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SF South Bay Meet - Saturday, November 3, 2018

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  1. jazzfan
    Calling All SF South Bay Head-Fiers, this meet is finally happening!
    [Last updated 11/02/18 - See New tag ]
    Attendance is now at capacity, but check back for updates​

    INTEREST THREAD for this meet.


    2018 SF South Bay Head-Fi Meet

    Admission: Free

    This mini-meet is open to all, on a first come first served basis. Due to limited seating, attendance is capped at 12 max. and we are currently at capacity . If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, post a request in this thread and your name will be added to the list.

    To all attendees, if your equipment is currently not listed below, list the equipment you wish to bring in a post to @jazzfan in this thread. I'll update the equipment section of this post as needed.


    Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
    Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Our time may be extended beyond 5:00pm if no one has the room booked after our meet)


    Central Park Library
    2635 Homestead Road
    Santa Clara, CA 95051

    Parking: Free
    Entering the driveway from the street, library parking is to your right (parking on the left is reserved for church parking only). Below ground parking is also available.

    Sycamore Conference Room (located on the 1st floor towards the rear of the building on the right)


    Conference Room Accommodations
    • 1 large conference room table with 10 chairs
    • 8 electrical outlets in the center console of conference room table
    • 3 additional wall outlets around the room
    • 1 Whiteboard
    • 1 Wall-mounted Flatscreen Monitor
    • Free public Wi-Fi is available (Network name or SSID: CSC-Public - no password required)

    Library Rules
    • Room capacity maximum 12.
    • No food is allowed. Covered drinks are allowed.
    • No additional chairs are allowed in the conference room.
    • Room must be clean upon leaving.

    Meet Rules

    These won't be needed. However unofficial Head-Fi name tents will be provided for each confirmed attendee. You may elect to write your given name on the name tent, but this is optional. Name tents will help people identify who you are if they would like to ask permission to try your equipment if you step away.

    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 name tent by your equipment. Remember before moving/reconfiguring any setup, always ask the owner first.

    Neither the organizer 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 organizer or the library staff.

    We will all be in one conference room so please use a 'moderate' voice so that people can do critical listening.

    Remember to always treat fellow Head-Fiers and their gear with the utmost care and respect.


    Q: Can I bring a guest with me?
    A: Yes, however be aware there is a library imposed limit of 12 people in the conference room. If we exceed that limit, library staff may ask that some individuals leave.

    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 else should I bring?
    A: Make sure to bring your own power strip and extension cords if you are bringing gear.

    Additional Tips




    @Howell Selburn

    Sennheiser HD800 w/Norne Audio Draug v3
    Fostex TH900 w/Lawton Level 3 mod
    Focal Utopia w/Norne Audio Draug
    E-MU Teak w/Lawton mod and TH900 cups
    AKG K812

    Gustard A20H DAC/Amp

    Stax 3010 (earspeaker and energizer)
    Stax Lambda Professional
    Stax SR Gamma Pro
    Stax SRD-P ("portable" energizer run by 8 C batteries and two plugs for two earspeakers)
    Stax SRS002 (portable energizer and in-ear earspeakers)
    Koss ESP-9 and Koss E9 energizer (quantity of two sets)
    Realistic HP-100 earspeaker and energizer (Stax OEM)
    Hifiman HE400i
    Sennheiser HD650

    Chord Mojo
    Chord Chordette Gem
    Fiio E18

    Fostex TH-X00 Purplehearts
    Shure SRH-1840
    Senn HD6XX
    Senn Momentum

    FiiO X17
    Centrance Dacport HD
    NuForce Icon HDP
    Lake People G103 Amp


    Meze Audio 99 Classics
    Sennheiser HD 6XX

    Bottlehead Crack
    Staving Student Millet Hybrid
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Fiio X5 3rd Gen

    ZMF Auteur w/Danacable/LCD-2 closed back

    TBD/Hugo2, WA8 Eclipse


    Sennheiser HD800S
    Sennheiser HD650


    Bottlehead Crack w/ Speedball
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    Schiit Modi 2 Uber
    Schiit Magni 2 Uber

    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    AKG K553 Pro
    Monoprice Monolith M1060C
    Chi-Fi KZ ZS5 v1 & v2
    Chi-Fi KZ ZST

    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Magni 2

    Grado PS500 w/Black Dragon cable
    Ultrasone Edition 8
    Cleer Next

    Audio-gd R2R-1 DAC
    PS Audio GCHA Headphone Amp

    STAX SR-009
    Sennheiser HD800
    AudioQuest Nighthawk Carbon

    Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (FLAC and Tidal)
    iFi Audio micro iDSD
    Benchmark Media DAC1 PRE
    STAX SRM-727II

    ZMF Atticus

    Audio-GD NFB.29.38 Amp/Dac

    Sennheiser HD800S
    Audeze LCD3 Fazor
    Fostex TH-X00 Modded to TH900 Drivers with Custom Silver Cables

    Mutec MC3+ USB
    Schiit Audio Black Yggdrasil Gen1 A version DAC (not yet upgraded)
    Cary Audio Sli 80 Ultimate edition Amp

    ZMF X Vibro MKII Rusted Zebra
    Focal Elear
    Sennheiser HD 600
    Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee

    Emotiva DC-1 DAC (balanced)
    Chord Mojo DAC
    Cavalli Liquid Carbon (1st Gen)
    iBasso DX90 DAP
    Pono DAP

    Equipment On Vendor Loan

    Periodic Audio

    Nickel Amp

    Massdrop (New)
    Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier
    Massdrop Balanced SDAC (prototype)

    Waiting List (As openings become available, you'll be notified via PM. Note: Due to limited availability, please reply to your notification within 72 hours or forfeit your position)
    @CEE TEE

    @gordec (New)

    Contact Information

    If you have further questions, or would like to make any changes, please direct all questions to myself @jazzfan (or in my absence @calbear), or you can PM me directly, as well.

