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Head-fi Austin - January 18 2014 - Page 11  

post #151 of 180
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The perfect reason to come! wink.gif
post #152 of 180
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Got the Violectric V200/V181/V800 and Matrix M-Stage HPA-2 w/USB and Mini-I and Mini-I Pro in the last couple days. Trying to get them all with at least a little burn in before I pack up late tomorrow night.

Pardon the very busy top shelf, normally the tablet sits directly on the shelf with amp/dac/power below.

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post #153 of 180
HA! You got the Acer eh? Good choice.
post #154 of 180
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Yes I love it. Could have sworn I skyped you about it a month ago.
post #155 of 180
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Stolen from last meet's thread... (tip #7 added)



Rules:

1. Respect everyone, and everyone's gear. Treat their gear better than your own, as if you were handling the only one of it's kind left in the world. If you have any uncertainty as to how to do something you wish to do, ASK THE OWNER! The tables are marked, and everyone will be wearing a name tag. There is no excuse not to ask. Don't take the risk!

2. Special note about turntables - Unless you own the particular turntable, you are not allowed to touch it, even if you have a turntable at your table or are a 'pro' at turntables. Any adjustment or disc changing will be done by the owner. Look at the table ID card and find them in the room if you wish to change the disc or start it playing. Turntables are extremely delicate finicky machines, do not risk damaging them by not following this rule. If you notice a turntable that has finished it's side and is spinning with the needle in the center of the disc, please alert the owner so they can start it over or change discs. Turntable owners, sorry but you will be somewhat tied to your table because of this. Please be attentive and helpful!

3. There is no outside food or drink allowed. We will have bottled water available. Norris' food prices make a movie theater look like a bargain. Small things like gum or mints are fine, just don't show up and pull a turkey dinner out of your gear boxes.

4. Health and Hygiene - Thoroughly wash your hair the morning of the meet and do not load up your hair with hair sprays and gels, etc. Scrub around your ears (anywhere a pad would touch) to get rid of any loose skin and make sure your ears are as free of wax as possible. If you are feeling sick that morning, please stay home and take care of yourself. We'd rather not catch what you have, and you will feel better resting at home. If for some reason your hair is damp when you arrive, DO NOT listen to electrostatic headphones until it has dried completely. The forecast is for clear skies, so rain and snow should not pose a problem (unlike last time).

Tips:

1. Listen to everything. Even if you don't like how it looks, or you've 'heard' it's no good. Even if it indeed is 'no good', it will serve as a reference for you in the future.

2. Take notes! Shocking how few people take notes at meets. Audio memory is one of a human's worst skills. Bring a notepad and pen and jot down some thoughts so you can remember it later.

3. Bring a sampler CD you've burned with your favorite songs you've listened to a thousand times. Don't cherry pick songs for certain attributes (snap of the snare drum on such and such track, etc) if you are attending your first meet. Simply knowing the track is enough for a first-timer. There will undoubtedly be many laptop based rigs so it might be a good idea to bring a flash drive with your songs as well, but be sure to ask for the owner's assistance in getting them loaded, and then restored to the original screen after you are done listening.

4. Plan to stay the whole meet. If you've listened to every rig and there's still time left, look through your notes to find the ones you liked the best and hit it again. This only happens once a year. Make the most of it.

5. Talk to people! Besides gear, this is a social event. Get to know head-fiers and the vendors (they don't bite!.. except your wallet). You guys are so lucky to have a community there in Austin that allows easy access to Head-fi members so you can have your own mini-meets at each other's houses. This is what it's all about. People helping people get to where they want to be with their rigs, and enjoying the process of getting there and finding friends along the way.

6. If there is a piece of gear you really, really like.. ask the owner if it is for sale. You might find a bargain, and the owner may be secretly wanting to upgrade and just needs to move the old gear first. The only reliable means of transactions at a meet is something like PayPal as you are unlikely to be carrying a ton of cash on you and checks can be risky.

7. Public free WIFI will be available, but don't expect to stream your collection from it, too many people doing that will result in poor performance for everyone.
post #156 of 180
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By the way, could you have better weather? High of 70 degrees, partly cloudy 5mph winds is the forecast.
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Roger that: I'm on it.

post #158 of 180

Had a few questions since this will be my first meet.

 

I had been going back and forth as to whether I wanted to bring my own gear for the first meet. My primary interest is to listen to as much as I can. However I don't want to take away anyone else's chance to listen to my setup, especially if no one else is bringing the same along (Bifrost > WA6SE > LCD2/HD800). 

 

This concern is coupled with another one, which is that I use my setup exclusively through my desktop computer (with SPDIF). I do not own an iPad, CD player, or any other form of source that would be reasonable in a setting such as this. Is it somehow reasonable for me just to bring my AMP/DAC/Cans, leave them on the table and go about exploring like a child in a candy store? Do I need to provide some source by which others can listen to?

 

What say you Head-Fi? I honestly just don't have the context of how these meets exactly work, so just looking for some input.

post #159 of 180
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Hm.. Some sort of source is necessary. Let me see how many sources I have and how many I need to use. Perhaps I can loan you a CD player. It wouldn't be anything special, just a DVD player or something. Surely you have a DVD/Bluray with digital out?
post #160 of 180
Really excited to attend my 2nd meeting (I’ll pay in cash)

I am not planning to have a table, but I’ll bring two of my portable rigs: Foxtex HP1 & AlgoRhythm Solo –db +ALO Audio Rx MK3, and some cans: Beyerdynamic DT880, DT 770 & AKG 702

I hope I can try a Schiit Bifrost/Lyr setup,WA6 and some Hifiman HE500

BTW, I’ll have for sale another of my portable rigs: Original AlgoRhythm Solo + ALO Audio Rx MK3, with 2 ALO Audio cables (USB to Dock and mini to mini). Everything in new/mint condition, including original packing; please send me an PM if interested
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post #161 of 180
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Originally Posted by Aggie-Luna View Post

Really excited to attend my 2nd meeting (I’ll pay in cash)

I am not planning to have a table, but I’ll bring two of my portable rigs: Foxtex HP1 & AlgoRhythm Solo –db +ALO Audio Rx MK3, and some cans: Beyerdynamic DT880, DT 770 & AKG 702

I hope I can try a Schiit Bifrost/Lyr setup,WA6 and some Hifiman HE500

 

You're welcome to try my WA6.

post #162 of 180
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Stolen from last meet's thread... (tip #7 added)

 

I'd add a #8: Take photos and/or post meet impressions! I don't know why posting of meet impressions is always on the decline on Head-Fi in general, but the rest of us Head-Fiers would like to see & read about the goings-on.

post #163 of 180
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You're welcome to try my WA6.
I've got my he-500 so be can kill 2 birds with one stone.
post #164 of 180
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

You're welcome to try my WA6.
I've got my he-500 so be can kill 2 birds with one stone.

I'll pass on the bird killing but getting stoned sounds O.K..:D

post #165 of 180
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You're welcome to try my WA6.


Can't wait to try that with my RS1! Hoping they work well together.

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