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post #121 of 298
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Originally Posted by alexsv View Post
 

Big Kudos to Warren and Ethan along with all the others who helped put this meet together. As a member of the trade I've been to too many audio shows but I can say for sure this one was by far the most fun. Great job guys!

Heard GREAT things about your table @alexsv !!!!

AWESOME!!

 

I'll get the XLR cables back to you for the update

and I gotta get a set of the new headphone cables!!!!

 

I have the first 2 prototypes, and wanna write up the final cable!!

post #122 of 298

I wanna hear about how Dan did with the E.A.R table.

 

Hopefully Dan brought appropriate music for the occasion.

 

ANYBODY have a good experience over there??

 

@warrenpchi's heard the HP4 over at my place.

He can vouch for how SICK that amplifier is!!

 

So I'm looking for report on that!

 

 

I couldn't be there so I'm living vicariously through you gents!!!!

post #123 of 298
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

One question about the LFF's Enigma:  It is a closed headphone, but... how well does it isolate ?

 

Indeed,  I am looking for a "NON Leaking" headphone to use (instead of my TH900) when, in a very quiet environement,  I cannot afford to disturb other people.  Is it as good as an AlphaDOG or a SigPRO on this NON Leaking matter ?

 

thanks

It does isolate well, but if you're looking for a closed headphone I'd say look into the Paradox. I preferred them to the Enigma (although this isn't the thread to discuss specific headphones). Unless you're highly attracted to the Enigma's DIY look, the Paradox are slightly more enjoyable to listen to in my opinion and also a fraction of the cost. 

post #124 of 298
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 I heard a few people mention they clamped a bit hard, I didn't really notice that, but I'd assume they stretch out and loosen up with use anyway

They eased in less than an hour. I NOTICED WHEN YOU WON. Since i was helping with the check-ins I got to see who's faces go with which names. so when I saw familiar people walking up there my thoughts were "LiteKirby"! and "Force"! (with the x5) on a side note the Tekfx guy XD

post #125 of 298
I provably didn't look too interested in that Stance S1 but I actually really liked it. Not only is it cheap, relatively speaking, it felt well built and sounded quite fun when in amp mode. Plus, the wireless w/ Bluetooth feature was sweet. I think I saw Ethan walk out the room with them to let some people know they were wireless.

http://pendulumic.com/stance/
post #126 of 298
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

I wanna hear about how Dan did with the E.A.R table.

 

Hopefully Dan brought appropriate music for the occasion.

 

ANYBODY have a good experience over there??

 

@warrenpchi's heard the HP4 over at my place.

He can vouch for how SICK that amplifier is!!

 

So I'm looking for report on that!

 

 

I couldn't be there so I'm living vicariously through you gents!!!!

I had a great experience there! Dan had good music for me anyway. I enjoyed the found sound thing that he played for me after a bit of jazz.  Yes that amp rocks for sure as does the DAC4.  It was so buttery with my T1 and the LCD-X. 

 

The whole meet was stellar and I tried to hear everything but realized I missed Noble and JH... oh a proper write up will come soon but my favorites of the show?

 

The Stax SR-009 out of anything but especially the Blue Hawaiian

The Liquid Gold/ Abyss set up at the Cavalli table... actually the whole Cavalli table.

The Pendulumic BT headphone...just amazing for the cost and features

The E.A.R HP4 with my T1

The Chord Hugo 

The AK240 with the balanced cable and the HD800... shiver...

 

 

Great talking to everyone!

post #127 of 298
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

I wanna hear about how Dan did with the E.A.R table.

 

Hopefully Dan brought appropriate music for the occasion.

 

ANYBODY have a good experience over there??

 

@warrenpchi's heard the HP4 over at my place.

He can vouch for how SICK that amplifier is!!

 

So I'm looking for report on that!

 

 

I couldn't be there so I'm living vicariously through you gents!!!!

