Back at you bro. Thanks for all of your work and help with this!!
Very thankful to everyone who assisted in putting on the Head-fi meet! It was a very positive 1st time experience.
I only had 2 1/2 hrs to experience a few headphones and amps while trying to listen and learn. Would have loved to be able to stay the day. I was with a good friend and she enjoyed herself as well.
I spoke with the following patient folks who made the adventure worth-the while!:
Dan Clark at the Mad-dog table. 1st pair I listened to. I meant to go back and try them again. I enjoyed them, especially in regards to their price.
The gentleman at the Ultimate Ears table was very informative. Thought I would try the headphones first then go back to him to try the UE stuff, just couldn't..
The Audeze table was great. I could hear the difference between the LCD2 and LCD3...both were amazing yet the LCD3 seemed to have tighter bass. Alex (Alexander Rosson? not sure if this was his name) explained that the lighter membrane of the LCD3 allowed it to react to the signal more accurately.
Michael Mercer demo'd a Mytek Stereo 192 DAC> ALO Studio 6 amp and had a Senn HD-800 andLCD3 headphones. I think I spent 1/2+ hr talking and A/B the two cans using identical cables with his setup. He was very helpful and great to talk with. He's very passionate about the audio profession. It was great listening to him. I heard the wide soundstage of the HD800 yet seemed to enjoy LCD3 more. It seemed to be abit more intense and engaging. My first deliberate comparison for both headphones.
Ethan demo'd a Grace Design m903>DNA Stratus 2A3 along with HD800 and the HiFiman HE-500. I learned that with a higher resolution song, the HD800 started to sound more engaging. I think I liked the HE-500 best prior to listening to the higher rez music. Ethan made it easy to A/B the cans. I also got to compare the solid state Grace with the tube sound of the DNA Stratus. The Grace was nice but flat compared to the DNA: it had a very different presentation. I was at this table for quite awhile.
I met Donald North for 30 seconds...not long enough to say much. I meant to spend some time at the Eddie Current table but time wouldn't allow it.
For a red hot minute I listened to the DIY 300b amp on a LCD2. Sounded good but I was too rushed. I believe I spoke with Randy (Sceleratus.) He was like everyone else I met at the meet, very friendly and full of info.
I wanted to spend time at the tables with the Denon, the Grado's, the Stax, the Cavalli, the Blue Hawaii, the WooWoo audio, the Koss, the Kingsound Electric, and so forth.
Again, I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn through experiencing some equipment. Reading reviews can be helpful but only up to a point (obviously!)
I guess the next big opportunity to experience this much equipment is going to be at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October? It's a 14-15 hr drive..dunno if that's going to happen! I'm not ready to purchase a set of cans or amp yet but I'm sure getting hungry!!
Thanks so very much for the kind words!!!!
It was a BLAST for me too!!
official report comin - Proud to actually take part on the meet, bring
some gear, listen with friends, just first class fun...
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
so just to confirm, does anyone remember was it a he6 or he500 in the headamp booth??
Warning: this is going to be one of my epic multi-quoted posts. IOW, it might be a lot of TL;DR - though I hope you do.
Of course! And tomorrow, we start planning the next meet! Except this time, we'll kind of know what we're doing!
For those of you who don't know, this was the first meet that Ethan has ever organized. So, the fact that the day went as well as it did, says volumes about the stellar job that he did!
At one point, we were even worried as to whether enough people would come. LOL! Knowing what we know now, we should have made a lot more badges... and brought much more holders/lanyards/etc.
But let's not forget that - without Ethan - the meet would never have happened! Cheers Ethan
Second, thanks to everyone who helped out. To itshot, dichtert, morserotin, shioriskine, weirdfishes, hifiguy528, mikemercer: thanks so much for manning the registration table to make sure everyone got in smoothly... especially itshot who went way above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks guys!
Thanks everybody. I had a great time. The EU Capitol records edition blew me away.
Thanks to third_eye and all the folks who worked so hard to set things up.
Thanks for organizing the meet
CHEERS to warrenpchi who worked very hard to bring organization to this meet, as well as others!
Had a great time!!! Huge thanks to Ethan and Warren!!
