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post #16 of 73

Sorry we couldn't be there--looks like a terrific meet!
 

(Spent the weekend working on Ragnarok and getting the new office set up.)

 

post #17 of 73
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Sorry we couldn't be there--looks like a terrific meet!
 

(Spent the weekend working on Ragnarok and getting the new office set up.)

 

That room look super.

post #18 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post

Sorry we couldn't be there--looks like a terrific meet!

 
(Spent the weekend working on Ragnarok and getting the new office set up.)



Sweet Wacom, the rest of the room looks like Schitt.
post #19 of 73

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.

post #20 of 73

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!

 

-Rob

 

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)?

post #21 of 73
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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!

-Rob

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)?

Glad you had a good time! Yes, there was some soldering going on as the Crack wasn't working right and some impromptu repair work was going on!
post #22 of 73
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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.

Those are the BEST meets. When you come away happy with what you have it tends to be a LOT less expensive!

PS, when you get tired of your CS1.6's, be sure to let me know! Thiel are among my favorites.
post #23 of 73
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post

Sorry we couldn't be there--looks like a terrific meet!

 
(Spent the weekend working on Ragnarok and getting the new office set up.)



Excuses, excuses. wink.gif

Your gear was very well received. Lots of wide eyed faces when listening to the Modi/Magni stack & the Bifrost/Vali combo. Next year I wanna be sure you're there to showcase your Ragnarok and accompanying DAC!
post #24 of 73
What a whirlwind weekend!

Head-Fi meet Saturday from 11-5, shooting football games Saturday night til 9 (man, was that cold) and a wedding to shoot Sunday. Finally catching by breath this morning.

First of all, like I said before, thank you to all the vendors and attendees. It's really great when we get a nice big crowd to hear lot of gear and share impressions. Another special thank you to those who contributed beer. Got to try lots of new things.

Second, to those of you who said 'Thank you' to me...you're all very welcome! It's a lot of work, but I really enjoy it. I'm happy to do this every year.

It's kinda funny, but as host, I never get to listen as much as I think I will, but here goes...

I REALLY enjoyed Frank's maxed out WA-5 setup with both the HE-6's and the LCD-3's. It was really eye-opening.

The Stax 009 through the Blue Hawaii was another highlight. Airy, light, fast beautiful. And the Blue Hawaii is pretty easy on the eyes too! Stunning workmanship.

The Woo 234's with the Abyss headphones was an truly out-of-head experience that we all look for in a headphone setup. Best imaging I've heard yet.

Dminches OTL amp sounded warm and sweet with LCD-3's, if maybe a little under-powered.

Colin's Denon 7000's reminded me of just how good those are. Closed back, but still nice and airy.

Really kept going back to the insane value of the Schiit Magni/Modi combo. It rove everything we threw at it. Loved it with he Alpha Dogs. For $800 total, it's a killer set up. Anyone who is looking for a whole system for sub-$1K should audition that combo.

I've owned HE-4's, HE-500's, and HE-400's, but oddly enough, this was the first time I spent any significant time with HE-6's. I now get what the hype is all about. They are definitely on another level from anything else in the HifiMan lineup. Super fast and clean...but SUPER power hungry.

Zheng's WA6-SE made me wonder why I ever sold mine. It sounded stellar with everything. Of course, those tubes might have had something to do with it!

I was pleasantly surprised with the LCD-XC's. They were outright better than my LCD-2.1's despite being closed back. They offered better isolation that what I remembered from RMAF...maybe that room was just THAT noisy. Good imaging, fast & clean treble. Liquid midrange. Extended bass. Great detail retrieval. Audez'e house sound...all in a closed back design. These are going to become the de facto standard in recording studios.

Two things I didn't listen to at the meet were the Schiit Vali and the LCD-X's. They were very popular at the meet and I knew I would have time with them after the meet so I waited. As I have been typing this, I've been listening to the LCD-X's through my Red Wine Audio balanced Isabellina connected to my iPad via the CCK...a truly off-the-grid experience. The LCD-X hype from previous posts is well deserved. I spent precious little time with the LCD-3's, but so far I think the X's might be better. They lack the beautiful wood finish that the rest of the lineup sports, but on pure sonics, they really impress. I have owned the LCD-2's from nearly the beginning and love them...I really never thought I would want for anything else. They were the headphones that got me into this hobby full speed ahead because the first time I heard then it was a duly transformative experience. I never thought headphones could sound like that. The X's are better in every way. They make the 2's sound congested. I have no idea how that's even possible! They have my toes tapping on tracks I've heard a zillion times.

