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.
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.
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