As related above, Dan's EAR table was fantastic, but I can add that the WyWires headphone cable made a HUGE difference with the Audezes on hand. More resolving, more air--just better. The lucky head-fier who won the $1000 gift certificate is stoked! The EAR system is premium price, of course, and it delivers. For me, there’s no better tonic for audio weariness than attending this headphone event. You follow the online and print chronicles of the state of high end audio, and you know all about the naysayers to everything and any product that’s ever been or will be.  I was struck by the fact that I didn’t hear one smart aleck comment all day. (not even from me, which has got to be some kind of record). Everyone seemed to find something of value in everything, and the harshest comment was invariably in the “these aren’t bad, but they don’t work for me” form of rebuke. Try finding that at your local Audio gathering or national show. Some of the best sounds I heard at the meet were from a pair of vintage Stax electrostatic headpho..er, earspeakers (thanks Russ), and the bizarrely-shaped but wonderfully panoramic AKG1000 headphones. I agree with others about the Audeze/Schiit Mjolnir/WyWires combo-really, really nice. I also second the Alpha Dogs/Cavalli Liquid Gold pairing (one filter screen to tame things worked for me). I was surprised to find that the Abyss headphones seemed so exact as to be unnatural to my taste, but I can see why they're so well regarded by others. No one's mentioned the NuForce mono block headphone amps, so I thought they did a great job powering the HD800s at a cheap price. Other faves: Astell-Kern players (and the Final Pandora headphones), All Cavalli amps, the Woo Audio WA7, Exit Level Audio amp with its Emission Labs 20b DHT (Directly Heated Triode) tubes, and Darin Fong Audio software. Telling moment: at the raffle, the biggest groans from the crowd came when they didn't win the IEMs and attendant gear. Young, mobile, enthusiastic, and discerning: lifeblood!

post #128 of 298
This was my 3rd meet, but far and away the best one I have been to. I really enjoyed the Astell&Kern/hd800 combo, quite stellar togeather. The SPL Phonitor2 paired with the Audeze X was exceptional also. I only had an hour so I made the best of my time. But I'm looking forward to the next event.
post #129 of 298

Hadn't tried the the lcd-x and was quite surprised at how common they ended up being with vendors. Brought two friends who aren't audiophiles and thought they may have been turned off from audeze cans and they just absolutely loved them. the lcd-x and the noble 4 stole the show for me and now I am quite interested.

post #130 of 298
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Hadn't tried the the lcd-x and was quite surprised at how common they ended up being with vendors. Brought two friends who aren't audiophiles and thought they may have been turned off from audeze cans and they just absolutely loved them. the lcd-x and the noble 4 stole the show for me and now I am quite interested.

I also noticed how Audeze literally is now the standard for testing high grade audio equipment. I thought it used to be the HD800s, but looks like we have a new standard in the house. I don't think there was a single vendor (a single one!) that was selling amp/dac/player products that didn't have an Audeze product for testing. 

post #131 of 298
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Originally Posted by Dean Seislove View Post
 

As related above, Dan's EAR table was fantastic, but I can add that the WyWires headphone cable made a HUGE difference with the Audezes on hand. More resolving, more air--just better. The lucky head-fier who won the $1000 gift certificate is stoked! The EAR system is premium price, of course, and it delivers. For me, there’s no better tonic for audio weariness than attending this headphone event. You follow the online and print chronicles of the state of high end audio, and you know all about the naysayers to everything and any product that’s ever been or will be.  I was struck by the fact that I didn’t hear one smart aleck comment all day. (not even from me, which has got to be some kind of record). Everyone seemed to find something of value in everything, and the harshest comment was invariably in the “these aren’t bad, but they don’t work for me” form of rebuke. Try finding that at your local Audio gathering or national show. Some of the best sounds I heard at the meet were from a pair of vintage Stax electrostatic headpho..er, earspeakers (thanks Russ), and the bizarrely-shaped but wonderfully panoramic AKG1000 headphones. I agree with others about the Audeze/Schiit Mjolnir/WyWires combo-really, really nice. I also second the Alpha Dogs/Cavalli Liquid Gold pairing (one filter screen to tame things worked for me). I was surprised to find that the Abyss headphones seemed so exact as to be unnatural to my taste, but I can see why they're so well regarded by others. No one's mentioned the NuForce mono block headphone amps, so I thought they did a great job powering the HD800s at a cheap price. Other faves: Astell-Kern players (and the Final Pandora headphones), All Cavalli amps, the Woo Audio WA7, Exit Level Audio amp with its Emission Labs 20b DHT (Directly Heated Triode) tubes, and Darin Fong Audio software. Telling moment: at the raffle, the biggest groans from the crowd came when they didn't win the IEMs and attendant gear. Young, mobile, enthusiastic, and discerning: lifeblood!

