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Poll Results: What day/time would you be available to meet?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 20% (1)
    Weekday - Morning
  • 0% (0)
    Weekday - Afternoon
  • 0% (0)
    Weekday - Evening
  • 80% (4)
    Weekend - Morning
  • 80% (4)
    Weekend - Afternoon
  • 20% (1)
    Weekend - Evening
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 101
Thread Starter 

Hello fellow Southern California Head-fiers. I decided this was the most appropriate place to put this request.

 

Background/Story:

I'm 29 years old, husband and father of two, and molecular biology major / Jack of many trades. Haven't been on the Head-fi journey very long, just about 18 months with various breaks in between. I've gone from general gaming headphones to budget IEMS, to Ath-M50s, and finally worked my way up to a set of Mr.Speakers Mad Dogs and a Schiit Magni/Modi stack. I've been enjoying them very much, and I just send them in for the 3.0 -> 3.2 upgrade. One of my main reasons for buying the Mad Dogs was excellent isolation to not wake up my family, and they didn't disappoint. Now I'm looking to add to my collection. 

 

I tried, unsuccessfully so far, to find other CSUF students here on the forums. Hopefully this will open up new doors. 

 

There are some great looking meets/shows coming up: "The Show" in Newport, and also a Head-Fi meet in the Los Angeles area coming up. I'm hoping to be able to make it out to one, if not both. However, it might not be possible. So...

 

Purpose(s):

 

1. I'm looking to audition various Headphones/IEMs/Equipment that I'm considering for my next purchase. 

 

2. It would be nice to get to know some of the Orange County, (Fullerton*), and other Southern California Head-fiers.

 

3. Learn from others and experience music in different ways.

 

4. Anyone could use this page to meet one on one, group get-together, or small parties around Orange County.

    ***not to setup full blow meets.

    I'd like this to be an ongoing page for all rather than just a one time event for myself.

 

Where/When/How:

 

Where -- I'm located in the Laguna/Mission Viejo areas of South Orange County, CA.

              We could meet in public places such as Starbucks, Campuses, etc. Meeting at someones home is fine as long as they

              are comfortable. Anywhere we can make it work is good for me.

              ***(Also, personal to myself, I'm on campus at CSUF in Fullerton, CA each week and would love to meet Head-fiers in

              that area as well)

             

 

When -- Many of us are busy, myself included, so times and dates will have to be worked out on an individual basis. 

 

How -- Feel free to post here if you are able/interested. Also, feel free to list any gear you are comfortable with letting others

           audition, as well as any gear that you would like to audition. 

           Additionally, feel free to PM me.

 

 

Looking forward to meeting any/all those that are interested!

 

 

UPCOMING MINI-MEET:  Please Post/PM if attending & the gear you'll be bringing.

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Currently, University of California Irvine. May change depending on availability. 

 

 

List of attendees/Have show interest:

 

1. Kamakahah

2. OJNeg

3. j0val

4. zyzyx

5. Tundramystic

6. Max598

7. doremusc

8. Johnman1116

 

List of Gear: (more to come)

 

Headphones:

Audio Technica ATH-A900

Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm

HiFiman HE400

KEF M500

Mr.Speakers Mad Dogs v3.2

Sennheiser HE598

Sennheiser HD650

Sennheiser HD800

Sennheiser Momentum

Vmoda M80

 

IEMs:

Etymotic MC5

 

Amps:

AMB CKKIII

Bottlehead Crack

C&C BH (Portable)

Emotiva Mini-x a-100

Magni

O2

Xonar Essence one

 

Sources:

Clip+ rockboxed (portable)

Modi

ODAC

Xonar essence one

 

Other:

Emotiva Airmotiv 4


Edited by Kamakahah - 9/8/13 at 11:45am
post #2 of 101
Thread Starter 

List of gear that I'm looking to audition in preparation for my next purchase:

 

Headphones:

  • Sennheiser HD650/600/598
  • AKG K702 65th Anniversary / Q701 / K702 / K550
  • HiFiman HE-400/500
  • LCD 2.x
  • Grado sr60i/80i/125i/225i, etc

 

IEMs (Universal or Custom)

 

Any. Always looking to compare.

 

Equipment:

 

Tube amps in particular. 

Again, anything. Desktop or portable. 

 

For Fun/Experience:

 

Anything/Everything.

 

 

Johnman1116:

 

"I looked around campus but most of the rooms are pretty small and I think the last location is best.


I didnt know what time to do so I booked it from 11 to 3 but we can have it until 5:30. someone has it then.

