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Warren and I are pleased to announce the Official 2014 LA Head-Fi meet (and Bonus Warren Chi Birthday Bash) on August 9, 2014 at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills! The meet will have a similar look and feel to the recent March 22 SoCal meet (click for impressions). 

 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

9am to 5pm 

 

Marriott Warner Center

21850 Oxnard St
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

 

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxwc-warner-center-marriott-woodland-hills/

 

Please reply to this thread if you plan on attending. Include a list of equipment that you plan on bringing. The next post in this thread includes the current exhibitor/attendee/gear list. If you are planning to come and your name is not on the list, please let me know via PM or post in the thread.

 

 

Registration

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/LA-Meet-Registration to complete the online registration form. 

 

$20 Online or Cash at Door

 

Name badges will be issued at the registration desk and must be worn at all times during the meet

 

 

Raffle

We will have an amazing BONUS RAFFLE, stay tuned for details!

 

 

BUY/SELL Corner

We will set up an easel pad and markers at the Registration Desk Area where items can be listed along with their location within the meet. 

 

 

Parking

Discounted parking for the event is $7. Meet attendees will need to purchase the discounted parking ticket from the valet cashier booth.

 

 

Facilities and Power

The event will be held on the second floor of the hotel. If you are bringing gear, please remember to bring power strips and extension cords.

 

 

Meet Rules

  • Please treat fellow head-fiers, vendors, and their gear with the utmost care and respect.
  • Do not unplug headphones without asking permission from the owners first.
  • Do not turn anything on or off without asking permission first.
  • Do not move anyone's gear from their established area without asking permission.
  • Absolutely no food and drink will be allowed near any equipment including your own. There is ample space within the hotel, as well as Starbucks/bar/restaurant for food and drink.
  • Please have courtesy and ensure that your hands are CLEAN before handling other’s equipment.
  • Be mindful of the time you are spending listening to vendors and others’ gear especially if there are others waiting in line.
  • Be mindful of personal hygiene. DO NOT use hair gel or other product that may damage or stain a headband or earpads.
    DO NOT wear hair gel or any cosmetic product that may damage or stain a headband or earpads.
  • Please use common sense! To repeat the most important rule: treat fellow head-fiers, vendors, and their gear with the utmost care and respect.

 

 

Setup and Breakdown

Setup starts at 8am. Meet starts at 9am. Bonus raffle starts at 4:30pm followed by breakdown.

 

 

Loading/Unloading Information

 

If you are sending in equipment from out of town, please contact the hotel directly to make arrangements for handling and processing. Stay tuned for more information.

 

 

Hotel Discounts

Check the travel sites (expedia.com, etc) as well as the hotel's own site for most current hotel pricing.


Edited by third_eye - 8/7/14 at 10:42am
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Thread Starter 
L.A. Meet Attendee & Gear Lists

 

Exhibitors

Affordable Audio - http://www.affordableaudio.net/

Apogee - http://www.apogeedigital.com/company

Astell & Kern - http://www.astellnkern.com/

Audeze - http://www.audeze.com/

Audio Nerd USA - http://www.audionerdusa.com/

Brilliant Zen Audio - http://brilliantzenaudio.com/

Brooks Berdan Ltd. - http://brooksberdanltd.com/

Cavalli Audio - https://www.cavalliaudio.com/

Covalent Audio - http://www.covalent-audio.com/

Darin Fong Audio - https://fongaudio.com/

Donald North Audio - http://www.dnaudio.com

Grace Design - http://www.gracedesign.com/

Headamp - http://www.headamp.com/

JH Audio - http://www.jhaudio.com/

Light Harmonic - http://www.lightharmonic.com/

Massdrop

MrSpeakers - http://www.mrspeakers.com/

Noble Audio - http://nobleaudio.com/

Oppo - http://www.oppodigital.com/

plusSound -http://www.plussoundaudio.com/

Questyle Audio - http://www.questyleaudio.com/en/

Reference Sounds - http://referencesounds.com/paradox.html

Schiit Audio - http://schiit.com/

Sennheiser - http://en-us.sennheiser.com/headphones

Vostok Sound - http://vostoksound.com/

Woo Audio - http://www.wooaudio.com/

WyWires - http://www.wywires.com/

 

 

Attendees (table space allocation)

1-4. third_eye +3 (1)

5. warrenpchi (1)

6. Jude 

7. mikemercer (1)

8. shioriskine (1)

9. dichtert

10. Kamakahah

11. Netforce (0.5)

12. johangrb

13. gilency (0.5)

14. HK_sends

15. n3rdling (0.5)

