Originally Posted by GSARider
Not at all, I'm happy to listen and as I said the format has changed because of constructive criticism on having a range of products available to test and folk on hand to explain their stuff. One of things I've been stressing to interested parties is that they need to send folk that understand the design, performance and characteristics of their products and that they need to be open to feedback. This I see as being a key point and it helps us get the cans we deserve going forward by influencing R&D.
I think the coverage in terms of headphones at the last meet was very impressive. Some of the feedback I've got from several people, some of which very respectable members is that it's very difficult to audition many/most of the higher-end products before purchasing. Meets are one of the potential options for this to happen, but usually only as long as someone owns the gear and will bring it along with them. Maybe for the next meet some additional presence in terms of AMPs, DACs, Interfaces would be wortwhile for folks to hear. Even very meritous but less expensive headphones like the HD600s and HD650s sound dramatically improved (in audiophile scaling ) by higher-end gear. There are some killer DACs made in the UK (Chord QBD76, Chord Chordette QuteHD, AMR DP-777 to name just a couple). Not too far from here, in the Netherlands there's Metrum Acoustics (Octave MKI, MK2, HEX). In Germany, Vioelectric (V200, V800 etc). If I am not mistaking the latter are Head-Fi sponsors too and word goes this summer they have a few new product updates cooking.
Some regular favourites on Head-Fi from elsewhere and in no particular order: Schiit, Headamp, Burson, Woo Audio, PS Audio, Audio-GD.
These are just some suggestions, I am sure folks have some better ones.
Edited by negura - 5/7/13 at 5:19pm