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post #61 of 208
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Wanted to thank everyone for coming out. We had nearly double the attendance of last year! We added a few vendors that added to the total as well, but member numbers were way way up. Last year including vendors we had about 25-30. This time we had 53 with an addition of about 6 vendor staff.

We missed a few, notably zilch0md and HideousPride. Hope you are feeling better zilch, and sorry we couldn't get a ride together for you HP. Some condolences to the Sanderson pair, who lost their vehicle on the way down, and took out part of the Gungnir as collateral damage. Glad you two made it safely! We'll have to do some mini-meets since we live so close.

A few thank yous:

Everyone for bringing exact change! Didn't see a single $50 or $100 bill all day for registration. This made it much easier and faster. I really appreciate it.

The vendors, for bringing WAY more stuff than I expected, especially the surprise addition of the RK Audiology ladies who brought out the full Westone lineup and were available to take impressions for customs!

Everyone that allowed me to throw my DAC in their rig so I could compare against other DACs, and Justin, so I could listen to what will likely now be my future setup, X-Sabre -> GS-X v2 -> HD800.

Everyone for being courteous and helpful to Mark and Adrian, our youngest attendees. Poor Mark has a steep hill to climb based on his acquisition plan!


Travis, Grace, Dave, Anna, and Nick.


We turned a good profit, as I hoped, and that will be put towards next year's meet that I expect to be even bigger. In that case we will be looking to book the largest room in that conference center next year (2 1/4 times larger!). Expect planning to start earlier and the date to be set well in advance. What did you guys think of the venue? I wish we could have had food available this time, but it will be explored further next time. Their menu really was not set up for a group like us, so I may have to work out some sort of custom deal and I really didn't know what to expect, so we went without. I'm glad there was a good selection of food nearby, though.
I can second this! tongue.gif And I'll have to be getting a job when I turn 16, most likely Best Buy (After talking to the guys there, I've been offered a few jobs there, until I told them I'm 16... tongue.gif). So after saving up for a few years, I should have a Stax setup (As long as I don't spend my money on worthless things, like cars, food, and PC parts/laptops...)!

The venue was great IMHO, if the vendors could of all had a setup like RK Audiologists, it would have been a lot less packed though. wink.gif
Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 3/3/13 at 7:47pm
post #62 of 208

I want to thank all who attended for being such excellent comrades.  Everyone was friendly, open, welcoming and eager to share their very impressive kits.

 

The mix of vendors and "regular" members seemed right.

 

The buffet of equipment and kit was fantastic, albeit never quite enough.  Further, I think we had something for nearly everyone who shares this hobby from cans like the Ultrasone HiFi 780 through dream rigs with the most expensive cans.  If you arrived early, there was enough time to spend at the various tables and get a sense of so much equipment.  Yet at the same time, I wanted just a bit more of an opportunity to taste some of things that the day was not quite long enough to include.  That's what the next meet is for.

 

Thanks to Chris and all those who took leadership roles to make the meet happen.  Thanks also to all who brought their equipment, knowledge, experience, opinions and observations.

 

I'm already looking forward to next year.
 


Edited by KG Jag - 3/3/13 at 8:08pm
post #63 of 208
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Originally Posted by gopanthersgo1 View Post

I can second this! tongue.gif And I'll have to be getting a job when I turn 16, most likely Best Buy (After talking to the guys there, I've been offered a few jobs there, until I told them I'm 16... tongue.gif). So after saving up for a few years, I should have a Stax setup (As long as I don't spend my money on worthless things, like cars, food, and PC parts/laptops...)!

The venue was great IMHO, if the vendors could of all had a setup like RK Audiologists, it would have been a lot less packed though. wink.gif
There's always girls to spend your money on too. wink.gif

Yeah vendor space was more cramped than I anticipated. Will certainly be fixed next time. I'm glad we had a few extra tables to spread out on. If I had known we'd be missing that double table set near the front all day I'd have moved someone else up there.
post #64 of 208
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The mix of vendors and "regular" members seemed right.
Glad to hear that. I wanted it to be a member meet with some vendor presence and it seemed to work very well. Also wanted to keep the vendors in their own area, not really to segregate them, but to encourage people who just arrived to listen to member tables that were in the foreground first before moving back.
post #65 of 208
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Originally Posted by gopanthersgo1 View Post
The venue was great IMHO, if the vendors could of all had a setup like RK Audiologists, it would have been a lot less packed though. wink.gif

 

You mean, like with girls?  I'm thinking just the other way around. ;-)

post #66 of 208

Hey to everyone who brought something out, thank you, thank you, thank you. I had a seriously great time. Big shout outs to Morbidtoaster for letting me throw some vinyl on his awesome setup, pabb1 for bringing the tubes, KG_Jag for bringing a plethora of the headphones I wanted to listen to, and Maxvla for setting everything up. This was my first meet and the first time listening to headphones seriously in a long time and really helped me figure out what I want my system to sound like. The vendors were great as well; the ones I talked to just wanted to talk. 

 

For me the highlights of the day was ayon -> LL2 -> Stax 009. I like to think I put it through it's paces by sending some grindcore and doom metal through them. It was just impressive all round. I thought they were miles passed the 007 mark II but again, I'm relatively inexperienced in all of this, so I'm sure there was some serious weakness in the Mark II setup, but the vocals on Pink Floyds breath just sound etherial, in a bad way. There was something unnatural that I cannot put my find on. The LCD 2 had more some serious bass impact. 

