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[UPDATED] Arizona Head-Fi MiniCon the Second: September 15th, 2018

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  1. Coolzo
    LAST UPDATED 9/14/18 8:38PM
    The time is upon us, see you all tomorrow!

    List of contributing insiders:

    Schiit Audio: Sponsorship, SchiitKit, 2-Channel too! Real good Schiit.
    Audeze: Sending a rep with most (if not all) of their entire lineup!
    Audio Video Choices: Our local used gear dealer has provided a demo unit of the Benchmark HPA4 balanced headphone amplifier/preamplifier. Pick up their business card!
    Ampsandsound: Justin from Ampsandsound will bring the new ZMF Pendant amplifier, along with the Mogwai SE.
    Campfire Audio: Sending demo units of their Andromeda, Atlas, and Comet IEMs.
    HeadAmp Electronics: Sending demo units of their Blue Hawaii SE electrostatic headphone amplifier (in a unique new finish!), and Gilmore Lite mk2 headphone amplifier.
    Sennheiser: Sending demo units of their HD820 and HD660S headphones, as well as the HDV820 DAC/amp!
    The Source AV: The Source AV will be at the meet!
    Woo Audio: Sending demo units of their WA8 Eclipse DAC/amp and WA5LE headphone amplifier!

    Date & Time:
    Saturday September 15th, 2018

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

    *Wifi Password is HGI123*

    **Please note the starting and ending times. For whom it may concern, setup start time will be the same as the previous two meets**

    Vendors, industry insiders, and all sorts of gear welcome of course! Our friends at Schiit will be sponsoring the event once again :) We will be meeting in the same space as last time. Finally- BYOPS: Bring Your Own Power Strip!!!

    Other stuff:
    I can confirm that Schiit Audio will be sending their two channel components! This includes a pair of Vidar amplifiers with a Freya preamp and Gungnir Multibit DAC. The system will be driving a pair of Tannoy Revolution XT-6F floorstanding speakers, with Ascend Acoustics MTMs also available at some point. This system will be placed not in the main event area, but instead inside a nearby hotel room. *This room will by default be locked; access will require that individuals (probably 3-4 at a time max) inquire with one of the... staff? (Greg @koover, Chris @Destroysall, Brandon @anteroth, or myself, Joe @Coolzo) to unlock the room.

    There will be a raffle! This time, tickets will not be for sale; each attendee will receive one (1) FREE entry into the drawing, they need only put their name on a signup sheet at the event. Prizes include a Schiit Lyr 3 headphone amplifier (amp only, no module), and a set of Audeze iSine10 IEMs!

    At lunch time, attendees should note that there is a Culver's and a Ruby Tuesday's in the same parking lot, as well as a plethora of places near the i10/101 intersection. Attendees can also expect to enjoy catering of snack-type items from the hotel- stay tuned for further updates!

    Please let us know what gear you'll be bringing, and it'll be placed below. Also, make note of any audio items you might like to sell at the meet. Member attendees, also feel free to list any used gear you might have for sale at the time of the meet (listed at the bottom of this post). Attendee inquiries only, please.

    List of present gears (continually updated, italics might be present):
    -Schiit Kit:

    (Contents TBA... but expect something cool!)
    *Two-channel will be in a room seperate from the main event area.

    -Much of (possibly all) of the Audeze headphone lineup!

    Member gear (does not include sponsor/insider/loaner gear):
    Audeze LCD-1 prototype (only 25 produced!)
    Audeze LCD-3F
    Audeze Sine
    Audiozenith PMx2 v2
    B&O BeoPlay H7 wireless
    Denon AH-D2000 (super modded)
    Denon AH-D7000 (J$ V3 pads)
    Focal Clear
    Focal Elex
    Focal Utopia
    Fostex TH-X00 MH
    Fostex TH-X00 PH (modded)
    Grado GH1 w/ G-cush or L-Cush
    Grado SR325e
    Hifiman HE-4XX
    Hifiman HE-400i
    Hifiman HE-500 (cskippy mods)
    Koss KPH30i
    Meze 99 Classics
    Meze 99 Neo
    ModHouse Audio Argon mk3
    Monoprice Monolith M1060 (modded)
    MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed
    MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open
    PSB M4U2
    Sennheiser HD58X
    Sennheiser HD598
    Sennheiser HD6XX
    Sennheiser HD650 (various modded and unmodded)
    Sennheiser HD800 (various modded and unmodded)
    Sennheiser HD800SDR
    Sony MDR-Z7
    Stax SR-207
    Stax SR-L300L
    Verum 1
    ZMF Auteur Blackwood
    ZMF Atticus
    ZMF Ori
    ZMF Eikon

    Noble Massdrop X

    Headphone Amplifiers:
    Audio GD NFB-1
    AMB Labs M3
    Bottlehead Mainline
    Cavalli Liquid Carbon X
    Decware CSP3 (Jupiter Copper cap's, Mogami signal wire, stepped attenuator)
    ECP DSHA-1
    Eddie Current Aficionado
    Eddie Current Balancing Act (Mullard ECC35, EML 300B-mesh)
    Garage1217 Project Ember v2.1
    Garage1217 Project Solstice
    Gustard H10 (modded)
    NAD C275BEE integrated+STAX SRD-7 transformer (Mjolnir Audio Mods)
    Schiit Lyr 3
    Schiit Mjolnir 2
    Schiit Ragnarok
    STAX SRM-252S
    STAX SRM-353X BK
    Tascam MH-8
    XRK971 pocket class-A, desktop version

    Audio GD D-77
    Chord Mojo
    Gustard X20U
    Holo Spring Level 1
    PS Audio DLIII (Cullen IV mods)
    Schiit Gungnir delta-sigma
    Schiit Gungnir Multibit (Gen 5 USB)
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    Schiit Yggdrassil (Gen 2 Analog, Gen 5 USB. Gen 1 Yggy also available.)

