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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

Do you guys know what kind of discount Audeze and Hifiman were offering for folks buying at the show? He-he-I'm already thinking about next year.

 

I had a nice chat with one of the HiFiMAN reps as a new HE-500 customer, and he didn't regale me with any incentives to upgrade. He also didn't tip his hand about a potential HE-6 upgrade.

post #92 of 123
In several rooms with good sound I still missed a sense of height. The BG Radia speakers room (w Triode Wire Labs & other) was excellent in providing a life size image.
post #93 of 123
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The Hawthorne setup, although big, totally blew me away. Paired with an LCD-3 and Liquid Glass driven by the Kryptos server.....mmmmmmm.

I was very impressed in the Hawthorne room too, made the speakers/gear seem secondary...
post #94 of 123

We had a great time at the show.   Attendance at our booth was great!

 

 

 

 

 

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post #95 of 123
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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

The Hawthorne setup, although big, totally blew me away. Paired with an LCD-3 and Liquid Glass driven by the Kryptos server.....mmmmmmm.

Agreed...The CORE/Hawthorne room was my vote for Best in Show.

post #96 of 123
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post
 

We had a great time at the show.   Attendance at our booth was great!

 

 

 

 

 

Great seeing you and Simon this weekend!  Good times and good sound at the Woo both...as usual!

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The show really cam together with a super group of vendors with some awesome stuff.there. Glad to see the group that was in the meet did get to venture out and here some good stuff. The room next to us had a really nice system and we even had a chance to have Melinda listne ot our stuf fin CanMania. I just glad we were able to pull off a great event. I been posting some pitures on my facebook page and the Headphone Guru FB page will try to get that all converted to jpeg so I can load them all here.

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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

The Hawthorne setup, although big, totally blew me away. Paired with an LCD-3 and Liquid Glass driven by the Kryptos server.....mmmmmmm.

Agreed about the Hawthorne speaker setup that was really cool.

post #99 of 123
So cool to see a bunch of people I met at can jam last year. Wish I could make it to more events this year. Definitely looking forward to seeing everyone at this years can jam and meeting many more.

Jim
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

So my main goal here was to give myself a lot more experience with planars and some other flagships.  My other goal was to try my TH900s with most of the amps there.  Keep in mind these are my opinions:


-Abyss + Cavalli Liquid Gold - I didn't like the fit at all but maybe that requires more finangling than I was willing to put in.  To me it didn't sound amazing so I guess I don't get the allure of these (to each his own his own of course).  I felt like I was being strapped into an electric chair.

 

-Stax 009 + HeadAmp Blue Hawaii - I enjoyed this quite a bit.  Still, it's too expensive for my blood.

 

-Stax 007 + HeadAmp Blue Hawaii - I enjoyed this quite a bit.  Still, it's too expensive for my blood.  We'll see if my opinion on these (007 and 009) changes as I get more into the hobby.

 

-TH900 + Grace Design m920 - It sounded good but I thought it was slightly edgy and that I may get fatigued by it after a while.

 

-TH900 + BMC PureDAC (per Drew from Moon Audio recommendation) - it wasn't a noticeable difference over my current setup but it sounded good.

 

-TH900 + HeadAmp GSX MK2 - Sounded very nice to me with my TH900s.  I'm not sure if I can part with that kind of cash right now though.  It also sounded great with the LCD-X, HD800, and HE-6.  I spent a lot of time here also.

 

-TH900 + WA7 duo w/ stock tubes - I really really enjoyed this combo and it's a front-runner for me for a future amp.  I spent the most time here because after first listen, it was the sound I was looking for with my TH900s.  I like this pairing much more than the AURALiC Taurus MKII that I have on loan from The Cable Co.  The Taurus is a great amp but I don't like the pairing as much as I do with the WA7, there seems to be better low end impact to my ears.  This is definitely going on my Want List for next year

 

-Grado PS500 - I must confess I'm not much of a Grado fan so olease keep that in mind.  They did sound good to me right from my phone.  Thanks BearFNF for the listen!

 

-HD800 - I tried these on the HeadAmp GSX MK2, straight out of an AK240.  I thought they sounded good out of the DragonFly v1.2 too.  They didn't come off as bright to me at all but maybe it was the tracks that were playing or the combo or something.  Very comfy and I now understand why they're called "detail monsters".

-LCD-X + Mjolnir + Gungnir - They sound great but I felt they were too uncomfortable so I can cross them off my future "Want" List.

 

-HE-6 - Sounded great also but not very comfortable but given the HE-560 sounded so similar to me (I didn't spend more than 5 min with the HE-6 so that might be why I didn't notice much difference), I will probably just get the HE-560.

 

-HE-560 - Wow!  What an improvement in weight and comfort over the HE-500.  These will definitely go on my future Want List for next year.

 

-Alpha Dogs - They sound just as good as my 1540s but I feel my 1540s are more comfortable.  My dad loved these headphones and went back multiple times to listen more on them with the Ly2 + Bifrost Uber combo.  Don't get me wrong these are great headphones and Dan was very awesome to talk to.

 

-AK120 II - I also really enjoyed this player.

