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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    I meant that there's always a pair at the LTA shop if you wanted to listen to them, but they're not for sale.
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    I imagine some of these setups will make us short of breath. I guess it's appropriate that Chinese slang for good audio gear is "fever". Pardon my poor sense of humor.
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    It looks fun and there's gear I want to hear but I'll have to see how taxing the day proves. Brian Lowe of Belleson Regulators brought some headphone pad covers (like mini hairnets) for swag at CAF and I'm regretting not bringing some home now. I don't know if you just want a good deal on them...
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019 Impressions!

    I regret that we had to leave early - we missed the RAAL, the Orpheus, the Abyss, and all kinds of other things! Nice pictures.
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Would anyone like to hear the Monoprice Cavalli Liquid Spark? I have a Denafrips Ares II that should be arriving today, which I'll bring if it indeed arrives. After having an original Ares and listening to the Ares II while we had it on loan for CAF, I decided to buy one. A coworker at LTA...
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Looks cool, is it your design? Glad you're bringing the Stax.
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Unfortunate update: we had to send away the Stax and Focal headphones. The perils of borrowed equipment. Hopefully the headphones will still be present at the meet in others' collections.
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Oooh, will they come in the anonymizing pill tubes? Looks like we'll also still have the Dan Clark Audio Ether 2 and new Aeon 2.
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Got a few confirmations: LTA will bring the Z10e, which is the EL84-based amplifier with higher power headphone outputs than the MZ2 and an electrostatic headphone output. We'll have the same estats as at CAF: Stax SR-009S + L700, MrSpeakers . . . Dan Clark Audio Voce. LTA will also have the...
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    I'll have to figure out what LTA is bringing, but we'll surely bring some stuff. I'll update later. If anyone's close to Richmond, VA, Fern & Roby is doing an open house that could be interesting: https://www.fernandroby.com/blog/2019/open-house-nov-23rd
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    Fern & Roby Open House, 11-23 Richmond, VA

    Event page: https://www.fernandroby.com/blog/2019/open-house-nov-23rd Fern & Roby has been building a listening room within their huge machine shop just south of the 14th St. bridge and are teaming up with a few other manufacturers to host an open house. There will be vinyl, digital, speakers...
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    Update 2: Happy to report that another DAC is joining our Lounge roster: the Holo Audio Spring 2, Kitsune Tuned Edition. This is upgraded from the original Spring. Thanks very much to Tim from Kitsune for lending this for the show. The Klipsch HP3 arrived today an we'll have several more...
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    We haven't had time to organize a meet at the shop before CAF, but I have some updates about the LTA Headphone Lounge at CAF. We'll have the MZ2, MZ3, Z10i (EL84-based integrated amp with headphone output), and Z10e (the Z10i plus an electrostatic headphone output). Sources will be Border...
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    WTB: <$50 desktop DAC

    Unfortunately, optical is the one input I absolutely need.
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    WTB: <$50 desktop DAC

    Looking for a DAC that has an optical input and preferably has a USB input, but USB isn't required. A used Schiit Modi would be great, or a Topping, or something like that. Don't really want to pay more than $50 shipped, but I suppose I could shell out a bit more to cover shipping - I'm in the...
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