October 22, 2016
Last year's event was not held due to my having a new work contract. My current contract is finished, but even if I line up new work, I will hold the event anyway.
With the late schedule request, there are no requests for anything special so far. One change that I would like to make, for personal reasons, is to let those with full range systems set up earlier, in the case, me! Very often attendees need to leave early and those with larger systems aren't able to get feedback from the whole group. I would like to get some feedback on my dipole system, so I hope to have that in the mix earlier than in the past.
This leads to another change to consider again. We've tended to play the same tracks repetitively to the point that after awhile some may 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.
My system will be my dipoles (woofer and mid) with monopole tweeter. I may also have a re-built and re-designed set of Mission 70 MkII speakers just for fun.
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.
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.