Well first things first. Whos ya daddy?! :D
Yet another first place for the Club Polk trophy case!
I also got 2nd place in the RTA Freq Out which is very cool but all due to the Signature Reference. They stick a RTA in your drivers seat at head level and play pink noise thru your system and you have 2 minutes to EQ it as flat and symetrical as possible. Top score is 30, I got a 27 and the guy that beat me had 28. There are no classes in this, everybody in SQ competes equally. So I was in there with my humble treble/bass controls against 40 band EQ's and all kinds of processors. I keep most of my settings flat anyway so when he hooked mine up he looked at it for a long time with a funny look on his face (the judge gets the settings squared away and then turns the monitor so that you can see it) and then looked at me and said "never mind, youre done!" At that time I had the highest score beating last years world champ!! He asked how I did that and I told him it these SR's have the flattest frequency response on the market and dont require much tuning. ;) But then some chick in the pro class hit a 28 so I got 2nd.
The Phat Truck is for the best truck of the bunch but as I was the only truck in the bunch it was a given.
Now about MECA. This is the organization for me! They take their SQ very seriously and the judging was very thorough. The coolest part of it was the big dawg, founder and commisoner of MECA was there helping out judging. Not only did I get to meet him and talk to him but he listened to my system and I learned more in that 10 minutes than I have in the last year reading forums and magazines and anything else I can get my hands on.
I also learned how bad my system really is! At my previous USACi shows, when I asked for the judges critique and opinion, they led me to believe I was the man! So I sat down with the MECA commissioner and he started pointing out all kinds of flaws, most of which I didnt even know I was supposed to be listening for! Then to make matters worse, I bought the MECA SQ CD which is the Chesky Demonstration Disc, and this thing opened my eyes in a huge way.
I tuned my system to Liquid Tension and Queensryche instead of supremely recorded jazz and classical and you can tell it. While my system is good enough to whoop up on the amateur ranks, if Im gonna move up to the big leagues next season Ive got a loooooot of work to do. So much so that Im going out tomorrow and start completely over from scratch.
Bottom line is MECA is an extremely professionaly ran organization with outstanding class structure and very cool people running it. I predict USACi and IASCA wont be top dogs for long.