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HiFi Stereo - Arizona Audio Video Club

About Us

2019 Club Calendar

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January:


A special Video lecture/ exhibition by Adam Goldfine, a professional  videographer.Adam Is exploring the possibility of producing a TV show on Stereo Equipment.


February:


Shootout between Focal Kanta 2s

and Goldenear Reference 

Provided by member Phil Groben and a friend of the club. Values of  $8,000-$10,000 

The final score was....


March:


Phoenix Chamber Music Society 

Harp Quintet. Featuring The American String Quartet with Nationally renowned Harpist Nancy Allen. A Viola  500 years old was heard. Awesome!


April:


Fellow member HiFi Stereo enthusiast Jeffrey Behr opened his music room  to members to hear his new Atma Sphere mono blocks powering his recently upgraded Serenity Planars speakers. Always a pleasure.


May:


A visit to Dan D'Agostino's new facility in Cave Creek. This was a very exceptional meeting. We listened to Mr. D'Agostino speak about sound  issues he deals with. We were wined and dined as royalty by the so gracious D'Agostino Family.Finally we were the first group to hear music in his new setup. Nuff said.


June29th Saturday


Speakerfest !!

Please see adjacent tab



July 24th Wed


Held at the Trinity Lutheran Church

Hatcher and 7th Ave Member'

Discover some new artists you may love. If you missed it, a complete list of all music presented will be emailed to the entire membership.




August 24th Saturday

$10 Admission for non-members

RSVP Required by August 21st.

Space is limited.


Fellow member Paul Righello has organized This 1st Annual event called 

"DAC It Out"!!

As the name implies we have gathered some if the best DACs made in the World

in an "affordable" price range for a member A/B shootout.

1.-Schiit =Yggdrasil

  • 2.Benchmark = DAC3
  • 3.iFi Audio=  Pro iDSD
  • 4.PS Audio=DirectStream DAC
  • 5.Holo Audio =Spring DAC2
  • 6.Jolida =Glass FX DAC and  FOZ unit (sound stage enhancer)
  • 7.NuPrime =Evolution DAC
  • 8. L.K.S. DAC
  • 9. Line Magnetic's New DAC-(If it arrives in time)

To be Held at the beautiful new showroom of Acoustic Designs Inc. in the Scottsdale Airpark. 16074 N.78th St Scottsdale, AZ 85260


September Wednesday


In response to the new member survey asking for an  informative lecture series,

Ben Taylor, professional sound engineer and club member will speak on exactly what he must do to make a  recording as he did in March by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society. Besides another chance to enjoy internationally renowned harpist Nancy Allen, club members will gain a fuller understanding of  how sound which enters a microphone ends up as a recording.


October Saturday


The Club has an Annual Swap Meet

where members may sell or buy equipment related to A/V.  Good way

to make room for something new!



November 

Fellow member and Audio/Video afficiendo Steve Bruzonsky opens his dedicated, custom built, audiophile home theatre 18’W X 25’L X 12’H for club members only.  Just renovated (this summer)  with a Trinnov Altitude 32 (24 channels) SSP, and a planned 9.4.13 system (9 main floor speakers – 3 Aerial Acoustics 7ts floorstanders, and more!

A very special evening!!!!



December


Holiday Break

Spin your favorite Holiday music 

and watch movies!!!









November 2019 Thriller at "BRUZER CINEMA"

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Fellow member and Audio/Video afficiendo Steve Bruzonsky opens his dedicated, custom built, audiophile home theatre 18’W X 25’L X 12’H for club members only.  


Bruzer Cinema, Renovation/Upgrade August/September 2019, with planned 9.4.13 system, subject to revision during install:

New (Recent) components are in bold print below:

Trinnov Altitude 32-824 (24 channels) SSP (ROON Ready with Auro 3D for music); 

3 floorstanding Aerial Acoustics 7t speakers; 

6 on wall Aerial Acoustics 7LCR speakers; 

2 JL Audio f212 subwoofers with 2 ASC Subtraps; 

2 Paradigm Persona Subwoofers with 2 ASC Subtraps;

13 Triad Rotatable Inceiling Rotating Silver/Sat 9 speakers; 

3 Theta Digital Prometheus monoblocks; 

Trinnov Altitude 8 multi-channel amplifier;

Trinnov Altitude 8m multi-channel amplifier; 

ATI 526NT Multi-Channel Amplifier;  

Kaleidescape Terra Movie Server 40TB (upstairs home office)

Western Digital MyCloud PR4100 Music Server 32TB (upstairs home office)

Sonic Transporter i7 for ROON DSP (Small Green Computer) (upstairs home office)