 

hopefully these are helpful:

highway 405, exit culver, left on campus, left onto arroyo (stop signs), left into vista del campo NORTE

Pay for parking ($2 per hour). machine is at the farside of the vistors parking

As you as you enter (become under) the building, look for an elevator to your left (or find the stairs around the corner). 2nd Floor.


Edited by Kamakahah - 8/13/13 at 11:22pm
post #3 of 101

I spend half the week in south OC and would be happy to participabe but, of course there is always a but, little of my stuff is portable....have an ancient audiio tech tube headphone amp on my nightstand in San Diego driving higiman he-500's.....bad set up for a coffee shop......have schiit bifrost/lyr set on my PC, also not too portable.....will try to duck in on the thread in a few days to see what develops........JB

post #4 of 101
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JB North County View Post

I spend half the week in south OC and would be happy to participabe but, of course there is always a but, little of my stuff is portable....have an ancient audiio tech tube headphone amp on my nightstand in San Diego driving higiman he-500's.....bad set up for a coffee shop......have schiit bifrost/lyr set on my PC, also not too portable.....will try to duck in on the thread in a few days to see what develops........JB

They would be hard to travel with. I'd still love to hear those HE-500. I could bring laptop + M/M stack to see how they sound on my setup.
post #5 of 101

inspite of the hype, the HD-500's really sound better with a good amp.....and, yes, the phones themselves are quite portable.   I also have a fio e-17 somewhere....will be in San Clemente for the holiday: Sat,Sun,Mon,Tues     pick up eMail when traveling at raven9988@att.net

post #6 of 101

lol i live in lake forest.... I would also love to test out some headphones for my future purchases. I'm very down if there is an orange county meetup.I can bring the some of my gear too if anyone wants to try something.

post #7 of 101
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kobetastic View Post

lol i live in lake forest.... I would also love to test out some headphones for my future purchases. I'm very down if there is an orange county meetup.I can bring the some of my gear too if anyone wants to try something.

 

Oh, I see you have some cans that I've been curious about: AD900X, DT990, and the M-80. 

post #8 of 101

if we do more than a drive by, then I can bring one or two of my amps and my old phones Grado RS-2, Grado 80I as well

post #9 of 101
Thread Starter 
I know one place we might be able to meet, but I'll look into a couple others.
post #10 of 101

UCI undergrad here. I'd be down for a meet up some time.

 

I could bring:

 

  • Audio Technica ATH-A900
  • Etymotic MC5
  • AMB CKK (Still finishing this project actually)

 

Planning on purchasing an HD600 or HD650 for myself in the near-future. Hopefully I can get another chance to demo them at THE Newport to make up my mind once and for all.

 

I can also bring some of my speaker gear if you guys are interested. Wouldn't be too hard to setup on someone's desk because it's a computer/near-field setup. Namely my Overnight Sensations and my Parasound Zamp. I have a nice Marantz SACD player as well biggrin.gif

 

Are you guys planning to do this sometime over the summer?

post #11 of 101
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OJNeg View Post

UCI undergrad here. I'd be down for a meet up some time.

I could bring:
  • Audio Technica ATH-A900
  • Etymotic MC5
  • AMB CKK (Still finishing this project actually)

Planning on purchasing an HD600 or HD650 for myself in the near-future. Hopefully I can get another chance to demo them at THE Newport to make up my mind once and for all.

I can also bring some of my speaker gear if you guys are interested. Wouldn't be too hard to setup on someone's desk because it's a computer/near-field setup. Namely my Overnight Sensations and my Parasound Zamp. I have a nice Marantz SACD player as well biggrin.gif

Are you guys planning to do this sometime over the summer?

It's whenever we want/can. What day are you going to "the show"?

Since your at UCI, does their library have study rooms that are separate and able to be reserved? That might be a possible meeting place if they do.

They do at CSUF, but I'm not looking to drag anyone up there.
post #12 of 101

Not sure about the Langson, I'd have to look into it. I have my own car and I wouldn't mind traveling a bit. My place isn't really practical though.

post #13 of 101
This still going on?

Got hd650s and a nuforce hdp amp/DAC I could bring in exchange for a chance to hear other equipment
post #14 of 101
Thread Starter 
Absolutely. There are no set dates or requirements. Anyone that wants to meet up can post here and make it happen. I'm always down.
post #15 of 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

Absolutely. There are no set dates or requirements. Anyone that wants to meet up can post here and make it happen. I'm always down.

I'd be really interested in hearing your m/m stack
Edited by j0val - 6/23/13 at 9:52pm
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