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@3X0, I think I spoke to you briefly and listened to your fantastic SR-Omega rig — could you jog my memory about what amp and DAC you had set up?

Hi gepardcv! The DAC was zerodeefex's Matrix X-Sabre which he very kindly lent to me for the meet. The amplifier was the humble Stax SRM-323S. Small size but good results! :)

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My highlight - I know this is old but seriously just getting to meet up with all the people I have been virtually communicating with for the past few years and 'shoot the breeze' 

From a musical perspective - LFF's CodeX and Enigma - just fantastic 
Purrin's OB speakers - the "night before" party didn't really show them off as well as the set up at the meet. The fun part at the meet was sitting on a wheeled chair and changing positions to see how this impacted playback perception - the room was empty or at least sparsely populated  on the few times i ventured back there. i thought the imaging was really good. Great depth to the soundstage too , not that crazy too wide or bigger than life effect - very real. 
quite a few other experiences that were good , some not as good as expected, one thing, X30's original omegas are the real deal - with Alex's Liquid Silk they were just spot on. Those who know me well know I am not the biggest e-stat fan but these were right up my alley. 
Oh - Frank Cooter's metrum dac, really good detail separation, not to mention his artful creations which I got to enjoy in the quiet pre-event listening session the night before. Great pairing with his LCD3's.  At the meet he had his steam punk music server driven by the rasperry pi  - this begs further exploration.

 

I got my first exposure to In n Out burgers - thanks lff and those fries were just delicious too. Kabul's Afghanistan cuisine was so scrumptious too , just the perfect spot to hang out and spend the last night in SF. 

 

..dB

post #63 of 128
Quest: no joke, went home and bought the Carla Bruni CD. So relaxing.

Have a bunch of notes to sift through. Had some big surprises from the meet!
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hmmm...yeah this sounds alright

 

 

listening to headphones is a lot to take for some

 

 

 

This track looks interesting...

 

 

Zerodeefex adjudicating two audio geeks arguing about the effects of coffee on critical listening.

 

 

Anetode knows how this works..sip down some good whisky for true listening pleasure

 


Luis

 

Fuji Knockoff

 

 

Purrin going "I like this one"

 

Hoping to score schitt

 

Mr Speakers 

 

The Don of the ortho mafia...dBel84

 

hmm ..rather cocky CT

 

 

Purrin with the LFF Enigmas

 

Purrin's OB speaker rig

 

 

 

Statement piece

 

 

 

Digital is the word

 

 

A personal favorite

 

 

Headphones mode is a go!

 

 

What's up doc? Dr. Alex Cavalli.

 

Time to wrap it up

 

 

 

Thanks for all the effort in setting this up folks. CT, ZD, Quest, Susan, purrin, Mike. Was great to see all you guys. Was fantastic to see Elysian, Don, Alex, LFF, Mr Speakers, Anetode and all the folks who came up and chatted about photography haha..

Elysian thanks for the spin in the corvette.. sure has me thinking now lols.

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I never did try the HE-6s on mine, never thought to...maybe I should have. Though I had the First Watt f1 at the time so probably not much point

 

 

The First Watt F1 is a great amp, the DSP-A1 is a very good budget amp for the HE-6 (for those on a tight budget).

 

Now an outcast by the HT community because of it's lack of modern features like HDMI, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX, compounded by low demand from the audiophile community because it' an integrated (vs separates) amp with AV roots, the DSP-A1 can legitimately be considered a "steal" if you are looking to power the HE-6.  This neglected "flagship" AV amp from Yamaha, that once retailed for $2500 in 1997, can often be found at bargain basement prices on eBay.   An amp in "good" condition typically goes for $200-$400, but one can sometimes be found for less than $200.

Those listening to DSP-A1 will be pleasantly surprised by how effortlessly this amp is able to drive the HE-6 to realistically loud sound levels.   This reminds me of the Cerwin-Vega's ad slogan from the mid - 1970s - "Loud Is Beautiful If It's Clean".  I never cared much for the speakers, but the slogan stuck with me and that's how I would  describe the DSP-A1/HE-6 paring.  Try the 1986 release studio recording of Papa Legba by the Talking Heads. With this recording, if your amp can drive the HE-6 to loud levels without sounding compressed, hard or distorted you've found a good match.

As far as negatives, the one big showstopper for many will be the amp's large footprint.  Measuring roughly 17"(W) x 17"(D) the amp will take up a large amount of real estate, so the DSP-A1 really is impractical for use as a desktop amp.  Did I mention the amp tips the scales at just over 50 lbs. 

In summary, given the value this inexpensive solution delivers, I think most people would be quite happy with the DSP-A1/HE-6 pair.  Yes, there are better sounding amps, but you'll have to spend quite a bit more to get noticeably better results.

 

 

 

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Great shots.  Love your pics!


Edited by jazzfan - 2/19/14 at 11:41am
post #66 of 128
Looks like so much fun. Want to visit one of there meets someday smily_headphones1.gif
post #67 of 128
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CEETEE
CEETEE is one of Eddie Current's biggest fanboys. Eddie Current Zana Deux on the left and his BA on the right running KR PX4 output tubes. (Also a Schiit Vali on the far left). I think most of you know how these amps sound like. Quite different from each other but still cut from the same cloth.







