What a great meet!
I knew it would be good, but this one exceeded that I. Great to put faces to the many people I've come across on the forums - makes a real difference (!). The food was like what I'd have for lunch on a standard weekday with people sitting down in the food area to eat. Awesome. I also liked also how things were more spread out than last time where a more quieter, relaxed room meant for better listening with open headphones.
Russ Poole was great and I was impressed how with only his guitar was able to perform like that. I talked to him afterwards and He's a really nice guy, modest and honest. Wish him the best moving forwards.
I learnt a lot about a lot of gear. Don't know where to begin.
I compared the ED9's with my sig pro's. There were plenty of similarities, where I felt like the sig pros were the ED9's bought down to earth a bit. Less tilted and more neutralised in the upper registers. Mr Q's Pioneer amp looked stunning and sounded like that too with the HE6. I liked the HE5le's better which was suprising. Sounded very good from my setup - very controlled and a well executed sound.
I had a long listen to Kyle 491's fostex th900 and of course, they're very good. The right pad still hits a pressure point under my right ear, preventing me from buying one myself (Weird/Annoying problem). Elton had a literally brand new K1000 which with orchestral music sounded special. Happy that I finally got the chance to listen to these headphones.
Remember in the last meet how there were almost too many HD650's around - this time it was the HD800's probably (!). Not a bad thing at all though as it was easy to get a decent listen to these headphones again. I was surprised by the Grado table where the PS1000 especially sounded good. A slight bit too bright but their soundstage and midrange was very advanced. Enjoyable listen.
Probably the star of the show was the T5p for me. I had these last year. I demoed them a few months ago and the only word I had to describe them was 'bad.' The one at the meet though was a different beast all together. It was like they were a cross between a d7k and T1, where the soundstage was large, period. Huge soundstage for a closed headphone and it had so many other good qualities to it where it didn't sound bright or tizzy in treble and it had a solid bass response.
The ones I had were burnt in for over 150hrs, so either the T5p's need a much longer burn in or there are some solid production variances between models. Interesting.
Thanks a lot Nadeem for organising this and thanks to all those who attended / bought along their gear. Great meet.