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Originally Posted by Watermutt View Post

On page 8 of this thread there were a bunch of pictures from  the event.

Can someone tell me who was the guy (gray/white hair and moustache)  wearing the black t-shirt (with graphic of outlines of tubes) giving a thumbs up is?  He is standing behind a large brown amplifier (DIY ?) set on its side so the underside of the amp is showing (wiring,etc).  I was also curious about what the amp was all about...

Frank is AMAZING.

He's built many, many amps.  What a source of information.

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First and foremost, big thanks and major kudos to Ethan and Warren for organizing a wonderful meet. You guys are the real essence of what this community is all about. I enjoyed myself immensely!

 

It was a great pleasure to finally meet Jude in person. Your vision of H.F. has provided endless hours of entertainment, education, and comradeship to thousands. You've built a world here.

 

I think this was maybe my eighth meet. I've heard most of the equipment many times, so my focus is primarily on the people. I always make a few new friends and really enjoy reconnecting with an ever increasing number of old ones.

 

I didn't do a lot of listening, but I do have a couple of very casual impressions:

 

1) Highlight of the meet for me was Sceleratus' DIY 300B amp. Anyone who followed his build thread in the DIY forum knows a bit of the hell he went through to pull this off. The results were well worth the effort. All the time, pain,frustration, and money paid off. This is a wonderful sounding amp that looks great. Incredible job for a first attempt. Hope we'll see some more.

 

2) The "Abyss" orthodynamic headphones. These are the most butt-ugly headphones I've ever seen. At a $5.5k price point, until I listened to them, I thought they couldn't be anything except a very expensive and very tasteless bad joke. Sonically, they are anything but a joke. The frequency response may be a little ragged, but they do things I've never heard in any other headphone. Imagine mating the sound stage of an AKG K-1000,  the speed, detail, and imaging of Stax., and the tight, articulate bass and rich midrange tonality of an LCD-3. It's not ready for prime-time yet, but there's real potential to set a whole new standard for headphone performance here. I hope this is just the beginning, and that eventually we see a refined product at a real-world price.

 

3) The Eddie Current "Electra" electrostatic amplifier. I didn't get a chance to listen much, and the music I did hear was unfamiliar. But despite the handicaps, it was obvious that this was a first-class amp. I'm looking forward to hearing it more and learning a bit more of the circuit, which from my short conversation with Craig, is totally different than any of the other electrostatic amps on the market and incorporates some unusual design features.

 

4) The Stax SR-009. I know I'm in a minority here, but these are way too bright for me. I've heard them now probably half a dozen times on numerous amps. No matter how much I try to warm up to these I just can't. The original Omegas remain my favorite Stax followed by the 007M1, followed by the 007M2.

 

5) The "Mr. Speakers" "Mad Dogs". These just keep getting better and better. My favorite headphones for a "real-world" price

 

5 ) Enrique's DIY KGSS amp. I meant to ask you for a look "under the hood" I definitely want to see your craftsmanship at the next meet.

 

Thanks again to all the organizers and participants! I had a great time!

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post #169 of 240
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Who was the asian gentlemen wearing a striped polo that lives in San Francisco? I never knew your name and was wondering what amp was it you recommended for the 800s that was for 1299

 

Are you talking about Mike (HiFiGuy528)?  Or maybe me (except that I'm not in San Francisco).  In any case, it sounds like you're talking about Mike... in which case the amp he was talking about is the Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear (BCL).  I know this because he's ALWAYS talking about the BCL.  Also, don't forget about the "other" amp, the Lovely Cube for substantially less money.

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Originally Posted by sceleratus View Post

Thanks again Jude, Amos, Warren .......  Ya'll are very kind.

 

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First and foremost, big thanks and major kudos to Ethan and Warren for organizing a wonderful meet. You guys are the real essence of what this community is all about. I enjoyed myself immensely!

 

Wow!  eek.gif  Thanks a bunch Frank, that is quite the compliment there!  redface.gif

 

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It was a great pleasure to finally meet Jude in person. Your vision of H.F. has provided endless hours of entertainment, education, and comradeship to thousands. You've built a world here.

