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Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia Head-Fi Member Meet - May 18, 2019 - Gaithersburg, MD

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  1. PJABBER
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    AS THE MEET HAS NOW BEEN HELD WE ARE CLOSING THIS THREAD AND ASK PARTICIPANTS TO POST THEIR COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS AND PHOTOS ON THE IMPRESSIONS THREAD TO BE FOUND HERE -

    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/was...d-fi-meet-may-18-2019-gaithersburg-md.903468/

    A BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT CAME AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO HELPED FUND THE COSTS, BROUGHT GEAR SO THAT WE COULD EXPERIENCE THE VERY BEST IN AUDIO AND THEN FREELY OFFERED THEIR KNOWLEDGEABLE OPINIONS AND PERSPECTIVES!
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    Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia Head-Fi Member Meet - Gaithersburg, MD

    Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., optional happy hour and dinner follows

    UPDATED LOCATION AND TIMES TO ACCOMMODATE THE EXPECTED TURNOUT!


    Come join Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia members of HeadFi.org and local headphone and audio enthusiasts for an afternoon of auditioning and friendly conversation.

    This event is open to all who have an interest in headphone and portable audio. No equipment is required but, as always, participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their sources, headphones, amps, DACs, and other accessories to demo and to try out in some unique combinations. Bring and demo your home-engineered equipment as well!

    The auditioning session will feature not only our own members' gear but quite a few new and improved products that are being presented by audiophile product manufacturers -

    IFi Audio has sent us a selection of their portable X Series, including the xCAN balanced headphone amp and an xDSD Bluetooth/USB DAC, along with the popular micro iDSD DAC Headamp - https://ifi-audio.com

    Will and Nicholas will be demoing Linear Tube Audio's MZ3 headphone amp and a Z10e electrostatic headphone amp, so bring your electrostatic headphones - https://www.lineartubeaudio.com

    20/20 Evolution Systems will demo the brand new Conrad Johnson HVA1 headphone amp - https://conradjohnson.com/

    AGPtek will be demoing their popular portable digital audio players including the audiophile H3 and newly updated ROCKER with Rockbox compatibility.

    Let us know what gear you are bringing by posting in the thread comments below!

    What is Head-Fi?

    Head-Fi.org is a website where the community covers, reviews and discusses headphones, earphones, earbuds, in-ear monitors (IEMs), headphone amplifiers, and all other kinds of high-end audio gear and music. The heart of Head-Fi is its discussion forums, where, on average, 3000+ posts covering the above topics are made each and every day.

    After the meet, participants are invited to join us for a happy hour and dinner at a local restaurant - Thai Tanium in the Kentlands.

    We encourage you to RSVP so that we have a better idea of how many will be coming.

    You can RSVP at this link:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/head-fiorg-audiophile-meet-free-tickets-59605916902

    Here are the details…

    UPDATED Location:

    Kentlands Clubhouse
    485 Tschiffely Square Rd.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878


    The Kentlands Clubhouse is wheelchair accessible and has male and female restrooms that are also wheelchair accessible. The building is smoke-free, please dispose of any trash you might have in the provided bins. While we will have a number of really comfortable chairs and sofas available for attendees, this is a standing event where you will want to move around the meeting room to experience all of the equipment on display.

    UPDATED Directions:

    KENTLANDS CLUBHOUSE – 485 Tschiffely Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/485+Tschiffely+Square+Rd,+Gaithersburg,+MD+20878

    https://wego.here.com/directions/mix//485-Tschiffely-Square-Rd,-Gaithersburg,-MD-20878,-USA


    Parking: Plenty of free street parking is available in the immediate area, please don't park in any spot that has Reserved signage - those spots are for residents only and you might be ticketed/towed if you park there.

    Internet Access: Free wireless Internet access is available. Speed should be sufficient for everyone's moderate/email use but not for multiple concurrent streaming video applications.

    Electricity: Twelve (12) double outlets are available in the meeting room itself. If you are bringing A/C powered devices, please bring your own power strips.

    Tables and Chairs: The room is stocked with a number of heavy load bearing tables and we expect to also have two - four heavy duty 8-foot folding tables and 30 folding wooden chairs. If you have heavier or bulkier equipment consider that the coffee tables will have the most comfortable lounge seating.

