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First batch o' pics! 9 for now, more to come later.

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Ari/nikongod setting up his Silver Ghost system for a listener

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m8o's Little Dot amps

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Steve/m8o

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RE: the above...

 

When I went on hiatus from Headphones a number of years back, the HD800 didn't exist.  Returning recently I was brought up to speed in part by DavidMahler's mega-flagship comparison thread and others on Head-fi.  I 1st heard the HD800 at B&H's sizable headphone display, I was left rather unimpressed; that was tho was being powered out of my portable rig.  Then on the manufacturer's own system @ the NYC Audio show; I certainly didn't think they deserved the price of them.  But Nikongod's Silver Ghost system sure opened my eyes and turned my opinion around on that!  He's really got that system dialed in for the HD800.

 

Nice pix of my system and phones behind it.  Thank you!  It was a Little Dot CD Transport too; one of the the limited run of CDP_II transports that were produced.  The MadDogs not seen in the pic were likely on my friend's head just out'a frame to the right.  That by far got the most audition time.

 

...and, man I gotta lose weight... what happened to my neck?!  -hahahaha

 

Thanx for the pix.  Looking forward to the remainder.  I'm bummed I forgot my DSLR to take some of my own.


Edited by m8o - 4/26/13 at 8:45pm
post #107 of 163

crud ... double post removed.


Edited by m8o - 4/26/13 at 8:44pm
post #108 of 163
I'll get time for impressions tomorrow am, and love the pic of my AKG trio, u must have taken the HE5Le off so u could get the pic I assume. And yes, moarrrrrrr picsssss pleasese. I love seeing all the pictures, nikongod has an awesome one of my rig I have, you guys all are amazing photographers. Beats the hell out of my dads blackberry lol
post #109 of 163

Some more pics. Third/final batch will be posted later....

 

Yikes running the not-so-silent auction

 

We have a winner!

 

Obligatory pic of the ever-photogenic Ari/nikongod

 

Aurisonics' IEMs

 

The fine libations a generous Head-Fier brought....

 

 

post #110 of 163

Thanks for the pics everyone!

post #111 of 163
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Some more pics. Third/final batch will be posted later....

 

We have a winner!

I find this funny because that is Dale from Aurisonics holding up the item he put up for auction, which he obviously didnt win/bid in. I am slightly confused when this was snapped but it's very funny. Lots of smiling faces all around, nice work Asr getting this photo taken exactly when you did.

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I find this funny because that is Dale from Aurisonics holding up the item he put up for auction, which he obviously didnt win/bid in. I am slightly confused when this was snapped but it's very funny. Lots of smiling faces all around, nice work Asr getting this photo taken exactly when you did.

I think this may have been while I was doing my famous impersonation of Bill Clinton...

post #113 of 163
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I think this may have been while I was doing my famous impersonation of Bill Clinton...

 

Which was hilarious. And yes, that would make sense. Still enjoying the fruits of that auction too. I'm not sure how if it is getting used to them or burn-in, but they are starting to sound better to my ears.

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I think this may have been while I was doing my famous impersonation of Bill Clinton...


lol, that was pretty darn good.

post #115 of 163
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.
post #116 of 163
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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 L3000.gif:

 

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.

 

Venders/MoTT

  • 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

 

Members

  • 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!

post #117 of 163

Firstly, i LOVED the meet. thank you everyone for letting me leave with such a positive experience. 

Hey dutch GFX! glad we got to talk at the meet, it was really nice meeting you. i wanted to ask you what was "Kerry's $69 competition amp". you seem to like it A LOT, and its only $70?

Regards,
Daniel.

post #118 of 163
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Firstly, i LOVED the meet. thank you everyone for letting me leave with such a positive experience. 

Hey dutch GFX! glad we got to talk at the meet, it was really nice meeting you. i wanted to ask you what was "Kerry's $69 competition amp". you seem to like it A LOT, and its only $70?

Regards,
Daniel.


There was a competition to see who could build the best amp (I think, correct me someone if I'm wrong) for only $69. So he built that. It wouldn't cost a consumer $69, it would probobly be around 2k if it was retail is my guess

post #119 of 163

Kerry can do things mere mortals cannot.

post #120 of 163

Hey DutchGFX!

 

Nice write up.

 

I liked the MadDogs as well. Your referring to them as "insensitive" made me chuckle wink.gif

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