16. Insidious Meme

17. CrocCap (0.5)

18. jw111

19. FatmanSize48

20. sonictransducer

21. IhateBeats

22. TooPoor

23. Allanmarcus

24. Byronb

25. Dean Seislove

26. Aegentirony

27. Edcookie274

28. audiofrk

29. dsound (1)

30. billybob_jcv

31. purplegoat

32. HK_sends

33. abernadi

34. artemart

35. burnspbesq (0.5)

36. irag

37. dallan

38. moedawg140

39. dcarter9

40. Autark

41. melomaniac

43. goldenSHK

44. FrankCooter (1)

45. jst0rm

46. Ripvanlink

47. mrbig

48. purrin (1)

49. Anaxilus (1)

50. johnkuo

51. BrentB

52. JasonZ

53. MichelleW

54. Amish (1)

55. OJNeg (1)

56. Odin412

57. Clemmaster (1)

58. Greed (1)

59. jst0rm

60. Wild

61-62. dhampir +1

63. DonaldB

64. PomL

65. RexS

66. pkrdlr007

67. Skyfall 

68. DavidK

69. adorable

70. JoshD

71. morserotonin

72. RalphC

73. LiteKirby

74. trimrite

75. TheJosablo

76. jkross22

77. GeorgeK

78. AliciaQ

79. Ryant

80. Macbob713

81. Gilly87

82. TimSchirmer (0.5)

83. cgreynes

84. Macbob713

85. Klesk

86. Angelbelow

87. Odin412

88. MarioR

89. kphfrail

90. Bigsleep

91. babyryoga

92-93. ccash +1

94. donaldj68

95. WEST91436

96. Topgunsphd

97. SandyC

98. TengY

99. TroiI

100. cgiammona

101. reubunny

102. RobertM

103. matt8268

104. NoahH

105. fileid

106. DavidK

107. littlexsparkee

108. neogeosnk

109. Rebelme801

110. The Fed

111. DKFire

112. Veetastic

113. LocL

114. nhlducks35

115. 2old2pb

116. soundslikebliss

117. GeorgeG

118. Ivabign

119. HarryA

120. ohhgourami (shaing with Clemmaster)

121. Cstrife2

122-123. matt8268 +1

124. ArtemB

125. AnnieX

126. ultrabike

127-128. averageaudio +1

 

Gear

 

Headphones/Earphones

Aedle VK-1

AKG K812

Audeze LCD2 Rev2 w/fazor 

Audeze LCD3

Audeze LCDX

Audeze LCDXC

Audio-Technica W1000X

Beyerdynamic DT770

Beyerdynamic DT880

Beyerdynamic T1

Beyerdynamic T5p

Denon D2000

Denon D5000

Denon D7000

Hifiman HE400

Hifiman HE-6

Grado SR325is

Fostex TH600

Fostex TH900

JH Audio Roxanne

King Sound H3

Koss ESP-950

MrSpeakers Alpha Dog (multiple)

MrSpeakers Mad Dog (multiple)

MrSpeakers Mad Dog Pro (multiple)

Noble 3, 4, 5, 6

Noble 3C, 4C, 5C, 8C

Noble K10

Oppo PM-1

Oppo PM-2

Paradox Slant

Paradox Enigma

Sennheiser HD600

Sennheiser HD650 (multiple)

Sennheiser HD 7

Sennheiser HD700 (multiple)

Sennheiser HD800 (multiple)

Sennheiser IE800
Stax 407

Ultimate Ears UE4, UE5, UE7, UE11, UE18

Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitor x2

Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitor (w/tuning box)

Ultimate Ears UE900

Ultrasone Pro 900

 

Amps

Bravissimo

Burson Conductor

Cavalli Liquid Glass

Cavalli Liquid Gold

Darkvoice SE336

DNA Sonett 2

DNA Stratus

Headamp Aristaeus

Headamp Blue Hawaii SE

Headamp GSX mkII

Headamp Pico

Garage1217 Project Ember

Garage1217 Project Polaris

King Sound M10 solid state amp

King Sound M20 tube amp

Lambert Designs "Play it By Ear"

Little DOT MKIV

plusSound Cloud Nine

Questyle CMA800R Mono Block Headphone Amps (2 in balanced configuration)

Schiit Asgard 2

Schiit Lyr 2

Schiit Mjolnir

Schiit Vali

Sennheiser HDVD 800

Sennheiser HDVD 600

Sherwood S7910 Receiver

Triode TRX1 tube preamp

Vostok ES-21 Electrostatic Amp/Dac

Woo Audio WA6/6SE

Woo Audio WA7/7d Fireflies

Woo Audio WA22

 

