Official NYC Spring 2011 Meet: Members & Agenda
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Newbies & Manufacturers are welcome to attend. No fees or registration necessary.
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
10 am - 5 pm (Setup begins at 9am)
The Ramada-Adria Conference Center
220-33 Northern Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361
(800) 27-ADRIA or (800) 272-6232 or (718) 631-5900
Right near the Cross Island Parkway
1 hour train ride from manhattan, short distance from Bayside Train Station, the hotel has several parking lots, food nearby.
We have two rooms.
The annex is the room open to the circular driveway at the front of the hotel.
Salon D is inside through the lobby.
For directions, see the
page on the Adria Hotel and Conference Center web site.
The official list is in
the Main meet thread
- Brownie Lady
- Jazzy Jazz
- Nankai (Head-Direct)
- Robot Metal
- Tony Plachy
- Vinnie R. (Red Wine Audio)
- WooAudio (WooAudio)
Special thanks to immtbiker for organizing this meet.
... and a whole lot more.
About the Main Raffle & Auction
Aside from the occassional sponsored drawings,
We often hold a group raffle or auction.
They're rather informal at NYC meets.
Depending on the quantity and quality of donated goods, we might have an auction or raffle or both.
For auctions, we have a form where people can write down their bids.
Sometimes members get into silly bidding wars just for the fun of it.
Other times you can pick up gear for a song.
If there's enough decent gear to make it worthwhile, and if donations at the door need encouragement,
we might sell raffle tickets. If that doesn't work, we just yell and people fork it over anyway.
Other times, everyone just gets a free ticket.
All the money goes first to pay for the room, and any left over goes to support head-fi.
There's been some nice gear in both the auctions and the raffles.
At one auction I donated an Etymotic er4p I won at the national meet,
and took home a decent digital camera and an SACD player that just needed a whack and a cleaning.
Sometimes it drizzles. Other times it pours.
If you have some gear you don't need, consider donating it for the head-fi cause.
It doesn't even have to be audio gear.
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What should I expect at a meet? (courtesy of upstateguy)
As I was reminded before my first meet: this is a "meet," not a trade show and the members make the meet
(lol, that sounds funny to me). So you are encouraged to bring some gear.
The range will run the gamut, which is what makes it so cool--from budget to top-of-the-range; from portable to massive.
And make sure to bring some of your own cans so you can try out different sources, amps, etc.
Of course there will be many different headphones there, but it's great to be able to plug your own into some of the rigs
to really hear the difference a component can make.
Personal Hygene is important.
- Wash your hair and your ears--and behind your ears.
- Clean out your ears so you can hear better.
- If you clean the canal with peroxide, do it a few of days before the meet--give those stray waxed klingons time to leave.
- Don't forget the deodorant (THIS goes for Oldtimers as well). Baby powder & cologne are not adequate substitutes.
- With all the gear & other members, it gets warm in the room. Dress accordingly.
The most important thing of all is to have fun.
- Meets are Great, so be prepared to have a great day with fellow Head-fi members.
- Bring whatever gear you want. If you don't have any, thats OK. Just bring your ears.
- You can try whatever gear you want.
- If you have any questions about gear, look for the owner and ask. Or just ask whoever's listening (after they're done).
- Everyone is very friendly and will be glad to answer you.
- Most of us know each other for some time now so dont think that people are ignoring you...
unless you didnt take a shower before the meet and smell.
- Do not be shy.
- You will find everyone to be very friendly & helpful.
- Most of all enjoy yourself & take the opportunity to hear gear
you normally wouldn't get a chance to, or are thinking of buying.
- Take a mental (or written) list of what you want to hear.
If do this before the meet, leave some time to look around and listen to some surprises.
- You'll be overwhelmed with the amount of gear that will be at the meet.
- Read the impressions thread afterwards. You'll realize you missed listening to something you wanted to hear.
- Time Flies at these meets.
Remember that you're trying out another member's gear.
- Treat all gear with the utmost respect.
- Ask if you're not sure how to operate any gear, or you're just curious about the system setup.
- Some gear is really, really, really, really expensive.
- Other gear... the owner only thinks it's precious. Respect the owner's wishes.
- Give it all the velvet cushion treatment.
- If you have any doubt or questions, ask.
- Do not place headphones on top of other gear--if you're not sure where to put it, ask the owner.
- Do not remove any gear from a setup without the owner's permission.
- Do not remove any cables or make any other changes to the setup without the owner's permission.
- If you do take gear away from a table, or borrow cables, adapters, or power strips,
try to remember where you got it from, and bring it back when you're done.
In all the excietement, it's easy to forget where you got that 1/8" to 3.5mm headphone adapter.
