2016 Fall NY meet impressions

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  1. Boops

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    @thegunner100 was taking coffee orders? Is there anything he won't do to make a meet successful?!

    Sounds like I missed a great one. Looking forward to next time.
     
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    Sorry for my lateness to this thread but have been traveling to customer meetings. Thanks for everyone that showed up I was happy to host. Big thanks should go to @thegunner100 for putting everything together and doing all of the planning. Also thanks to everyone that brought gear or travelled long distances.
    In terms of the layout, I was definitely happier in the limited listening sessions that I did participate in. It was great to have a seperation of talking areas to listening areas. One thing that did surprise me with how many people wanted to listen to the home audio gear, something I think will continue to grow.

    In terms of my listening sessions, there were only two sets of items I really wanted to listen to.
    1.) Campfire Audio - Vega, Dorado, LyraII, Andromedia
    I was really interested to listen to the differences in the Andromedia vs. Vega. I was overall very surpised by the results. My preference for all sets were
    Andromedia >>Lyra > Vega >Dorado. To me the Lyra had the best bass entension out of all sets, it was very tight and not boomy like the Vega. The Dorado did nothing particularly bad, but compared to the rest nothing outstanding. If I could take the detail of the Vega and the bottom end of the Lyra I would have my perfect IEM. Overall I would choose the Andromedia for my daily driver.

    2.) Focal Elear & Utopia
    To be honest, I don't think I spent enough time either either to form an option, and in addition when listening to them on the @thegunner100 computer setup through the yiggy and ECStudio it was clear to me something within that setup was causing the midbass to drop off to a point it didn't exist, even when I took them over the DNLA I had the same experience. However when I took the same headphones over to a simpe Macbook -->DAP setup I was presented with a very lush enriched midbass and very pleasants highs. I would love to give these guys another go with a setup that I'm experienced listening to.

    Listen to the home setups, I think we all can agree the room setups were not ideal in addition some of the amplifiers didn't have oomph or balls I think that would have brought out the best in some of the sets. The OSMT I spend a good amount of time listening to the set I recently built for a friend and again was amazed how versatile and dynamic they are in just about any situation. I think they are just the perfect home office companion if you don't have a large amp or a large budget.
    The LS50's continued to unwhelm me, again they don't sound bad, but they lack detail in areas I expected them to excel in. Again it could be the room, I'll continue to give them a shot, maybe I get them on loaner. The Devores were my favorite (in the small room), they had the detail i was looking. I didn't get to listen to them in the large room.

    All in all I was very happy with the turnout and hoped everyone enjoyed the experience. I was filling out my hosting duties too much to spend any considerable amount of time in the listen chair, but definitely interested in some more sessions. (hopefully a smaller home audio only session).
     
  3. thegunner100

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    Lol only at the very end when we needed all needed something to keep is awake for our drive/ride home. Yes, make it to the next meet!

    @Josh I think that could have been the Studio or Utopia. I know for sure that my setup with the sonett 2 has a pretty good amount of midbass with the hd650 and hd800. Also, set up should be easier at your office if we decide to use it again in the future. We now know what we can/can't do :D.
     
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    I have been listening to the utopias(from the loaner program) the last couple of days .
    My initial meet impressions have changed by 180 degrees I can now see what all the hype is about.
    I am still using the Krell KSA5 with it that I used at the meet But now driven with My VSE Level 5 modded Sony DVP9000es Player
    Interconnects High Fidelity CT-1s, Mit predator 6 power cable On the Krell
    Listening to the Dark Side of the Moon Sacd Really makes the Utopia shine.
    My only problem with the utopia is the comfort,I feel the Pads are a little uncomfortable & the weight of the headphone put to much Pressure below the ears.
    Sound qualitiy long term is there but comfort is not,so long term listing sessions comfort issues become more noticeable.
     
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    I liked the Utopia much better at home as well. Tube rolling definitely helped with the Studio. It sounded off with the tubes I had in at the meet, which pair better with my Sennheisers. Still not an ideal match though
     
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