YES Dean!

I'm rockin the Cavalli Liquid Gold here now,

and, its the only other headphone amp that connects me to the music like my E.A.R HP4.

Though I'm starting to think the Liquid Gold beats it down when it comes to dynamics.

 

However, the E.A.R still has this quality to it - how it translates what I call that intangible part of the music that you can't quantify: The Soul!

But the Liquid Gold is breaking in, and as it breaks-in it just gets better and better!

 

W/ my McIntosh D100 DAC feeding it - making for an ALL-balanced system, back to front - and my Audeze LCD-X, XC, 3's, and HD800s - WHOAH

This is my favorite SYSTEM of all-time right now:

 

Sources:

MacBook Pro/Amarra

VPI Traveler + Unison Research Simply Phono tube phonostage

 

Amp:

Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold

 

Cans:

Audeze LCD-X

 

Cables:

ALL Nordost Heimdall 2 in the back

Double Helix Cables (one-of-a-kind, belongs to the owner Peter Bradstock) in front

post #132 of 298

Hi everybody — I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who stopped by the UE booth. Thank you for listening and thank you for just coming to hang out. Meets are always my favorite and to be honest, this was the first one where I wasn't behind the table the full time. I had expected to get to go out and finally listen to gear, but I guess it never really works that way for a vendor. The meet was so crowded and so busy that I never really got away from the table. Talk about a good problem to have (although reading all the impressions makes me a tad jealous about all the things that I missed hearing.)

 

Anyway, just really wanted to tip the hat to Warren and Ethan. You all put on quite a show! Legendary really fellas.

 

Until the next one,

 

Mike

post #133 of 298
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YES Dean!

I'm rockin the Cavalli Liquid Gold here now,

and, its the only other headphone amp that connects me to the music like my E.A.R HP4.

Though I'm starting to think the Liquid Gold beats it down when it comes to dynamics.

 

However, the E.A.R still has this quality to it - how it translates what I call that intangible part of the music that you can't quantify: The Soul!

But the Liquid Gold is breaking in, and as it breaks-in it just gets better and better!

 

W/ my McIntosh D100 DAC feeding it - making for an ALL-balanced system, back to front - and my Audeze LCD-X, XC, 3's, and HD800s - WHOAH

This is my favorite SYSTEM of all-time right now:

 

Sources:

MacBook Pro/Amarra

VPI Traveler + Unison Research Simply Phono tube phonostage

 

Amp:

Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold

 

Cans:

Audeze LCD-X

 

Cables:

ALL Nordost Heimdall 2 in the back

Double Helix Cables (one-of-a-kind, belongs to the owner Peter Bradstock) in front

Big league system, or should I say, systems? Any cans out there that you covet? Amps that tempt you? I can't imagine you've reached your destination, yet! A fine collection for the connoisseur. Somewhere above, Lee Weiland is nodding his head in approval! 

post #134 of 298

A note of HUUUUUUUGE thanks to whoever it was that found my missing ear (piece) and turned it in at UE table.  Whoever you are, you're a mensch.

 

And thanks to Mike Dias and all his colleagues at Logitech/UE for making a fantastic product and backing it with this kind of service.  You didn't have to bail me out in my time of need, but you did.  Y'all rock.

post #135 of 298
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Originally Posted by goldenSHK View Post

I also noticed how Audeze literally is now the standard for testing high grade audio equipment. I thought it used to be the HD800s, but looks like we have a new standard in the house. I don't think there was a single vendor (a single one!) that was selling amp/dac/player products that didn't have an Audeze product for testing. 

I found it quite odd that every vendor did have a Audeze at their booth. Upon asking one vendor why they went with Audeze (I just bought hd800 so wanted some real world feedback) they asked me if they were good headphones and that they just got them. Makes one wonder if Audeze handed them out to everyone.
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