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In 2020 we have had -Andrew Jones, John Curl, LEONID (LEO) AYZENSHTAT, Sean Casey, Paul Barton, David Janszen, Roger Sanders, Ted Smith,Gus Skinas,Darren Meyers, Jason Stoddard. and Jerred Dunkerson.
Peter Ledermann of Sound-Smith,
and Frank Van Alstine
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Topic: Friday Night Happy Hour
Time: Fridays at 07:00 PM -8pm
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Come find out what all the raves are about. Merrill Wettasinghe owner, developer has brought something very special to the market.
Merrill Wettasinghe is the principal and founder of Merrill Audio. Merrill, though an engineer by education and profession, studied piano from an early age and continues to play as a beloved pastime. Merrill was building components, aged 10. Long ago he entered entered the ‘twilight zone’ of advanced electronics, where magic can happen and things are hard to explain. Merrill wonders about the word ‘audiophile’. What does it mean? Does it mean a love of sound, or a love of music? Perhaps it is both, but the love of music wins, every time.
Because Merrill is a pianist he understands certain things about how music happens ? particularly how important speed is. Musicians are pretty fast, they have lightning reflexes. They have to because the notes in the score don’t account for the time it takes to get between them on an actual physical instrument. Composers create seamless things. Musicians have to express that seamlessness in physical space, with a physical instrument, that has distances to cover. Musicians learn to think with the spine, the small muscles, the body intelligence.
What happens when the musician, the audiophile and the advanced engineer meet in the same person? Something special ? audio reproduction devices that reveal the beating heart and soul of musical performance. This is Merrill Audio. The vision of true musicality, its depth, its subtlety and nuance, its micro-gradations of refinement and taste. Its emotive power and joy.
Merrill has a BSEE and a MBA, has worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as many startups, including a few that he started himself. Merrill is bringing 30 plus years of experience in research, marketing, global sales and management to the brand. Merrill Audio is here to stay.
At Merrill Audio our philosophy is that audio components at the very high end must offer true value. They must provide something that simply cannot be achieved without the countless hours, years, of research and development we bring to their evolution. Cannot be achieved without the most refined of insights into the dynamics of musical expression, and cannot be delivered without world class engineering expertise. We are offering you unique experiences, emotional connection. We want to give you a window into the world of fine musical expression that is, otherwise, unavailable, or is very rare in audio.
We want you to spend hours re-discovering your music collection, whether it be vinyl or more recent formats. We want you to stay up all night. We want to bring you the power and intimacy of art in music, unforgettably. For you to be inviting your friends around to hear this thing. We want you to be pushing those friends out of the door in the small hours, because they simply won’t leave! We aim to astonish.
Topic: Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM Arizona
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GIK Acoustics not only offers quality, patented, Eco-friendly products but we also provide customers with custom acoustical advice as well as helpful educational posts and acoustic articles. We take a holistic approach in helping customers understand the acoustical issues in their space and then present a practical approach to addressing the issues.
Audiophiles can spend a small fortune on speakers and equipment in search of the perfect sound, but without the proper room set up and treatment even the very best audio equipment wont give you a satisfying listening experience. If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated listening room, you can prioritize audio performance and set the room up around the audio system, but even in shared listening spaces we can often improve things with good setup tweaks and basic treatments.
Topic: GIK Presentation
Time: Feb 24, 2021 06:00 PM Arizona
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To finish the month, we are having a live performance by guitarist Chris Dorsey on 10/21/2020 at 7pm at Faith Lutheran Church (801 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014). Masks and social distancing will be in effect as usual. We plan to record the event for those who cannot make it. To finish the month, we are having a live performance by guitarist Chris Dorsey on 10/21/2020 at 7pm at Faith Lutheran Church (801 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014). Masks and social distancing will be in effect as usual. We plan to record the event for those who cannot make it.
Something of an audio legend, Frank Van Alstine has been in the audio electronics business for over 50 years. He has made Audio by Van Alstine a success by providing high fidelity electronics with great customer service, quality construction, and amazing audio for the money. Never resting on his audio laurels, he continues to introduce new and innovative products. Over the years he has acquired a number of patents, scores of positive equipment reviews, and a great many dedicated audiophile fans. A genuine audio personality, Frank has definite ideas about the audio world and what makes for good engineering and what is audio snake oil. Join us for what will likely be an informative and interesting AAVC interview on Saturday, October 17th, at 2:00 PM.
Inventor, teacher, published poet and genius. Do not miss an opportunity to spend an hour with Peter Ledermann founder of Sound-Smith.
Do yourself a favor and read Soundsmith Founder and President Peter Ledermann's essay, Animating Life.
Sound-Smith supports a Pro-Children organization "Direct Grace Records".