 

+1!  I keep trying to tell him this, but darn it his humility always gets in the way of the message getting across!  mad.gif  biggrin.gif

 

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Originally Posted by sceleratus View Post

Frank is AMAZING.

He's built many, many amps.  What a source of information.

 

Originally Posted by FrankCooter View Post

 

1) Highlight of the meet for me was Sceleratus' DIY 300B amp. This is a wonderful sounding amp that looks great. Incredible job for a first attempt. Hope we'll see some more.

 

Originally Posted by sceleratus View Post

speechless

 

For the record, Ethan was very keen to make sure you guys weren't very far apart from each other.  Call it wisdom, foresight, whatever - but he was right.  Bravo Ethan!

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If I had a thimble full.....

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For the record, Ethan was very keen to make sure you guys weren't very far apart from each other.  Call it wisdom, foresight, whatever - but he was right.  Bravo Ethan!

 

I want to add that the "DG" 300B amp is all Tom Christensen.  He's a young sr. design engineer that works for TI, and happens to love valve amps....

Mine is the first implementation of a design as a headphone amp....  Because of the meet and because of the thread..... I think Tom's hooked.smile.gif      And that's another great thing to come out of all of this.   More HP designs for more DIY'ers to build and the more knowledge exchange between those in the know.

 

 I'm just a (circuit) idiot that knows how to solder.

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I wish I could remember what all of you guys looked like in detail.  Because if I did, the next time around, I could do little illustrations for everyone instead of just using avatars... like this one I made of Jude:

 

 

Wouldn't that be fun?!  smile.gif

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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

I wish I could remember what all of you guys looked like in detail.  Because if I did, the next time around, I could do little illustrations for everyone instead of just using avatars... like this one I made of Jude:

 

 

Wouldn't that be fun?!  smile.gif

Haha! 

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Jude came out really really good! ksc75smile.gif

post #176 of 240

I think the Tyll and Mike Mercer versions would be pretty funny too.

post #177 of 240

Okay just wanna contribute my 2c about the LA Meet before I lose the chance.

 

First off, thanks to Warren and Ethan for the hard work they put in. I think it totally paid off in spades. I pretty much agree with everyone in the thread about what a great time it was.

 

This was my second head-fi meet, having gone to the LA Meet last year near LAX. Completely different experiences.

 

Last year's meet felt like a showcase of people displaying their gear for everyone to see and check out. This year felt more like a gathering of enthusiasts to share their experiences with a hobby that they loved.

 

It was apparent to me that a lot of planning and forethought was put into the preparation. Rooms were full, but not crowded, and encouraged interaction. There were few if any lines for listening stations, but gear was thoroughly sampled by a steady flow of listeners. A spirit of collegiality and friendship was in the ether, and a load of good tunes were heard through some amazing circuitry.

 

I heard the TH-900 for the first time through a HeadAmp Pico Power and absolutely loved them both. As an analytical listener, I could not believe what I was hearing through closed cans. My favorite cans are still probably the HD800, but that may change once I get to spend some more time with the Fostexes.

 

My experience with the Abyss was also my first, and I thought it sounded great, but I'd probably never buy it. Same with the K1000. They just look silly to me, and lock me into an isolated place even more than open-backed cans would. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind. Other highlights included the WA7 fireflies and the RSA Darkstar, amps that are gorgeous not only sonically, but visually as well. Always good are LCD3, Mad Dogs, and the K550.

 

Got to hang with Jude, Warren Chi, Mike Mercer, Mike HifiGuy, Andre, Kevin, and a bunch of other nice people. Good times.

 

Oh, and as a final bonus, I bought mbritt's K701s for a cool C-note.

 

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

post #178 of 240

From the pics back on page 3, it looks like a lot of people heard about Tyll's "Candemonium". Can anyone share some details about it? I Google'd it but not much turned up.

 

Also who are the people in this pic? You can't post a pic of people facing the camera and not identify who they are! tongue.gif

 

LL

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LL

 

This pix could very well be audio related. But at-a-glance, I see in the foreground an Umpire overseeing two Gamers battling it out for the Championship with the two Semi-finalists looking on in the background. Am I close? biggrin.gif

post #180 of 240

There are two gamers in that photo actually!  smile.gif

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