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Some folks have asked me about a 2019 schedule for MECA CA. Like last season, rather than continue to post individual events, I'm going to try to continue during the season to update this single thread for our event schedule. In addition to CA, we will have some events in NV.

Listed below are MECA CA hosted (or judged) events both confirmed and working to be confirmed for the 2019 season
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====
Confirmed:
12/9/18 SoCal Toys for Tots 5 - LEXService, Harbor City, CA (1X) - Concluded
1/12/19 CES 2019 Showdown, North Las Vegas, NV (3X SQ, SPL) - Concluded
2/10/19 Bristol Sound & Show, Santa Ana, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
2/16-17/19 Autorama, Sacramento, CA (3X SQ on 2/16, SPL on 2/17)
3/3/19 LUXE Coachcraft Sound and Show 3, Torrance, CA (2X SQ, SPL and S&S)
4/27/19 Aggieland, College Station, TX (4X SQ only - Linda, Richard, Vinny judging)
5/19/19 Royal Fitment 2019, Union City, CA (2X SQ/SPL, no SPL demos permitted due to venue)

Tentative:
3/17/19 Tint World, Santa Clara, CA (2X SQ/S&S; SPL if permitted)
4/14/19 StanceWars, Las Vegas, NV (2X SQ/SPL)
5/5/19 Advanced Car Creations, Garden Grove, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
6/9/19 John Fisher Memorial Event @ AudioShoppe, Riverside, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
6/22/19 LiquidTrends or Audio Intensity (2X SQ, SPL?)
7/13/19 Rock-it-5, Moffett Field, CA (4X SQ - need to confirm after government shutdown)
8/19 Marina Autostereo Showdown 4, Seaside, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
8/19 HIN, San Jose, CA (2X SQ/SPL - date to be confirmed by HIN)
9/7/19 West Coast Tune-up at Audio Intensity or LiquidTrends (2X SQ, SPL?)
9/22/19 - West Coast Regional Finals - TBD (4X SQ, 3X SPL and S&S)
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====

The next event is on February 10, in Santa Ana, CA.

Here's the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2485641091450933/

The Facebook event page shouldn't require a login, but in case folks don't want to touch Facebook, here is the info from MECA's event calendar:

https://mecaevents.com/events/2530

Please don't hesitate to let me know if anyone has questions, or look forward to seeing new (and old) faces there!
 

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It seemed like all of the action was on the East coast and PNW. Looks like a nice array of events in the South Bay. I'll definitely be making some of those.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Schedule updates:

Listed below are MECA CA hosted (or judged) events both confirmed and working to be confirmed for the 2019 season
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====
Confirmed:
12/9/18 SoCal Toys for Tots 5 - LEXService, Harbor City, CA (1X) - Concluded
1/12/19 CES 2019 Showdown, North Las Vegas, NV (3X SQ, SPL) - Concluded
2/10/19 Bristol Sound & Show, Santa Ana, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
2/16-17/19 Autorama, Sacramento, CA (3X SQ on 2/16, 3X SPL on 2/17)
3/3/19 LUXE Coachcraft Sound and Show 3, Torrance, CA (2X SQ, SPL and S&S)
4/27/19 Aggieland, College Station, TX (4X SQ only - Linda, Richard, Vinny judging)
5/19/19 Royal Fitment 2019, Union City, CA (2X SQ/SPL - no SPL demos due to venue)
6/22/19 - Tint World Sound and Show, Santa Clara, CA (2X SQ, SPL, S&S)
7/13/19 Rock-it-5, Moffett Field, CA (4X SQ, 3X S&S)

Tentative (working to be confirmed):
3/30/19 Audio Intensity, Vacaville, CA (2X SQ only)
4/14/19 StanceWars, Las Vegas, NV (2X SQ/SPL)
5/5/19 Advanced Car Creations, Garden Grove, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
6/9/19 John Fisher Memorial Event 2 @ AudioShoppe, Riverside, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
8/19 Marina Autostereo Showdown 4, Seaside, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
8/19 HIN, San Jose, CA (2X SQ/SPL - date to be confirmed by HIN)
9/7/19 West Coast Tune-up at LiquidTrends (2X SQ, SPL?)
9/22/19 - West Coast Regional Finals - TBD (4X SQ, 3X SPL and S&S)
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====

Reminder that the next event is this Sunday on February 10, in Santa Ana, CA.

Here's the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2485641091450933/

The Facebook event page shouldn't require a login, but in case folks don't want to touch Facebook, here is the info from MECA's event calendar:

https://mecaevents.com/events/2530
 

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Ill be at the show on santa clara but i see theres a show in san jose. Whats the locarion?
The show in San Jose isn't confirmed yet. But if that does happen, it will be at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in conjunction with Hot Import Nights. We've held an event there for the past 3 years (or so) now.
 

