May 2020 Newsletter

Friday Zoom Happy Hours 7-8pm-Join In!


Arizona Audio Video Club
Mailing Address:
AAVC C/O Joe Goswami, Treasurer
4425 N. 78th Street, Apt. 205B
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Website:  https://azavclub.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub
Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)
Email Info@AZAVClub.org <mailto:Info@AZAVClub.org>
Club Officers
President:  Paul Rigello
Secretary/Treasurer:  Joe Goswami
Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook 
SC Members:  Jeff Kalina, Curt Dragomanovich, Bob Olivere, Ben Taylor,
Darcy Righello, David Hjortland, Thomas Parker-Swenson
Photographer/Videographer: Ben Taylor, Thomas Parker-Swenson
President’s Message
Paul Rigello
We will be interviewing Roger Sanders of Sanders Sound this Wednesday!
Roger has designed some fantastic ESLs which were at our SpeakerFest last
year. Please join us!
Zoom Info: Topic: Roger Sanders Interview
Time: May 13, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting
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Password: 936292
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Friday Night Audio Hour: (Fridays @ 7:00 pm)
We moved some things around with our Zoom account so here is the updated
information on how to get into the Friday Night Audio Hour.
Topic: Friday Night Audio Hour
Time: Fridays at 07:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
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Password: AZAVClub
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Member System Showcase: (Wednesdays @ 7:00pm)
Topic: Member System Showcase
The Roger Sanders interview will override the member system showcase this
week.
Club Zoom Account
I have switched over our club zoom account to use our club email address.
This will allow whomever is running a meeting to be the host. For example,
if Joe is interviewing someone he can use the club account to run the
meeting as a host with the additional permissions necessary to run the
meeting.
User: AZAVCLUB@gmail.com <mailto:AZAVCLUB@gmail.com>
Password: Audiophile1!
Best,
Paul Righello
Humor From the Editor
Roy Cook

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of
your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.  For this, I will
give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's a long time to
be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?
"And God saw it was good.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do
tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life
span. "The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty
long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?" And
God, again saw it was good.
On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field
with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give
milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span
of sixty years." The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to
live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed it was good.
On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry
and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years." But the human
said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty
the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave
back; that makes eighty, okay?"  "Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy
ourselves.
For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.
And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.