 

I thought the venue was fine but you might need to get more space for next year. There was a variety of food in the area too which was really nice. The pho I had really hit the spot.

 

A few questions before I go:

 

Hey pabb1, what was the name of that hybrid that you had the circuit board for?

and

Where do you guys who live in Austin get your records?

 

Thanks again everyone.

post #67 of 208
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Small correction. The SR007 was a MK1. Waterloo Records.

Thanks for coming out. Glad you enjoyed. We'll add you to the interest list for next time. Are you from Austin?
post #68 of 208

Half Price Books and Whetstone for used, Waterloo for new. 

 

Of course various online stores. Don't start sniping my Metal section at Waterloo though. :)

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Where do you guys who live in Austin get your records?

 

Thanks again everyone.

post #69 of 208

Sorry... my pics will take a little time.  I've been house hunting the rest of the weekend.  Haven't had the couple of hours required to process my pics before dumping them online.  I'll try to get to them early this week.  

 

As far as headphones goes...  I'll list in order of overall preference (price out of the question) and comment on purchasability.  

 

SR-009 With Ayon cd-1 and liquid lightening (I believe that was the amp)... Wow is all I can say.  That was the first time with headphones I've felt everything was just there.  I didn't find anything missing like I do with so many other headphones.  I'd be hard pressed to find a fault.  They were very musical, extremely revealing, and they simply sounded fantastic in every way.  Extremely unlikely it's something I'd ever own, but I can hear and feel the love.

 

HE-60.  I've heard these before and was, once again, blown away by them with pabbi's setup.  Extremely nice, but IMO weren't quite the SR-009s.  I didn't do a direct A/B of the two, so it's hard to tell just how different they were, but I found myself moving my head more with the stax's.  Either way though, complete win.  

 

LCD-3.  I've heard the LCD2s extensively (they've been on my next to buy list for a while... and will sadly remain there) and found the LCD-3s a decent upgrade for sure.  I managed to grab these to use on my own setup for a little bit of time and found them to be stellar.  Bass is amazingly clean and precise.  Imaging is nice.  Overall just a very fun and friendly headphone IMO.  Only complaint is the same as everyone... the things are huge and heavy.  Not sure how I'd feel after a couple of hours with these bad boys on my head, although the sound is so good, I'd get over it. 

 

HD800.  I'm generally not a sennheiser fan (hence the grados), but these things were extremely nice.  They were all over the meet so I heard them on quite a few setups.  Unfortunately I didn't too closely keep track of what systems they were all on, but I found them to be amazing on some and meh on others.  When I put them on my own setup they were very nice.  Imaging wise, I've never heard headphones like it.  The music was placed like speakers.  It's definitely something to experience first hand.  Personally the highs on sennheiser's just get to me in an odd way (I hear high frequencies like a small child still) so it's hard to listen for extended periods of time.  That said... these are still good enough to personally own.  They do everything else so right that it's easy to look past the one complaint that I'd probably get over in a week.  Compared to the LCDs, these things are super comfortable.  Easily wearable for hours and hours.  They're lighter than you'd expected, and don't smash the head at all.  

 

LCD-2.2.  Still love em.  Not quite the two above, but for the price... still on my next to buy list. 

 

Fostex TH-900.  For closed headphones... these are the top dogs (and sound better than some of the top tier open phones IMO).  My past personally favorites were the Denon D7000's.  These are even better.  A bit pricy considering they're just not up to snuff with the open counterparts, but if closed is worth the premium these are stellar headphones.  Super comfy, bassy, smooth, and can rock out like my grados (but with added imaging and soundstage).  Very fun.  

 

Denon D7000.  Still one of the best closed phones to me.  Still a strong contender if I needed closed.  

 

HE-6.  Hmmm...  I'm just not a huge fan.  I see some good in them, but they're just a bit harsh IMO.  Bass on these is completely insane, but everything else sounds off.  They're just not my cup of tea.  

 

Beyerdynamic (all of them).  I don't get it.  They sound hollow to me.  This includes the T1 and T5P.  People like these a lot, I just feel they sound too much like cans :).  Maybe they just need a lot more time on my head... I'm not sure.  

 

I'd comment more on the Amps and Dacs, but in an environment like a meet it's hard to really compare them.  I would've had to carry my headphones around from setup to setup listening to the same recording, which just isn't feasible.  The headphones are (imo) far more apparently different than sources and amps.  It's easy to hear faults, which there were some of, but I didn't keep close track of those.  

post #70 of 208

The DIY board was a Cavalli CTH (Compact Tube Hybrid).

post #71 of 208
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The DIY board was a Cavalli CTH (Compact Tube Hybrid).
I feel like building one of those, do you have any websites with a guide I could go to to build it?
post #72 of 208

http://www.cavalliaudio.com/index.php?p=diy

 

http://www.diyaudio.com/

 

There isn't a separate forum at Cavalli for DIY, but the second link has at least a few people who could help.  Before settling on what to build, you may just want to browse that forum for a while.  You may also want to build something that's sold as a complete kit (includes all parts and case w/full instructions) before attempting something like the CTH. 

post #73 of 208

JoeAudiophile has kits ..dB  ( with ACs permission ) 

post #74 of 208

Too bad we missed you Don, but glad to see you are paying attention...   :-)

post #75 of 208

One day Al , looks like fun was had all round..dB

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