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It's time for another Speaker GTG in Iowa. The last two have been so much fun that its time for a 3rd. I have an amazing speaker lineup for everyone to come listen to great speakers and even talk to some of the most popular speaker manufacturers in the USA. Phil Bamberg, Mark Seaton & Jeff Permanian will all be attending the event!

This is going a great event to sit down and enjoy listening to an amazing set of speakers and not really a "shoot out." Attendees can bring their own material to listen to during "play time" on any speakers they desire. Food will be provided as long as people want to stay. :-)

March 12th Update - In addition to 3 speaker manufacturers, Steve Crabb from iRule will be attending the event to demo his home theater automation equipment & software. He will be helping me to get my custom control system up and running and will be available to answer any questions.
http://www.iruleathome.com/

April 23rd Update - Roger Schermerhorn from Lynx Studios will be attending the event to support the Lynx DAC's that we will be using during some of the listening sessions. In addition to the Aurora 8, Roger will be presenting the Lynx Studio Technology Hilo Reference A/D D/A Converter System. He will be demonstrating the features and benefits of this AD-DA converter and answering any questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen and compare (or assess) to any digital file format (wave, FLAC or the recently available DSD files). http://www.lynxstudio.com/product_detail.asp?i=59 He will be available to discuss anything related to digital audio and answer questions you have about Lynx products. http://www.lynxstudio.com/

The event will be held on Saturday, April 27th in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Start time is 10:00am. Details and directions will be firmed up as the date approaches. Previous events that I have held can be found here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/871474/ia-meet/3450


Speaker Attendance
Bamberg Series 5 Speakers brought by Phil Bamberg of Bamberg Audio
http://bambergaudio.com/products/series5/series-5-tmw.php
Phil will be in attending the event to discuss his speakers and answer any questions.

JTR Noesis Speakers brought by Jeff Permanian of JTR Speakers
http://jtrspeakers.com
Jeff will be attending the event to discuss his speakers and answer any questions.

Seaton Sound Catalyst brought by Mark Seaton of Seaton Sound
http://www.seatonsound.net/
Mark will be attending the event to discuss his speakers and answer any questions.

GR Research LS6 Line Array Speakers brought by DesertDome
http://angelcityaudio.com/products/gr-research/

Salk HT2-TL'S brought by me!
http://www.salksound.com/ht2-tl%20-%20home.htm

March 12th Update - Speaker Addition
SVS Ultra Towers
http://www.svsound.com/speakers/ultra-series/ultra-tower

This will mainly be an audio event centered around listening to music. For those who have been at my house before, I plan on changing things up a bit with the room and put the speakers so they face the long way of the room and not the short way. My room is 35' x 17' and normally the LP is at 15' and the space is limited for lots of people to be directly in front of the speakers. By going the long way we can pull the speakers away from the wall, open up the soundstage and put more people directly in front of the speakers. Pictures of my room can be found in the IA Meet thread. Details of the agenda are being finalized and will be announced later.

Toward the end of the event we can put the room back to normal and audition some home theater on the big screen.

My Equipment that could be used during the event:
Salk HT2-TL's & HTC2
Dual JTR Captivators S2 Subs
Denon 4311
W4S STP-SE Preamp
W4S SX-1000 Monoblocks
CAPS Carbon Music Server - link below running JRiver
http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/496-computer-audiophile-pocket-server-c-p-s-v3-carbon/
Mac Mini with Fusion Drive Music Server with Pure Music
Dual Mytek 192 DSD DACs- one DAC for LR & one for the dual S2's

Please post or PM me if you are interested in attending or if you have any questions.

3/30 Update - We are at full capacity. Let me know if you want added to the waiting list. FCFS.

Attendees:
1. Phillip Bamberg of Bamberg Audio - Confirmed
2. Jeff Permanian of JTR Speakers - Confirmed
3. Mark Seaton of Seaton Sound - Confirmed
4 Steve Crabb of iRule - Confirmed
5. Roger Schermerhorn of Lynx Studios - Confirmed
6. dlbeck - Confirmed
7. DesertDome - Confirmed
8. Carp - Confirmed
9. Dragoson - Confirmed
10. Archaea - Confirmed
11. Kjlewie - Confirmed
12. IgnoringMyWife - Confirmed
13. ALMFamily - Confirmed
14. Pianoman88 - Confirmed
15. Baniels - Confirmed
16. Dsl1 - Confirmed
17. HuskerOmaha - Confirmed
18. Deewan - Confirmed
19. Scrappydue - Confirmed
20. ThomasKott - Confirmed
21. MrSmithers - Confirmed
22. Stitch1 - Confirmed
23. Kwarny - Confirmed
24. WarrenP - Confirmed
25. Djarchow - Confirmed
26. Kclone - Confirmed

Waiting List
Elihawk - Possible
Rygher3 - Waiting
Merrymaid520 - Possible
JPolaris - Possible
KBrown - Possible
SierraMikeBravo - Possible
Eddiemoney - Possible
Dbuudo07 and its phillip like this.
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Congratulations!
Getting Phil Bamberg to attend, impressive.
I wish I wasn't 2,000 miles away.

Looking forward to reading about this.

 

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Nice David!! That is a NICE line up of speakers, 3 of which I haven't heard before. April is crazy busy for me but I'm still going to try to make it, I'll be in touch.
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This sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the advanced planning.
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Very cool, David! Putting it on the calendar, and subscribed!

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It'd be funny if I brought my KLF-30s to compare.
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Sign me up! I'll be there unless a disaster happens! I'm looking forward to meeting some local enthusiasts.

