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Also I will have a Lyr and Modi 3 at this event! But please please please don't invite me to any long dinner or drink outings [ok maybe ONE QUICK el Cheapo drink n snack]! But really I need to sleep right after I pack up from this event no more extended after show dinners. Last one cost me a vehicle haha... ahh it's not funny though but seriously I've got a hotel I need to be at by 8:30 so I can get a quick 5hour nap before I hit the road
So I'm looking forward to meeting every one and maybe sharing a super fast drink & snack, that said travel safely every one!
I also like that this is starting at 2pm, good timing and the ending at 6 is nice too.
Thanks for your effort on this, Ken!
Yay! See you in a couple of days!
This’ll (assuming my schedule stays in tact) be my first meet! Can’t offer much as I’m just diving in to the hobby but I do have an oppo PM-3 and an HA2SE to pair with it if anyone wants to try a killer portable set up. Pads are dingy but I got some new ones on the way (unfortunately won’t be there in time for the meet)
Also if the stars align and USPS pulls through I should have a pair of Ether Flow 1.1 Open’s to bring. Don’t have much in the way to power it but it’ll l come with a 4-pin balanced XLR termination if anyone wants to bring a converter for their amp.
@PJABBER any clue if ifi will have purchasable units at their stand ? Or is it solely demos?
I'm bringing the iFi units as demos, will check to see if they would agree to sell them at a discounted price after the meet.
The xDSD and the xCAN are brand new in the box, the only use they will have on them will be from the meet auditioning. The micro iDSD Black Label has some demo time on it but I don't know how much.
As I mention in a previous post, it is usually best to buy demo units from authorized retailers that can accept payments + applicable sales taxes as well as offer warranty servicing and after sales support. I am not a retailer, have no way to accept payments and am certainly not being paid for demoing, so any support would have to come directly from iFi if they do agree to sell these units.
I also want to mention that I will be giving away the AGPtek digital audio players that I'm bringing to the meet.
AGPtek is generously offering these DAPs to meet attendees, asking only that you post your honest reviews on Head-Fi or Amazon once you have had a chance to audition the devices at home.
These are brand new in the box items, only use will be at the meet. Most of them have expandable microSD storage capability, so do bring a microSD card with your favorite music loaded in MP3 and FLAC formats to try them out.
The retail values range from $30 - 150, so it is really nice of AGPtek to do this.
Oh man! I won't be in town!
Planning to bring a few things people asked about at the last meet - various HD6x0 headphones, a NOS source, Verum 1 and some other planar headphones in a similar price/performance range:
Audeze LCD-2 Classic
HiFiMan HE4XX (mod)
Metrum Acoustics Onyx
Sennheiser HD58x, HD580, HD600 (mod), HD650 (3 mods)
Spoiler: Extra Notes
The HD600 (if it arrives in time for the meet) and one of the HD650 are a custom modification known as JAR. These are only available direct from a Head-Fi member who does the modification. The other two HD650 modifications have well-publicized you-can-do yourself instructions, requiring removal of the spider cage and adding dampening materials. The Sennheiser headphones are dynamic - I enjoy these on the ECP. The other headphones are planar, and are easy enough to drive via the EC. The modification to the HE4XX was originally referenced as Code-X lite. I will bring stock pads and my preferred MrSpeakers Ether C angled pads for the Verum. The Ether pads are a little loose (currently using an arts and crafts metal ring from Michael’s). I may switch permanently to the Ether pads in future (swapping for the stock metal ring on the stock pads). At the last meet, someone asked about R2R source options. The Onyx is an R2R NOS, which is the opposite end of the spectrum vs. Schiit Gungnir or Soekris.
I sadly won't be able to make it as Saturday is now a work day for me.
But just curious if anyone will bring / has heard the RME ADI-2? https://www.rme-audio.de/en/products/adi_2-dac.php
Couple people have one such as @tommyhtc and @dcguy73
Plenty of us have heard it. Myself included.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I will have a 789 in time for the meet.
Massdrop has been silent on the February drop w/ May 17th delivery.
Was really hoping to show up with more gear than just my Grado.
Thanks. I am most curious how it compares to Gumby.
If I can make it (and remember), I can bring my 58X.
Hmm... since you're bringing the 58x's, I won't duplicate. Maybe I'll bring the Sendy Aiva or the Argons to round out the planars you're bringing.