I'll listen to the Vali in more detail later today to see it it lives up to what I remember from RMAF. My notes from RMAF say, "warm, lush, tubey. OTL type sound signature. Extended bass but a little loose, like you'd expect from tubes. Wonderful treble...not dark, but not bright. A great compliment to the Magni"

Sorry I didn't get to listen to everything! You'll just have to come back next year!
post #25 of 73
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What a whirlwind weekend! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Head-Fi meet Saturday from 11-5, shooting football games Saturday night til 9 (man, was that cold) and a wedding to shoot Sunday. Finally catching by breath this morning.

First of all, like I said before, thank you to all the vendors and attendees. It's really great when we get a nice big crowd to hear lot of gear and share impressions. Another special thank you to those who contributed beer. Got to try lots of new things.

Second, to those of you who said 'Thank you' to me...you're all very welcome! It's a lot of work, but I really enjoy it. I'm happy to do this every year.

It's kinda funny, but as host, I never get to listen as much as I think I will, but here goes...

I REALLY enjoyed Frank's maxed out WA-5 setup with both the HE-6's and the LCD-3's. It was really eye-opening.

The Stax 009 through the Blue Hawaii was another highlight. Airy, light, fast beautiful. And the Blue Hawaii is pretty easy on the eyes too! Stunning workmanship.

The Woo 234's with the Abyss headphones was an truly out-of-head experience that we all look for in a headphone setup. Best imaging I've heard yet.

Dminches OTL amp sounded warm and sweet with LCD-3's, if maybe a little under-powered.

Colin's Denon 7000's reminded me of just how good those are. Closed back, but still nice and airy.

Really kept going back to the insane value of the Schiit Magni/Modi combo. It rove everything we threw at it. Loved it with he Alpha Dogs. For $800 total, it's a killer set up. Anyone who is looking for a whole system for sub-$1K should audition that combo.

I've owned HE-4's, HE-500's, and HE-400's, but oddly enough, this was the first time I spent any significant time with HE-6's. I now get what the hype is all about. They are definitely on another level from anything else in the HifiMan lineup. Super fast and clean...but SUPER power hungry.

Zheng's WA6-SE made me wonder why I ever sold mine. It sounded stellar with everything. Of course, those tubes might have had something to do with it!

I was pleasantly surprised with the LCD-XC's. They were outright better than my LCD-2.1's despite being closed back. They offered better isolation that what I remembered from RMAF...maybe that room was just THAT noisy. Good imaging, fast & clean treble. Liquid midrange. Extended bass. Great detail retrieval. Audez'e house sound...all in a closed back design. These are going to become the de facto standard in recording studios.

Two things I didn't listen to at the meet were the Schiit Vali and the LCD-X's. They were very popular at the meet and I knew I would have time with them after the meet so I waited. As I have been typing this, I've been listening to the LCD-X's through my Red Wine Audio balanced Isabellina connected to my iPad via the CCK...a truly off-the-grid experience. The LCD-X hype from previous posts is well deserved. I spent precious little time with the LCD-3's, but so far I think the X's might be better. They lack the beautiful wood finish that the rest of the lineup sports, but on pure sonics, they really impress. I have owned the LCD-2's from nearly the beginning and love them...I really never thought I would want for anything else. They were the headphones that got me into this hobby full speed ahead because the first time I heard then it was a duly transformative experience. I never thought headphones could sound like that. The X's are better in every way. They make the 2's sound congested. I have no idea how that's even possible! They have my toes tapping on tracks I've heard a zillion times.

I'll listen to the Vali in more detail later today to see it it lives up to what I remember from RMAF. My notes from RMAF say, "warm, lush, tubey. OTL type sound signature. Extended bass but a little loose, like you'd expect from tubes. Wonderful treble...not dark, but not bright. A great compliment to the Magni"

Sorry I didn't get to listen to everything! You'll just have to come back next year!

 

 

Congrats on another fine year!

:beerchug:

 

I have a deep appreciation for your photography and the efforts you put into meets. And the soldering iron experience :tongue_smile: took this year's gathering even higher - so real world! By chance, what was the tube complement for the WooAudio WA 6 Special Edition?

post #26 of 73

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.

post #27 of 73

I really enjoyed a beautiful Saturday at Lee's Photo Loft. Great music, friendly crowds, Philly cheese steaks, and beers. What more can we ask for? 

 

Thanks Lee!

 

I was taken by Frank's WA5. The tubes compliment one of the best sound I heard out of this amp.

 

 

- Jack

post #28 of 73
Thread Starter 

Thanks Jack and glad you liked it. I am bringing the same tubes to NY and George Lenz is attending the meet with some EML tubes for your 234's as well. Dead Ears has another opportunity to hear these on November 9th and I am looking forward to meeting you Frank as well.

post #29 of 73

jawdroping, seems  there was a great relaxed atmosphere at the meet :)

post #30 of 73

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 :beyersmile: 


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