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2nd Annual WickedSchiit Meet - New England - Impressions

  1. gc335
    What an awesome meet! Thanks to Schiit, Audeze, ZMF and ModHouse Audio for making this happen. Without Schiit's generosity this meet would not have been possible. Denise, Jaren @Audeze, Bevin @BooUrns and Ryan @Tulon all helped me make this meet spectacular. I'm very grateful for their support.

    Please share your thoughts and photos if you have them! What was your biggest surprise? Best of show? Can we make it better next year?

    Thanks for coming and I hope to see you next year!

    @spwath @ninjapirate9901 @rickles @muffin9988 @pwscott @bagwell359 @wizzman121 @AMG401 @Richsvt @audioelements @porkfried @JoshMo @jw996 @SilverEars

    Sorry if I missed someone.

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  2. rickles
    A huge thank you to Schiit, Gene, and the rest of the Head-Fi group! I really enjoyed meeting all of you! I was quite impressed with the Schiit equipment I heard, and I'm not easily swayed on gear. I also enjoyed the LCD4 on most setups I heard. The Ragnarok did not have the transparency of the TT2, but it still sounded awesome, and I would like to spend more time with it. The Schiit Hel really impressed me, and I think I'm probably going to buy one. We had a dearth of Electrostatic setups, and I felt bad. Had I known, I would have definitely brought a pair or two. I can't thank Schiit, and Gene enough. Really really awesome to take care of us like that.
     
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  3. ISOLordByron
    Damn! This flew right under my radar, wish I would have known about this, I would have attended! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun :) Is next year likely going to be around the same date?
     
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  4. gc335
    Yes, I plan on arranging another meet around the same time next year. I'll release the date as soon as possible and let you know.
     
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  5. rickles
    Would love to read more impressions from the group! :)
     
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  6. wizzman121
    First off huge thanks to Gene, Schiit (@Jason Stoddard ), @Audeze , Modhouse and ZMF for supporting this event. Also thanks to everyone who came and was willing to let other people demo their gear. This was such an invaluable and enjoyable experience to try some amazing audio gear and meet a bunch of people that are also obsessed with chasing the optimal music experience.

    So this was my first time attending an audio event of any kind. I definitely had that kid-in-a-candy-store feeling right off the bat. (I was the guy in the third pic of the first post of the thread). My current daily driver and baseline for all my headphone test drives is the Focal Elex. Forgive me if my audio vocabulary is lacking. I am still learning how to verbalize things.

    Ether 2- Wow these headphones are light! Slightly warmer guitar sounds than the Elex. Treble is slightly recessed compared to Elex. Sound stange is a bit smaller than the Elex. These had warmer slightly punchier bass but maybe slightly less precise. I didn't wear them for an extended period but the enhanced clamping force was noted.

    Audeze LCD3- I find the Audezes (LCD- 2C and LCD-2) overall to be a bit too dark and treble to recessed for my liking. Gene's LCD3 really surprised me. It was much more balanced than any of the other Audezes I have tried. It had the best treble of the lineup. Imaging seemed a little weak which I think is consistent with the rest of the lineup. I spent alot of time with this headphone, it was my second favorite of the day.

    Aeolus- Slightly more bass than the Elex. It has a big warm sound. Not as precise as the Elex. I liked this quite a bit more than the LCD2s but it left me wanting just a bit more clarity in the treble.

    Auteur- Easily my favorite headphone test drive of the day. I did not want to take these off. I could have demo'ed my whole library. HUGE sound!!! Slightly warmer and more full than the Elex. I was just blown away that it sounded a bit warmer and more musical yet was still so sharp and revealing in the highs. This checks the biggest box for me with a headphone: Can I stop listening to the headphone and get lost in the musc? This was a resounding yes with this headphone. I could sense the space inside acoustic guitars. There was noticeably more bass than the Elex but it was still so tight and refined. It is easy to make a bassy headphone but when you can peel back the layers of bass than you know its a good headphone. This headphone is so beyond anything I have purchased up until now but I think I may need to own this one!

    Argon- I actually won these in the raffle. Thank you Modhouse!!! I haven't spent a ton of time with these but they are pretty damn impressive for their price point. They are so light despite how massive they look. Massively wide sound stage. Ample quality bass though it is no where near as precise as the Elex and Auteur. Highs are definitely more resolving than the LCD2s but are still a bit more recessed than I like. Man these things need some juice. I have to turn my Jotunheim to 1 or 2 o'clock to get a decent volume level out of the SE output. Very cool cans.

    This was my first time experiencing a tube amp. I tried the Valhalla 2 and Lyr 3. I didn't spend a ton of time on these but I will say the really enhanced rock music, specifically guitars.

    My biggest take-aways are that I consistently favor a very neutral sound in my headphones. I used to be leery of resolving headphones but when they are done right it is such an immersive and engaging experience. I know it may be a little lame but I might suggest name-tags next time around. I am so bad at remembering names even after introductions! What a great group of audio-holics! I really enjoyed meeting a bunch of you and thanks against to Gene for making this happen. I look forward to the next one.

    ~Dave

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    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
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  7. ninjapirate9901
    Was great to see everyone there again, and a big thank you to Gene for once again pulling this together!

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  8. gc335
    Thanks for coming!
     

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