    Here's to another great community supported Head-Fi event!

    Things To Do

    Since you're going to be in the area, I thought I'd mention a favorite South Bay destination of mine. In my opinion, if you'd like to experience the best hand-made glazed donuts in the Bay Area, head directly across the street from the library to Stan's Donut Shop. If you are fortunate enough to try them in the morning when they're freshly made, you are in for a real treat. Just be prepared to get there early before they sell out!

    Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with Stan's in any way. I'm just a loyal fan of their delicious fried dough. Yum.

    Survey Question

    If you had to name only one track, what would be your go-to "demo music" track, and why?

    Survey Results (New)

    SF South Bay Meet Periodic Audio Giveaway


    Three Periodic Audio IEMs, one of each model (open box), will be given away at the meet. The three models (see below) Magnesium (Mg), Titanium(Ti) and Beryllium(Be) retail for $99, $199 and $299 respectively, and are named for the metal used in the formulation of each models diaphragm material.


    Official Giveaway Rules
    1. Eligibility: You mush be one of the 12 registered attendees of this event. All attendees actively listed in the "Who" section of this meet announcement post are eligible.
    2. How to Enter: Submit a post to this thread, or contact @jazzfan via PM to express your desire to attend. All attendees will be selected on a first come first served basis.
    3. Winner selection: Winners will be selected by a random drawing at the event. You must be present to win.
    4. Winners List: The Head-Fi member name of the winners will be posted in the post-meet impressions thread.
    5. Sponsor: The sponsor of this giveaway is Periodic Audio.

    IMPRESSIONS THREAD for this meet.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2018
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  2. Alcophone
    I'd like to be on the waiting list. There's a concert I'm going to that night, so I can bring only some smaller items (no Yggy).
  3. jazzfan
    You're first on the list! Thanks for letting me know.
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  4. calbear
    Thanks for putting everything together @jazzfan !
    I'm very excited to attend and meet you all, as well as try out everyone's gear.
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  5. SomeTechNoob
    Just a heads up, I'll be a bit late to the 1:00 time as my uni class ends at 12:45, after which I'll grab a quick lunch and then head over.

    Also my M1060C should be listed under headphones.

    Thanks for setting everything up!
  6. Hobroblin
    Thanks @jazzfan for setting this up. I can bring:

    Meze Audio 99 Classics
    Sennheiser HD 6XX

    Bottlehead Crack
    Staving Student Millet Hybrid
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Fiio X5 3rd Gen
  7. jazzfan
    Thanks for the heads up and for the correction. The list has been updated.
  8. jazzfan
    Thanks for bringing your equipment and I'm glad you could make it.
  9. arjubx
    I think I’ll look at bringing the following:

    Amps: FiiO Q5, Fostex HP-A4BL, and the Little Bear B4 with Burson V5i Dual Op-Amp upgrade

    Headphones: Flexible among my collection (I’ll try not to repeat others so I’ll wait and see). I think 3 tops to keep transporting it all manageable. Open to requests against my list in signature as well.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
  10. jazzfan
    I've added your amp selection. I'll update your headphone list once you've finalized your decision. Thanks!
  11. JVal
    Thanks for putting this together, jazzfan. I'll be bringing a gustard a20h for dac/amp, but undecided yet on which headphones I'll be bringing. Will update when I decide.
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  12. jazzfan
    You're welcome and thanks for the update. As the meet draws closer, let me know whatever you decide to bring. I look forward to meeting you at the meet.
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  13. jazzfan
    To All,

    It's almost the middle of September, and our meet is still a month and a half away. Since we have some time, I thought it might be fun if I conducted a survey to get a sense of the musical listening tastes of the members attending our meet. As my Head-Fi name implies, I'm a fan of Jazz. I'll listen to all forms of Jazz, but mostly enjoy Jazz from the 50s and 60s in general, and live acoustic Jazz trios in particular. Jazz is my preferred music of choice, but I also appreciate discovering and listening to music from a multitude of other genres. With that in mind, I'd like to expand my library of demo music evaluation tracks by asking everyone attending our upcoming meet the following question:

    If you had to name only one track, what would be your go-to "demo music" track, and why?

    Post your answers here, or if you prefer, send me a PM with your response. I'll collect all responses and post the names of each track on our meet impressions thread. It will be interesting to listen to and discuss these tracks at the meet. If there is enough interest, I'll create a poll so we can all vote for your favorite among the list. But for now, I'd love to get everyone's thoughts on your go-to demo music track.

    Thanks for participating in the survey!
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  14. calbear
    I would say that my go-to track would be Diana Krall, Devil May Care, Live in Paris. You can hear all the nuances of her voice and breaths, the separation and soundstage of the instruments and with the right equipment, the feeling that you are right there in the performance. Plus the song isn't half bad :ksc75smile:
  15. DecentLevi
    Hey folks I'm still abroad -AND- currently relocated from California, so I won't be able to make this one. Jazzfan, nice spruce up to my introduction template. Feel free to mention my name after the "@" sumbol to share post-meet impressions
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
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