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April 2020 Newsletter

Zoom Interviews Begin This Month with Nelson Pass


Arizona Audio Video Club
Mailing Address:
AAVC C/O Joe Goswami, Treasurer
4425 N. 78th Street, Apt. 205B
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Website:  https://azavclub.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub
Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)
Email Info@AZAVClub.org <mailto:Info@AZAVClub.org>
Club Officers
President:  Paul Rigello
Secretary/Treasurer:  Joe Goswami
Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook 
SC Members:  Jeff Kalina, Curt Dragomanovich, Bob Olivere, Ben Taylor,
Darcy Righello, David Hjortland, Thomas Parker Swenson
Photographer/Videographer: Ben Taylor, Thomas Parker Swenson
President’s Message
Paul Rigello
Friday Night Audio Hour: (Fri. 4/24  @ 7:00 pm)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9297670409
Meeting ID: 929 767 0409
Password: AZAVClub
We are kicking off a weekly Zoom Audio Hour which will occur every Friday
night 7-8pm. This meeting is for folks to drop in and discuss all things
audio. It will be totally unstructured and is a way for everyone to connect
during our periods of isolation. Please come to these meetings to chat, ask
questions, share experiences, etc.
Also, since these are unmoderated I ask that participants make their best
efforts at speaking in turn which can be tricky during large Zoom calls. My
advice is to set your view to "gallery view" so you can see everyone and use
the clap icon under reactions to notate if you are wanting to speak.
Our first one is this Friday, we can do some trial and error and start work
out the kinks. I hope to see you all there. The Zoom information is below.
One final note, the meeting is set up as recurring so it will always occur
at the same time/day and the meeting ID and password will remain the same
every time.
Jason Stoddard; Co-founder of Schiit Audio (Thurs. 4/23 @ 7:00pm)
Tomorrow at 8pm I'm going to send out a test Skype live session. This is
for those that plan to join Thursday's Schiit meeting to test out Skype and
work out any bugs. Please be on the lookout for the mail with link and I
hope to see many of you tomorrow night at our test and again on Thursday for
the main event!
Per Jason's request, we will be using Skype rather than Zoom. I wanted to
give everyone a heads up on this since Skype is a little different.
Microsoft users with Windows 10 will already have Skype on their machines.
Or if you are an MS Outlook user, it is also built in. Otherwise, it's
pretty simple to get Skype here: https://www.skype.com/en/
I will be sending out an email with a link to access the Schiit Skype
session shortly before of the interview on the 23rd. If you'd like to
participate, please get up and running with Skype before then.
After the interview, we will have a 15 minute open Q&A session as well in
case you have questions for Jason.
I'd list our upcoming events listed below along with their dates and zoom
info. Also, let everyone know
Member System Showcase: (Wed. 4/29 @ 7:00pm)
Topic: Member System Showcase
Time: Apr 29, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 842 1913 6548
Password: 012817
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Meeting ID: 842 1913 6548
Password: 012817
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kezD0uFC0G
Darren Meyers of PS Audio Q&A: (Wed. 5/6 @ 7:00pm)
Topic: Darren Meyers Q&A
Time: May 6, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 838 6310 5085
Password: 012632
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Dial by your location
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        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
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        +1 253 215 8782 US
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        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 838 6310 5085
Password: 012632
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kezD0uFC0G
We are accepting questions for Darren Meyers up until April 30th. Questions
should be sent to Joe Goswami at rajugsw@gmail.com
<mailto:rajugsw@gmail.com> .
Best,
Paul Righello
From the Editor
Roy Cook
If you would like to join the Zoom/Skype conferences and do not have the
required equipment, here’s some advice.
Logitech has a relationship with Zoom and has worked well with Skype for
many years; they are one of the largest webcam providers on earth, and from
personal experience I feel their equipment works quite well.
The Logitech entry level C270 webcam will be all you need to actively
engage in a meeting and is easy to set up. There are lots of models and if
you spend more money you get better aspects of video teleconferencing.
Where to buy: There are a lots of very reputable on-line retailers that
sell the C270 at a good price (better than Amazon) like: B&H Photo Video,
Adorama, and Best Buy (Best Buy at $24.99 is the lowest I found).
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has made the C270 a hot ticket and everybody is sold
out. If you spend a few more bucks there are other Logitech models
available.
Roy
Video Meeting with Amplifier Genius Nelson Pass
Jeff Kalina
What a superb introduction the Club’s video telecom interview series. We
manage to grab one of the greatest, hall-of-fame caliber, audio craftsmen of
all time.
Unfortunately the video recording of the event did not take and the
responses to our questions is presented by memory. For a review of the Q & A
please log into the Club’s website.
Even after the Covid-19 pandemic passes the video teleconferencing meetings
will undoubtedly continue.

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March 2020 Newsletter

COVID 19


Arizona Audio Video Club
Mailing Address:
AAVC C/O Joe Goswami, Treasurer
4425 N. 78th Street, Apt. 205B
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Website:  https://azavclub.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub
Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)
Email Info@AZAVClub.org <mailto:Info@AZAVClub.org>
Club Officers
President:  Paul Rigello
Secretary/Treasurer:  Joe Goswami
Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook 
SC Members:  Jeff Kalina, Curt Dragomanovich, Bob Olivere, Ben Taylor,
Darcy Righello, David Hjortland, Thomas Parker Swenson
Photographer/Videographer: Ben Taylor, Thomas Parker Swenson
President’s Message
Paul Rigello
Dear AZAV Club,
I regret to inform you that we will be cancelling our March meeting. With
the COVID-19 pandemic upon us we have decided the health risk is too great.
The Steering Committee and myself believe that your health comes first and
thus choose to use an abundance of caution in this instance. There is no
need to jeopardize your safely through unnecessary exposure to others.
We will closely monitor the situation and adjust meetings accordingly.
Future club events maybe be delayed or cancelled as a result of the
pandemic. I apologize for the disruption, but again your health and safety
are our primary concern. 
I wish everyone a safe and healthy March. If you have any questions or
concerns feel free to reach out to me at prighello@hotmail.com
<mailto:prighello@hotmail.com>
Best,
Paul Righello
President, AZAV Club
THIS IS A MUST READ...