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The show in San Jose isn't confirmed yet. But if that does happen, it will be at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in conjunction with Hot Import Nights. We've held an event there for the past 3 years (or so) now.
Very close to me. I hope it goes

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Schedule updated:

Listed below are MECA CA hosted (or judged) events both confirmed and working to be confirmed for the 2019 season
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====
Confirmed:
12/9/18 SoCal Toys for Tots 5 - LEXService, Harbor City, CA (1X)
1/12/19 CES 2019 Showdown, North Las Vegas, NV (3X SQ, SPL)
2/10/19 Bristol Sound & Show, Santa Ana, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
2/16-17/19 Autorama, Sacramento, CA (3X SQ on 2/16, 3X SPL on 2/17)
3/3/19 LUXE Coachcraft Sound and Show 3, Torrance, CA (2X SQ, SPL and S&S)
3/23-24/19 Judge Training and Indonesia Finals, Jakarta, Indonesia (SQ)
4/14/19 StanceWars, Las Vegas, NV (2X SQ/SPL)
4/27/19 Aggieland, College Station, TX (4X SQ only - Linda, Richard, Vinny judging)
5/18/19 NorCal vs. SoCal, Fresno, CA (3X SPL)
5/19/19 Royal Fitment 2019, Union City, CA (2X SQ/SPL - no SPL demos due to venue)
6/22/19 Tint World Sound and Show, Santa Clara, CA (2X SQ, SPL, S&S)
7/13/19 Rock-it-5, Moffett Field, CA (4X SQ, 3X S&S)
10/12-13/19 MECA World Finals, Louisville, KY (Linda & Richard judging SQL formats)

Tentative (working to be confirmed):
6/9/19 John Fisher Memorial Event 2 @ AudioShoppe, Riverside, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
7/28/19 Advanced Car Creations, Garden Grove, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
8/19 Marina Autostereo Showdown 4, Seaside, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
8/19 HIN, San Jose, CA (2X SQ/SPL - date to be confirmed by HIN)
9/7/19 West Coast Tune-up at LiquidTrends (2X SQ, SPL?)
9/22/19 - West Coast Regional Finals - TBD (4X SQ, 3X SPL and S&S)
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====

Reminder that the next event is this Sunday on March 3, in Torrance, CA.

Here's the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/304441987083767/

The Facebook event page shouldn't require a login, but in case folks don't want to touch Facebook, here is the info from MECA's event calendar:

https://mecaevents.com/events/2553
 

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Schedule updated:

Listed below are MECA CA hosted (or judged) events both confirmed and working to be confirmed for the 2019 season
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====
Confirmed:
12/9/18 SoCal Toys for Tots 5 - LEXService, Harbor City, CA (1X)
1/12/19 CES 2019 Showdown, North Las Vegas, NV (3X SQ, SPL)
2/10/19 Bristol Sound & Show, Santa Ana, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
2/16-17/19 Autorama, Sacramento, CA (3X SQ on 2/16, 3X SPL on 2/17)
3/3/19 LUXE Coachcraft Sound and Show 3, Torrance, CA (2X SQ, SPL and S&S)
3/23-24/19 Judge Training and Indonesia Finals, Jakarta, Indonesia (SQ)
4/14/19 StanceWars, Las Vegas, NV (2X SQ/SPL)
4/27/19 Aggieland, College Station, TX (4X SQ only - Linda, Richard, Vinny judging)
5/18/19 NorCal vs. SoCal, Fresno, CA (3X SPL)
5/19/19 Royal Fitment 2019, Union City, CA (2X SQ/SPL - no SPL demos due to venue)
6/9/19 John Fisher Memorial Event 2 @ AudioShoppe, Riverside, CA (2X SQ, SPL, and S&S)
6/22/19 Tint World Sound and Show, Santa Clara, CA (2X SQ, SPL, S&S)
7/13/19 Rock-it-5, Moffett Field, CA (4X SQ, 3X S&S)
10/12-13/19 MECA World Finals, Louisville, KY (Linda & Richard judging SQL formats)

Tentative (working to be confirmed):
7/28/19 Advanced Car Creations, Garden Grove, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
8/19 Marina Autostereo Showdown 4, Seaside, CA (2X SQ/SPL)
8/19 HIN, San Jose, CA (2X SQ/SPL - date to be confirmed by HIN)
9/7/19 West Coast Tune-up at LiquidTrends (2X SQ, SPL?)
9/22/19 - West Coast Regional Finals - TBD (4X SQ, 3X SPL and S&S)
=====MECA CA 2019 Season Event Schedule=====

The next event is Sunday April 14, in Las Vegas, NV.

Here's the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/799433427078904/

The Facebook event page shouldn't require a login, but in case folks don't want to touch Facebook, here is the info from MECA's event calendar:

https://mecaevents.com/events/2575
 

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event tomorrow in riverside ;)
Crikey! Wish I would've known sooner and checked the MECA Events page. :blush:

Gonna be toasty in Riverside, tho'!