 

DAC's/Sources

Apogee ONE for iPAd & Mac

Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac

Apogee Quartet for iPAD & Mac

Apogee Symphony I/O

Astell + Kern AK100 II (multiple)

Astell + Kern AK120 II (multiple)

Astell + Kern AK240 (multiple)

Auralic Vega

Ayre QB-9

Beatis Media Server

Chord Hugo (multiple)

Concept 2qd Turntable

FiiO X5

Grace Design m905

Grace Design m920

Lampizator DAC

Light Harmonic Geek Out

MacIntosh MHA100

MacIntosh D100

Oppo HA1

Oritek Audio OMZ DAC

Questyle CAS192D DAC

Resolution Audio Cantata Music Center

Rotel RDV-1092

Triode DAC 1.0 tube dac

VPI Nomad Turntable

Woo Audio WDS-1 DAC

Yulong DA8

 

 

 


Edited by third_eye - 8/8/14 at 1:59pm
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Thread Starter 
warrenpchi's Birthday Dinner (RSVP)

Confirmed

third_eye

warrenpchi

Jude

mikemercer

HiFiguy528

jw111

russtafarian

dichtert

AlexS

NinaS

bangkokkid

shioriskine

reubunny

Autark

audiofrk

Wild

darinf


Edited by third_eye - 8/8/14 at 11:07am
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L.A. Meet Exhibitor Show Specials
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L.A. Meet Treasure Hunt Giveaway

Since it's not really a raffle... and more like a giveaway (as we're not selling tickets)... let's just call it what it is.  So, here's the lowdown on the prizes and how the giveaway works.

 


 

The Prizes

(current as of Thursday, July 31st, 2014)

 

Wow!  Look at all this stuff!  :eek:

 

Apogee Digital

Prize:  Apogee One for iPad + Mac

Value:  $349

 

Don't be fooled by it's slick iDevice-like appearance, this is some serious pro audio gear... with all that such entails (pristine sound quality).  Go audition it at Apogee's table and you'll want one.

 

Audeze

Prize:  LCD-2 w/Fazor in Bamboo

Value:  $995

 

For the third time in a row, Audeze is showing the love for Head-Fiers by throwing in a new LCD-2 w/Fazor.  BTW, if you haven't heard this new LCD-2, you only *think* you know what an LCD-2 sounds like.  Go check it out at Audeze's table, and you'll realize just how much better it is!

 

Audio Nerd

Prize:  $200 Gift Certificate

Value:  $200 (duh)

 

Not familiar with Audio Nerd or its proprietor Steve Holt?  Well then you're missing out.  Imagine if you started a store with only good sounding gear (not just "status" gear), loads of vinyl, and staffed it with people that truly loved music just like you.  That's Audio Nerd.

 

Brooks Berdan Ltd.

Prize:  Grado Labs SR-80 Headphone

Value:  $99

 

Certainly no stranger to SoCal Hi-Fi enthusiasts, Brooks Berdan joins us for the first time.  They hosted the recent West Coast debut of the VPI Nomad, so it's a good bet that they'll have Nomads available for audition.  BTW, I've heard it remarked that Nomads were voiced with Grado headphones, so the SR-80 makes total sense here.

 

Darin Fong Audio

Prize:  Out of Your Head Software package w/all 22 presets

Value:  $600

 

For the third time in a row, Darin Fong and crew join us to demo his incredible software that frees you from that in-head sound that ALL headphones possess to some degree.  And this isn't just the basic software package either, he's including all 22 presets!

 

Grace Design

Prize:  A new gravity-defying headphone stand!

Value:  ???

 

We hate to be all cryptic about this, but honestly we just have no idea about this.  It's new, it hasn't been released, and all of us are going to be the first to check out a prototype of it at the meet.  Still, it's "gravity-defying" - when's the last time you didn't want a "gravity-defying" anything, no matter what it is?

 

HiFiMAN

Prize:  HM-700 DAP & RE-600b IEM

Value:  $499

 

Yeah, that's right, HiFiMAN is giving away AN ENTIRE PORTABLE RIG!  I can't say how any of it sounds since I haven't auditioned it.  But again, just to reiterate... Entire.  Portable.  Rig.

 

Light Harmonic

Prize:  Geek Out 450

Value:  $199

 

This is the USB-stick DAC/amp that turned me around on USB-stick DAC/amps... so much so, that I had to give it a Positive Feedback Writers' Choice award.  The only drawback for me is that the thing is kinda hot... like it makes my DACport LX seem frigid.  Whatever, it's Class A.  That's what Class A do.  Still sounds fantastic!