Notes on Coronavirus for guidance:  Good luck to all of us! James Robb, MD
FCAP   
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature
of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to
the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so
if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as
you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will
kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink
liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for
5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your
eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in
warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasize enough - drink plenty of water!
THE SYMPTOMS
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting
3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and
then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're
drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
BIO:  As some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the
University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular
virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the
first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I
have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers
into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources
The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due
to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be
widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.

Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take.
These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza
seasons, except for the mask and gloves.
1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc..
Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with
your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially
important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including
wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than
60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity
that involves locations where other people have been.
6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances.
AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated
objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.
7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use
your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain
infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:
1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping,
using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in
contact with contaminated areas.
Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This
means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these
droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that
is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially
infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless
your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon.
This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your
lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or
mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose
or mouth.
2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you
from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day
without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is
lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from
getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your
nose or mouth.
3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the
appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be
alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.
4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be
effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying
in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when
you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down
and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.
Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands
available.
I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained,
BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this
snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it.
Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and
clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the
genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved.
BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or
limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.
I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially
catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share.

Good luck to all of us! James Robb, MD FCAP

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FEBRUARY 2020 Newsletter


Arizona Audio Video Club
Mailing Address:
AAVC C/O Joe Goswami, Treasurer
4425 N. 78th Street, Apt. 205B
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Website:  https://azavclub.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub
Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)
Email Info@AZAVClub.org <mailto:Info@AZAVClub.org>
Club Officers
President:  Jeff Kalina
Secretary/Treasurer:  Joe Goswami
Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook 
Webmaster:  Jeff Kalina
Dealer Liaisons:  Bob Olivere, Warren Rosebraugh, Phil Groben, Ben Taylor
SC Members:  Curt Dragomanovich, Paul Rigello, Darcy Righello
Photographer and/or Videographer:  Position Open
President’s Message
Paul Rigello
Happy February AZAV Club! I hope you're having a great 2020. We have a lot
of awesome events coming up. This month, we will be visiting Woolson's Audio
on Wednesday the 26th from 5pm-9pm. Woolson's Audio is a hidden gem
dedicated to vintage gear and typically only open on Saturdays. Our hosts,
Larry and AJ Woolson, will share with us a lifetime collection of audio
equipment not seen anywhere else.
Next month we will meet again at the church on Camelback to learn all about
vinyl. On Wednesday the 25th of March starting at 6:30pm Charles Kirmuss,
inventor of the “world's best vinyl record cleaning system”, will speak and
demonstrate his new product. Later, Tom Rothermel of Big Ear Stereo will
take the stage from 7:30 to 8:30 to demonstrate how to optimize your
turntable operation and maintain it properly.
Finally, as our club continues to grow with many new members joining the
fold we would like to reinstate special interest groups. These are small
groups dedicated to a specific interest such as live music, jazz, vinyl,
etc. The idea behind these groups is for members to connect and spend time
together enjoying their special interests outside of our regular monthly
meetings. I am asking for volunteers to step up and head these groups. Are
you passionate about live performances? Lead a small group and organize
trips to local clubs. Do you love hard rock and heavy metal? Join my head
banger's ball listening group where we meet once a month to rock out to
blazing guitar solos and pounding double bass drums. Volunteers, please
reach out to me or any other SC member to learn how to get started.
Last Meeting Synopsis:
Last month we had the great pleasure of being visited by Mr. Andrew Jones
of Elac (Electroacustic GmbH). Andrew demoed his line of Navis active
speakers, both standmounts and towers along with an Audio Alchemy DAC/Preamp
and an Elac Discovery music streamer. We had a mix of club members and
guests attend the event. Andrew explained various aspects of the Navis
design and answered questions from the audience.
I must say, I personally found the Navis line's sound to be quite engaging.
The speakers filled our large room with crystal clear music which was well
defined even to those sitting in the back row. Congratulations to Andrew and
Elac on some very fine speakers. If anyone in the club has an interest in
getting a pair of these speaker please reach out to me.
Best,
Paul

