2016 Fall Audio Bash - North Texas

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  • gcegce Posts: 2,036
    I see Russ sportin an Eaton hat. We machine a lot of parts for Eaton Costa Mesa, one of our best customers. Have a nice nap Russ! ;)
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,644
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    now, the usher be-10 dmd. what hit me most was the level of midrange detail, of course the details of the dmd tweeter was there without any harsh artifacts.
    the sound was fast and full. for speakers that big if you closed your eyes you could not tell they were in the room. i was listening tome alone in the room and so off into the music that skip's dad came in and thought i was sleep. he claims he called me three times :o
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 8,965
    Just made it back to CA. Now the stereo is up for a Sunday night session since I also took Monday off. Had a great Friday night having dinner and beers with Ron, Russ, and Mike. Then over to Skip's for the rest of Friday night, and more beers. My b u t t was dragging Saturday. :)

  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,701
    Wish I could've made it, but things aren't as predictable with a 3 week old. Try again next time.

    Glad everyone had fun... Pics look good and systems look good.

    Would've been nice to meet some new faces.
  • It was good to meet LM1 again, Bluefox, and my fellow Texans on Friday night. I had to leave early Saturday.

    Skip, as always, great host. His wife was awesome! Made dinner and breakfast the next day.

    Audio...

    The Big brother Ushers.. What to say, the mids were simply amazing. Given the setup and running on Dayens gear, without a doubt, the top three setups I have listened to the past two years. Number one and two is a toss up because of setup alone. The Wilsons and the Dynaudios. But they were powered by beasts.

    The Ushers mids were spectacular. I could only imagine pairing those with beast amps. But we are talking multitudes difference in price. Mids are the 1 percent of market, where audio truly matters, the rest is about the bass and treble. It's much easier to achieve. Skips Ushers will smoke the big dawg Strads setup in DFW any day. You just gotta listen to real music, not the top 20 radio hits that some locals use as reference.

    The new Polks. For the price, I would and will take them any day over what's offered in the market, given the price point. It is funny how so many acts like big ballers and talk high end and nit pick the new polks that cost under a grand. Anyhow. I like the new polks and my first impression.. Movies..

    Halen

  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 8,965
    halen wrote: »
    The new Polks. For the price, I would and will take them any day over what's offered in the market, given the price point. It is funny how so many acts like big ballers and talk high end and nit pick the new polks that cost under a grand. Anyhow. I like the new polks and my first impression.. Movies..

    Halen, it was good to meet you. My LSi15s went to a good home. I agree about the new Polk speakers. They sounded great, and not even broken in. I also loved that 75" Sony 4K TV. D a m n. Now I want one, or a better one. :)

  • Thanks Bluefox!!

    The Sony 4K was impressive. Sony 4K projectors are also of no equal. if you want to beat it, LG OLED.

    Halen.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,905
    Well, the last guests left about 25 minutes ago and I have time to do a little write up. This was one hell of a weekend. Friday was a 19 hour day for me and the vast majority was working. Luther and Marvin came early and helped with setup... Thanks guys. My wife fixed a great dinner for us guys.

    Halen, Ron, Russ, Mike, and Bud showed up later in the night and we got some good listening sessions in and 95% of the rigs complete. Drinks and laughs were had and sometime after midnight, we shut it down.

    Saturday started with my wife fixing us another great meal and us and Luther talked for an hour or so. We finally wrapped it up and finished the final touches around 11:00 am. Guys started showing up shortly after and continued to march in throughout the day. My old man made a heaping of brisket, smoked sausage, mashed potatoes, and others brought their own side dishes to fill out the rest. It was good eating all day.

    I think all in all there were around 25 guys and gals that showed up. I got to see some old school polkies that don't frequent the forum much and catch up with them. Again drink and laughs overflowed the event. Most left very impressed with what Polk was doing with the signature series.

    Polk did their part in making this a great event. They sent us damn near the entire line to get our ears and hands on and I want to thank them for that. D2lo believes in this community and has open ears. What he made happen for this event should highlight that fact. About half of the attendees got to take home a new Polk t shirt. My apologies go out to those that the RNG was not fortunate to.

    Later Saturday night out the shots started pouring. We started with several but dwindled down to Russ and I carrying the load. I think I had a dozen or more shots over those few hours, and he was there by my side for most of them.

    The party ended around 1:00 I think. This morning Luther took me and the misses out for a wonderful breakfast at Our Place. We spent another long breakfast chatting it up, then headed back. Again, Luther helped me put the house back together and break down the rigs. I can't thank him enough.

    I hosted my parents for dinner tonight and then we went to my wife's community band concert. We got back home in time for Russ and Mike to stop by to pick up all the crap Russ couldn't say no to. I helped them load up and then we came back in to experience a 4K movie.... The Lego Movie. These guys couldn't get enough but decided to head out when my wife passed out.

