I had an ABSOLUTE blast - these events seem to get better every time. I love getting such a good group together and putting new faces to the screen names each time. It's obvious we're all extremely dedicated to this hobby and it's fun to collaborate and share thoughts and ideas as well.
I need to express my gratitude to all that helped make another phenomenal event come to fruition. Big thanks to Jim W. for helping coordinate everything and help make the day run smoothly. Ben - Thanks for all your hard work coordinating the track selection and dealing with all of our last minute additions and changes to the list. IronMike - Thanks for your help in grabbing all the omnimic sweeps! I hadn't seen many of these yet to look forward to checking them out. Thanks to Adam and Mark for all the photo documentation of the day. Really looking forward to seeing many of the pics and recapping the event. Another huge thanks to goes all to all those that contributed toward the massive beer and food selection. And one last big thank to all the attendees that drove (or flew out) to make the event a success. My ears are still a bit hollow from all the fun and the late night blast session. I'm sure I'll remember a few more thank yous in a bit which I will add shortly.
And last by certainly not least by any means - to all the participating vendors including Arx, Seaton Sound, JTR, DIYsoundgroup, and SVS. Without you guys this event just couldn't happen.
Some cool facts from the day:
-We had representation from 12 states and 1 Canadian providence
-I was trying to get an idea of the total beer selection, but could not get them all. But from a quick estimate we had over 30+ varieties of beer and some very interesting choices for sure from all over the country.
-I wore a pedometer yesterday and had over 20,000 steps.
-We ate Guinness oxtail stew (Thanks Ryan, that was great!), 7 different types of pizza, Hooters wings, Chic-fil-A nugget trays, and many other delicious snacks and treats
Note - Let me be clear up front - This was by no means a fully ideal comparison for all listeners and all setups. Doing a "proper" comparison for all attendees, in ideal locations, with each setup powered and dialed in properly would have likely taken 3-4 full days. With just 1 full day of listening, we had to make compromises in order to get to listen to everything on the list. Well, almost everything.
The following setups were auditioned, in the same room. Listening levels at the primary position were mainly between 85-90db for most tracks during the standardized section. We level matched as best as we could for each setup. The room width varies from 14' to 19' at the back of the room and is 44' deep. The primary seating positions are 15' back from the speakers and subs. The Denon was used as the source of power for all of the standardized listening sessions. No EQ or additional processing was used and Ben's laptop fed clean FLAC clips to the receiver via HDMI for everything. For the setups with subwoofers we crossed them all at 80hz. There was approximately 23 minutes of total musical content for each demonstration. We started setting up at 8:45 AM and played right through 10:30 at night. A few of us (Ben, Beast, Austin, and I) hung out until nearly 3 in the morning chatting about the highlights of the event. On Friday we had the first arrival at 1:30PM and were toying around with my setup and the clip list until 11PM or so.
Sibuna, Adam (plus Scott and Pat)
351Carlo, Carlo (Friday only)
Rob from NJ, Robert
BTW - I'm expecting ALL of the attendees to post their impressions!
Final lineup list - we had a few additions and decided to move things around a bit to make the logistics a bit smoother. By popular consensus, we removed the Cat 8s, SEOS10s, and CHT-10s due to time.
Monitor Audio RX8
SVS Ultra Towers
Legacy Focus SE
KRK 10-3s (played at the end of the event)
SEOS Fusion 8s
JTR Single 8’s
JTR Noesis 212
Seaton Cat 12Cs
The finale - JTR Noesis, again powered by the EP4000 and the JTR S2's at full tilt (Thanks Dave for staying a while longer and letting us get to experience your toys in all their glory)
Track list - some of these were edited out, but I don't have the revised list
Yim Hok-Man - Poem of Chinese Drum - First Selection
Yim Hok-Man - Poem of Chinese Drum - Second Selection
Nickel Creek - House Carpenter
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Styx - Renegade
Nickel Creek - Smoothie Song
Daft Punk - Derezzed
Nils Lofgren - Keith Don't Go
Nine Inch Nails - Something I Can Never Have
Pendulum - Hold Your Colour
Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan - Silence (DJ Tiesto Remix)
Incubus - Just A Phase
[Kaskade] 4 AM (Adam K & Soha Radio Edit)
Billy Joel - The Downeaster 'Alexa'
Dispatch - Hey, Hey
Dream Theater - Take The Time
In Flames - Crawl Through Knives
Nightwish - Ghost Love Score
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Tool - Jambi
Blake - Nowhere Near
Lindsey Stirling - Moon Trace
Tron Legacy OST - Overture
Sherlock Holmes OST - He's All Me Me Me
Sherlock Holmes OST - Romani Holiday (Antonius Remix)
Sherlock Holmes OST - Two Mules For Sister Sara
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - Home
5th Element OST - Diva Dance
Boysetsfire - Rookie
Dave Matthews Band - #41
Dave Matthews Band - Stay (Wasting Time)
Incubus - Echo
Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller - Classical Gas
Metallica - Seek & Destroy
The John Butler Trio - Betterman
Dire Straits - What It Is
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture Op. 49 (30 minute mark is part way through this)
In all honesty there wasn't a bad setup there and each setup had it's unique strengths. It was amazing to get the opportunity to hear all of these setups in my room.
If I recall correctly we fired up the first setup and began calibrating around 9:15AM. We got through the majority of the full rangers (outside the Legacys) by lunchtime around 1PM. In fairness to our ears, we maintained the standardized volume until we got to some of the heavy hitter high efficiency setups. I thought we wound up with a very representative and diverse clip selection, IMO. We spent a bit of time plucking through the tracks on Friday night and got it to just the right length. Any shorter would have not been enough but any longer would have been a bit much considering the number of setups we had. In typical fashion, as soon as I got to my setups (the SEOS sentinels first) the standardized volume got raised just a bit. From there on out between Me, Jeff, and Mark I'll admit we dipped into the crazy territory. My apologies go out to those who were blasted out of the room at times.
Jeff brought a pair of S2s to provide LFE duty for the 'with subs' category. For most of the clips we had them turned down a bit. After all the focus of the event was on the loudspeakers, not subs so it seemed appropriate. At the end of the Day Jeff wanted to stretch the legs of the S2s and show off their capability so we did just that. Our 'finale' for the day was the Noesis powered with 750+ watts per channel off the EP4000 and the S2s run a bit hot. We listened to the clips again at some stupid volumes and then followed by 3-4 tracks off the Scuba steve blu ray demo disc. The pair of S2s are potent animals for sure. AWESOME!
It's not all that often one can come to a place and hear 14 phenomenal setups in the same listening enviornment and conditions. I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did.
Until next time.....
Listening impressions, measurements and pictures to come in following posts....
Edited by Gorilla83 - 4/30/13 at 10:54am