CEETEE, the UE Rep, and everything else.
I don't know how CEETEE does this. Organize the meet. Bring his own stuff. Bring and show off UE's stuff. Run a raffle. And hang out with a few of us way past midnight. And for two nights in a row too. And no, I won't mention anything about the drinks, although it was much much milder this year than in the past. CEETEE is a respectable family man now.




linuxworks / Sercona Audio
I got a big kick of out linuxworks' nixie tube display on this beta22 amp. I probably sat there for half an hour turning the volume knob back and forth mezmorized by seeing the numbers change. linuxworks is like the ultimate geek - he always makes the coolest stuff. He also brought a DCX2496 (digital x-over and EQ) which outputs separate SPDIF. This would allow for an ultimate speaker crossover system utilizing multiple DACs and amps. I am seriously interested in this for my future speaker projects.




Cavalli Audio
Here are some photos of the "Liquid Silk" (working name). This was really nice with the SR-009s. Probably my amp of choice with them.







In succession from the front: "Liquid Silk", Liquid Colbalt, Liquid Glass, Liquid Gold. Alex's table was totally packed. I wanted to hear the Glass again and the Cobalt, but i never got the chance. As I've said earlier, this meet went far too fast. I put my priorities on saying hi new friends and catching up with old friends in the Bay Area. Maybe two days for next year?




That's dbel84 / Don below manning the Cavalii table. It was great to finally meet him after being online friends with him for so long. BTW, it was really neat for you out-of-towners to fly in and finally meet up: Don, Sachu, Anedote, etc. And all my old friends from the Bay Area - too numerous for me to mention all of you. I really felt a strong sense of community here.




This is my personal favorite from Cavalli, the Liquid Glass (I love tubes). With the meet special insane deal, I almost bought one.



It looks like there was a pair of sr-007Mk2 by the Liquid Silk. Any impressions on the pairing?
post #68 of 128
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It looks like there was a pair of sr-007Mk2 by the Liquid Silk. Any impressions on the pairing?

 

Will be posting later, but just freaking phenomenal. I preferred the pairing over my old SR-007 MK1 w/KGSSHV. I am wondering what the MK1 would sound like on that sucker. GREAT amp. This was my first exposure to Alex's commercial gear and holy moly, it's pretty amazing! 

post #69 of 128
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Will be posting later, but just freaking phenomenal. I preferred the pairing over my old SR-007 MK1 w/KGSSHV. I am wondering what the MK1 would sound like on that sucker. GREAT amp. This was my first exposure to Alex's commercial gear and holy moly, it's pretty amazing! 
Better than the Mk1 and KGSSHV? That's quite the complement! I can't wait to hear more. I love my 007, but they certainly need some more juice. I know I need something better, and maybe this will be it... I just hope I can afford it smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by mangler - 2/19/14 at 9:33am
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Weird.. Alex was talking about how he didn't like the SR-007Mk2s after listening to the SR-007Mk1s. Maybe that was after listening to the Mk1 on the Silk?

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First and foremost, major kudos to  Christian and Ravi for stepping up  and taking over the organization and execution of this meet . You guys did a great job! And thank you Christian for your more than generous personal hospitality. And although I didn't win, thanks to all the donors that contributed to the awesome raffle!

 

I've been going to these meets since 2007 and have building audio equipment since long before that. Having heard most of the commercial gear extensively, my primary interest is anything DIY and the people behind it. Just when I think there's not a whole lot of  us left, I run into people that are modding my own headphones to take them to new levels, building speakers, integrating DIY computer controls into traditional audio, and last but not least, exposing me to high quality classical recordings and educating me in a world where I'm basically ignorant.  I have a lot of fun at these meets, but I always come away knowing more that I did before. Too many people to list here, but thank you all for sharing your knowledge and companionship, it's what makes this a great community!

 

See you all next year!

post #72 of 128
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I got my first exposure to In n Out burgers - thanks lff and those fries were just delicious too. Kabul's Afghanistan cuisine was so scrumptious too , just the perfect spot to hang out and spend the last night in SF. 

 

..dB

No trip to California is complete without In n Out.  Also, I love eating at Kabul's in Burlingame, really flavorful.  

post #73 of 128
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Weird.. Alex was talking about how he didn't like the SR-007Mk2s after listening to the SR-007Mk1s. Maybe that was after listening to the Mk1 on the Silk?

 

The mk2s are simply not as good as the mk1. Boomier in the bass and a little bit more mid-forward.

post #74 of 128
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Bill P - Thanks for letting me listen to your modified ES10s, they were quite fun and different. I still prefer my ES10s over all the other headphones I have combined and that's quite a statement considering... It was fun hanging out too. Post some photo's when you can!

 

Haha, now you know how it feels like to be a midrange-head.

 

It seems to me you are more of a basshead than a midrange-head, so perhaps you will enjoy the W1000X more.

 

But to me, man... after listening to that W1000, there is simply no going back. It was just so good. I swear, the next time a pair goes on sale...

 

Anyway, pictures incoming. I've just been busy with work and other things.

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Some of you may know both Alex Cavalli and Ti Kan (AMB) as great contributors to DIY headphone amplifiers, particularly years ago when the notion of a headphone amplifier barely existed.

AMEN!!! and for free.

a thank you to AC and TK

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