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Canjam SoCal Headphone and Audio Show 2019 Part 2

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Does anyone have some tips for getting the most out of a show like this? Next time I would like to be a little better prepared (i.e. music selection, research etc).
 

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Does anyone have some tips for getting the most out of a show like this? Next time I would like to be a little better prepared (i.e. music selection, research etc).
1. This is a great place to shop for headphones as you can test the feel of the headphones on you which is hard to assess remotely. To do that properly, you need to have a) your own content and b) your own device driving them. So I recommend bringing a high-power high fidelity portable source with you. In a pinch, I used my Samsung S8+ and it showed its value but did not have enough power.

2. If you are shopping for DAC/Amps, bring your own headphone.

3. I don't know how typical this was but the second day was much less busy allowing me to get into the busier booths/desks. Going when the show first opens may also beat the local crowd that may be stuck in traffic.

4. Be pushy. :) Engage the company reps and ask them your questions, ask for changes if there are options for driving units, different headphones, etc. Ask them technical questions.

5. Be pleasant to others attending. It is amazing how far you get by smiling and thanking others for letting you listen. Or offering others to listen rather than hogging the listening station.

6. If time is short, see if you can skip meals, or pick up something quick. In this case, the Starbucks had breakfast sandwiches that I ate late for both breakfast and lunch.

7. In support of #6, bring your own drink if none is available easily. Don't waste time waiting in line elsewhere to get it. Here, the LA audio society had free drinks so I was good. Ironically, most people were afraid of going into their suite, thinking the munchies were for invited people or something.

8. Not an issue at this show but be sure to take a shower, and dress nice. At other shows, some people would walk in and smell of sweat was so bad that you had to run out to get fresh air!

9. Again not an issue in this small show but wear super comfortable shoes so your feet don't get tired. I wear my tennis shoes no matter how dressed up I am otherwise. There were chairs here to sit and listen to wasn't as much of a factor here.
 

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@amirm I hear often the recommendation to listen to your own music, but: Aren't you always biased in that sense that you will like it good anyway if you already know and like your own music that much?

Isn't it wiser to listen to just another music within same genre that you don't know yet, and isn't this way more easier for one to identify what you don't like (the mistakes the phone reproduces) rather than identifying what you already know?
 
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@amirm I hear often the recommendation to listen to your own music, but: Aren't you always biased in that sense that you will like it good anyway if you already know and like your own music that much?

Isn't it wiser to listen to just another music within same genre that you don't know yet, and isn't this way more easier for one to identify what you don't like (the mistakes the phone reproduces) rather than identifying what you already know?
Problem with that is that you don't know how good the recording is, or how it's supposed to sound. The idea of using your own music is that you know what to expect. Essentially try to keep everything constant and just change the piece of gear you are testing.
 

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@amirm I hear often the recommendation to listen to your own music, but: Aren't you always biased in that sense that you will like it good anyway if you already know and like your own music that much?

Isn't it wiser to listen to just another music within same genre that you don't know yet, and isn't this way more easier for one to identify what you don't like (the mistakes the phone reproduces) rather than identifying what you already know?
The advice is so that you listen to the same track across different setups. Listening to track A on one system, and track B on another because they don't have the same library, confuses things a fair bit.

And no, I don't find bias in that regard. The music I use for testing is not necessarily music I like. I pick them because they better expose fidelity differences.
 
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Preparing a music selection on your own portable device seems like the key. Headphone vendors paired their sets with various combos of amps/DACs while amp/DAC vendors didn't always provide a much of a selection of headphones. Music libraries were limited across the whole show. I often spent minutes at a booth just shuffling through their library trying to find songs with a wide range of instruments that I was familiar with.
 

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I often spent minutes at a booth just shuffling through their library trying to find songs with a wide range of instruments that I was familiar with.
Indeed, I went through the same, wasting time figuring out the UI for their player, etc. In this day and age, they should all have Tidal subscription. That would eliminate the need to bring one's music. But very few had Tidal.
 
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That's literally an Audeze Mobius headset with carbon colour and HyperX stamped on it, hope they're offering a more affordable price point? I'm guessing it was a joint partnership, or HyperX helped with Manufacturing as I believe this was the first headset manufactured externally for Audeze.

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