Originally Posted by m8o
Btw, shout out to dutchgfx for the driver tubes. I didn't unpack my gear until today and was reminded when I saw them. Much thanx.
No problem, I had no use for em :)
Anyways, Impressions... Finally got the time :
N.B: these are not all possitive impressions. Please don't take offense, it's just my opinion. I didn't DISLIKE anything at the meet*, just thought it wasn't for me
*Jude showed me a pair of cans sent to him to demo, and boy, they had the chord on the right, and they had the most ridiculous bass I have ever heard.
- I was disappointed that A&K didn't bring their portable player, if I'm thinking of the right company. I listened at the NY Audio Show, and would have loved another listen. Its possible I just didn't see it and they did actually bring it, though
- The WA7 was not as amazing as I expected. It sounded good with the T1, but didn't really do anything special with the HD800
- The T1 sounded amazing, I really loved the imaging
- My dad didn't like the Aursonics IEMS, he said his $50 Sony's were really only slightly lesser in sound quality, I liked them however
- I didn't know UE was a Logitech brand lol, I didn't get to try their stuff, but, I got a free T-Shirt, so I'm happy
- The Kingsound Electrostats were pretty good sounding, not so much, good looking. But I think they will be a big hit
- Drew from Moon Audio was very friendly
- The WA6 is a great amp, but, now having one in my house, I realized it doesn't have enough juice for my orthos, so, I have to decide if I wanna upgrade or just keep my Lyr, but it is a great product, even with stock rectifier
- The Blue Hawaii is a great amp, IMHO, it was a little laid back, I prefered the WES + SR-009, but the BH was still fantastic
- The HE6 was a bit too bright for me on Justin's rig
- On the EF-6, the HE6 was still to bright, but damn, that EF-6 is cool looking, has an authoritative step pot, and is very powerful
- I planned on buying my GF RE-400's as she wanted some earbuds, but, they just didn't have the soundstage I expected, so I passed
- Fostex TH900 didn't really 'WOW' me as I thought it would, it was very very good, but not what I expected. It was fairly laid back, too laid back for me during travel time, as in the car, there is nothing to do but text and get involved in my music. But, for someone needing closed cans at work where they need to concentrate on another task, I think it's perfect
- My dad loved the T50p, I liked it aswell, does it warrant the $299 price tag, maybe not, but I think for $200 it would be a fantastic can. It had excellent soundstage and pretty good tonal balance. However, I am not a fan of on-ear
- Beyer's Gel-Pads are very comfy, though I would worry about heatflow
- Donald North's Stratus was a very very good sounding amp. I really enjoyed it with my Balanced Q701. He was also very informative, as I had a few questions, not only about his amp, but about tubes and balanced audio in general, too. He was also very friendly, and my Dad also loved his amp
- I loved the R10's Vinny had. They were amazing, and they were actually pretty comfortable. Vinny was also really nice, friendly, and was a very nice guy.
- Ethan's stuff sounded amazing. I prefered the (I think) Leckerton, or maybe Lesben, or something with an "L" over the other two. The all tube amp got REALLY hot, it burned my hand actually lol. Ethan is very friendly too. Although I did trash the Abyss headphones he supports, I think he respects my opinion, and he is very very knowlegable, and very informative.
- I can't emphasize enough how much I really like Dan, mrspeakers. He even recognized me from the NY Audio Show. He is very very friendly, informative, and doesn't really try to rope you in. He really doesn't act like a salesmen, he is more like the worker at the store, who truly doesn't care if you buy from the store, because they make the same amount weather you buy from the store or not, if you get what I mean. He gives you an honest answer, and doesn't try to make his product something it isn't. I really like Dan, and I look forward to seeing him again
- On that note, the Mr. Speakers MADDOGS are probobly my favorite closed cans I've heard, other than the Audeze prototype. They are extremely nuetral, and they have pretty good separation and imaging. Only bad thing is they can't be driven from a portable player, they are too insensitive
- First, I really enjoyed listening to so many rigs, it was very cool to see how different setups sounded
- Skullguise rig, though I didn't try his cans, was very detailed. His Sabre DAC and Mjolnir were a pretty good combo. I would have bought his Mjolnir, but, it didn't sound lively enough in my setup, but it was a very good sounding rig
- Kerry's $69 competition amp was the best sounding amp I have ever heard. It brought my Q701's to life like I would have never imagined. This was probably my favorite setup of the meet
- The Stax right next to Kerry sounded very different from the 009. They were much smoother and much darker IMO, they did sound very musical
- I didn't get a chance to listen to m80's LD's despite wanting to. But, I loved the gold finish on his III+ (I think)
- The Thunderpants were not as good as I expected, they looked fantastic though, but I definately preffered the MADDOGS
- The K701 looks really elegant, much more so than my Q701
- I enjoyed talking with JD1193 and his friend DanielStern96, and also listening to one of their J3, and comparing to my more recent Z2. We all agreed the UI on the J3 was far inferior to the Z2. The J3 was more portable, though. It was cool finding others my age there
- I was really suprised when people told me that my humble rig sounded good, I do enjoy it, but I never really expected others too. It was very pleasing
- My K240 Sextetts seamed to get a lot of attention too, I didn't expect that either
- The Zen Taboo was a fantastic amp
More to come if I think of it. Thanks Bozebuttons for the meet, it was really fun!