    Audioquest Dragonfly Red
    iFi nano iDSD
    LH Labs Pulse X Infinity DAC + LPS
    Marantz HDDAC1
    Oppo HA-2

    Fiio X7 mk ii
    Hiby R3
    IBasso DX50
    Shanling M0
    Shanling M5

    DDCs/digital stuff/misc analog:
    M2Tech HiFace EVO USB>SPDIF coverter
    Musiland Dragon USB
    PS Audio Power Plant Premier power regenerator
    Schiit Eitr USB>SPDIF converter
    Schiit Loki Mini analog EQ
    Singxer SU-1 USB interface

    Optical Players/Sources:
    OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray player
    Yamaha DVD-S1800 SACD/DVD player

    Used gear for sale at the meet (prices valid for the meet ONLY):
    @VRacer-111Philips SHP9500S headphones
    @anteroth Bottlehead Mainline, Marantz HDDAC1
    @balderon VTI stereo rack
    @Astral Abyss Sennheiser HD800 ($600)
    @Coolzo Tannoy Revolution XT-6F floorstanding speakers ($800 pair)
    @cskippy Holo Spring Level 1 DAC, Singxer SU-1 ($1350 Spring Only, $1600 for both)

    @funch will have many items at his table for sale, make sure you check it out! His rig includes the Decware CSP3, Yggy v1, and a PS Audio power regenerator! Other stuff, too.

    @koover will have a large selection of tubes for sale. Prices negotiable, look for the guy with the plastic tubs full of tubes!

    @Zyker *may* have some awesome exotic wood headphone stands for sale!
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  2. Muinarc
    Will probably be there. Have a family member's birthday that weekend so I'll try to get them to want to celebrate on Sunday instead of Saturday using any method necessary!

    forging a new birth certificate may be an option
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  3. Coolzo
    Sounds perfectly legit to me! Or gift them their first headphone rig, then at least the Head-Force will be with you.
  4. balderon Contributor
    I’ve added the date to my calendar. I hope to acquire an upgrade well before September.
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  5. anteroth
    You already know ill be there with the megastacks in tow.
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  6. DEBigworm
    I'll be there. Should be interesting to see how my collection has eloved since the last one.
  7. VRacer-111
    Go ahead and put me down.

    Plan to bring the following:

    A) Estat rig consisting of Mjoljir Audio STAX SRD-7 based energizer, NAD C275BEE stereo amp, STAX SRM-323S driver unit, Shiit Loki, Gustard X20U DAC, and laptop with locally stored FLAC music library.

    * Possibly also a Ci Audio VPC-3 passive preamp volume control... something I plan to get in the near future.

    B) Dynamic rig consisting of a modded Gustard H10 amp connected to same Gustard X20U DAC or alternatively to a DFR and Tablet with same FLAC collection as laptop.

    C) Headphones:
    1- Modded Fostex TH-X00 PH
    2- Modded Fostex TH-X00 'PS'
    3- Modded Monolith M1060
    4- Koss ESP950
    5- STAX L300 (probably modded by that point)
    6- STAX L300L (80th anniversary Limited Edition)

    *Possibly STAX SR-003 MK2 in-ears...

    Can see my sig for the mods associated with each item...
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2018
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  8. pbui44
    Nice, a Houston regular branching out to other meets in other states. The X20U DAC looks like a beast, too. Have fun, guys!
  9. koover
    Man, I need to be more observant. Excellent news. Your gear has certainly evolved my friend. I’m really looking forward to checking all your gear out. On paper it looks outstanding and I’m sure it’ll sound even better then it looks.
  10. dontfeedphils
    A bit off topic, but I wanted to see if anyone local was interested in this setup before I post it in the for sale thread. Thinking about selling my Moj + /iFi ieMatch + White B-Stock Andro setup for $1100 cash or paypal (buyer pays fees). If anyone is interested just drop me a PM and I'll get right back to you.

    Here's a pic of the setup attached to a phone case: https://imgur.com/2kZtEzu
  11. Zyker
    I'm definitely going to try and make this...

    I've been making my headphone stands, too, so what are the rules regarding being a vendor? I'd love to see if anyone is interested in them! :)
  12. koover
    No rules for being a vender other then we’d like to see you make it. We’re at a great hotel who allows it. We had 3 venders last meet with hopefully more in September.
    Good to see a spark in the thread.
  13. Zyker
    It'll be fun to see everyone's collections! Since I'll be bringing some of my stands, are there any particular woods that anyone here would like to see their cans on? I'd love to get pics, as well, if that's ok!
  14. koover
    Not following you. Get pics? From the meet? If so, there's plenty of people that take pics so that's absolutely fine.
    Me? I'd love Cherry wood but oak works for me as it's so much cheaper and does the trick. Looking forward to seeing your craftsmanship.
  15. Zyker
    That's funny because I have a piece of cherry sitting in my shop right now, waiting to be worked on!

    And the pics I want are of people's sets on the different stands! I'm curious to see what woods work best in regards to contrast, color, etc.
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