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 09/20/18]​

    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. However, 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


    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


    FiiO Q5
    Fostex HP-A4BL
    Little Bear B4

    Meze Audio 99 Classics
    Sennheiser HD 6XX

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

    ZMF Auteur w/Danacable




    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    AKG K553 Pro
    Monoprice Monolith M1060C

    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Magni 2


    STAX SR-009

    Chord Mojo
    STAX SRM-727II

    Equipment On Vendor Loan

    Periodic Audio

    Nickel Amp

    Waiting List (As openings become available, you'll be notified via PM)
    @CEE TEE

    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?

    IMPRESSIONS THREAD for this meet.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2018 at 12:57 AM
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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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