March Meeting

Treasurer Report
Joe Goswami
There are three ways to pay your dues ($48):
1.      Send me a check (see website for my address) or better if you can
bring a check to the next club meeting and I’ll just snap a picture of it
and direct deposit into our Stearns A/V Club Bank account and immediately
return the check to you for Security.
2.      Another way is Paypal. Simply go to your PayPal and send $48 to
ArizonaAVClub@gmail.com <mailto:ArizonaAVClub@gmail.com> . (Use Friends and
Family – Ed.)
3.      Cash
Joe
Dealers Corner
Jeff Kalina
We are starting a new feature that highlights a single dealership in the
Phoenix Area. The information we would like to cover on the dealerships are
things like the origin, history, services, mission statement, brands
retailed, dreams and aspirations.
Our first installment will feature Big Ear Stereo. We felt that Big Ear
would be a good choice as our first subject as they are somewhat new and
just incurred the name change from Vinyl Valet. If any other dealers out
there are reading, please contact me if you would like to be presented. Our
dealer liaisons will be around to discuss this feature and ask for input. In
no way do we want to play favorites and wish all the local dealers to be
successful and included.

As always we want to recognize and thank all the local retailers who
support our club so graciously:
DEALERS:
Acoustic Designs Group -- https://www.adgroupaz.com/
Dedicated Audio -- https://www.dedicatedaudio.com/
USA Tube Audio -- https://www.usatubeaudio.com/
LMC Entertainment -- https://www.lmche.com/
Woolson Audio -- https://www.woolsonaudio.com/
Arizona HiFi -- http://tubeaudio.com/
Audio Video Excellence -- https://www.audiovideoexcellence.com/index.html
Big Ear Stereo -- https://bigearstereo.com/
VINYL:
Record High in Phoenix --
https://www.facebook.com/Record-High-in-Phoenix-225931417539924/
In Groove Records -- https://www.theingroove.com/
REPAIR WORK:
James Koch
james@highendrepair.com <mailto:james@highendrepair.com>
Audio Doctor
http://www.audiodoctor.biz/
Cornell Smith- McIntosh, Authorized Repairman
Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz <mailto:Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz> >
Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz <mailto:Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz>
Movies, Recommended or Not

Roy Cook
1917 – George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, and lot of smaller roles by
bigger stars. Not your typical war movie; more of a human-interest story at
war time. Remember the first (awesome) 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan,
you won’t find it here. There were a few shootings and bombings but this was
a triumph of the human spirit kind of flick. The plot and acting were good,
setting and cinematography were quite good. The only drawback I thought the
movie had was it made me more evaluative instead of submerged. Recommended

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FOCAL/NAIM FLAGSHIP STORE OPENS IN SCOTTSDALE!

A stop you will want to make

See link below for a review of the new store located next door to LMS Scottsdale.


 https://www.audiostream.com/content/focal-opens-flagship-phoenix-store#Qps8b79c3LqUsh8b.14T

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JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

