Sorry we couldn't be there--looks like a terrific meet!
(Spent the weekend working on Ragnarok and getting the new office set up.)
I really enjoyed myself at the meet, big thanks to Lee for being such a fantastic host, everyone who brought or sent gear, everyone who stopped by to listen, and Fang at Hifiman for the RE-600's!
As far as impressions go, my runaway favorite was the LCD-X with Zheng's awesome WA6-SE (I'm going to have to find a way to afford that setup), I could go on forever about those headphones. My second favorite was the STAX SR-009 with Justin's excellent Blue Hawaii (a *far* more accurate combo, but I always like a little goofy with my headphones).
Another thing I noticed was how much awesome sound you could get for a reasonable price, the Hifiman HE-400's are *excellent* for $350. The Alpha Dogs with the magni/modi combo and some classical music is one hell of an excellent combination as well.
The last thing I came away with from the meet is a new appreciation for the gear that I already have. I was proud my little Denons could somewhat hold their own against the big boys, and I think for the price I paid I couldn't have made a better choice. I went into the meet expecting a whole new world of headphones that would embarrass my current setup, but left with a new found respect for what I already have.
This was my first meet, and really my first time hearing anything more expensive than my HD595s. I'm pretty shy so it was a little intimidating walking into a room full of strangers. Everyone was very nice though, and Lee was very inviting which I really appreciated. Next time I definitely want to be a little less introverted lol
Also, Oleg and krisstack sort of took me under their wing and explained the basics to me. Thanks guys!
P.S. I didn't notice at the time, but looking at the pictures, did someone bring a soldering iron (in the picture next to the crack that's inside-up)?
Congrats on another fine year!
I have a deep appreciation for your photography and the efforts you put into meets. And the soldering iron experience took this year's gathering even higher - so real world! By chance, what was the tube complement for the WooAudio WA 6 Special Edition?
Boy am I sorry I missed this one! Looks like a great meet. Last minute car issues (everyone else needed our cars this weekend) left me stranded. Hope I can make it next year if Lee isn't too worn down after all that work to do it all over again. Maybe by then he'll have forgotten...
I saw a few faces I recognized in the photos. Would have loved to have heard the new Audeze's and to finally meet Frank I in person. Someday soon, I hope.
jawdroping, seems there was a great relaxed atmosphere at the meet
Colin, thanks for turning me on to goat rodeo sessions. Been rocking them for awhile today, and I'm still at work listening, because I don't want to take my headphones off