January 16th Orange County Meet Impressions

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  1. Luckbad

    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    Had fun! Some really amazing kit there.

    Next time I'll try to get the Master-11 hooked up via USB or HDMI. It kinda sounded like crap with BNC. Too boomy and syrupy.

    I learned that Gungnir Multibit + Liquid Carbon is a pretty solid combo for the Nighthawk, as is 5 figures of turntable + tube amp.

    JVC HA-DX2000 measures exactly how I hear it. I'll try to get them to ultrabike in a quiet setting for proper measurements.

    I discovered that HD800 and HE-6 don't quite make my ears bleed when modded, but they're still too bright for me.

    Hope the rest of the meet goes well!
     
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    Any other impressions?
     
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    Dunno what we're supposed to talk about.

    Schiit had good Schiit. DNA did too.

    The ridiculous amps by me were all impressive. Krell from @ohhgourami, Firstwatt from @Clemmaster, and EAR tube amp from @shaizada (?).

    Black Widow was good. Would need more time to compare it to other solid state amps. Didn't get to hear the other EC stuff.

    @purrin brought a turntable that showed me how good they can actually sound.

    Liquid Carbon seemed pretty good. So did Gungnir Multibit. Yggdrasil still feels bright to me. Extraordinary detail, though.

    Thanks for the coordination, @audiofrk (freak, not fork... I have always said audio fork in my head). Thanks for the use of the place, @shaizada.
     
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    Had a great time. @shaizada had some pretty interesting speakers (Blumenstein) in his setup that looked pretty nice. I didn't have a chance to hear them, but the word is that they are awesome.

    Got to hear some DIY stats by @n3rdling. Pretty good job. Hope to see his and others efforts result in something special and affordable soon. Specially in view of Senn and HFM gigabuck releases.

    Also heard Luckbad's JVC HA-DX2000. If one is looking for an elegant bassy can, these are it.

    Audio Zenith also had some interesting dynamic IEMs. IMO they sound great.

    There was indeed something special at the Schiit table. Not saying more.

    I also got to see Luis! Long time no seen! As always, awesome material and music.

    There were a few modded HD580s and HD650s. Bill's modded HD580s look and sound awesome. There may be something special happening, related to this. But thats as far as I go.

    Great times. I wished I had brought my laptop. So any measurements would be in Bill's laptop. As always, meet conditions will render distortion results meaningless. But FR should hold as long as the setup is not too different.

    Thanks guys!
     
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    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    Thanks for taking measurements, @ultrabike. Any chance I can get the REW results for the DX2000, @Bill-P?

    I can't believe I forgot to mention the AKG K1000. Those were awesome.

    If anyone local or who will be here tomorrow wants to hear the Audio-GD Master-11 via USB (much better than BNC), let me know. I can probably have you over tomorrow or Monday to check it out.
     
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    Great to see everybody.

    The protoSchiit? Buying one on the day it's released. I have a use case for it, and if it hits the market at the price Jason is targeting it's going to be hugely disruptive.
     
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    Whaaaaa? This is just a fucking tease now!
     
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  8. Griffon

    Griffon 2nd biggest asshole on SBAF

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    It's rare of you to speak in this tone. Has Jason by any chance indicated any ETA?
     
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    Sorry, fellas. I've probably already said more than Jason would like.
     
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    Was great to see everybody again! It's been a while since we had an old school styled meet like that. You're a great host Gaurav, thanks a bunch. :) Lovely speaker setup you have.

    I didn't get a chance to talk to everybody after listening - really looking forward to hearing feedback on the Orpheus clones.

    See you guys at the next one.
     
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    Quick photo of what I brought along with some other stuff on the same table.

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    Bill was texting me about your Orpheus clone! Sounds like it's shaping up to be pretty damn awesome.
     
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    Here's more photos:
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    @shaizada has one hell of a listening room! Those pictures look beautiful Darin.

    And, uhhh, what is that amp that looks like a transformer coupled stratus in the last pic?
     
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    Super Stratus
     
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    Was nice to see Bob Levi drop by. Given his role with LAOCAS and in helping to run T.H.E. Show Newport, it certainly can't hurt to see him soak up the enthusiasm of the headphone crowd.
     
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    That was his EAR rig on the table. Very impressive.
     
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    Yeah I didn't list his stuff because it wasn't for sure that he was going to let us borrow it, but I thank him for providing:

    Ear 30watt class a tube amp + akg 1000
    Ak240 fill with blue note dsd files
    Ear 4 watt headphone amp
    Grado ps1000e


    He was very kind to lend us his gear for the day.
     
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