ANDREW JONES SPEAKS

Arizona Audio Video Club Mailing Address: AAVC C/O Joe Goswami, Treasurer 4425 N. 78th Street, Apt. 205B Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Website:  https://azavclub.com/ Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text) Email Info@AZAVClub.org <Info@AZAVClub.org>  Club Officers President:  Jeff Kalina Secretary/Treasurer:  Joe Goswami Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook   Webmaster:  Jeff Kalina Dealer Liaisons:  Bob Olivere, Warren Rosebraugh, Phil Groben, Ben Taylor SC Members:  Curt Dragomanovich, Paul Rigello, Darcy Righello Photographer and/or Videographer:  Position Open President’s Message Jeff Kalina This month we have Andrew Jones of Elac coming to speak to our group. This promises to be one of the best speakers the club has presented in quite some time. Additionally, everyone attending our Wednesday January 29th meeting will receive a newly created Club music thumb drive of over 80 musical pieces. We are adding a category named "Reference" consisting of ten songs the Steering Committee is highlighting to use at meetings when evaluating audio gear.  Please bookmark our new website www.AZAVClub.com <http://www.AZAVClub.com> all dates, locations, and times of each meeting are posted there. The “University” tab contains recent articles on hearing research breakthroughs, the brain and music you may enjoy. The club will move forward in very good hands with Paul Righello taking the helm as President this year. Paul and his lovely wife Darcy are avid Audiophiles. They attend the trade shows and stay on top of what's new. Welcome Paul and Darcy!!  Jeff January Meeting Paul Rigello January 29th -Wednesday-7pm- Faith Lutheran Church- 801 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix DOOR PRIZE: NEW SCHIIT MAGNI HEADPHONE AMP Andrew Jones of Elac Sound will address the club. Andrew Jones has an impressive history in loudspeaker design, having served as the chief speaker engineer at KEF, Infinity, Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD), and Pioneer. More than any other speaker designer, Andrew has established a reputation for designing budget speakers that sound incredibly good for the money.  If you would like to get better foreknowledge of Andrew and his way of thinking, there are quite a few interviews and speaker building discussions on YouTube.   

Treasurer Report Joe Goswami There are three ways to pay your dues ($48): 1.      Send me a check (see website for my address) or better if you can bring a check to the next club meeting and I’ll just snap a picture of it and direct deposit into our Stearns A/V Club Bank account and immediately return the check to you for Security.  2.      Another way is Paypal. Simply go to your PayPal and send $48 to ArizonaAVClub@gmail.com <ArizonaAVClub@gmail.com> . (Use Friends and Family – Ed.) 3.      Cash Cheers from Mexico City, Joe Dealers Corner Jeff Kalina As always we want to recognize and thank all the local retailers who support our club so graciously: DEALERS: Acoustic Designs Group -- https://www.adgroupaz.com/ Dedicated Audio -- https://www.dedicatedaudio.com/ Audio Video Choices – Has closed their doors, farewell and good luck USA Tube Audio -- https://www.usatubeaudio.com/ LMC Entertainment -- https://www.lmche.com/ Woolson Audio -- https://www.woolsonaudio.com/ Arizona HiFi -- http://tubeaudio.com/ Audio Video Excellence -- https://www.audiovideoexcellence.com/index.html Big Ear Stereo (Formerly Vinyl Valet) -- https://bigearstereo.com/ VINYL: Record High in Phoenix -- https://www.facebook.com/Record-High-in-Phoenix-225931417539924/ In Groove Records -- https://www.theingroove.com/ REPAIR WORK:  James Koch james@highendrepair.com <james@highendrepair.com>  Audio Doctor http://www.audiodoctor.biz/ Cornell Smith- McIntosh, Authorized Repairman Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz <Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz> 

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SWAP MEET SUITE. Harmon Public Library. Baseline/5th Ave.


Many LPs and CDs changed hands. Roy Cook brought 150? CDs of Classical Music which generated a lot of sales. $2ea. All CDs appeared to have been played only once or twice before being ripped. I bought several. 

The equipment moved much more slowly but deals were there to be had.  Example- Five 2 meter Power cables, (3 Pangea 9s and two of an even better brand) were had for $350. Also sold were 4 Roon Tune triangular bass traps for $10. An electronic LP static killer wand by Nagaoka (now defunct) was has for a whopping $5. 



I was not privy to all the deals that came and went but other deals were

had. Member Steve Adamson

was seen carrying out a piece of equipment. Anyone knowing Steve

is aware he only buys excellent gear

at next to nothing. Steve should teach an advanced class on Plunders and Acquisitions.


The "BLOCK" a German made Mini System was generously donated by

Charlie Harrison, Owner of USTube Audio. Thank you Charlie. Many people stuck it out for the noon drawing. Lucky winner Roy Cook 

had purchased the winning ticket

hand selected by a guest. Dag- nabbit !!



Then Venue location was selected in response to member requests for a more Central Meeting location.

