiences with your own.
The attitude that a lot of people have when comparing travel costs to headphone gear is something I don't get. If you're saying that you can't afford to travel, that's something I can understand. But comparing the travel costs to headphone gear, as if the headphone gear is somehow more affordable or makes more sense? Buying the headphone gear makes a lot less sense. The cost of an HD700 will get you only an HD700 (which you might not even like), or it can get you from your location to RMAF where you can hear countless other headphones, IEMs, amps, sources, etc. And all of that, in addition to RMAF itself - where you can hear countless more equipment in the form of ridiculously expensive speakers, amplifiers, turntables, and more. And all of that on your own music or music you're hopefully familiar with. If all of that isn't worth the cost of an HD700 to you, or anyone else, then I don't know how else to persuade any fence-sitters.
And for those who need it, the impressions thread from last year's event, which includes photos: http://www.head-fi.org/t/575847/canjam-rmaf-2011-listening-impressions-thread
Edited by Asr - 8/30/12 at 9:56pm