Official NY Metro Area Meet December 13, 2008--Gear List
Bring power strips & extension cords
Bring power strips & extension cords
Newbies & Manufacturers are welcome to attend. No fees or registration necessary.
December 13, 2008 12 Noon to 5pm (doors open at 11 and close at 6)
Harrison Knights of Columbus
33 Halstead Ave (corner of Halstead and West Street)
Harrison, NY 10528
(Enter on the West Street side)
Directions are on the Main meet thread
Directions in post 1, maps in post 3.
- hockeyb213 (would so go to this if it was not a huuuuuge commute... Needs a ride or rent a car)
- J-Pak (if the weather's alright)
- pdupiano & friend (will probably be late)
- Salt Peanuts
- The Monkey
- Cayin amp
- ipod classic with lossless
- Sony DVP 9000es Vacuum State Electronics level 5 modded DVD Player
- Moon Audio Original modified cd player
- Headroom Balanced Desktop
- Senn- 580, 600 with Enigma Apex cable
- Akg- 340 with Enigma Oracle
- V3 Leopardwood Darths
- the newish Graham Slee Novo Amp
- Corda Arietta
- alo portable vcap dock
- senns hd650 w/headphile blackgold cable
- Little Dot MK VI
- PC's 1212m (maybe)
- DacMagic, which I will bring should it arrive before the 13th
- dazzling budget balanced rig
- the oddity that are my balanced Black Dragon AD2K
Stuff from ppl (Triad Audio)
- Valve Code
- Lisa III setup
- Sony SACDMod DVP NS755V transport
- Ack dAck 2.0 (high res caps)
- SRM I/MK II Lambda Pros (maybe)
Looking for sources. Anyone?
Maybe... laptop with the Headroom Overture DAC and/or the Predator and use the Predator's amp section as a pre-amp.
Or the iHP-120 + Overture as a source for the LISA III and use the laptop for something else.
If the Predator thing works out I could use the computer to drive my Stax rig and then loop out another amp from that.
- triple fi. 10's
- grado 125's
- livewires (though useless for all listening purposes)
- ipod nano 4 gig
- ipod classic 160 gig
- macbook pro
- snip bits
- Meridian G08 CDP
- Blue Circle Audio SBH Single Box P Headphone amp (one of it's kind)
- AT ESW-9 Headphones
- Siltech G4 IC's
- Cardas Golden Ref PC
- Sony D-25S into a Portaphile V2*2 Maxxed
- Koss ESP 950 w/ E90 amp
- Luxman P-1 class-A headphone amp courtesy of Todd the Vinyl Junkie
- Sony PVR-F1 headphones
- His better half
- His better half's brownies
- portable Xin Reference with 12,000 uF Cap
- portable Xin Reference with 22,000 uF Cap
- Ray Samuel's B52 with full set of Endorphin Ribbon Power Cables.
The B52 amp. and power supply will also be mounted on full Mapleshade Maple Platform System.
- Meridian G08 with balanced Endorphin IC with Maple Platform System.
- Audiophile computer source with custom dock, DAC and battery power supply to sample with B52.
- TTVJ Millet 307A (if he can have one built in time) with Maple Platform System.
- Several Balanced and Single-Ended Prototypes of the New Equinox Voice Ultra High-End Audiophile Headphone Cables for demo:
The following headphones hardwired with the new Equinox Voice for demo
- Denon 5000
- AKG 701
- Beyer DT880
- Sony (model no. soon)
- hopefully more.....
Several Balanced and Single-Ended Equinox Audiophile Headphone Cables for the HD650 for demo and sale.
- Balanced Single-Ended Equinox Adapters for demo and sale.
- 6-ft Endorphin Ribbon Power Cables for sale ($299.00).
- One or two 5-ft Endorphin B52 Ribbon Power IC for sale ($450.00).
- Sennheiser HD25 and Grado GS1000 with Equinox for demo.
- 9-ft 1/4" Equinox RS-1 for auction.
- official ALO ARK-O-PHONES
- Ultrasone Edition 9 Re-cabled with 18awg ALO SXC cable (Nikongod, your wish is done!)
- Grado GS1000 Re-cabled with 18awg Cryo wire (Jena-Labs)
- AKG702 with detachable ALO Cryo SXC cable
- Senn HD650 with ALO 18awg SXC Cryo
- A Double mini3 amp
- and a mess of cable
markl's not coming, but he's sending stuff
- Denon AH-D5000 headphones with the full markl mods and recabled with the Jena Labs wire
- ß22 (Active Ground version)
- Sony MDR-SA5000
- Audio Technica ATH-W11JPN or ATH-W2002 (if I can find a second carrying case, I may even bring both).
