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Old 27th November 2012, 03:00 AM   #2601
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I wouldn't know - I haven't spoken to anyone or even seen the place from the inside - just noted it in passing by. I suspect it's just one big room - not optimal for speaker demos. But then again...
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I wouldn't know - I haven't spoken to anyone or even seen the place from the inside - just noted it in passing by. I suspect it's just one big room - not optimal for speaker demos. But then again...
It is interesting, which speakers will sound best in the new hall. In the previous one, Masonic Center, dipoles were preferable.
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What new hall?
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Yours.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 02:20 AM   #2606
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I know it's been a tradition to host BAF at Fort Mason (and Presidio Yacht Club). But in the interest of room acoustics have the organizers looked at using hotel conference rooms? They are not perfect but would be way better than what we had.

Head-Fi had been doing meets at various hotels, and it seems to be economically feasible too. For example the Doubletree hotel at SFO has been hosting head-fi multiple times, and is at a convenient location.

Just throwing an idea out there. I enjoy BAF wherever it is.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 03:06 AM   #2607
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The red shirts in the rooms are SUPPOSED to be switching from one end of the room to the other, That way while one side is swapping in components, the other is playing a track.
In the prior couple of years when I was a red shirt volunteer, the participants did exactly that, while one end of the room was playing, the other end was being swapped out. The informal goal was each setup plays 3 tracks. Worked very well once everyone was on-board.

I think a swap meet area would be great. I imagine that we all have stuff that we would like to sell or trade, and probably pick up a few things.

Although the acoustics of the yacht club and Fort Mason are sub-optimal, I like the funkiness of the venues, compared to your typical hotel property.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 04:13 AM   #2608
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I know it's been a tradition to host BAF at Fort Mason (and Presidio Yacht Club). But in the interest of room acoustics have the organizers looked at using hotel conference rooms? They are not perfect but would be way better than what we had.

Head-Fi had been doing meets at various hotels, and it seems to be economically feasible too. For example the Doubletree hotel at SFO has been hosting head-fi multiple times, and is at a convenient location.

Just throwing an idea out there. I enjoy BAF wherever it is.
I'd like to second this idea. The venue may be convenient, but all the rooms at Fort Mason have horrible acoustics that a few moving blankets just can not improve to any degree. You really need some broad band adsorption...

The idea of holding the event at a hotel dovetails nicely with the recently floated idea of a multi-day event with tech talks on day one. The event could get a discounted room rate, people could hang around and socialize overnight and this might lead to more synergy and interaction that what is possible in the current format at Fort Mason.

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Old 23rd December 2012, 05:38 AM   #2609
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YES! 2nd Charlie!
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Old 23rd December 2012, 06:15 AM   #2610
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Whatever we do, I would like to see it stay a DIY focused event. Moving it to a hotel, for some reason, sounds like it is heading down the path becoming a consumer event.

I like the imperfect rooms of Fort Mason. I've always felt very comfortable there. Besides, when was the focus ever on serious listening? I go there to meet friends, win something in the raffle , and just to have a good time.
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