    UPDATED Event Schedule:

    1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Equipment setup. Bring your favorite audio devices to display and to offer attendees a chance to try out with their own headphones! If you need A/C power, please bring your own power strips!

    You can park for a few minutes in front of the Clubhouse entrance to unload equipment but once equipment is unloaded, please park in either the parking lot or in one of the many street parking spots in the neighborhood.

    1:30 - 4:30 p.m - Opening remarks, self-introduction of attendees (you are encouraged to describe the equipment you brought to the meet!) Open listening sessions, walk around, chat and try out the available equipment.

    4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Pack up your equipment and help us clean the meeting space. Please keep in mind that we have a hard stop at 5:00 p.m.

    After Event Happy Hour and Dinner (at your own cost): 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Location: Thai Tanium Restaurant, 657 Center Point Way (Kentlands Market Square, next to movie theater,) Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    http://www.thaitaniumrestaurant.com

    Don't forget to RSVP with a thread comment below AND at Eventbrite so that we know you are coming!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/head-fiorg-audiophile-meet-free-tickets-59605916902

    As the meet is now finished, we welcome your follow-up comments and suggestions on the Impressions thread here -

    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/was...d-fi-meet-may-18-2019-gaithersburg-md.903468/
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2019
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  2. harrisonjr98
    Why does it say 2017? Is that a typo or am I in the wrong thread? xD
     
  3. PJABBER
    LOL, I was having a retro moment! Corrected and a tip of the hat for catching that detail! :grin:
     
  4. SuperDuke
    I plan on attending and will check in later after deciding what to bring. Thanks PJABBER for organizing!
     
  5. gandhisfist
    Got this on my calendar to attend. Looking forward to it.
     
  6. GrindingThud
    Tracking - not sure if I have schedule but will put it in queue...
     
  7. Silverion77
    Should be able to attend.

    Probably will bring my main setup: Gumby => MHA100 => HFM HE6

    If you are interested in any of my other stuff, let me know: ZMF Eikon/Atticus, ECP Torpedo 3 amp, Fostex T-X0, Oppo PM3, EMU Teak
     
  8. harrisonjr98
    Would love to see Eikon and Atticus make an appearance again!
     
  9. jafnvaegi
    I should be able to make this one (finally...it's been too long!) as long as I'm all caught up on preparing for a house closing and move, which is a few weeks later. Due to the logistics of the move however, a fair bit of my stuff will likely be packed or in storage but I'll see what I can manage. If I do bring a complete desktop setup, it'll be my DIY GES electrostatic amp and some Stax SR404 but otherwise I'll just bring the lone headphones and have some of my portable stuff (DAP, IEMs). It'd be nice to hear an HE-6, it's been a long time (former HE-500 owner) and looking forward to see what others will bring!
     
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  10. lcasadonte
    I am hoping to make this and should also be able to bring an internet hotspot and mobile roon core in addition to some audio gear.
     
  11. PJABBER
    Just got an email that iFi Audio will be sending me a Micro iDSD BL, an xCAN, and an xDSD for everyone to demo at this meet!
     
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  12. SuperDuke
    Great PJABBER. Hope they sound as good as they look - Nice wavy design on the xCAN and xDSD. :smile_phones:
     
  13. PJABBER
    I got demo units from iFi last year and, yes, they sound great! Gandhisfist took a Micro iDSD Black Label for a few days home testing after the meet and can offer some comments. It's a Burr-Brown DSD512 / PCM768 / 2 x DXD True Native DAC with headphone amplifier, excellent component selection, man, that thing can do everything. The iCAN is a hybrid tube/solid state amp, really an interesting design because who doesn't want the option to enjoy tube sound? The xDSD DAC and headphone amp, however, is the one I want to try out first! [​IMG]
     
  14. Law87
    hell yea, I'll be up there for work, I'll bring my Hugo/hugo2 and HD820

    Looking for anyone with Woo audio amp/dac
     
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  15. Law87
    just figured out my sister grads date is on the 19th, I probably wont make it :frowning2: can we do a meetup before then? why so far ahead?
     
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