Official NYC Spring 2011 Meet: Members & Agenda

Bring power strips & extension cords

Bring power strips & extension cords

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 directions page on the Adria Hotel and Conference Center web site.

Role Call

The official list is in the Main meet thread on Head-Fi.

  1. 1974
  2. Aflac
  3. bamboo5354
  4. blankdisc
  5. bozebuttons
  6. brasewel
  7. Brownie Lady
  8. Chefguru
  9. CodeScripted
  10. daveDerek
  11. decur
  12. dye1337
  13. eccarwiz
  14. El_Doug
  15. erikzen
  16. Faust2D
  17. filgood
  18. g5tar
  19. GarlicKnots
  20. GeorgeGoodman
  21. gloco
  22. Hayang
  23. immtbiker
  24. Jahn
  25. Jazzy Jazz
  26. joelongwood
  27. Kerry
  28. kyuuketsuki
  29. lastHunter
  30. leesure
  31. Listens2tubes
  32. lofty
  33. Lostcase
  34. morphsci
  35. MrSlacker
  36. n_maher
  37. Nankai (Head-Direct)
  38. nikongod
  39. ninjikiran
  40. oopsydaisy
  41. pnosker
  42. rarwrster
  43. Region2
  44. revolink24
  45. Robot Metal
  46. Scottsmrnyc
  47. SiBurning
  48. sphinxvc
  49. Tony Plachy
  50. towert7
  51. Vinnie R. (Red Wine Audio)
  52. warp08
  53. Winniemagic
  54. WooAudio (WooAudio)
  55. xtcriott
  56. yanks1234
  57. Yikes
  58. zhouf

Members Equipment


Special thanks to immtbiker for organizing this meet.

Wanted Dead or Alive (Equipment that is)

Special Features

Raffles, Auctions, & Giveaways

... 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.

Extracurricular activities

official meet uniform unofficial alternate uniform
where'd that t-shirt go? where'd that t-shirt go?

What's a meet?

What should I expect at a meet? (courtesy of upstateguy)

Picture of a meet

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.

Tips for Newbies

Personal Hygene is important.

The most important thing of all is to have fun.

Get organized.

Remember that you're trying out another member's gear.

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 gear. People will walk around with your portable equipment (hopefully after asking permission), 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 SiBurning, or post in the meet thread or the Meeting suggestions thread.

Misc. Tips

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 meet thread. I'll update every few days.

Bring power strips & extension cords

See you there

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