Author Topic: Headphone Meet / Get Together - Sat. and/or Sun. March 21st & 22nd - Cary, NC  (Read 29446 times)

Offline hometheaterdoc

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Posting this over here as well for anyone that checks here and is interested.  This is cross-posted at head-fi.org here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/753557/raleigh-durham-cary-nc-meet-saturday-and-or-sunday-march-21st-22nd-2015#post_11286367

Sol, our resident circuit genius is the host for this get together.  It will be held in the clubhouse of his housing development.  The clubhouse is more wide open and geared more towards holding more folks than at anyone else's house would be.  They've already got tables and chairs to allow setups like the one jtwrace setup at my house last time! :) Should be relatively easy clean-up after the fact as well.  Well worth the minimal rental fee to use the space.

Sol is looking forward to it so that he can showcase his discrete headphone amplifier he's designed.  He should have it in a case and ready for some sharing and feedback.  Carl and I got a sneak peek preview of it right before New Years... it's really good for what it would likely cost to build it out for someone.

Sol is very conveniently located in Cary, NC close to the Crossroads area in Cary.  Very easy to get there.  Please ask for address and directions via PM, email or calling directly.

In addition to stuff already here and shown at the last get together, new stuff that has arrived or *should* arrive by the time of the meet:

1) Audeze EL-8 open and closed back headphones - should ship in another week or so if all goes according to plan.

2) Enigma Acoustics Dharma hybrid 2 way headphones using their own proprietary self biased electrostatic supertweeter technology.  Also expecting their Athena tube headphone amplifier as well.  We were interested in the company for their loudspeakers first (and have a pair of Mythology M1 speakers shipping to us on Monday... so we'll need to have a speaker listening party at my place soon as well!  I'm also trying out Axis Voicebox monitors that our Unison Research distributor is now repping.  With a gloss black cabinet finish, we like how it matches well with our REL subwoofers for a complete system solution ;)...  more on that in another post!)... Anyways, even though we were interested in them for their speakers, their announcements at CES about a reference headphone and headphone amplifier were just icing on the cake and made the decision to sign on as a dealer a complete no brainer.

3) Alpha Design Labs (ADL) - a subsidiary of Furutech, my favorite audiophile connector company, they have some awesome electronics and a couple *really* good headphones (H118 & H128) that are very modestly priced!  Very excited to have added them...

4) I'm hoping against hope the Unison Research order arrives in time so I can have my production stock of the Unison Research SH DAC/all tube headphone amplifier that was such a hit at the last showing (when the distributor was awesome enough to ship us the prototype so we had something to show).... I've really, really, really missed it since I had to return the prototype unit back to the distributor so they could use it at CES in Las Vegas....

5) I know have stock of the Bakoon Products International HPA-01M portable all discrete current based headphone amplifier.  They managed to shrink the circuit down into a very compact unit while still keeping all the amazing sound of the bigger HPA-01 and HPA-21 desktop units. 

6) SPL Phonitor headphone amplifiers.... these didn't make it in time for the last meet at my place... While technically geared towards studio use, these amazing units are built like a tank and have some features you don't typically find on consumer gear...

If anyone is interested in attending, please reply here, as well as send a PM on here (at least after they have converted over to the new owners of the site!! hahaha) or email me directly at sales at nightanddayaudio.com. You can also give me a call directly if you wish to discuss.. Our number is 9 1 9 six three two 2 5 6 9.  Thanks!

Shane Sangster
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Put me down as tentative. I've begun exploring a portable headphone setup, so this piques my interest. Plus, I just said this morning I need to get to Raleigh as I just turned up a PM Richidoo sent me with 3 record stores listed.

And last, having met Sol once I'm intrigued to see what that rascal has been up to.
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Offline hometheaterdoc

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Awesome!  It would be great to have you!
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3) Alpha Design Labs (ADL) - a subsidiary of Furutech, my favorite audiophile connector company, they have some awesome electronics and a couple *really* good headphones (H118 & H128) that are very modestly priced!  Very excited to have added them...

