Originally Posted by english_1969
That might be a good idea. We were on a roll for a while, however, it seems like we hit most everyone who was willing to host and then it tailed off.
It was really nice to get to see new and different things, however, since most people do not rotate equipment that frequently, that is perhaps when it became less interesting.
One thing to think about is to perhaps plan on watching a movie or at least several clips of new movies along with food and drink.
Personally, I don't get enough opportunities to really watch something that really shows off the equipment. These meetups are a good excuse to do that.
Warren et al,
Yes, for gearheads the "HT" meet has always seemed more problematic than an "audio" meet. In the latter, people upgrade more frequently, and its easy to schlep over lots of extra equipment to try/compare. Also, playing music lends itself to quick hits much more than video does. The entirety of the media selection is 3 or 4 minutes not 2 hours, lights are on and seems more participative and communal and less isolated than watching movies or even clips therefrom. So for both gear and media, its more difficult to pull off, and more difficult to sustain interest.
Since our time is relatively short and so much of the experience is social, its hard to think about watching a full-length movie. Plus you are never going to have one that everyone is enthusiastic about, and/or hasn't already seen and doesn't particularly care to watch again.
Maybe your idea of people bringing 'clips' is a good one. Concert viedeos are easy to excerpt. Or we could have 'themes' or facets to illustrate each time - black levels, color saturation, subtle surround effects, action/explosion/LF workout, ???
Or I'm just overthinking it, and we need to eat and drink more