Sony VPL-VW5000ES laser projector with Panamorph DCR Anamorphic Lens

Lumagen Radiance Pro 4446 video processor

Stewart Filmscreen Vistascope 2.40 14’ wide Snomatte screen

Apple TV 4k

Kaleidescape Strato C 4k player

DJM Electronics Gigafoil v4 (ethernet in, optical/fiber inside, ethernet out) (prior to Kaleidescape Strato C 4k player)

Oppo UDP-205 4k blu ray player

DirecTV Genie HR54 

TIVO Bolt OTA

2 PS Audio P5 power regenerators 

Furman Elite 20Pfi (for projector only)

Mid-Atlantic component racks




Past Events:


June 29th 2019 Speakerfest


50th Anniversary of Summer of Woodstock


Come and listen to Speakers  provided by : Sanders Sound, Tekton Design, Spatial Labs, Salk Sound, Joseph Audio, ZU Audio, MarkAudio-SOTA and LSA.

Additionally it has just been confirmed we will have the ATC SMC 40's on hand courtesy of Lone Mountain Audio and Tom Rothermel of VinylValet.

All brands have been recognized as Best in Class


Amplifiers Very Generously supplied by 

Dan D'Agostino and family. Located in Cave Creek, AZ The standard of Excellence in the World.


Special Guests: Sean Casey, Founder of ZU Audio will be available to chat. 

Additionally we will have a member of the D"Agostino group on site.


None of the above speaker brands have any representation in Arizona. We are  excited to be providing everyone a very inexpensive way to hear some specially chosen gear. If you love Music please 

do come and listen!!!


Site: 

Perimeter Center

VENUE8600

8600 E. Anderson Dr.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255 


Admission: $10


Time: 10am-4pm


Format: 

Each product will be rotated every 1/2 hour . Two rooms will be employed so

in 2 hours all eight speakers may be enjoyed.  Stay as long as you like.


Directions:

 Siri or Google will work fine.

Free Parking with filtered chilled water on site. Cross Streets: Princess Blvd and the 101 Freeway.  Take Princess west to 1st light, South to Anderson, East to Site on left.

Venue8600.com 


Questions: 

Email: 

JeffKalina1@gmail.com

M: 602.625.4222



Music Lover?

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Welcome to the AZ A/V Club!


As they said in the movie "Seabiscuit"

'Everybody deserves a second chance'.

So here we go!!


 Tube and Solid State lovers.

Ladies- be "Queen for a day at a meeting.

So far we have doubled our membership in 2019. 100% male so the  ratios are

pretty good for the fairer sex. Join!!


Annual Dues: $48/year.


Meetings:

1 1/2 to 2 hour duration. Held on  the last Wednesday of each month except in the case of a public event which be held on a Saturday. There is typically no December Meeting.


Location:

These will vary as we visit Showrooms,

Manufacturers, private residences, Phoenix Chamber Music Society performances, MIM,

Record Stores,etc. Members will receive a newsletter via email the 1st Wednesday of each month.



Benefits:

-All new members receive a  thumb drive containing many years of the club's collection of great recordings

of all genres . Each year members submit their best new finds to make that years additions. This is actually  a very useful and pleasurable benefit worth the cost of admission.


-Free Admission to the Annual Phoenix Chamber Presentation -$50 value

-Nearly free admission to our Public events such as Speakerfest, "DAC It Out"

and "Room Correction Equipment".

-Door prizes each meeting. February's price was a $300 power cable from

Dedicated Audio's owner Dan Harmon.

Dan is a loyal local retailer of many great lines and always been a very generous supporter. Thanks!


-Additionally you can get counsel from veterans on how to get started in Audio, Improve what you have now, learn how to get great recordings, etc...

-Our members include a professional

recording engineer and former retailers.

-Communicate with fellow members via Mail Chimp to meet up privately and 

listen to each other's systems.


Suggestions Please!


We are more than open to hearing all

new member ideas to increase the club's appeal and broaden our exposure to new members.


One thing that is NOT a member benefit

is an automatic qualification for discounts at our local retailers. They all do a lot for our club so please thank them with your business. Of course you can negotiate your own deal but please leave the club out of it. When you buy on line from someone you can not meet it is always Caveat emptor.  Locally not so much. Thanks.






Reference Articles about Sounds

Get Better Sound - quarternotesv6i1 (pdf)

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Paul's Post: Taming the room - jeffkalina1@gmail.com - Gmail (pdf)

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Music therapy - Wikipedia (pdf)

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Am I hearing things (you don't) ???? | Audiogon Discussion Forum (pdf)

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DEVELOPINGCRITICALLISTENINGSKILLS- (pdf)

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White Papers Reprinted with permission of Author