Nick, are you gonna be there competing with your car? Richard or Linda Papasin judging or competing?

Is there an attendee list?

I have previous plans with the GF but *might* be able to make it some time after Noon if I can convince the GF to set me loose, LOL. Looks like judging starts at 9:30am.
 

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Crikey! Wish I would've known sooner and checked the MECA Events page. :blush:



Gonna be toasty in Riverside, tho'!



Nick, are you gonna be there competing with your car? Richard Papasin? Is there an attendee list?



I have previous plans with the GF but *might* be able to make it some time after Noon if I can convince the GF to set me loose, LOL.

Casey Thorson of Morel and Brian Mitchell from Arc Audio will be there, along with probably over a dozen SQ some with multiple world championships. Despite the heat, should be a good one.
 

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Casey Thorson of Morel and Brian Mitchell from Arc Audio will be there, along with probably over a dozen SQ some with multiple world championships. Despite the heat, should be a good one.
no, i'm not attending. probably meca state finals in september'ish.

This might be long-winded, but that's my usual M.O., so WTH, right?! :p :blush:


Well, it was TOASTY in Riverside, CA yesterday (Sunday)! About 105°F in fact! :blush:

But IMO there was an impressive turn-out despite the heat.


First off, I'd like to thank Alan Hickman, owner of Audio Shoppe, for hosting the event. He was a gracious host, and his location and layout worked out really well IMO, though this is surprisingly the first ever true SQ/SPL competition that I've attended, so I have nothing to compare it to. :blush:

Alan has produced some really impressive vehicles throughout the years, and it was a really well-designed space, with a nicely organized and separate wood shop room so that dust doesn't cover all of the vehicles (and everything else). And a nice lounge area both in the front showroom and in the installation bay.

Alan also had a very well-equipped metal fabrication area in the back corner of the shop with all of the necessary equipment for custom metalwork.

The main installation bay/work shop area has TONS of workbenches, storage, and open area as well in order to tackle several major projects at the same time. GREAT SETUP.


Unfortunately, I arrived really late to the event at around 2:30pm...and in the height of the heat unfortunately. Wish I could've got there sooner, but I already had plans for the earlier part of the day. :(

Everyone attending was super friendly and I was able to talk to a few of the SQ competitors briefly and listen to a few cars.

Casey Thorson of Morel was super nice and gave me a demo in his very clean VW Passat setup that was using all of Morel's entry-level Maximo Ultra 3-way components and MPS amplifiers.

It was a very clean install, with beautiful custom-fabricated, but sleek OEM-looking dash pods housing the tiny 2.5" midrange and 1" tweeters. The 6.5" midwoofers were mounted in the OEM locations in both the front AND rear doors.

There were two 8" subwoofers located side-by-side in a contrasting circular cutout in the rear center floor of the trunk, and 3 of the nice little Morel MPS amps powering the entire system. It was a fairly simple, but really clean and classy trunk install that showed off the gear really well while leaving plenty of room for cargo in the trunk. :thumbsup:

The head unit was the Alpine Halo9 with an iPad as source, and the PXE-0850S (I think) for processing. Unfortunately, one of the channels on the DSP had recently bit the dust and Casey ended up having to borrow a buddy's unit just to get the system back up and running for the show. In addition, it's a fairly new install so I don't believe that he's had too much time to dedicate to fine tuning, especially with his duties as COO and having traveled out from AZ for the event.

This system was clean and beautiful overall, and sounds really nice. I don't want Casey or anyone else to take my following impressions on the SQ as a dig on the system or equipment, because I know that this system has a lot more potential to sound really, really spectacular. :)

Again, keep in mind these are Morel's Entry-Level components, AND Casey had *just* thrown-in the replacement DSP without much tuning time at all just to get the system up and running again! So again, I'm being SUPER nit-picky and take my words with a grain of salt...this system has A LOT of potential and with just a few tweaks I think that I'd be really stoked to jam out to this system on a daily basis!

I'm being my usual nit-picky self, but I think heard some phasing issues between the mids and tweeters on the dash, and also between the front and rear door-mounted 6.5 mid-bass drivers.

In general, the setup had a solid, fairly focused center image, with very clean, tight, and punchy upfront bass (those two little 8" subs really do the job). And keep in mind that my impressions might all be skewed due to my very low seated height in the driver's seat (I'm 5'-5"), while Casey is a fairly tall dude at probably 6'-3"?!

The L/R imaging and sound stage had good focus and delineation from L to R as well, but the stage height was fairly low, being right on top of the dash for the most part, though the tightly-focused kick drum beats imaged a bit higher at about mid-center of the windshield.

