We brought the gear. We spun the vinyl. We ate hotter than hell salsa... and we had a good time.
Bring on the impressions! :)
It was really nice to meet you all there. Jon and I had a blast and made it back to San Antonio safely. I learned a ton, and it helped to validate my decision to go with the HE-500s over the LCDs when I acquired my most recent setup. I had the opportunity to try my HE-500s with someone else's Lyr that had some non-stock tubes rolled in it, and I immediately learned the importance of swapping out the tubes. That's probably going to be my next acquisition. The Alpha Dogs were frankly amazing, shockingly good considering their humble roots, although I thought the Burson Conductor was terrible, which was the bigger surprise to me honestly considering the hype it gets. Felt very muted, and the stepped attenuator was exceptionally noisy on it. I much preferred the Schiit stack. The HD-800s were fantastic as well on the Decware CSP2, it blew me away.
I look forward to the Austin meetup, as it's closer to my area.
Need a pic of the Kuzma. Trying not to be jelly.
It was nice meeting you all!! I had a lot of fun and got to try out some very cool equipment. Thanks for your generosity and bringing everything along. I enjoyed trying out my Q701's on different amps/sources since I've been amp shopping!
Hey, I resemble that comment! :) I think my rig of choice in the lineup is currently the iPod mini strapped to an E17, largely because of its small form factor and its ability to drive almost any headphone that I would wear walking. In fact, I just realized the combo is smaller than the X3 in two of its dimensions.
I left my meet impressions on the Alpha Dog in the associated Headphones forum post. One thing I did not realize: The version of the Alpha Dog that we all saw at this meet is different from that in pictures posted so far. Does anyone have closeups of the Alpha Dog from the meet? Many are waiting in anticipation as to its final look.
Thanks to Nick for setting things up, and kudos to Dan for making the trip. Alpha Dogs may be in my future, too. All the gear I saw and heard was great (and the Kuzma was the best I've ever heard vinyl sound), and the conversations were even better.
The Alpha Dogs were a pleasant surprise. 1st set of good closed cans I've ever had on my head.
For their bulk, they weren't uncomfortable either.
The AKG 70x cans sound better with my amp than I ever thought they would.
The hd800's are still an outstanding headphone.
My current setup is not too bad, so I really wasn't thinking about any upgrades. To go
to the next level is going to be $$$$. For now, no more chasing the dragon.
Thanks again to Nick. Always a 1st class host.