This event traces its lineage back several years ago when Christian T. organized a California event in the Bay Area for headphone and personal audio hobbyists after an absence of activity of several years for large meets in the state. This progressed to various CHANGFests (California Headphone Audio N Gear) meets until the folks at Head-Fi.org saw the potential financial windfalls from such meets and started to saturate California with its own tradeshows several times a year where 99% of the gear being exhibited wasn't affordable by 99% of people.
This year, we've decided to take the power back to the people. This event is being funded by private donors and is essentially free, except for parking. We'll probably have a few vendors show up, but the rules are that they cannot act like vendors. No huge advertising signs. Vendors get one table to show their best stuff. Vendors won't be able to buy eight tables from us because we have nothing to sell them. Essentially vendors must act like one of us, enthusiasts and hobbyists who care deeply about sound.
But I digress. The awesomeness of the hobbyist oriented approach is that they are more fun, we get to meet people and make friends (in many cases deep friendships), and more often than not, we get the hear great sounding systems put together by people with good ears for not that much money. So if you have some stuff to show off, even if its modest, please bring it (sign up as an exhibitor). At the very least, we can talk about music - I always walk away from these meets discovering new music. Finally, even if you don't have anything to show, or this might be your first time, come on by. The people at these events are super welcoming.
For those travelling from far away, reserve a room at the Hilton using the “ZSG” catering discount code. Call this number to make a reservation: 310-410-6147
More event information can be found here: http://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/big-meet-superbaf-intl-5-nov-2016.2201/