- Not sure about the source. I don't really have a good one yet.
- Denon DVD 2910 source
- Heed Canamp (perhaps)
- K701s (perhaps)
- Denon D5000
- Grado RS-1
- Sennheiser HD-580
- AKG K240 Sextett
- HeadAmp Pico
- Singlepower Square Wave
- HeadAmp Pico + Laptop
- Panasonic DVD-S47
- Microsoft Zune 120GB
- iRiver H120
- Woody HF-1s
- Senn 650s w/ DIY cable
- The Menace
- Millett Starving Student Hybrid
- The Hertsens Signature DAC
- Twisted Pear Buffalo Sabre DAC (if I get it done)
- Transport T.B.D. (need to talk to my buddy Boze about this)
- prototype of amb's latest DIY design, the y1 DAC
Ari, if I can get the buffalo done you can borrow one of the DAC's for your rig, they're both balanced.
- Kopfhörer (headphone)
- gradodynamic sr-770
- mystery headphones.
- Stax Gammas
- Verstärker (amplifier)
- Quellen (sources)
- Eastsound E5 Cd player.
- NO TT this time, sorry
- Canamp (Modded: caps/resistors/opamps)
- Shek portable amp/usb
- Head-Direct amp (Pre-Production model)
- RSA Tomahawk
- AKG k702 (he's getting them Thursday, I doubt we can burn them in in time)
- DT770 250Ohm Ver 2005
- Ibasso D2 Boa
- Grado Sr-80
- Benchmark DAC-1
- HeadRoom MicroStack
- CoreSound HeadLine DAC + Amp
- 3-5 iRiver sources
- Mount Gay Rum XO
- 23 stick on nametags & 12 plastic badge holders (but no clips or chains or whips or leather)
- basic electronics emergency tool kit
- Stax Lambda Pro, Signature, O2 mk2
- North Star m192 mk2
- Not sure what transport I'll be using. Maybe a laptop, though I'd like to get something portable with a digital line out.
- Millett Hybrid MAX
- recabled SR325i
- I plan to have a fully balanced ß22 built by then, but I haven't ordered a single part for it yet. We'll see.
- MHdt Labs Havana Tube NOS DAC
- HeadAmp GS-1 SS amp
- WooAudio WA6 Tube amp
- Sennheiser HD650 headphones
- O2 (will bring regardless)
- Meridian G08
- HeadAmp KGSS
- Senn HE60
- HEV70 (probably)
- Stax O2
- Myryad Z110 CD player (maybe)
- Omega 2
- Rockhopper KGSS
- Otari 5050 BII
- Maybe a CDP
- Woo Audio GES (Upgraded including Siltech internal wires)
- AKG K701
- Source - Still up in the air
- Super Surprise - I'll be bringing what I believe is the Worlds Most Expensive Headphone Amplifier!!!! ( I'll bet no one guesses what it is.)
No new is good news.
nikongod: May I make a request for someone (tom or someone else) to bring the Ultrasone ED9 to the meet?
I liked them quite well with the 708B tube amp at the mini-meet, but have made many changes to the amp since then.
Im curious if I screwed it up.
bozebuttons: I will bring my stock ED9s so we can compare them to the ALO recabled pair.
I am interested in hearing the difference.
nikongod: Will anyone be bringing hiss-o-matic super sensitive IEM's?
We'll be setting up all the electrostatics in one electri-head-fied table.
Dinner after the meet. Either at Al Dente
or Wellington's Grill.
MrSlacker has a pair of K240s that probably suffered from a bad recable (1 channel doesnt work sometimes).
Can someone look at it at the meet?
SiBurning will be bringing a Hakko FP1 soldering iron and a basic electronics emergency tool kit.
It's a little early to be planning a carpool, and it's best to ask in the
Main Meet thread.
- pat1006 wants to hitch a ride from Philly
To save time, we'll be having a quick auction.
We need someone efficient as heck who can talk real fast like those guys who auction livestock,
The theme for this raffle is...
Cheesy Christmas albums
- 9-ft 1/4" Equinox RS-1 for auction (jserdechny)
- Denon DCD 1500 CD -- $50 minimum(immtbiker)
About the Main Raffle & Auction
Aside from the occassional sponsored drawings,
We often hold a group raffle or auction.
They're rather informal at NY 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 Main 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" NY 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
Main meet thread.
I'll update every few days.
Bring power strips & extension cords
See you there
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