The 2015 Meet in pictures

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It was a fairly early start for exhibitors, fortunately the vintage rig came replete with a matching lamp

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Still iconic despite the passage of years, the HD800 featured in many rigs

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While the old guard may have been much in evidence, there were some new upstarts present nevertheless - here the Audeze EL8

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Although solid state amps were the most prevalent, there were still a couple of tube beauties present - seen here the very photogenic Woo WA22

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Some classic vinyl was on offer, for those so inclined

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...and now for something totally different! The Final Audio Pandora Hope VI, a fantastic sounding closed can, and something of an oddity with its 8ohm sensitivity and mix of balanced armature tweeter and dynamic driver

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Like last year, talking audio with fellow enthusiasts was as much an attraction as the gear on show

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The Sennheiser HDVA 600 impressed many, with this station seeing a steady stream of admirers all day

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No school like the old school

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This year my HE6 rig was a little more sensible, gone were the Merak monoblocks at 200W/channel, and in was the Questyle CMA800R monoblocks putting out a much more modest 4W per channel pure class A amplification

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AKG's flagship 812 graced us with a visit year, were less polarising than expected

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Figured nobody would mind looking at this one again?

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Enough tubes?

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The Vega/Taurus stack served up tunes with the Audeze range at the Audio-Reference table

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It wasn't all about the high-end though, the pile of Schiit winning friends again this year

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Portables city here with the Momentum Over-ears 2.0, Oppo PM-3, FAD Pandora Hope VI filling transducer duties for the Oppo HA-2, Audioquest Dragonfly 2.0 and HeadAmp Pico

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Ian from Critical Sound Info with the Metrum Acoustics range on hand, and Terry from Audio-Reference with gear from Audeze, Hegel, Auralic and more take a momentary time out

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Some of said Audeze gear

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The table sporting the tubes garnered plenty of attention

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Even the venerable iPod came out for the day

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This headphone charm appears to have been the inspiration for the ugly and uncomfortable headband sported by the NAD HP50

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An absolute plethora of gear here - the Audio-GD Reference 10.32, Chord Hugo, an AK portable player, Centrance DACport and even the Koss Porta-Pro

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The HE6 showing off its chops for metal, taking the listener deep into Tool's Jambi

Author: NZtechfreak

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