The L/R stage boundaries were very localize-able to the each of the dash pods, with little information beyond those boundaries (within the A-Pillars), but it exhibited good L/LC/C/RC/R separation between those L/R boundaries.

Tonality was generally really good as well, with just a little bloat, muddiness & phasiness in the mid-bass and upper mids (I think it's mostly down to the Front AND Rear midbass integration). And it's just a tiny bit subdued in the high treble...for my tastes.

Again, IMO with just a few tweaks there's a lot more potential for this system. :)

If you read this Casey, I want to thank you again for taking the time to talk me through your system and for giving me some sweet seat time in your Passat! :thumbsup:


The only other system that I was able to listen to (other than a multitude of SPL burps, LOL) was Todd's 3-way Audio Development front stage setup + 15" Dayton Reference HF subwoofer that he's installed for his GF in her fire engine red Tesla model S. IMO, these are great cars for SQ systems. (I think it was Todd who mentioned that he had been a former MECA ringmaster & judge before Richard & Linda took on the task)?

I believe that Todd is using the Audison AP8.9 Bit DSP/Amp for processing and to power the front stage. This setup was impressive, despite a bit of distortion from his passenger-side, dash-mounted 3" mid that is unfortunately on its way South. :(

Really good sound stage, with nice, focused delineation from L to R, and a bit better mid-windshield stage height as well. This car is using the factory A-pillar tweeter locations and top corner dash locations for the 3" mids. I believe he used the AD 8" shallow Neo mid-bass drivers in the doors, and the aforementioned 15" Dayton Reference HF subwoofer in the rear.

Todd let me play one of my go-to "torture test" tracks for Dynamics/Soundstage/Mid-bass/Deep Bass, and this system really impressed. :) The track is the opening minute of "Dub In A Time Of Cholera" from Dub Colossus' "Dub Me Tender, Vol. 1+2" album. Check it out! It's a Reggae Dub track with heaps of impact and imaging.

The track opens with some very dynamic drums, the hi-hat cymbals, then an atmospheric electric guitar, a guiro, tambourine, & wood blocks, then a powerful horn section, and finally, a deep synth bass. There are some very distinctly-positioned sound FX sprinkled in the track as well. When you can play this track at live volume levels, "you have arrived, young Padawan"! :p

In the opening drum hits, there is a natural reverberation in the room & air that eminates from and then decays around the immediate perimeter of each individual tom tom & timbale drum hit. Todd's system reproduced this almost perfectly. :) Many systems fall short and don't reproduce this phenomenon at all, but Todd's system seems to have very good phase coherency between the subwoofer & midbass, and midbass to mids, and mids to tweeters. :thumbsup:

So here you go!...

bbfoto DIYMA Sample Tracks - Dub Colossus - Dub in a Time of Cholera - OneDrive Cloud Drive D/L

Todd was highly enthusiastic about the system (for good reason) and was a pleasure to talk to, with both of us diving into being musicians and music production, as well as crossovers & phase, etc. He's put together and recorded some of his own tracks that were really nice and great for Demo'ing. Hopefully some of you will get to hear them!


I also met and talked to Jeremy M. (via Fullerton & currently no system?), Jason (Ford F-150 I believe), and Ken (supercharged Nissan Z?). All were nice guys to talk to. Thanks, Gents!


Brian Mitchell's ARC Audio install in his Cadillac is impressive and super clean. :thumbsup: Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to demo it, but hope to soon. I've been interested in the new ARC RS drivers and the PS8 PRO DSP as well. It was a sweet setup fo' sho'! Tho' I'm not quite sure about having those super long spiked lug nuts on that car bro!? :p


There was also a big Dodge RAM dual cab and a little black 325i "SQ4SOBE" inside the install bay for the SQ comp that I would've liked to have heard.

It looked like the SPL comp was really stacked...A LOT of vehicles there for this event. For the short time I could bear the heat outside, I witnessed a fairly unassuming white Pickup that put out a solid 159+ I believe.

There were a few others that I met and talked to briefly, but between the heat and my distractions I apologize if I forgot to mention you here or forgot your name! :blush:

FYI, I was the shorter/older, trimmed grey-beard dude wandering around aimlessly wearing a red/white/blue plaid button-down long-sleeve shirt, blue-grey tactical/cargo pants, heavy leather/steel toe work boots, and camo California Replublic rainbow trout patch baseball cap...and the large white insulated drink mug to keep hydrated, LOL. Wierd combo now that I had to think about it, haha!

Overall it was a great experience and I'd look forward to attending another event when and if I'm in the area. It also would be great to get some experienced ears on one or two of my systems as well, just to get people's impressions, and feedback on what I could improve.

Thanks again for posting this event, Nick...and Papasin :thumbsup: I'll have to jot down the other events on my calendar so I can plan ahead to attend next time, haha! :p
 
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