    Speaking of, I cannot tell you guys how wonderful my wife was at this event. She worked like a dog and made sure everyone felt like an important guest. She had a blast though and is looking forward to more of these events.

    All in all, there were lots of music, lots of gear, lots of laughs, and even more drinks and food. This was easily top two meets in my book. I hope you guys who couldn't make it put a future one on the calendar.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,905
    edited October 2016
    BlueFox wrote: »
    halen wrote: »
    The new Polks. For the price, I would and will take them any day over what's offered in the market, given the price point. It is funny how so many acts like big ballers and talk high end and nit pick the new polks that cost under a grand. Anyhow. I like the new polks and my first impression.. Movies..

    Halen, it was good to meet you. My LSi15s went to a good home. I agree about the new Polk speakers. They sounded great, and not even broken in. I also loved that 75" Sony 4K TV. D a m n. Now I want one, or a better one. :)

    Let's talk when the time is right for you. If I'm not the best price for you I'll even tell you where to go to get it. Those new Sony screens are legit though. They have reclaimed their place at the top of the market again. OLED is nice, but I honestly don't feel they are there yet. If they were, I think Sony would already have them. They have been in that market and decided to stick with LED instead... For the time being.
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,309
    marvda1 wrote: »
    AT THE END OF THE DAY!ffj4cumsrgts.jpg

    Russ had a long day.

    Kids these days...no stamina.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,845
    Russ's stamina left with his epic beard.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,593
    edited October 2016
    Not a good look for an audio extravaganza there Russ. Time to connect that power cord and recharge the old batteries. Or perhaps he was saving the rest of his energy for a grand finale. Sure more details will emerge later.

    Glad that everyone had a good time out at Skips, even those that didn't cross the finish line

    Who got the award for longest distance? Not sure but it might have been one Bud (Blue Fox) all the way from San Jose. Now thats what I call being committed.

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,215
    marvda1 wrote: »
    AT THE END OF THE DAY!ffj4cumsrgts.jpg

    Russ had a long day.

    Obviously....he's wearing black socks with shorts and what possibly can be considered...a thong. :)
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 707
    Here is how Saturday morning started out. Dining room

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    living room
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    Den (living room 2)

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    upstairs

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    later in the day

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    just kickin back

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  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 707
    Let me say, this was an awesome event. Skip and the Misses went all out and let us audio junkies invade their space. This was one of the best audio events I have attended. Everyone had a great time. Old friends were reacquainted and new friendships were made. There was more then enough music, food, fun and drink.

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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 5,658
    Looks like no shortage of Kentucky bourbon! If its not inconvenient, can anyone put names to any of the faces in the photos? Thanks.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,470
    Wardsweb wrote: »
    later in the day

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    Harley shirt is Dennis (DKfreebird)
    Sitting next to him is (Tratliff)
    Russ in black socks (lightman1)
    Bud (Bluefox) grey long sleeve
    Ron (TXCoastal1) visor talking to Paul (PSOVLSK)

  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,644
    Love me some Be midrange, wonder if they will come out with a dmd midrange? :'(
  • 02guy02guy Posts: 20
    Wow! What an amazing weekend! Much thanks to Skip and Carly for being such great hosts. Enjoyed meeting the "Texas Contingent". Great people and hospitality that will be remembered for a long time to come.
    Agree with others the big Ushers are in a league by themselves. I'm still having difficulty believing they were driven at that level by the little Dayens amps. Astonishing!
    Matt picked up his Polk Sig 20's today after about 6 hours listening here at my house on different amps and sources. Just damn impressive speakers that punch way above their weight for the money!
    Big thanks to everyone and am looking forward to being present at LSAF '17!
  • D2LoD2Lo Posts: 351
    glad you guys enjoyed the Signature Series. We are pretty serious about taking on the competition. I want other brands in our price points to be knocked out by the level performance and design we put into the Signature line. :-)
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,051
    edited October 2016
    We threw everything at them, D2Lo. Lossless, hi-rez, vinyl. Somewhere during the jam session, I think one us suggested an RTR! Couldn't find one. The big grin on Matts (HZTweaker) face just opening the crate was worth the 1100 mile drive to bring them to him.
    Whipped out some Steely Dan-Aja and the little buggers hit the mark. Tossed in some classical piano works and the keystrokes could be felt. Some thrash metal kinda spooked the 20's, so we backed off that.
    All in all, I'm glad the Sigs are getting out there and feel privileged to be amongst the first "consumer" to hear them.
    Matt didn't piddle on Mikes living room rug, so thumbs up there.
    Keep up the good work guys and bring back SDA's. B)
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,845
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Some thrash metal kinda spooked the Diana Krall crowd, so we backed off that.

    Fixed that for ya. >:)
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,051
    Good one, Josh! :D They did NOT take well to triggered double bass drum kicks to well. Maybe crossed over at 120Hz and a fast, sealed 12" sub would take the heat off of them.
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