We succeeded geographically however the Harmon Library entrance faces directly toward the "Psychiatric Emergency Entrance"

of Phoenix Memorial. The two plainly marked entrance doors,

Employees and POLICE tell the story. Some felt this venue a  bit too apropros of the Audiophile hobby.

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Arizona Audio Video Club

Mailing Address:
AAVC C/O Timothy Warren,
16848 N. 39th Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85053-2720


Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)

Website:  https://azavclub.com

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Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/AZAVClub


Email Info@AZAVClub.org <mailto:Info@AZAVClub.org>

Club Officers

President:  Jeff Kalina
Secretary/Treasurer:  Timothy Warren
Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook 
Webmaster:  Jeff Kalina
Dealer Liaisons:  Bob Olivere/Warren Rosebraugh/Phil Groben
SC Members:  Ben Taylor, Curt Dragomanovich, Paul Rigello
Photographer:  Position Open

Presidents Message

Jeff Kalina

The Club toured the new digs of KBAQ and KJZZ !! We were given the royal
treatment by Eric Shecter, Chief Engineer. Eric was unflappable as he
fielded our many questions. A beautiful set up with the all their new
high-tech mastering studios. You had to love the 400 lb. doors! Who knew
Hafler made powered monitors?  Thanks to KJZZ and KBAQ for being such
gracious hosts!!!

The Upcoming November meeting will actually take place December 7th at the
Phoenix Harmon Library, 1325 S. 5th Ave., 85003.  Saturday from 9:30am-1:30
pm. Near Baseline and 5th Ave just south of downtown. This is the clubs Swap
Meet where members are encouraged to bring any gear they wish to sell along
with records and CDs. The event is open to the public; however they may not
sell there.  If you have a moment, please send me pictures of any items you
plan  to bring along with pricing so we can promote further interest. The
Club plans to take 10% off the top for the treasury.

Paul Righello has offered to take the responsibility of President for the
2020 year. He has already planned several great events, along with guest
speakers such as Andrew Jones; more on this later.

Longtime Club Treasurer, Tim Warren, Plans to step down as Treasurer after
5 years in the post. We encourage anyone open to taking this position to
please get in touch with an SC member. Tim, the club owes you a great debt
of gratitude for your fine service. Thank you!!

Jeff

Raffle Prize

Timothy Warren

We are coming down to the wire on this outstanding raffle prize. Make sure
to make your purchases through Tim or at the December 7 meeting.

We had a most generous donation to the Club by Charlie Harrison of USA Tube
Audio. “The Block” ($800 value) an AUDIOBLOCK MHF-700L CD Player Streamer
Internet Radio. The Club will be raffling off this fine “German-made”
mini-system at the last club event of 2019 which should be in late Nov. or
early Dec. (as of now this will be the Media/Hardware Swap Meet).

Tickets will be offered at $5 each or five for $20. Proceeds will be used
for future Club events. Cash or checks are accepted, no PayPal. Please
contact Timothy Warren (602) 881-5196 or twarren@matson.com
<mailto:twarren@matson.com> ) or you can mail (checks only) to:

Arizona Audio Video Club
c/o Timothy Warren
16848 N. 39th Dr. Phoenix AZ 85053

If you have any questions please contact AAVC Treasurer Timothy Warren, or
any Steering Committee member.

Good Luck to all.

Tim

Dealers Corner

Jeff Kalina

As always we want to recognize and thank all the local retailers who
support our club so graciously:

DEALERS:

Acoustic Designs Group -- https://www.adgroupaz.com/
Dedicated Audio -- https://www.dedicatedaudio.com/
Audio Video Choices -- https://www.audiovideochoices.com/blog/
USA Tube Audio -- https://www.usatubeaudio.com/
LMC Entertainment -- https://www.lmche.com/
Woolson Audio -- https://www.woolsonaudio.com/
Arizona HiFi -- http://tubeaudio.com/
Audio Video Excellence -- https://www.audiovideoexcellence.com/index.html

VINYL:

RecordHighinPhoenix --
https://www.facebook.com/Record-High-in-Phoenix-225931417539924/