Your music purchase goes to help sponsor rescued children around the world.
I hope you all are able to enjoy this very special presentation this Saturday Afternoon!!
Topic: Interview with Sean Casey of Zu Audi
ASU alums will feel his pain. His First love was the Klipsch corner horn-sound
Casey will mesmerize any crowd with his intriguing, beguiling sound, beautiful product and speakers with names you will be drawn to. High efficiency with reasonable pricing.
Don't miss this fellow.
it may come as a shock to note that some of high-end audio's greatest engineers started out in rock and roll. Take John Curl, in the early 1970s he worked his magic on the Grateful Dead's concert and recording sound systems and later kept the Jefferson Airplane aloft. That was just before he tackled film sound in Hollywood. All of that led to collaborations with high-end pioneer Mark Levinson; together they raised the stakes, considerably, with the JC 2 stereo preamplifier in 1974.
Marquee: So, in simple terms what is the Sonoma System?
Skinas: It’s a computer that sounds like an analog tape recorder. It uses a completely new one-bit sigma delta technology for recording music in a computer— different than PCM — that has the character of what analog tape sounds like. I’m convinced that digital music has distortions in the spatial time domain. This fixes that. It may not be something you can easily measure, but it’s something that the brain says, “This isn’t quite right.”
Marquee: You’re convinced, but the industry really isn’t yet, right?
Skinas: Yes. And that’s the big worry. That if I don’t pull this off, we’re going to go backwards, or go to the status quo and instead of quality getting better and better it’s going to get worse. The problem is that I don’t think that quality is an issue to record company management, except for the labels that make a living on it, like Telarc. The big labels make more money from ringtones and Guitar Hero than they do with pressed discs. This technology is a golden opportunity to actually make some money with something of better quality. It’s not a matter of business for me, it’s a matter of losing an opportunity to do it the right way and fix what we broke.
Black Ice Audio is the new name for Jolida. With final assembly performed
in the US and critical parts like transformers sourced from Germany. Tube
manufacturer, Black Ice Audio, formerly Jolida, has garnered an enviable
reputation for high-performance products at real-world prices.
The new Black Ice products are designed by industry legend Jim Fosgate and
take the new lines performance to a new level. They can now play with the
big boys. These new products are not almost as good as products selling for
2-3 times their price.
JansZen Loudspeaker, Ltd. was founded in 2005 by David A. Janszen, Arthur's elder son. An electrostatic loudspeaker company with a Janszen doing the engineering is bound to advance the art, which we have done. JansZen has restored the family charter of making the best sound reproducers of our time, and David stakes his family name on that.Zoom info below:
Topic: David Janszen
Time: Jun 6, 2020 03:00 PM Arizona
In 1974, Paul met Dr. Floyd Toole, a world renowned psychoacoustician at the NRC, who conducted numerous studies to understand how sounds were interpreted by the human sense of hearing at both the psychological and physiological levels. To Paul, who had devoted much of his childhood to become an accomplished violinist, it was a “Eureka” moment. He had long puzzled over how to consistently reproduce on a set of speakers the unique timbres of different violins exactly as they would sound to him when he played them.
opic: Paul Barton (the P in PSB) Speakers, His Wife the S - Canadian Speaker Legend
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“I now know that there are many paths to great enjoyment, but still the simplicity of a passive output filter to convert digital to analog was and is very appealing. I started out designing a DSD DAC and since I’m a software guy using an FPGA was a natural way to avoid repeated board turns. After I had an FPGA on board I threw on PCM inputs almost as an afterthought and assumed I could then code the conversion of PCM to DSD.” Ted Smith
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TAS - March 2020 - Sanders Magtech Editor's Choice Award
Roger Sanders built and patented the original curved front electrostatic panel design (1979) which are still in use by Martin Logan and others.
Roger Sanders eschewed this design in favor of his current flat panel presentation.
Listen to Roger explain why he designs as he does. As an electrical engineer he can and will
explain his positions.
Darren Myers is a Development Engineer at PS Audio. He started his career designing products for Bowers & Wilkins and Classé Audio. His favorite activities include listening to music, attending concerts, DIY audio, and hiking. He lives in the Boulder area with his wife Amanda and his dog Bode. Darren has designed the following components:
-S300 Stereo Amplifier
-Stellar Phono Preamp
Jason Stoddard; Co-founder of Schiit Audio (Thurs. 4/23 @ 7:00pm)
Schiit got started in 2010 when two audio industry veterans decided it was time to shake things up a bit. The two audiophiles are Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta. Together, they have designed dozens of audio and A/V products, from the Andromeda III to the Cobalt 307 to the DS Pre and Angstrom 200.
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