I want to thank third_eye and Warren for all their hard work. Job well done!
And many thanks to the organizers for such a wonderful job.
Thanks third_eye/warren for putting this together.
Thank you, everyone who organized and helped.
Also a big thanks to Third Eye + Warren (et.all) for all your efforts that day!
Thanks to the organizers and the vendors and to everyone who brought their gear.
thanks every one for a great meet. Especially Ethan and Warren for all the hard work...
Thanks for the kind words! And you guys are totally welcome... not to mention the entire reason for why we wanted to do it!
Would you guys be up for another one sometime soon?
Here are some pics I took on Flickr
Whoa, those look great! Almost embarrassed to post mine now, but what the hay...
*Russtafarian, again, so sorry we misplaced your table placard!
I snagged myself a nice headfi glass :)
I'm glad you guys liked the glasses and the Lismore! Next year I guess i need to bring a keg of it
Me too! Those turned out really nice!
I grabbed mine first chance I got in the morning. And thanks so much for bringing the Lismore. I had wanted to at least bring some Talisker 10... but in the days before, time was running short and I had the hardest time trying to find a bottle near me.
Yes, those were pretty - and pretty good sounding! Just look at this sexiness (not Tyll, the headphones and the rig):
Happy vacation! Gimme a call - or shoot me an email afterward - got lots to talk about.
Popped your meet cherry! Would you to see you join the Stax Mafia!
LOL, he's on vacation now... so I'm pretty sure he's forgotten all about it!
Made a badge for you and everything...
Nope, but post-meet activities are fun! A bunch of us did some more listening up in our rooms last night, ate, drank, talked... did more of that today, and took a field trip to a used CD/vinyl store.
Here ya go!
And finally, thanks to everyone who came out Saturday! You guys absolutely make the meets. Srsly and literally!
LOL! For the record, and in my own defense, none of the sources at my table were mine. They were generously contributed by HiFiGuy528 and morserotonin respectively.
First meet, and it was amazing. Actually listening to all of the gear out there was eye (and ear) opening. Thanks for everyone who made it possible!
Nothing wrong with MJ. I brought in a couple of MJ tracks of my own; his records are produced incredibly well.
Ditto on that!
I was really looking forward to meeting you and auditioning the SR-009 strapped to your KGSSHV.
Seemed every time I was near your table, you were elsewhere. That's how it goes sometimes.
Great meet, lots of epic gear. One setup that I kept going back to was mike1127's modded Woo WA6-SE. I'd heard the WA6 a few times before, but never this tonally balanced and never with this much energy.
Thanks to all who organized this, I had a great time.
Since thank you's are out of the way I thought I would post my favorite listening experiences.
The Trentmoller and Meshuggah tracks out of Third_eye's Grace m903/DNA stratus system through both the HD800s and HE-500s were truly amazing, easily one of the best sounds of the meet to me.
Grace Jones played from the Technics turntable through the phono amp, Super 7 and LCD-3's at the Eddie Current table was super smooth and warm. Extremely musical... reminded me why I love analog so much.
Wes Montgomery and Coltrane from burnspbesq's Gimore lite /concero system was really nice through the Fostex TH-600s! The concero was so much smaller than I thought It it would be and much better as well.
Listening to Peter Murphy, Four Tet, Souxie and other tracks at the Mad Dog table made me extremely happy. These cans are awesome and I wish I had the cash to take advantage of the deals Dan had going on, but I do know these will be my next purchase.
Listening to the various tacks mikemercer played for me though the Mytek/ ALO Studio Six system was fun.. great sound there but mostly it was the tracks he picked... music junkie indeed that guy!
Mike1127's K works system was dynamic and detailed... I listened to a track from the JJ Johnson live at the Vanguard CD I had heard numerous times , but I had never heard it that engaging or expressive before.
The AK100 works great with my headphones and is easily better than my whole home rig... the Denon AD-H600s are very nice to me as well thanks to Warrenpchi for recommending I take a listen...
Also after discussing it with my lady, the next time I am coming by myself so I can spend more time hanging with you all... also I am willing to help in anyway I am able!