My wife recently gave the go ahead to purchase new speakers and I've been trying to decide between the Catalysts and the new Noesis line. This will give me the opportunity to hear both of them before spending $12k on anything.

Do you know what subs will be there?

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I've heard four of the five speakers before on multiple occassions. But I'll likely end up coming to met up with the gang.
David make sure you 'try out' the room change before you cement it. I changed my room to lengthwise and didn't like it, and moved back to width wise. Your room is YOUR room 99% of the time. Only a group hangout 1% --- or whatever - you know what I'm saying.

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I may be able to attend. Would probably be educational as I am needing to research speakers smile.gif
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Do you know what subs will be there?

David owns dual JTR Captivators S2 subs.
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Subscribed. I'm interested in attending and adding it to the calendar as well.

Clearly, I'm a man of action - just give me a few minutes to think about it.
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Quite the impressive line-up ... I don't believe I can make it, however I do wish all involved all the best.

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Extremely impressive line-up of speakers and equipment. Can't wait to read everyone's impressions. cool.gif
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Count me in! "Sounds" like a great opportunity.
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Subscribed and would love to attend if capacity has not been met! smile.gif
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Updated first post with confirmed and potential attendees.
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David, is there a max number? I don't want to get left out if you get too many confirmed before I have a chance to bring it up with the wife... I guess I better get on that! smile.gif
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Ha, never mind I just saw your post - 25-30 people.
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This is going to be a good one!

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Going to try and make it. Need to get back on the speaker/GTG train so I can argue with Archaea again.

Thanks dbldeck!
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Please start recommending some songs for the event so I can start acquiring content. Input would be appreciated or we're going to listen to Pennies from Heaven over and over :-).
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I am interested in possibly attending. smile.gif

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Please start recommending some songs for the event so I can start acquiring content. Input would be appreciated or we're going to listen to Pennies from Heaven over and over :-).

Do you want suggestions listed here, or via PM? I feel I have a good sized collection of "reference" material from all genres.
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Go ahead and post it so others can see our options. Glad you're coming!
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Here's a few.

  • Steely Dan - Everything Must Go
  • Spyro Gyra - Bump it Up
  • Rebecca Pigeon - Grandmother 
  • M-Seven - Gone
  • Lyle Lovett - I've been to Memphis 
  • Larry Carlton - South Town
  • Jennifer Warnes - The Hunter
  • Jen Chapin -  You Haven't Done Nothin'
  • James Taylor – Raised Up Family
  • Fourplay - Chant 
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – From Gagarin's Point of View
  • Donald Fagen - I.G.Y
  • Donald Fagen - Countermoon 
  • Crash Test Dummies - The Psychic 
  • Caecilie Norby - Pavane Opus
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This is my current reference playlist. Every song has its purpose, whether it be sound stage, channel separation, dynamic range, dynamic presence, tone of voices and instruments, or freq bandwidth....

The Persuasions - Angel of Harlem - The Persuasions Sing U2
Keb Mo' - Every Morning - Keb Mo'
John Mayer - Free Fallin' [Live] - Where the Light Is: Live in LA
Chris Botti - Hallelujah - Chris Botti in Boston
The Wallin' Jennys - Long Time Traveller - Firecracker
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing - Brother In Arms
BYU Vocal Point - Nearer My God to Thee - Nonstop
Vintage Trouble - Not Alright by Me - The Bomb Shelter Sessions
Rihanna - Roc Me Out - Talk That Talk
The Black Crows - She Talks to Angels - Croweology [Disc 2]
Tilling-Ikiz-Kling - Solitary Interestes - Solitary Interests
The Fairfield Four - These Bones - I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
Joe Bonamassa - Woke Up Dreaming - Live from The Royal Albert Hall [Disc 1]
Air - Alone in Kyoto - Talkie Walkie
Canadian Brass - Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D Minor - The Essential Canadian Brass
John Cocuzzi Quintet - Benny's Bugle - Swingin' & Burnin'
Oscars Motet Choir/Torsten Nilsoon - Cantate Domino - Cantate Domino
Erich Kunzel: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Star Trek Main Theme - The Ultimate Movie Music Collection [Disc 2]
B.B. King & John Mayer - Hummingbird - 80
Jose Serebrier: Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra - Janáček: Sinfonietta - Fanfares - Janáček: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, Etc. [Disc 1]
Yuri Simonov: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Firebird Suite (1945) - Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, Firebird Suite (1945)
Eric Whitacre - When David Heard - Cloudburst
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Here is what I like to use:

Cassandra Wilson - Strange Fruit - New Moon Daughter (female vocals, instruments)
Elton John - Madman Across the Water - Madman Across the Water HDTracks (male vocals, midbass percussion, dynamics)
Pete Belasco - Deeper - Deeper (male vocals, electric bass)
Dallas Wind Symphony - The Vikings - Pomp & Pipes HDTracks - (Organ Bass)
Nils Lofgren - Keith Don't Go - Acoustic Live (acoustical guitar)
Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band - Innocent Age (imaging, separation)
Yim Hok-Man - Poem of Chinese Drums - Master of Chinese Percussion K2 HD (dynamics, transient response, total power output of system)
Bozzio Levens Stevens - Duende - Black Light Syndrome
Dire Straits - Your Latest Trick - Brothers In Arms XRCD
Eagles - Hotel California - Hell Freezes Over XRCD
Jim Croce - Lovers Cross - Classic Hits
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Stairway to Heaven - Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - 1812 Overture Op. 49 - Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Chris Botti - Shape Of My Heart - Chris Botti in Boston Blu-ray
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Put me down as a maybe +1 guest. I would love to hear some great speakers but am a little afraid hearing these awesome speakers might cause me to have to sleep on the couch if I increase my home theater budget as a result.

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