Audio Videos Choices
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3202 S. 40th Street Suite 9
Cornell Smith- McIntosh Auth. Repairs
Club Steering Committee
Show Review Writer
Classic Music Maestro
The Arizona Audio Video Club was formed in the mid 80's. The greater Phoenix population has now grown to 4.5 million people yet in January of 2019 the Club had only 25 paid members and was on the verge of shutting down.
Today's goal is to increase membership by updating the social media presence as well as offering more Special Events that members tell us they want to attend.
Attracting younger members is paramount. As Millennials come to learn they are missing much detail of every song they love so much, we HiFi buffs are presented with an opportunity to grow the ranks.
Sonos and other portable sound systems serve the important purpose of allowing music to travel. Forward thinking companies like PS Audio have generated entry level products (Sprout) that allow for an affordable entry option. The Goal must be to offer a HiFi system with streaming capabilities, room correction and Speakers that retails at $1,000 or less.
Lofty yes but why not set the bar high?
We actively seek out member input
of ideas or recommendations for improvement. Please email any Steering Committee member your thoughts.
Jeff Kalina, President
Phil Groben, Vice President
Tim Warren, Treasurer
Roy Cook, Newsletter
Thomas Parker Swenson
How Much to join for a year?
$48 Annual renewal
$35 New members in year one
-What is the biggest benefit that comes with a membership?
-A highly sought after collection of music is provided each new member. All genres included.
-Assistance and advice when choosing new equipment. Patience will be rewarded.Members sell gear frequently and at very good prices generally. These sales are typically legitimate bargains
-Attend a Performance by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society
when it can be arranged by sound engineer Ben Taylor
-Hear about the newest products as they come to market.
Access to member written Trade Show Reviews from Axpona
-Meet up privately with other members to hold your own music nights.
-Door prizes- In the Feb. 2019 meeting, new member Steve Adamson was the lucky winner of a $300 power cord!!
In August Warren Rosenbaugh
won a pair of $600 AudioQuest Interconnects.
Paul Righello who produced the DAC It Out event was given the winning DAC from Black Ice Audio, an $800 value.
We are selling raffle tickets to win an
$800 all in one Mini System made in Germany.
Annual Dues: $48/year. $35 In Year One.
1 1/2 to 2 hour duration. Held on the 4th Wednesday of each month except in the case of a public event which be held on a Saturday. November Meeting is held 1st Saturday of December. There is typically no other December Meeting.
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.
-In January 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 as additions. This is a very pleasurable benefit which alone is worth the cost of admission.
-If a member would like some assistance/guidance when auditioning
any equipment, we have experienced people willing to help. A member may
own a piece you are interested in.
-As members buy new gear and sell the old, many Opportunities exist to buy this used
gear at special "Member Only" prices. If you are are at all budget conscious you will want
to keep an ear open for these offerings.
-Discounted Admission to the Phoenix Chamber Music Society events. See Ben Taylor.
-A chance to learn of Special events such as the 2019 Speakerfest and "DAC It Out"
New member Steven Abramson won a $300 power cable donated by Dedicated Audio's owner Dan Harmon Dan is a local retailer of many great lines and always a generous supporter.
AudioQuest "Water" Interconnects. Value $600. Thank you Don Loving of Acoustic Design.
Raffles: Charlie Harrison of USATUBE Audio donated an $800 German made
all in one sound system. Thanks Charlie!
-Personal Hi-Res player by FiiO -$70 value.
-Assorted cable organizers and isolation pads
Counsel from Veterans on how to get started in Audio.
Improve what you now own. How to find great recordings.
-Our members include a professional recording engineer and former retailers.
-Communicate with fellow members to meet up privately and listen to each other's systems.
-Learn how to make your system sound better without spending a dime.
We are more than open to hearing all new member ideas to increase the club's
appeal and broaden our exposure to new members.
Traditionally the relationship between audio clubs and Retailers of hifi gear
has been rocky at best. Club members shop retailers for information,
demonstrations and discounts only to often buy on line in an effort to
save some money. This is an obvious lose/lose relationship.
As more manufacturers opt for direct sales, the consumer becomes the real loser.
Remaining choices are to buy online, pay shipping and begin a trial period.
We try to bridge the gap with special events 2019-'Speakerfest' and 'Dac it Out'.
Consumers attended from as far as California and Nevada to listen to
some direct sale only Speaker Makers.
Audio Club Members need to buy locally whenever possible to support the
retailers. Otherwise your choices will be to buy online, ship and
begin a trial period.
Not a member benefit:
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 remember -Caveat emptor will apply.
Locally not so much. Thanks.
So far we have grown from 25 members in Jan 2019 to 65 as of November 1st, 2019.
We hope to grow in 2020 by another 60 and reach 200 members by end of 2021.
More members allows everyone to enjoy a better club as we can attract
more interest from manufacturers.
Annual Dues: $48/year.
$35 for 1st timers in their 1st year.
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.
These vary as we visit Showrooms,
Manufacturers, private residences, Phoenix Chamber Music
Society performances, MIM, Studios and Record Stores.
We are currently scouting an ideal central location
(Airport area) to equalize commutes for everyone.
By year's end we will have close to 65 paid members and another
40 associates who include retailers and wholesalers in the HiFi world.
240 paid members by year end of 2022 is an achievable goal.
60 new members in 2020, 60 in 2021 and 60 in 2022.
Why is this important? For a club to be able to offer its membership
worthwhile meetings the club needs to have some meaning
to the manufacturers it solicits.
Secondly the leadership of the club must be vigilant
recognizing that local retailers are their best friends
not a place to simply stop/shop and then buy elsewhere.
Such a buyer is a pariah who puts merchants out
of business. That is a lose-lose proposition.
WIN-WIN is the ability to "Try before you buy",
Get local support and have a friend who cares
and will let you in his Special Deals. Beats a
voice on the phone anytime.