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post #76 of 98

If all goes according to plan I should have my new Amp and DAC (AURALiC Taurus mk2 + Gungnir USB) by the time of this event. If I can get my wife to let me go without bringing one of my kids then I'll bring them and some cans.

 

I'll post this in the new thread too.

post #77 of 98
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Originally Posted by mmentzel View Post

Guys, I have a couple of questions about potential meeting rooms.

-what (besides a crap-load of grounded outlets) does the room need to have?

-appx how big should it be?

-how long do meets usually last?

I have use of a church in Fairfax city (2 blocks from Fairfax county library) that has several rooms that might work. Not sure if this is what anyone had in mind, but it would stink to have to wait until April, assuming we land a room then.
Ooh, last question first - yes if you can nail down a room in Fairfax, I think that would be great! I say go for it!
last time our meet was on a Saturday from 10am - 4 pm, and that seemed to be good timing. Size of the room would need to accommodate maybe 20 or more people (rough guess), and have tables/chairs.
People tend to bring power strips so each "exhibitor" may not need more than one elec outlet each as a minimum.
post #78 of 98

I look forward to catching this meetup.  It was disappointing missing the one back in November.  I'll stay tuned for date and location.

post #79 of 98
I went ahead and scheduled the meeting room at the George Mason regional library for SUNDAY APRIL 12 from Noon-5:00 pm. If someone else actually comes through with an earlier date for another location that meets our needs (lots of tables and chairs in a large space), I'll cancel the reservation. If nothing else is confirmed in the next week, I'll start a new thread for this meet.
post #80 of 98
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Originally Posted by Barry S View Post

I went ahead and scheduled the meeting room at the George Mason regional library for SUNDAY APRIL 12 from Noon-5:00 pm. If someone else actually comes through with an earlier date for another location that meets our needs (lots of tables and chairs in a large space), I'll cancel the reservation. If nothing else is confirmed in the next week, I'll start a new thread for this meet.


Good, thank you!  I was out digging live music on Jan 31/Feb 1 so I couldn't pounce on the early reservations, glad you did it.

April 12 is fine by me, unless and until an earlier date for another location is dug up by others.  Will stay tuned.

post #81 of 98

So here's the newbie question - is this a good place to attend if you are a newbie?

 

I personally feel I have something to offer to the group, from personal experiences. I can offer up what piqued my interest in audio and headphone audio in particular. I can offer my investments and failures, in my opinion, in my personal pursuit of satisfactory home rig. And I can offer my very recent successes, in my opinion, with a few purchases due to the recent computer audio resurgence and what people are calling portable or at least transportable digital audio systems. However I'm coming to the meet to listen to and talk about home rig setup, so I feel this is definitely for me!

 

However I have a friend who is not as sure. He just recently decided to make an investment in headphones. So I suggested a couple of events and places that he try out. But each attempt has truly been a failure, to this point. We went to the Capital Audio Fest last year. Man, that was overwhelming! Had I known the scale, I simply would have taken off that Friday and come back at least a second (or third) day. My friend however felt he may not "belong" at such an event. We went to the headphone room and started listening. Even with all the background noise in the room, I was able to discern a lot. And the people there were eager to assist and let us try out various audio setups. But my friend found it very confusing. Even comparing headphones so dramatically different as Audeze LCD-3 versus Sennheiser HD800, the differences weren't immediately obvious to him.

 

We recently went to NY City during holiday. I read about the Sennheiser pop-up store event and the Stereo Exchange Headphone Lounge from reading some articles at Inner Fidelity. So I thought it was a good idea we stop by those while in the city. While the Sennheiser event was interesting, there wasn't much to try. It was more of a bring your own music and try on headphones, and I hadn't my iPod or iPhone (drat!) with me that day. And the selection was mostly mid-range gear, oriented towards the commuter. I went to the Stereo Exchange having read nothing about it, beyond the Inner Fidelity article. However, between my experience then and my writing this today, everything I've read since about the store here and on Yelp are true. But to keep it short, their headphone lounge was offline that day. And the guy refused to close the door to room with the high end headphones, stating that it was against store policy. So I hadn't really the chance to listen to their HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones plugged into their McIntosh MHA100 amplifier. Every time I tried to relax and get into the music, the glaring sounds of the speakers being blasted outside the listening booth started to bother me. Under the circumstances, I didn't even bother to ask my friend to have a go.

 

So when I mentioned the possible April date for this event, my friend's response was, "Yes, I'm available. But I'm starting to think I don't belong at these kinds of events." What do you guys think? Back to the original question, is this a good place to attend if you are a newbie?

post #82 of 98
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Originally Posted by sheldaze View Post
 

So here's the newbie question - is this a good place to attend if you are a newbie?