 

Massdrop

Prize:  Sennheiser HD 800

Value:  $1,499.95

 

No, we are not f***ing with you.  It took a while, but someone finally knocked Audeze and WyWires off the top-prize-donor list.  This generous prize alone is worth the time and effort of doing the treasure hunt.  Thanks guys!

 

MrSpeakers

Prize:  Mad Dog Headphone

Value:  $299.99

 

The one and only original Mad Dog headphone, now with Alpha Pads and Comfort Strap.  Don't miss your chance to win this classic!  BTW, MrSpeakers has been consistently selling out of Alpha Dogs at all the meets and shows he has been to.  So while you're there getting your card validated... if you've been wanting an Alpha Dog.. just buy the damned thing already.  He has them on show special.

 

Noble Audio

Prize:  Noble 4 Universal IEM

Value:  $450

 

I'm actually reviewing these right now.  And lemme tell you, it's pretty darned good!  I was afraid that it would be all bassy and stuff.  But it surprised me by being unexpectedly neutral (enough) and surprisingly flat (enough), while still being fun to listen to.  It's a pretty sweet prize to be sure.

 

Oppo Digital

Prize:  PM-2 Headphone

Value:  $699

 

Technically, these aren't even out yet.  I myself have not heard them, but my fellow Audio360ers who have say they're pretty good.  I'll check them out at the meet, so that I can write up a better prize description for next time (hint to Oppo :D).

 

plussound

Prize:  Interconnect Cable Set

Value:  ???

 

Honestly, I have no idea.  Sorree.  :o

 

Schiit Audio

Prizes:  Bifrost DAC + Asgard 2 amp stack

Value:  $598

 

**** me, that's some crazy Schiit right there.  This is, like, a whole freakin' rig that they are giving away.  Actually, it's EXACTLY a whole freakin' rig that they are giving away.  The only thing missing is a pair of headphones - and NONE OF YOU can tell me you don't already have a pair - so don't even think about whining.

 

Sennheiser

Prize:  Night + Day Pack (Amperior + HD25)

Value:  Who knows?  It's all limited edition and stuff.

 

Sennheiser's HD 25-1-II is one of my all time favorite portable cans.  And like Tyll, I'm one of those guys that hears a profound improvement in the Amperior (no idea which tosser discontinued it, but whatever).  Anyway, for me, this prize is very much coveted and desired.  Unfortunately, I'm ineligible for the giveaway... so Ima be giving one of y'all some dirty looks on the way out m'kay?

 

warrenpchi (kinda)

Prizes:  A collection of rare music CD

Value:  $150

 

As it turns out, it looks like I will be part of the giveaway after all.  :D  An amp manufacturer - who has asked to be kept absolutely secret and anonymous - has asked me to help them get impressions of their new prototype... so I'm putting all of you to work.  Here's your chance to hear something WAY before it is released, and to help voice it with your impressions.  For your trouble, I have secured a bunch of music from an LAOCAS buddy to add to the giveway.

 

Woo Audio

Prize:  Universal Adjustable Height Aluminum Headphone Stand (Silver)

 

I have one of these suckers myself, and it's probably one of the most stable and heavy-duty headphone stands there is.  Put it this way, I hang my LCD-XC on it, and it doesn't even blink from the weight.  It's so solid, that you can use it as an ad hoc weapon for the coming zombie apocalypse.

 

 

WyWires

Prize:  $1,000 Gift Certificate

Value:  $1,000 (duh)

 

I love WyWires cable!  Consistently noticeable improvements, at super-reasonable prices, so this $1,000 gift cert will go a LOOONNNNG way.  It's enough to recable your entire rig.  And their willingness to cater to your custom needs must be experienced to be believed.

 


 

Well, there you have it!  These are some pretty fantastic prizes... thanks to all of the exhibitors above for providing them!  You guys rock!  :smile:

 

All told, we're talking about well over $8,000 in prizes.  FYI, based on expected attendance and average giveaway participation rates, your odds of winning are better than 1:10.  So if you're still thinking about skipping this meet... Ima tell you right now... you're an idiot.  :blink:


 


 

How To Enter:

 

1. Pick-Up your Official 2014 L.A Head-Fi Meet giveaway validation card.

 

This is pretty easy.  When you come to sign-in at the registration desk, you'll be picking up a meet badge.  On the back of your badge, you will see the giveaway validation card that you'll be taking take with you throughout the meet.  This giveaway validation card will contain the logos of every exhibitor that is participating in the giveaway (i.e. donating a prize).  To keep the odds of winning favorable for everyone, there will be only one entry per attendee.