I have to agree with the "*really*" emphasis.  Be sure to hookup the X1 amp with them... Very nice setup. :)

Hopefully I can make it... just depends on a few other plans that are up in the air at the moment.
I really enjoy listening to music.

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Put me down as tentative.

 :D


Edit: I'll be there too
« Last Edit: February 19, 2015, 03:03:01 PM by richidoo »
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I think my schedule is open, one or both days...I'll double check!

If I can set a fire under my butt, then I'll bring some cookies, this time  :D!
Steve
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I think my schedule is open, one or both days...I'll double check!

If I can set a fire under my butt, then I'll bring some cookies, this time  :D!

I may have a conflict on the 21st, but can do the 22nd.
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Gene, I just found another record store for you in Raleigh, called Record Krate, on St. Mary's St. near Tucker St.
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« Last Edit: March 14, 2015, 11:19:59 AM by richidoo »
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Thanks Rich, I got to Richmond last weekend and hit Plan 9.
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some head-fi'ers wanted me to put everything in one place with details about whom is bringing what to the meet.... I updated the first post over on head-fi with the details... I copied and paste it here now for folks to reference...


Event Date & Time:
 
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 - Noon Until 10PM  (doors open at 10AM for folks bringing stuff to share so they can get setup)
 
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - 1PM - 5PM (although it will likely end up running slightly longer if past history is any indication... doors open at Noon or so for folks bringing stuff to share so they can get setup.  We will leave tables and everything setup from the day before so should be quicker setup time this time with just the gear itself)
 
Event Location:
 
Cary, NC at Pirate's Cove Housing Development Clubhouse
http://www.home-owners-assoc.com/piratescove/page.html

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List of Equipment that is going to be in attendance:
 
NightDayAudio is bringing:
 
Headphones -
- Alpha Design Labs (ADL) H118, H128, EH008 IEMs
 
- Audeze LCD-2 Fazor in bamboo and rosewood finish, LCD-X, LCD-XC, LCD-3 Fazor, EL-8 Open Back, & EL-8 Closed Back
 
- Fostex T50RP with upgraded ear cups, TH500RP (our TH600 and TH900 demo and open box models are now sold, but we do have new, sealed units if folks wanted some.  We just wont' have demos to listen to. Sorry!)
 
- Sennheiser Urbanite XL, Momentum, IE800, HD600, HD800 (as with the Fostex, our demo and any extra open box HD650s and HD700s are now sold.  We have plenty more new, sealed stock, but no demos to share.  Sorry!)
 
- ENIGMAcoustics Dharma (we won't know if they will make a surprise appearance at the meet until late in the week... it will be just in time via overnight shipping to make it in time if it does happen.... schedule is tight with limited supply and lots of press wanting to get time with them before CanJam.  If the meet was being held next month, it wouldn't be an issue at all, I'm sure)
 
Electronics, etc. -
- Alpha Design Labs (ADL) GT40a, X1, A1, Formula 2 USB cables, GTA-8 Lightning USB cable
 
- Bakoon Products International HPA-01M, HPA-01, HPA-21
 
- ENIGMAcoustics Athena A1 tube headphone amp (as stated above, this is not a definite and we won't know until late this week if it is going to happen or not... we're crossing our fingers, toes, and anything else we can cross in hopes it does happen)
 
- Fostex HP-A8C, HP-A4, HP-V1
 
- iFi Audio Micro iDSD, iTube, iUSBPower, Nano iDSD, iPurifier, Mercury & Gemini USB cables
 
- Klutz Design CanCan headphone stands
 
- PS Audio Sprout all in one DAC/phono/headphone amp/integrated, DirectStream DSD DAC
 
- Sennhesier HDVD 800 DAC/headphone amp
 
- Sieveking Sound Omega headphone stands
 
- SPL Phonitor Mini headphone amp
 
- TelluriumQ wires
 
- Unison Research SH headphone amp/DAC
 
- WyWires Red headphone cables, Blue & Silver Series ICs and USB cables
 
- Various DIY headphone and other cables, power cords, extension cords, power conditioners, etc.
 
