[A 'Mini-Con'!] Arizona Head-Fi Meet: October 21st, 2017

  1. Coolzo
    LATEST UPDATE: Audeze will be providing sets of their iSine10, iSine20, LCD-X, and LCD-XC! Also, MrSpeakers has provided his latest electrostatic Ether-ES prototype, along with the Aeon Flow (both open and closed)! Stay tuned for more updates!

    Greetings, denizens of Head-Fi and of Arizona,
    It is time yet again for a gathering of audio enthusiasts in the Valley of the Sun! The official meeting date, time, and location are as follows:

    Date & Time:
    Saturday October 21st, 2017
    9:00AM-5:00PM

    Location:
    Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Avondale
    11460 W Hilton Way
    Avondale, AZ 85323


    *Wifi Password is HGI123*

    Also-
    There will be another raffle at the meet this year. This time, the prize will be a brand new Schiit Jotunheim w/ balanced DAC module! Tickets are $10 each.

    The Hotel we will be using this year is a very nice one, with a healthy ~1300ish square feet of space reserved just for us and our cans! There is a Culver's and a Ruby's Tuesdays in the vicinity, and the hotel's own restaurant (located near the lobby) will be open for breakfast, and at 4PM for dinner. There is also a plethora of restaurants on both 107th Ave & McDowell and Dysart & McDowell Rd. Food is not allowed in the room itself, and drinks are only okay if they are purchased from the hotel (there is also a free water cooler in the lobby, yay!). If a hotel room reservation is necessary, please inform us as soon as possible.Thanks to Schiit Audio for their extra support of this meet, and to Garage1217 for their continued support and presence at our Phoenix-based Head-Fi Meets!

    Discuss and post your gears below! If you bring electronics, make sure you bring your own power strip/conditioner/whatever. Oh, and selling IS allowed this time around- feel free to offer your used gear for sale (make sure you let people demo it)! Several vendors and industry insiders are supporting this meet (see below). More TBA - stay tuned! Thank you so much for your patience and we hope for this meet to be the most memorable yet. You could almost say that it's a miniature convention... a mini-con :beyersmile:

    List of companies/brands contributing to the meet:
    Schiit Audio: Sponsorship, Raffle (Jotunheim), SchiitKit (See contents in the gear-list below!)
    Garage1217: Entire Garage1217 lineup, many headphones.
    LMC Home Entertainment: Vendor, local dealer, various headphones (Including Focal Utopia!!) and amps.
    Audio Video Choies: Local dealer, demo unit of Jolida Glass FX tube DAC, T-Shirts!
    AZ HiFi: Local dealer, demo unit & sale units of B&W P9 headphones, Final Sonorous VI demo.
    MrSpeakers: Demo units of Aeon Flow and Ether-ES headphones.
    Kennerton: Demo units of Odin and Vali headphones.
    ZMF Headphones: Demo units, TBA!
    Audeze: Demo units of iSine10 and iSine20 IEMs, LCD-X and LCD-XC headphones.


    Thanks very much to all of these supporters (especially Schiit Audio, who has graciously offered to cover the meet costs, in addition to the big Schiit Kit and raffle item. Wow)! Those not in italics will have industry insiders present.

    List of present gears (continually updated, italics might be present):
    Schiit Kit (all DACs except Modis are Gen5 USB):

    Schiit Loki Mini
    Schiit Magni 3
    Schiit Vali 2
    Schiit Asgard 2
    Schiit Valhalla 2
    Schiit Lyr 2
    Schiit Mjolnir 2
    Schiit Modi 2
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit (x2)
    Schiit Gungnir Multibit
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Jotunheim w/ DAC module

    Headphones:
    MrSpeakers Ether-ES (the latest electrostatic prototype!)
    MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed
    MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open
    Focal Utopia
    Focal Clear
    Focal Elear
    Kennerton Vali
    Kennerton Odin
    Audeze LCD-X
    Audeze LCD-XC
    Abyss Phi
    AKG K240
    AKG K553 Pro
    AKG K712
    AKG K812
    Audeze EL-8 (2017 version)
    Audeze LCD-1 (The OG, only 25 produced!)
    Audeze LCD-2f Aluminum
    Audioquest Nighthawk
    Audio Technica W1000x
    B&O H6 Gen 2
    Beyerdynamic DT48 (25-ohm)
    Denon AH-D2000 (modded)
    Denon AH-D7000 (J$ V3 pads)
    Enigmacoustics Dharma D1000
    Fostex TH-X00 (purpleheart w/ Lawton L1 drivers and Vesper lambskin pads)
    Fostex TH-X00 (mahogany)
    Fostex TH-X00 (ebony w/ Brainwavz angled lambskin pads)
    Fostex TH-900 (gen 1)
    Franken-Fostex (TH900 drivers in purpleheart cups and Dekoni pads)
    Hifiman HE-400i
    Hifiman HE-6
    Meze 99 Classics
    ModHouseAudio Argon
    Monoprice Monolith M1060
    Monoprice 9927
    MrSpeakers Ether-C
    MrSpeakers Ether Flow
    Philips Fidelio X2
    Sennheiser HD280 Pro
    Sennheiser HD650 (stock and modded, balanced and unbalanced, various configs)
    Sennheiser HD800S
    Sennheiser HD800/SDR (various mods, cablings, and serials will be present)
    Sony MDR-MA900
    Sony MDR-Z1R
    Sony MDR-Z7

    Amps:

    Schiit Jotunheim w/ Freya preamp
    Schiit Freya pre + Schiit Vidar power amp
    Schiit Mjolnir 1
    AMB Labs M3 DIY amp
    Audio-GD NFB-1AMP
    Decware Taboo mkII
    DIY 6K6 tube amp by @BzzzzzT
    Eddie Current Aficionado
    Eddie Current Balancing Act (Mullard ECC35 ADZAM, EML 300B mesh)
    Eddie Current Zana Deux
    JDSLabs O2
    Little Dot 1+ (heavily modded)
    Nutube Hybrid amp
    Violectric V281
    Wells Audio Milo
    "Wintergreen Handwarmer" Altoids tin amp
    Woo Audio WA6 (Modded, EML 274B, TSRP 6SN7)

    DACs:
    Uptone Audio Regen > M2Tech HifFace Evo > Schiit Yggdrasil
    Audiogd DI U8 > Abbas Audio DAC 0.1
    Audiogd DI U8 > Abbas Audio DAC 2.0
    Exogal Comet
    Gustard U12 > Theta DS Pro Basic III-A
    Ifi Purifier > Chord Mojo
    Musiland Dragon USB (ASIO) > PS Audio DLIII DAC (Cullen IV mods)
    pupDAC
    MSB Platinum Link
    PS1 CD player
    Singer SU-1 > Audiogd Singularity DAC 19
    Theta Cobalt
    Violectric V850

    DACAmps:
    Geekout V2+
    Grace M9XX
    Sony UDA-1
    Questyle CMA600i
    Chord Hugo TT

    IEMs:
    Audeze iSine10
    Audeze iSine20
    BGVP DM5
    CA Orion
    Carbo Tenore
    DQSM D2002
    EarSonics Velvet V2
    Etymotic ER4SR
    Echobox Finder
    Shockwave 3
    Shozy Hibiki
    VE Zen 2.0
    RHA T20
    Fidue A83

    DAPs:
    Questyle QP1R
     
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  2. funch
    On the other side of the planet from me, but who cares.
     
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  3. Gofspar
    I live in Casa Grande, so the location isn't really a big issue for me since I have to come all the way down anyway, preferably in a private meeting room or something.
    The library was a little bit sketchy.

    I'll be attending.
     
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  4. cskippy
    I'll definitely be coming regardless of location. Like @Gofspar says, I want the meeting place to be more secure than the library. Make sure there is enough space as I might have a decent amount of things I'll bring.

    Subject to change:

    Schiit Gungnir Mulitibit
    Schiit Freya
    Schiit Jotunheim
    Eddie Current Zana Deux
    Eddie Current Aficionado (if it arrives in time)

    HE-6
    HD650
    MA900
    TH-X00 (if I can get it resoldered with new connectors)
     
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  5. funch
    I'm really hoping you get your Aficionado in time. I'm really curious to hear it, since I sold my BA.

    Count me in for a contribution as well.
     
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  6. drew911d
    Well, since I live 2 blocks away (for now), I have no excuse. I'll be bringing my new (today even) Milo amp and Abyss Phi. Looking forward to trying some good Dacs to help me decide on my next purchase.
     
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  7. dontfeedphils
    I'm in, excited for my first meet. I'll contribute to the cost as well, it'll make me feel better about doing nothing to help actually setup the meet lol. I'll also plan on bringing my current setup listed in my signature unless any pieces end up really redundant.

    Side note: my next big purchase will probably be some higher-end IEMs for on the go, if anyone coming to the meet or in the area owns the CA Andromedas I'd love to audition them.
     
  8. 13713
    Sounds good. Looking forward to this as always. Same boring Violectric setup as the last two times for me.
     
  9. Gofspar
    Probably bringing

    Theta DS Pro Basic III-A
    Gustard U12
    Audio-GD NFB-1AMP
    Nutube Hybrid

    not sure what headphones.
     
  10. Coolzo
    Thanks for the responses guys! I'd like more people to comment to make sure the Arrowhead location is okayーif not, there is one other possible location closer to the airport (info pending, as I seem to have lost it! foo on me).

    Anyway, looks like we're tenatively planning this for Saturday, October 14th. Is this a good date for everyone? Keep in mind that nothing is quite set in stone just yet. I look forward to making this meet a success!

    On a more exciting note, aside from the usual when/where questionaire hypetrain, we (primarily @koover, who prompted further expansion) are working to get some more industry-insider representation at the meet this year. Fingers crossed! Sub for deets later
     
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  11. koover
    I'm obviously in. Very stoked for the meet and it can't come soon enough.
    I'll be bringing all my headphones that are listed in my signature. I won't be bringing any schitt though. I should have at least 6 pairs of HP's so it'll be a wide variety to test drive.
    Looking forward to meeting everyone as this is my first meet. :L3000:
     
  12. dontfeedphils
    10/14 is good with me. Any spot within a couple hours and I'm good, I'm pretty central so it makes it easy.

    I'm with koover, really excited for this. Only been serious about the hobby since earlier this year, but there are a ton of cans I want to try, and it looks like a decent amount of them will be in attendance.
     
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  13. Muinarc
    The prior weekend of the 7th is RMAF so that's probably not the best time. If you do the week after (14th), who knows, maybe some of the vendors will be willing to stop by PHX after being in Denver. Location isn't an issue for me. I will talk to a friend that reps a certain company to see if he'll come or ship some gear to me to bring along.
     
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  14. Gofspar
    Yeah I just noticed that, I'll be attending RMAF, so the 14th would be alot better for me and more vendors will probably have interest for loaners.
     
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  15. Coolzo
    At this stage we'll almost certainly be holding the meet on the 14th, for sure. If it's different at all, I'd say only a week later on the 21st, but I get the feeling that the 14th will work for more of us here in the AZ community. No use trying to compete with RMAF, not yet anyway... :beyersmile:

    EDIT: As of now, the 14th and 21st are equally possible- it just depends on the location (see original post)
     
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