In Groove Records -- https://www.theingroove.com/

REPAIR WORK:

James Koch
james@highendrepair.com <mailto:james@highendrepair.com>

Audio Doctor
http://www.audiodoctor.biz/

Cornell Smith- McIntosh Authorized Repairman
Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz <mailto:Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz> >
Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz <mailto:Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz>

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Arizona Audio Video Club

Mailing Address:
AAVC C/O Timothy Warren,
16848 N. 39th Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85053-2720

Website:  https://azavclub.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub

Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)

Email Info@AZAVClub.org

Club Officers

President:  Jeff Kalina
Secretary/Treasurer:  Timothy Warren
Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook  
Webmaster:  Jeff Kalina
Dealer Liaisons:  Bob Olivere/Warren Rosebraugh/Phil Groben
SC Members:  Ben Taylor, Curt Dragomanovich, Paul Rigello
Photographer:  Position Open

Presidents Message

Jeff Kalina

Our Next Meeting will take place at the Studios of KJZZ Radio Station. 7pm October 30th. Located at Rio Salado Community College at 2323 W 14th Street in Tempe.  in Building B on the 4th floor.  We will receive a guided tour from Eric Scheter, Chief Engineer.

A Brief History of KJZZ

The station signed on February 22, 1951, broadcasting from the campus of Phoenix College in what is now the Maricopa County Community College District, as KFCA. It was Phoenix's first FM radio station, broadcasting with 10 watts on 88.5 MHz.[1][2] KFCA moved to 91.5 MHz in 1966. In 1971, KFCA joined NPR and was approved for a power increase to 100,000 watts from a new tower on South Mountain. On August 24, 1972, soon after signing on from its new, stronger tower, the station changed its calls to KMCR-FM for "Maricopa County Radio". In 1985, the call letters were changed to KJZZ to reflect the jazz musical programming featured by the station. Within a few years, the station was transferred to the umbrella of Rio Salado College, also in the Maricopa County Community College District, as part of a district reorganization. KJZZ was considered a good fit for Rio Salado College's mission; Rio Salado was conceived as a "campus without walls" and serves as the umbrella for all classes and other academic activities not specifically offered at one of the district's physical campuses.

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Raffle Tickets will be sold for a chance to win a mini system courtesy of USATube Audio (see below).

I am pleased to report that our membership has now grown from 25 in January to 60 paid members. Welcome to everyone who has joined this year. Please send us any meeting suggestions you may have. 2020 is already looking very exciting. Andrew Jones of Elac and Charles B Kirmuss, CEO/Founder: Kirmuss & Associates are both scheduled to speak to our group. 

Additionally for 2020 we plan 3 Special events along the lines of Speakerfest and DAC-it-Out. More on those later.

We are in the process of selecting new meeting venues. Some members have expressed wishes that meetings be held in a more central location. The Member Swap Meet will be at one of the new locations. 

Regarding the Swap Meet, it will include members merchandise and be open to the public for purchases. Promotional activities will begin in the next 10 days. Please send a list of anything you plan  to sell along with the prices. We will be adding media to the mix as well so please plan to bring your LPs and CDs. An informal poll of the Steering Committee indicates there will be a lot of merchandise for sale just from the Steering Committee members. Although it is referred to as the November Meeting, it will actually be held on Saturday December 7th from 10am-3pm.

Jeff

Raffle Prize

Timothy Warren

We had a most generous donation to the Club by Charlie Harrison of USA Tube Audio. “The Block” ($800 value) an AUDIOBLOCK MHF-700L CD Player Streamer Internet Radio. The Club will be raffling off this fine “German-made” mini-system at the last club event of 2019 which should be in late Nov. or early Dec. (as of now this will be the Media/Hardware Swap Meet).

Tickets will be offered at $5 each or five for $20. Proceeds will be used for future Club events. Cash or checks are accepted, no PayPal. Please contact Timothy Warren (602) 881-5196 or twarren@matson.com) or you can mail (checks only) to:

Arizona Audio Video Club
c/o Timothy Warren
16848 N. 39th Dr. Phoenix AZ 85053

If you have any questions please contact AAVC Treasurer Timothy Warren or any Steering Committee member.

