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ZMFestivus II: October 5th, 2019

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  1. BooUrns
    ZMFestivus II: SATURDAY OCTOBER 5th 2019

    ZMFestivus is a community Head-Fi meet hosted by ZMFheadphones! It’s a giant party to celebrate the community from which we were born and a time to hang out, have good times, and perseverate over acute perceived differences in mid-range presentation! That’s our kinda party- wooooo!

    We welcome anyone interested in audio to come out and bring your set up for others to audition or just come to hang and demo gear. We have tables, chairs, and wall outlets. All you need to bring is your gear and whatever power strips and extension cords you think you may need. There is no cost of admission, but we do have a pretty radical raffle with exciting ZMF Prizes along with awesome gear from other vendors in attendance. Last year folks won full-sized headphones (3), IEMs, portable and desktop amps, premium cables, etc. We try to make the raffle very worthwhile.

    RSVP- Please RSVP here https://forms.gle/ZZ7ycgKmxGAQWaxq7


    Location: Fort Knox Studios


    4255 N Knox Ave

    Chicago, IL 60641

    October 5th 2019

    -We are still working out how early we can get in the building for set-up and will update that ASAP. But the event will run from AT LEAST 11 AM-4 PM (not including set up and break down time.) Plan on that and concrete times will be updated~

    OF NOTE:

    PARKING: There is a parking lot and plenty of easy street parking (truly.) ZMF will have some wagons available for bringing gear in from the parking lot.

    FOR LOCALS: This is right near the Mayfair Metra stop AND the Montrose Blueline stop.

    FLYING IN: The Blueline runs right out of O’Hare Airport. Theoretically you can capitalize on more affordable accommodations by the airport and take the blueline right in when you want to. OR if you want to stay in the city and make a weekend of it—the Blueline also runs through downtown.


    Email me bevin@zmfheadphones.com and I will try to help answer any question you might have. I will add an FAQ here as I figure out the Q’s that are becoming FA, but in the meantime:

    FORT KNOX- is a gigantic music studio and creative space here in Chicago. We have rented a room called “The Hangar” which is substantially larger than our space last year, so bring a friend… or two! Here are some photos of what’s inside. http://www.fortknoxstudios.com/chicago-creative-industry-media/chicago-music-photos

    RSVP- Please RSVP here https://forms.gle/ZZ7ycgKmxGAQWaxq7

    RAFFLE DETAILS- TBD… but it’s gunna be good.

    VENDORS- We are starting to reach out and will update ASAP.

    ----JDS Labs in the house though!

    THIS THREAD- Please feel free to ask questions, post things, make your funniest jokes. The only rule is be kind. Other than that- let’s have fun here. Most questions should be easily answered in this first post or by emailing me (bevin@zmfheadphones.com) so the rest of the thread can be good times.


    Will update here as RSVPs come in
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2019
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  2. Zachik
    Bevin - why Chicago again?!
    San Francisco is so much better... (and only 1 hour away for me) :wink:

    For people that come over by plane - I think closer to the airport would be better. Granted, I suspect most attendees would come by car.
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  3. theotherjude
    Every day I wake up and gaze out my window wondering when my beloved ZMFestivus will return. It turns out that day is today.

    1) Of course
    2) Saturday
    3) The first ZMFestivus was a great experience. Great venue, great people. It gave me a whole new outlook on life. The air was clearer after ZMFestivus, the sky bluer.
    4) We liked the city last time!

    But the JDS Labs boys are pretty chill dudes so we're ok with whatever the people decide. Super Excited!
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  4. Zachik
    I think getting to the Stanley Cup finals did that... Not doubting previous ZMFestivius was awesome, just saying... :wink:
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  5. theotherjude
    I'd be lying if I said recent Blues developments didn't put a little spring in my step! :hockey::smirk:
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  6. pippen99
    I think October would be good. Last year was fortunate for good December weather but why tempt fate.

    1) I will be there.

    2) Since I am retired it makes little difference to me. Depending on location traffic Saturday vs Sunday might be a consideration. It is a two day trip for me regardless of day.

    3) Last year was almost flawless. The only negative I can think of was you almost ran out of room. You might plan for those who RSVP and then add 15/20%. Ethernet availability would be nice.

    4) Parking was a little tight last year. I was fortunate to get a spot in the parking lot but I think more than a few had to park on the street. I think you know why I care:ksc75smile:.

    Chicago of course is a huge city but when picking a location and date it might be a consideration to keep in mind the World Series starts Oct 22. A decision on date and location sooner rather than later would be good for those of us making a multi day trip as far as hotel reservations are concerned.

    Very much looking forward to ZMFestivus II.
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  7. KcMsterpce
    1. Yes, I will try to be there.
    2. Saturday might be better. Flying out on Sunday saves me a day getting back to work.
    3. Things seemed to go quite well last time... and yes, capacity was at limit, but it was fa perfect fit. If more wanted to show up this time, it might get a little cramped (and muggy)
    4. Anywhere I can Uber to, or have a nearby hotel works for me.
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  8. Hansotek
    1.) I'm in.

    2.) Saturday

    3.) Last year was excellent. I have zero complaints.

    4.) Don't care, as long as parking isn't a big issue. People have to load and unload expensive stuff.
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  9. Wes S
    Man I wish I could join you all!

    I want to hang out with the ZMF crew so bad, that I am considering making a road trip, all the way from Texas.
    BooUrns, Bern2 and Zachik like this.
  10. Watagump
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  11. CyberAthlete
    1) I'll try to come

    2) Saturday works
    3) did not attend last year

    4 )Prefer not to have it in the city as the commute by car on a weekend can take up to 2 hours and then to find parking.
  12. abirdie4me
    Swing by and pick me up, I'm in Dallas!
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  13. ThePianoMan
    Suggestion - space for a small two channel setup?
    I can probs arrange a schiitkit for the meet as well as whatever variety of toys I happen to have lying around if folks are interested.
  14. Vex731
    1.Yes, after last year's experience, would definitely be attending.
    2. Saturday is preferable but Sunday is still no problem
    3. The experience last year was amazing. Its good to see fellow audiophiles in the area. Its also amazing for some flying in for the event.
    4. Parking did seem to fill up quickly. But I used Uber to get around the parking problems. I live 20 mins away from downtown.
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  15. buke9
    Well I’m going to push for the 5th or 26th of October as I can make those Saturday dates and just love Chicago and ZMFestivus.
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