I know. I managed to misplace 3 at my first meet.
- If you listen loud remember to lower the volume for the next person.
- If you don't know or are just curious about something, ask someone. Anyone. Someone knows, or knows someone who knows.
If you're bringing gear
The more equipment we have, the more everyone gets exposed to, that otherwise wouldn't be available to them.
At a minimum, everyone needs to bring their own power strip, and probably an extension cord.
Extras are also needed, so if you have any extra, please bring them.
Don't forget to pack them and bring them with you.
You might want to set up a card or something by your gear with your
name on it so people know whose gear is on the table.
For portable gear especially, you might want to label every piece of
People will walk around with your portable equipment (hopefully after
especially to test it out in combination with other gear.
Not that we've had any serious problems, but there's usually someone
with an extra or missing cable when we're busy trying to break down.
Packing & transporting your gear can be a challenge.
Good luck with that. If you have tips, please share them by private message with
post in the meet thread
or the Meeting suggestions thread.
- Look for the name badges and stick one on. If you don't see them, ask. Or bring your own.
It's nice to know who's who. You can write you head-fi name, your real name, or both.
Keep it quiet
Here's one additional etiquette request, which will probably go unheeded, but I'll throw it out anyway.
Some people go to meets to hear the gear; some go to schmooze with friends old and new; some go to do both.
It's all good.
However, in the past, I've found it hard to hear what I was listening to because there was so much yak in the room.
Obviously, some talk revolves aroung a particular piece of gear and needs to take place there.
But would it be possible for pure meeting, greeting, old times and chit-chat to move to an adjacent space?
In other words, can we try to keep it kinda quiet so those who are auditioning gear can hear the subtle
nuances that differentiate the Tung Sol with the green getter from the pinched-waist Amperex?
For additional tips, see the Meeting suggestions thread.
- I'd like to attend. Do I need to register or do anything else to attend?
- No, Just show up.
We like to keep the "official" NYC meets open to all members.
We do recommend you post to the Main meet thread
to let us know you're coming.
We're getting pretty big, and might need to organize shifts or impose some rules just to fit in the space we rent.
- Is registration required for other meets?
- Meets are organized by the members who host them.
The rules are whatever the members decide upon.
Some meets require an invitation, if only because space is limited.
Mini-meets are usually small and organized over a few days, usually hosted in a cafe or someone's home,
so you can't just show up for those.
- Can I bring a friend?
- Sure, within limits. We're always happy to attract others to our addiction.
Please make sure they understand the basic tips, especially about treating equipment with respect.
If you have controllable, quiet kids, they're always a welcome addition.
But, please, leave the pack at home. We don't even have space for the regular members.
One solution is to plan to stay for a short while, and be flexible and willing to wait if the room is crowded.
I personally will clear out for a good long few smokes to make room.
- Who pays for the meet?
- We'll be passing the hat to pay for the room. Any money left over will go to support the head-fi web site.
Donations are welcome (at the door) to cover the cost of hall, but are not necessary to attend.
- Can I buy gear at the meets?
- Generally not.
The meets are primarily for members to share their gear and ideas:
to give other members a chance to audition gear they wouldn't otherwise be able to hear.
Manufacturers are encouraged to bring their gear to show off,
and while they're welcome to bring product for sale,
meets aren't a sales forum, they're a listening forum.
The National meet is an exception.
We purposely encourage large vendors to attend and offer products for sale there.
- I make gear. Can I attend and bring gear for sale?
- You're welcome to come and show off your gear.
If you have product for sale, you're welcome to bring it.
There are no restrictions.
Just remember this is primarily a listening forum.
Focus on letting people audition your gear, and keep the marketing to the side.
Don't expect too many or even any sales at a meet.
- Do I have to bring gear?
- No. If you have no gear or just can't bring it for whatever reason, just bring your ears.
Don't leave your headphones at home just because they're crappy and think noone else wants to hear them.
It might be helpful for you to use them to compare with something familiar.
- Is my gear safe? Do I need to watch it all the time?
- Maybe we've been lucky, but most head-fi members would agree that the head-fi community is trustworthy
and you can leave your gear unguarded at a meet.
So far noone's lost any gear at a meet except little things like cables, adaptors, and CDs.
These inevitable get mixed up by accident.
You might want to clearly label your cables and adapters so people don't forget and pack it by accident when they break down.
If you're concerned, watch your gear, or ask someone you trust to watch it.
If you do lose something, just post in the meet impression thread.
There's a good chance you'll get it back.
Send updates, corrections, etc. by private message to
SiBurning on head-fi,
or post them in the main
I'll update every few days.
Bring power strips & extension cords
See you there
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