Originally Posted by Asr
You bring your gear, find an empty spot on an available table (usually table space is on a first-come first-served basis), and set up your "personal display" for anyone to hear. So usually it's best if you have a complete system to bring - source, amp, headphones. If you don't have either source or headphones, then you find someone else's source & headphones to hijack off. You'll find that most Head-Fiers will be very accommodating in that aspect - I've done it myself lots of times. Of course if you intend on hijacking off someone else's gear, bring spare cables!
You should only "babysit" your gear if there's some operational issue that you think needs to be supervised; otherwise you should mingle! The only people that really need to babysit their gear are MOTs for obvious reasons. The point of a meet is what it says, to "meet" your fellow Head-Fiers. You can't easily do that if you're sitting behind your table. I recommend always sitting in front of someone else's table.
Interesting. Thanks for the info. My goal is, indeed, to meet people and listen to other peoples' gear.
I was thinking that most people would be walking around with their personal set of headphones around their necks. I guess I'll have to hijack as, by design, I don't have much gear (bit of a neat freak and don't like to waste money) so won't have much to bring in the way of cables and such.
My long-term intention is to have one portable setup (currently iPhone 4S -> LOD -> RSA SR-71-B -> Moon Audio Silver Dragon v1 IEM cable - > JH13 Pro Freqphase) and another for sharable, home listening (ideally a tube-based setup with high-end over-the-ear headphones).