 

I personally feel I have something to offer to the group, from personal experiences. I can offer up what piqued my interest in audio and headphone audio in particular. I can offer my investments and failures, in my opinion, in my personal pursuit of satisfactory home rig. And I can offer my very recent successes, in my opinion, with a few purchases due to the recent computer audio resurgence and what people are calling portable or at least transportable digital audio systems. However I'm coming to the meet to listen to and talk about home rig setup, so I feel this is definitely for me!

 

However I have a friend who is not as sure. He just recently decided to make an investment in headphones. So I suggested a couple of events and places that he try out. But each attempt has truly been a failure, to this point. We went to the Capital Audio Fest last year. Man, that was overwhelming! Had I known the scale, I simply would have taken off that Friday and come back at least a second (or third) day. My friend however felt he may not "belong" at such an event. We went to the headphone room and started listening. Even with all the background noise in the room, I was able to discern a lot. And the people there were eager to assist and let us try out various audio setups. But my friend found it very confusing. Even comparing headphones so dramatically different as Audeze LCD-3 versus Sennheiser HD800, the differences weren't immediately obvious to him.

 

We recently went to NY City during holiday. I read about the Sennheiser pop-up store event and the Stereo Exchange Headphone Lounge from reading some articles at Inner Fidelity. So I thought it was a good idea we stop by those while in the city. While the Sennheiser event was interesting, there wasn't much to try. It was more of a bring your own music and try on headphones, and I hadn't my iPod or iPhone (drat!) with me that day. And the selection was mostly mid-range gear, oriented towards the commuter. I went to the Stereo Exchange having read nothing about it, beyond the Inner Fidelity article. However, between my experience then and my writing this today, everything I've read since about the store here and on Yelp are true. But to keep it short, their headphone lounge was offline that day. And the guy refused to close the door to room with the high end headphones, stating that it was against store policy. So I hadn't really the chance to listen to their HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones plugged into their McIntosh MHA100 amplifier. Every time I tried to relax and get into the music, the glaring sounds of the speakers being blasted outside the listening booth started to bother me. Under the circumstances, I didn't even bother to ask my friend to have a go.

 

So when I mentioned the possible April date for this event, my friend's response was, "Yes, I'm available. But I'm starting to think I don't belong at these kinds of events." What do you guys think? Back to the original question, is this a good place to attend if you are a newbie?

In a word--yes. It's a one room event, very friendly and low-key, and everyone is happy to share their knowledge and equipment. It's hard to evaluate anything without having other equipment for comparison, but it takes some experience to figure out which end is up.

post #83 of 98

I agree with Barry, the meet in the fall was a really chill event. @sheldaze, what type of music does your friend like? I'll bring some headphones that pair well so he can see if he likes them.

post #84 of 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheldaze View Post
 

So here's the newbie question - is this a good place to attend if you are a newbie?

 

I personally feel I have something to offer to the group, from personal experiences. I can offer up what piqued my interest in audio and headphone audio in particular. I can offer my investments and failures, in my opinion, in my personal pursuit of satisfactory home rig. And I can offer my very recent successes, in my opinion, with a few purchases due to the recent computer audio resurgence and what people are calling portable or at least transportable digital audio systems. However I'm coming to the meet to listen to and talk about home rig setup, so I feel this is definitely for me!

 

However I have a friend who is not as sure. He just recently decided to make an investment in headphones. So I suggested a couple of events and places that he try out. But each attempt has truly been a failure, to this point. We went to the Capital Audio Fest last year. Man, that was overwhelming! Had I known the scale, I simply would have taken off that Friday and come back at least a second (or third) day. My friend however felt he may not "belong" at such an event. We went to the headphone room and started listening. Even with all the background noise in the room, I was able to discern a lot. And the people there were eager to assist and let us try out various audio setups. But my friend found it very confusing. Even comparing headphones so dramatically different as Audeze LCD-3 versus Sennheiser HD800, the differences weren't immediately obvious to him.

 

We recently went to NY City during holiday. I read about the Sennheiser pop-up store event and the Stereo Exchange Headphone Lounge from reading some articles at Inner Fidelity. So I thought it was a good idea we stop by those while in the city. While the Sennheiser event was interesting, there wasn't much to try. It was more of a bring your own music and try on headphones, and I hadn't my iPod or iPhone (drat!) with me that day. And the selection was mostly mid-range gear, oriented towards the commuter. I went to the Stereo Exchange having read nothing about it, beyond the Inner Fidelity article. However, between my experience then and my writing this today, everything I've read since about the store here and on Yelp are true. But to keep it short, their headphone lounge was offline that day. And the guy refused to close the door to room with the high end headphones, stating that it was against store policy. So I hadn't really the chance to listen to their HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones plugged into their McIntosh MHA100 amplifier. Every time I tried to relax and get into the music, the glaring sounds of the speakers being blasted outside the listening booth started to bother me. Under the circumstances, I didn't even bother to ask my friend to have a go.