 

I wanted to say hi to Mike Mercer and Frank I but I never ran into them.  I wanted to say hi to Scot Hull again, he's a really cool and funny guy.  Thank you @warrenpchi and @Frank I for the wonderful event.  My dad and I really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back next year.  I had a ball talking to BearFNF, Boweii, Mitchell, modulor, and BillHeiser.  Simon Ho and Michael Liang of Woo Audio were tons of fun to talk to and some of my favorite vendors there and thanks for educating me on tube amps.  Also Dan from Mr. Speakers and the guys from Astel & Kern!  Lol Drew Baird of Moon Audio always looks so serious that it was cracking me up.  I don't think I saw Drew smile once, lol so funny!  Everyone was very nice and cordial.  Frank I and Warren Chi, I would love to help out more next year, with getting vendors and maybe even setup

hey @Byrnie!!

 

so sorry I missed you the day of the Meet!

Wanted to say hi too - my cousin and I (Kenny Gould, my older cousin I always talk about - who works for Stevie Wonder - he's more like my older brother) ended up having a listening sesh of our own at his house early afternoon:

 

He was given an AK240 loaner from Owen and so we got DEEP into listening to our AK240s and JH Audios: He the JH-13 Freqphase and me the Roxannes!

Also did a TON of listening w/ the up-coming Glove Audio A1 DAC/Amp for AstellnKern AK120/100 - and my LCD-3s w/ Fazor - WHOAH! Dynamics for DAYS, beautiful timbre, airy and silky as can be...

 

This is probably going to be my top reference portable rig for quite some time (still figuring out if I should move finances around for the AK240  - now that I got the Glove! I'm buying it NO DOUBT):

 

I gotta say: @bearFNF Leckerton Audio UHA760 + AK120 lil' portable rig blew my mind!!

I WANT THIS THING!

 

It married beautifully w/ my ATH-50x (w/ DHC Molecule Elite cable) and, especially, my Roxannes!!!

post #101 of 123
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

Agreed about the Hawthorne speaker setup that was really cool.

 

+1 on that.  I was pleasantly surprised. 

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post #102 of 123
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

hey @Byrnie!!

so sorry I missed you the day of the Meet!
Wanted to say hi too - my cousin and I (Kenny Gould, my older cousin I always talk about - who works for Stevie Wonder - he's more like my older brother) ended up having a listening sesh of our own at his house early afternoon:

He was given an AK240 loaner from Owen and so we got DEEP into listening to our AK240s and JH Audios: He the JH-13 Freqphase and me the Roxannes!
Also did a TON of listening w/ the up-coming Glove Audio A1 DAC/Amp for AstellnKern AK120/100 - and my LCD-3s w/ Fazor - WHOAH! Dynamics for DAYS, beautiful timbre, airy and silky as can be...

This is probably going to be my top reference portable rig for quite some time (still figuring out if I should move finances around for the AK240  - now that I got the Glove! I'm buying it NO DOUBT):



I gotta say: @bearFNF
 Leckerton Audio UHA760 + AK120 lil' portable rig blew my mind!!
I WANT THIS THING!



It married beautifully w/ my ATH-50x (w/ DHC Molecule Elite cable) and, especially, my Roxannes!!!

No worries man! From looking at your pics with the LCDs, I am reminded that I need to spend more time with the LCD3 at the next meet/event as I gave more time to the LCD-X. I only put them on for a short while.
Edited by Byrnie - 7/29/14 at 5:55am
post #103 of 123

It was a pleasure seeing so many familiar faces and making some new acquaintances!  The best part for me was when Cunneiform records placed a "Heldon/Richard Pinhas" shirt in a frame directly across from my table.

 

Heldon was a 70's electronica/rock/avant garde band from France, and extremely obscure.  I was really into their music for a long time, and I rather expect I was one of the few in attendance who knows them, so that was pretty amusing.  Needless to say I now own a new shirt...

post #104 of 123
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

It was a pleasure seeing so many familiar faces and making some new acquaintances!  The best part for me was when Cunneiform records placed a "Heldon/Richard Pinhas" shirt in a frame directly across from my table.

Heldon was a 70's electronica/rock/avant garde band from France, and extremely obscure.  I was really into their music for a long time, and I rather expect I was one of the few in attendance who knows them, so that was pretty amusing.  Needless to say I now own a new shirt...

Cuneiform are good people. Didn't know they turned out for shows like this. Would have liked to say hello to Steve. Heldon? Obscure... But not extremely so.
post #105 of 123
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
 

 

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The one rig that I most enjoyed... ever... even more than an Orpheus audition... was an 007 Mk I via a KGSSHV.  It was just about perfect.  I envy you, as I have yet to hear an 007 Mk I driven by a BHSE, despite the fact that HeadAmp is at every meet and show II'm at.  I think that's because I'm a co-organizer at every meet and show I'm at, and never get to listen to anything.  :o

 

 

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Enjoying the write ups Warren...and living vicariously through those....what you said above resonates..and how.. That is exactly my stat rig as well... I guess the BHSE may be "better" but hey I don't want to find out (at least for now :biggrin:).

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