Qubiquo's John Lee Jeongkyu, Anakchan (Sean), myself, Bootsy1 and DonnyHifi (Donny). Arnaud's daughter crashed out in our doorway, leading to many bemused stares from passing people.
About my impressions
Audeze closed-back prototypes.
Audio Technica AD2000X
Amongst a number of Head-Fiers the Audio Technica AD2000s are considered one of the most unique and awesome pairs of headphones for their intense presentation. However they are quite dated, their actual sound quality far behind newer designs, so I was very pleased to find out that they were updating their top open headphones with improved models. I had a chance to spend a bit of time with the AD2000X which has re-designed drivers and has had changes made to he enclosure. The result is a treble with less grain, but not less of that intense and addictive, if rather mid-forward presentation. The AD1000X and AD900X are also available, the latter with a new style more like the more expensive members of that range. The AD900 was one of the top recommendations before the AD50s dethroned it as possibly the top full-size entry-level headphone.
Aurorasound HiFace 2 Pro
Furutech ADL Esprit DAC/Headphone amp.
Imation / TDK ☆BEST OF SHOW No. 2☆
JVC ☆BEST OF SHOW No. 1☆
Mad Dogs by MrSpeakers
Ray Samuels Audio
Sound Potion ☆BEST OF SHOW No. 3☆
We had an incredible two days, after which it felt very sad to have to pack up all our gear and go home. What I enjoyed most was not only enjoying the K1000s and other high-end headphones in our room, but also being finding some awesome and unique gear at non-bank-breaking prices, such as my two best-of-show IEMs. Regarding my Best of Show choices, I chose them because, first of all, the JVCs totally blew me away with their IEM-defying sound. Even if their frequency response wasn't suitable for me, the memory of their sound stuck with me for the rest of the show. The TDKs similarly, not just because of their unique design and pleasant sound, but because for a new technology, they were offering them at <$100 instead of sticking a flagship price on them. The third, the amp from Sound Potion because of one man's dedication to producing a great amp. In all three cases the designers worked on producing not just yet another IEM or amp, but developed and/or used unique technology and unconventional ideas. Those three companies are, of course, not the only ones who have pushed and taken risks with unique ideas. ALO, Cypher Labs, Ray Samuels, Hifiman and Stax are just a few who are pushing the boundaries of portable audio especially. Not to mention Val Kolton and V-MODA upsetting the market and proving that headphones can both look fashionable and sound good without being extremely expensive.