October 25, 2014
Last year I had to cancel the event for the first time since it started due to a torn ACL in the weeks before. I'm on the mend now and eager to host it this year.
One request has also been made to set the volume the same between systems. We can do this, but I'd like to put that towards the end, after we've been through each system once. This is, I think, also meant to be with the same set of tracks played for comparison and to control the volume. A good idea for direct comparisons. There's a tendency to crank up the volume with every track played.
This leads to another change. I think we've tended to play the same tracks repetitively to the point that after awhile, we get tired of them. But maybe that's just me. I'd like to have more variety up front, let everyone have more input, maybe let each person interested get at least one track of their choice with each system. Later on we can go back (as we often do) and run through them again. The "calibrated" auditioning can then be done.
Who's Bringing What
At this time I don't have a list of who/what. I'll update this page as I get feedback. Send me an email for additions/corrections.
MusicAs before, let me say...BRING YOUR CDs!!! The crowd determines what is played and when, but please bring any CDs that you like. There's no guarantee of getting a lot of time on anything, but everyone is encouraged to request their preference during the day. At times the same passages are played for sake of comparison, but I'd like to have more variety of music to keep things from getting stale.
My equipment will be as noted below.
Anyone coming to the NE event who has any component which they would like to bring is certainly welcome and encouraged.
My Dipole System
SoundEasy has a lot of functionality. I've previously been using its Digital Equalizer/Digital Filter (DE/DF) capabilities with each crossover and am now using the v17 introduction of the Ultimate Equalizer. It's really convenient to audition a design without ever building a physical crossover. It's even easier to "design" a crossover by making SPL measurements (impedance not needed), selecting the Fc and slope for each section, then runing it. As simple as that. There are other considerations, of course, but those are the basics. I still like to offset drivers to prevent the need for excessive time delays that impact the off-axis. Diffraction control also helps in the same way that it does for passive crossovers, but it's once drivers are mounted on baffles, the process is quick. So many combinations can be tested so quickly.
I will probably set it up in the living room this year, though I use it in my basement. The basement is not the best for auditioning, There's a lot to move since I use SoundEasy on a PC and have the external 8-channel preamp going to a 6-channel amp, but I want to get more feedback from other listeners.
Snacks and Lunch
I provide some finger food and snacks to carry us through to lunch, but if you have an idea of something better than chips, bagels and veggies with dip, feel free to add to it. Maybe you want something sugar-free or low sodium, etc. There's always quite a bit left over in any case, so don't go overboard. Don't feel like you have to bring something either, in the end there's usually more than we can eat.
We typically order out for lunch, most often for delivery pizzas, and everyone chips in, although for the DIY 2012 event we had some really good chili! This usually works for everyone, but there are options if anyone wishes to make the trip to the end of my street to one of several restaurants. There's Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and a couple of others. They are all less than a mile away.