OK all you awesome, innovative die-hard Bay Area Head-Fi'ers / audiophiles... we finally have a new event coming! That's right, I swore I would never have the chance to set up another meet, but here you go... this one's for the community.
South Bay area Head-Fi meet late 2016!
WHEN: Nov. 26th 2016 (Saturday)
10:00am - 4:00pm sharp
WHERE: "Dr. Roberto Cruz" Alum Rock Branch Library
(after entering the library doors it's the huge community room on your left before entering the main library area)
- MAXIMUM CAPACITY: The official max. is 100 people. There are also many tables approx. 5' x 2' feet and 75 chairs, all of which can be folded & moved.
- SET-UP / CLEAN UP: The doors will open at 9:30am only for those who have gear to set up or can lend a hand, then the event begins at 10am. I strongly recommend coming in early to set up your rig, so that we can make the most of the 6 hours we have there.
Clean up must start at 3:30pm so we can vacate the room by 4pm
- PARKING: Free with big ground-level library lot
- FOOD: Food is allowed, but catering is not planned. Bring your own or there are many good local eats such as a Mexican restaurant, 2 pizza places and a Pho restaurant within 2 blocks walking.
This is a community-driven 'local' meet up, meaning we supply our own headphones, amps, DAC's, DAP's, etc. for exhibition / discovery of others... it's up to YOU to make this a good show with the gear you can share. However those without gear are welcome to come check it out. Newcomers welcome.
This will be held in the community event room of the San Jose Alum Rock library. This is a huge, nice event room - not your traditional library conference room! And this is a totally separate room from the main library area, so you won't have any librarians telling you to keep it down, so long as talking is kept to a normal level.
This is a public event, so that any library patrons are free to come in and join in. There may be only be a couple extras to wander in, but I strongly encourage you to invite anybody "into our world" who seems to be wandering in cluelessly - let them listen to a rig and share some insight for a moment.
This library is also equipped with thousands of music CDs of a diverse variety that can be used on your rig. However these will need to be checked out (for free) with a library card, which can be easily obtained for free with a Calif. ID.
This will likely be your only chance to experience a Head-Fi meet in California before the official Can Jam, happening April 8-9th. This will take place in an exciting new location and looks like it could be the largest one ever, so I hope to see you all there as well!
Please post a message below if you plan to come, and the list of gear you would like to bring.
These won't be needed, however I would like to kindly suggest that you would please bring some sort of paper or card with your name or Head-Fi name on it so your rig can be identified if you step away. This will also assist people to find who you are if they would like to ask permission to try your equipment.
Generally, a rig is set up to be shared, so people should be able to try your rig when it's available. However if you prefer them to ask before touching anything, please indicate so on the nametag by your equipment. However for moving / reconfiguring anything, always ask the owner first.
Theft / liability:
Neither myself or the library are accountable for any possible theft or damage to your equipment. We encourage anybody that may notice something suspicious to say something. Look out for each other's items - such as somebody pocketing gear that you know does not belong to them: challenge them to ask them where they bought it, or report them to me or the library staff (who are in a separate area). Generally speaking however, there will be mostly genuine Head-Fi members who come to look into equipment upgrades, research, etc. who would never dream of doing anything that would jeopardize their standing in the community. There were no problems last time at this same venue.
Anyone engaged in seriously disruptive behavior will lose the privilege to remain on premises.
(don't worry I haven't seen it yet at other meets)
We will all be in one big room so please use a 'moderate' voice so that people can do critical listening.
A FEW FAQ's:
Q: Can I bring a guest with me?
A: Yes feel free to bring up to 2 guests with you, no need for permission. Please post that you're coming however.
Q: Do I need to bring any gear?
A: It is recommended to contribute, but feel free to come just for the experience.
Q: What should I bring, if any gear?
A: Make sure to bring your own power strip if bringing more than two components that need an outlet, and a music source for your rig such as a DAP, laptop with DAC, or even vinyl.
PS- Just call me Levi
List of members / gear on display: (tentative)
Amp: Feliks Audio Elise OTL tube amp with upgraded tubes
DAC's: Modi 2 Multibit AKA 'Mimby', Gustard X12 or Questyle QP1R playing hi-res DSD (SACD) files via Foobar
DAP: Questyle QP1R DAP / DAC
Headphones: Unique self-modded HD-650, ultra unique Tru-Fi Speakers modded HP-100 (rev. 4)
Amp: Shanling PH300
DAC: Dac Lite 60 R2R PCM DAC, Ifi Nano DSD DAC
Headphones: Audio Technica ATH W1000, W1000X & W1000Z
+ assorted portable gear
@Packdemon of home-startup Tru-Fi Speakers
custom modded SoundMagic HP-150, Beyerdynamic DT770 and DT1770
Amp: Woo Audio WA2
Amp/DAC: Grace Design m903, HeadRoom BUDA amp, Schiit BiFrost DAC
power components: SMSL Stack ( M8, VA2, Linear PSU )
headphones: Hifiman HE-400i, Audio Technica ATH-R70x
headphones: HE-500 (modded)
Amp: Cary audio Sli 80 Ultimate edition Integrated Tube amp
Headphones: HD800S, HD800, LCD3 F
DAC: Eastern Electric Minimax modded DAC
USB signal enhancement: USB disruptor, Mutec MC3+
Power conditioner: Shunyata Venom PS8
Amp: GS-X MkII
DAC: Holo Audio Spring multibit DSD / PCM DAC
Headphones: HE-1000 V2
@HiFiGuy528 (Woo Audio rep.)
Headphones: Focal Utopia
Sennheiser HD800 and HD600 headphones
Custom DIY gear:
AMB β22 amplifier
AMB Mini³ portable headphone amplifier
AMB γ3 high resolution DAC
AMB γ2 compact high performance DAC
AMB γ1.5 miniature high-res USB DAC + headphone amp
AMB γ1 miniature DAC
AMB κDCX-enhanced Behringer DCX2496 DSP electronic crossover
Sercona PGA preamp he co-designed with Jeff Wilhelm
Headphones: balanced AKG K812, balanced AKG K7XX
DAC: Gustard X20U, PS Audio Directstream Junior
Amps: Schiit Ragnarok, Cavalli Liquid Carbon
DACs: CEntrance DACport HD, CEntrance DACport Slim
Headphones: Philips SHP9500, AKG K553 Pro
Edited by DecentLevi - 11/26/16 at 7:13pm