 

2. Get your giveaway validation card filled out.

 

As you make your way through the meet, make sure to stop by each and every participating exhibitor. They will have some kind of task for you to complete.  This can range from auditioning a specific item, to opting-in some info, to bequeathing your firstborn.  Once you complete the task, you will receive a mark on your giveaway validation card for that exhibitor.
 
3. Turn-in your completed giveaway validation card.

 

Once you have your giveaway validation card completely filled-in, turn it into a meet volunteer at the registration desk.  They'll verify that you've completed the treasure hunt, and then give you an ACTUAL entry ticket.  Giveaway validation cards will be accepted until 4:59p (because the giveaway announcements will start promptly at 5:00p as soon as the meet is over).


4. None of the stuff in Step 2 (getting your giveaway validation card filled out) applies to members sharing gear via table space) or meet volunteers.

 

Based on feedback from the 2014 SoCal Meet, we recognize that members tending to their rigs and meet volunteers don't have time to go on the treasure hunt.  No worries.  Come see third_eye or myself (warrenpchi), and we will auto-validate your entry.  :smile:

 

5. Exhibitors (and their staff) are ineligible.

 

Pretty self-explanatory.  So for all of you exhibitors out there, do NOT validate anyone's card if they have an exhibitors' badge.

 

 


 

How To Win & Claim Your Prize:

 

1. Show-up at the giveaway drawing to see if your number is called.

 

We will begin the drawing at 5:00p.  If the number on your giveaway entry ticket matches the number called, YOU WIN!  BTW, you must be present to claim your prize.  If you are not, then another winner will be drawn.  We are completionists and MUST have closure.

 

2. Decide to claim your prize or possibly go for something bigger.

 

If your number is called, you can choose to claim that prize, or pass on it in an attempt to win one of the other prizes.  Is a bird in the hand worth as much as – um – a different bird in the bush maybe?  Only you can decide.

 

3. Assuming you decided to claim your prize, gloat.

 

Make an "L" on your forehead, do a victory dance, taunt the rest of us, whatever.  The fates have smiled upon you that day, and you won it fair and square.  Just don't be caught alone in the parking lot after m'kay?

 


 

Oh, and just so you can be sure this is legit, here's some legalese for you:  Only one prize per winner.  Once you win (and accept your prize), you're done.  Neither Head-Fi.org nor the meet's officials and volunteers warrant anything regarding the prizes in any way.  We're kinda serious about that firstborn thing BTW.  Good luck!

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2014 L.A. Meet Souvenir T-Shirts

Hey everyone, we're doing tees!  :smile:  Like last time, they are only $20 each.  And this time, you have your choice of two designs in two colors each (four possible choices):

 

 

If you would a like a tee (or several tees), simply post your requested style/color/size/quantity combinations in this thread... using a new line for each combination.  For example, I want one of each style/color in XL, so I would post the following:

 

Decotint Black | XL | 1

Decotint White | XL | 1

Festival Black | XL | 1

Festival White | XL | 1

 

For those of you who would like your tees available for pick-up at the meet, please post your reservation NO LATER THAN 1:00p ON MONDAY, AUGUST 4TH.  After that point, our tee supplier (tee-design.org) will be taking online orders for shipping at a later date.

 

NOTE:  The tee designs shown above are rough depictions of the available styles and colors.  There are slight discrepancies in terms of exhibitors and meet info, which will all be resolved shortly.

post #7 of 542
I plan on being there. After the last two AMAZING meets, how could I miss one?
post #8 of 542

Awesome, I'll attend and bring my he-400 and fiio x5 and maybe some iems this time.

post #9 of 542

Reserved. (I loved the recent SoCal meet!).

post #10 of 542

Count me in!

Doubt will have the Megatron ready by then, but will try.

post #11 of 542

I plan to be there as well!  I really enjoyed the SoCal Meet!

Cheers!:beerchug:

-HK sends

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Count me in!

Doubt will have the Megatron ready by then, but will try.

I'll have mine done by then (unless it catches fire on me the night before :D).  I'll also bring DIY electrostats, either the HE90 clones or something not done in an electrostatic HP before to my knowledge.

post #13 of 542
Hmm.. we'll see. cool.gif
post #14 of 542
wow, much closer to home than the costa mesa meet, this is 10 minutes away!
Ill be there, with my Sherwood s7910 reciever, Concept 2qd turntable, and Beyer DT880's. Hopefully by then ill also have my tube amp working, and maybe some newer headphones.
post #15 of 542

Count me in. I'm looking forward to the meet since I missed last summer's meet due to a family reunion.

 

Happy Listening,

John Williams

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