 
 
Xoen is bringing:
 
- Audeze LCD-X with a Norne Audio Solv X cable
 
- Schiit Lyr 2/Bifrost Uber DAC combo (if he ends up buying Schiit Ragnarok amp and Schiit Gungir DAC combo, he is bringing that instead)
 
 
 
LNCPapa is bringing:
 
- Audeze LCD 2.2 non-fazor headphones
 
- WooAudio WA7 tube headphone amp/DAC
 
 
Chillburger is bringing:
 
Everything in his signature: 
Home Setup: ODAC -> O2 -> HD600  | Alpha Dog | HE400i
At the office: iPhone 4S with Fiio L9 > JDS C421 with OPA2227 -> Alpha Dog
 
 
 
Afghan Vet is bringing:
 
Fostex TH900, Peachtree Audio Nova, Cambridge Audio CD player
 
 
 
Howlin' Fester is bringing:
 
Cans:  TH900, RS1i, K702, Momentum - Over Ear 1st gen.  Can also bring my son's Momentum - ON Ear if anyone is interested.
AMPS: Peachtree Audio Decco65, RSA Intruder (upgraded and back in time for meet), Neco v3, Arrow 2.2
DAPS: DX50, Touch, Classic, Nano 5G, Shuffle
IEM:    Alfa Genus, TF10, SE530, HA-FX40
 
 
 
dxanex is bringing:
 
DNA Sonett 2 and Sennheiser HD 800 w/ DHC balanced cable, along with my Emotiva XDA-2 DAC.  Audeze non-Fazor LCD-2.2 and balanced Norne Audio Draug cable
 
 
 
subieNOVA is bringing:
 
Fidelio X1
 
 
 
richidoo is bringing:
 
AKG 701
 
 
 
audiorapture is bringing:
 
Beyerdynamic d880 if not sold and a Audio Tech m40 f/s and a receiver
 
 
 
jtwrace is bringing:
 
still trying to decide, but if he does bring his setup, it will be:
 
Headphone Setup:
AURALiC ARIES > AURALiC Vega or ODAC > AURALiC Taurus MKII > MrSpeakers Alpha Dog (Black)
AURALiC Gemini 2000
 
 
 
JWahl is bringing:
 
Resonessence Labs Concero HP DAC/Amp combo
iFi Audio Gemini USB cable and iPurifier USB Filter
AKG K712
 
 
 
nimbostruck14 is bringing:
 
Headphones:
V-moda m100 (xl pads & coil pro cable)
Akg K612 pro
 
Source:
my old hp laptop (spotify)
 
Amp/Dac:
Magni,modi (w/ cables needed)
 
 
 
terry parr is bringing:
 
SPL PHONITOR, a pair of XLR OUTS to RCA INS and a pair of GRADO RS1i
 
 
 
TomNC is bringing:
 
Audeze LCD-3 pre-fazor
Shane Sangster
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Thanks Rich, I got to Richmond last weekend and hit Plan 9.

Cool, that looks like a great one!
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in case anyone is only following here and not on the head-fi thread... 

please re-confirm your attendance and what day you are coming via post here, on head-fi, or via PM or email to us so we can get a final headcount... this looks like a heavy attendance on Saturday and it should be pretty full... so far, we don't have a single person who is confirmed to come on sunday only... so that might get cancelled... we'll see how saturday goes adn if folks want to come back...  for now it is still on and scheduled....

back to getting ready for tomorrow....
Shane Sangster
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Rob S. and I are coming on Saturday.

Cookies are baked, and locked up securely... ;)
Thanks Shane
Rich
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Can't make either day, but you all have fun. And post some pics.
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I can only imagine the work behind this gathering.
I hope some listening happened in the sea of gear and discussion.
Wish I could've been there.
Carl

« Last Edit: March 22, 2015, 05:28:56 AM by Carlman »
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