 

So when I mentioned the possible April date for this event, my friend's response was, "Yes, I'm available. But I'm starting to think I don't belong at these kinds of events." What do you guys think? Back to the original question, is this a good place to attend if you are a newbie?

I think you will both enjoy yourselves.  Ask as many questions as you can when you're at a meet.  You learn a lot really quickly and it will help determine if this hobby is something you want to jump into or just dabble in.

post #85 of 98
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Originally Posted by gandhisfist View Post
 

 

Nice, I'd like to hear about what you explored and what you thought before settling on your current setup.

 

Here's a very short write up

 

Headphones in purchase order:

 

Grado 80i - this is where I started, and got upgrade-itis pretty quickly after hearing what good recordings could sound like.

Grado 225i - significant upgrade, better in all regards compared to the 80i, I was very happy with these for a while.

Grado 325e - good sale on buysonic, figured I'd give them a try. They took some getting used to, but once I did I really really liked them. Very detailed, not fatiguing, surprisingly great bass. I've never heard the Beatles sound so good. Eventually sold for the HD650s.

Beyerdynamic DT880 (600 ohm) - hated these. I really wanted to like them, they are good looking and built extremely well, but the sound was dull, uninteresting, and felt very cramped. Sold quickly.

Senn HD650 - my current pair. Fantastic. Wouldn't mind a little more detail. Fun to listen to, reasonably realistic (a bit on the lush side), extremely comfortable. Surprisingly easy to drive.

 

Amps/dacs in purchase order:

 

Little Dot I+ - my first amp. I was impressed with the sound out of the box, but didn't have anything to compare against. After trying a decent number of other amps, I've found that I really enjoy this one. It's fun to listen to, great tubes are cheap and easy to find, and it's pretty small. I'm especially impressed by the soundstage I can get from it. It puts out plenty of power. I've never had to turn the volume past about 10 o'clock to listen comfortably.

Headphones used: All above

 

Schiit Modi - Affordable, small, USB powered, great build quality and it sounds significantly better than my laptop's dac. Definitely a keeper.

Amps used: All

 

Schiit Magni - I wanted to try the Magni/Modi stack. Compared to the LD I+, I was not very impressed. Lots of power, but the sound seemed thin. Classical music lacked body and it just wasn't something I enjoyed listening to very much. Sold it pretty quickly after comparing it to the Vali and LD I+.

Headphones used: 80i, 225i,325e, DT880

 

Schiit Vali - Awesome amp for the money. Great sound, just a little tubey warmth, plenty of power. Even though there was a little background hiss using it with Grados, it wasn't noticeable except for very quiet music. Compared to the LD, the soundstage was just ok and it didn't feel quite as detailed.

Headphones used: 80i, 225i,325e, DT880, HD650

 

Schiit Bifrost Uber:

Really big upgrade over the Modi. Worth 5 times as much? Maybe not, but I'm keeping it and am very happy about this decision.

Amps used: All except Magni

 

Schiit Lyr 2 - big upgrade, I got lucky in the classifieds and got a great price including a pair of '74 gray shield tubes. It sounded a lot more "real" than anything else I had heard before, but wasn't quite as euphonic as the LD I+. At this point I had decided to keep the HD650s, which the Lyr drove reasonably well, but they sounded a bit dull and not as good as I thought they could. The gray shields were a big upgrade over the stock tubes, which made the Lyr much more enjoyable.

Headphones used: DT880, HD650.

 

Schiit Valhalla 2 - sounds better with the 650s than the Lyr did. Big, rich, full, detailed, much better imaging. Definitely a keeper. Drives grados shockingly well. I also just like the look of this a lot too.

Headphones: Grado 225i, HD650

 

Little Dot MKIV SE - sounds maybe a bit better than the Valhalla with 650s. Noticeably better bass and treble extension, slightly better soundstage. But this thing is huge compared the the Valhalla, is not built as well, and changing the gain/tube jumpers is a pain. Decided to sell since the V2 was not much worse sounding, actually fits on my desk, and is built better. Sold.

Headphones: Grado 225i, HD650 

 

Current setup is in my sig.


Edited by nojwe - 2/6/15 at 10:23am
post #86 of 98

Is April 12th the official date for the next meetup then?  Definitely want to attend.

post #87 of 98
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Originally Posted by z28dreams View Post
 

Is April 12th the official date for the next meetup then?  Definitely want to attend.


Yes! I just posted the official notice.

post #88 of 98
post #89 of 98

Hi all.  

  

Didn't realize there were groups on head-fi!  I'm up in the Baltimore County area. 

post #90 of 98
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Originally Posted by Timestretch View Post
 

Hi all.  

  

Didn't realize there were groups on head-fi!  I'm up in the Baltimore County area. 

 

Hey man, was good to meet you and your buddy yesterday.  I was setup right next to you guys with the collection of cans.  Hope we can do another meetup soon, this time in MD somewhere.

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