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.

Where & When

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
(914) 835-0322
(Enter on the West Street side)

Directions are on the Main meet thread Directions in post 1, maps in post 3.

Role Call

  1. Barry
  2. bozebuttons
  3. coldkeith
  4. darwinyo
  5. daveDerek
  6. decur
  7. Displayman
  8. El_Doug
  9. erikzen
  10. grandenigma1
  12. hockeyb213 (would so go to this if it was not a huuuuuge commute... Needs a ride or rent a car)
  13. immtbiker
  14. J-Pak (if the weather's alright)
  15. jpelg
  16. lan
  17. likes2hike
  18. Listens2tubes
  19. MoodySteve
  20. mow_the_hawk
  21. MrSlacker
  22. n_maher
  23. nikongod
  24. Paulllaser
  25. pdupiano & friend (will probably be late)
  26. Romanee
  27. Salt Peanuts
  28. Scottsmrnyc
  29. SiBurning
  30. The Monkey
  31. TheRobbStory
  32. Towert7
  33. 2deadeyes
  34. vcoheda
  35. vpivinylspinner
  36. Yikes
  37. YoNni22

Manufacturers, Builders, etc.

Members Equipment








Stuff from ppl (Triad Audio)

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.




The following headphones hardwired with the new Equinox Voice for demo

Several Balanced and Single-Ended Equinox Audiophile Headphone Cables for the HD650 for demo and sale.




markl's not coming, but he's sending stuff





Ari, if I can get the buffalo done you can borrow one of the DAC's for your rig, they're both balanced.



& friend


is sending...


The Monkey




Vinnie R.





No new is good news.

Wanted Dead or Alive (Equipment that is)

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?

Special Features

We'll be setting up all the electrostatics in one electri-head-fied table.

Extracurricular Activities

Dinner after the meet. Either at Al Dente or Wellington's Grill.

First Aid

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.

Hitching a Ride

It's a little early to be planning a carpool, and it's best to ask in the Main Meet thread.

  1. pat1006 wants to hitch a ride from Philly

Raffles, Auctions, & Giveaways

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, Volunteers?

The theme for this raffle is...
Cheesy Christmas albums

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.

Dress Code

official meet uniform unofficial alternate uniform
official uniform unofficial uniform

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 Main 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" 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

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