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Good Luck to all.

Tim

September Meeting Redux

Paul Rigello

For our September meeting, Ben Taylor gave a great presentation on recording live performances. Ben covered the various aspects of micing and shared how he mic’ed a performance by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society from our March club event. Ben also went into the different types of microphones and how they pick up sound. Finally, members were then invited to sit down at a mixing board and mix the various tracks Ben had recorded from the Chamber Society event. All in all, it was very informative and everyone had a great time. Bravo Ben!

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Dealers Corner

Jeff Kalina

As always we want to recognize and thank all the local retailers who support our club so graciously:

DEALERS:

Acoustic Designs Group -- https://www.adgroupaz.com/
Dedicated Audio -- https://www.dedicatedaudio.com/
Audio Video Choices -- https://www.audiovideochoices.com/blog/
USA Tube Audio -- https://www.usatubeaudio.com/
LMC Entertainment -- https://www.lmche.com/
Woolson Audio -- https://www.woolsonaudio.com/
Arizona HiFi -- http://tubeaudio.com/
Audio Video Excellence -- https://www.audiovideoexcellence.com/index.html

VINYL:

RecordHighinPhoenix -- https://www.facebook.com/Record-High-in-Phoenix-225931417539924/

In Groove Records -- https://www.theingroove.com/

REPAIR WORK: 

James Koch
james@highendrepair.com

Audio Doctor
http://www.audiodoctor.biz/

Cornell Smith- McIntosh Authorized Repairman
Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz> Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz

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Presidents Message PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CALENDAR CHANGES:
We had to move Bruzky's Theater Night to 2020 as Steve continuesto buy more gear and wait for installations. Next year for sure.
NEW OCTOBER MEETING:A tour of the Studios of KJZZ  All Jazz is finalized now for Wednesday October 30that 7pm. Address and further details may be found on our website AZAVClub.comon the 2019 Calendar page.
SEPTEMBER MEETING:This month's meeting will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church 7th St/Camelbackon Wednesday 25th at 7pm:

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 last March with 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. Learn Step A in how music is made.Bonus Door Prize: FIIU  Award Winning personal Hi-Rez player. You will want it!!
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I added three 2019 RMAF reviews to the AZAVClub.com site. Somethings going on.
Read and find out what.

NOVEMBER MEETING:

Member swap meet: Open to public to buy but not sell.
We are adding media this year too! 
I took an informal survey at the last SC meeting and all 8 people
present had gear to offer. Make space for the Christmas toys!

Jeff Kalina, President


AUGUST 2019

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Arizona Audio Video Club

Mailing Address:

AAVC C/O Timothy Warren,

16848 N. 39th Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85053-2720

Website:  https://azavclub.com/

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AZAVClub

Phone (623) 238-6884 (leave Message or send Text)

Email Info@AZAVClub.org <mailto:Info@AZAVClub.org

Club Officers

President:  Jeff Kalina

Secretary/Treasurer:  Timothy Warren

Newsletter Editor:  Roy Cook  

Webmaster:  Jeff Kalina

Dealer Liaisons:  Bob Olivere/Warren Rosebraugh/Phil Groben

SC Members:  Ben Taylor, Curt Dragomanovich, Paul Rigello

Photographer:  Position Open

Presidents Message 

Jeff Kalina

Please be aware of the new website https://azavclub.com/ (not .org which is

the old site we are trying to eliminate). All events and dates are posted

there along with stereo equipment for sale. Send me details and pics of

anything you may want to sell. Free to members.

I want to apologize for the confusion on the date of the last club meeting.

Normally they are held on the last Wednesday of month unless that date is a

holiday weekend as it will be in August. 

The music we listened to in the meeting is attached to this letter. There

were some good finds. Check it out on YouTube to see if you agree!

The August meeting (thanks to the hard work of fellow member Paul Righello)

will be held at the beautiful new 7,000 sq. ft. store just opened by

Acoustic Designs. Paul is in charge of this event and has been doing a great

job!  Don Loving, longtime Phoenix audiophile works there along with owner

Chris Mathews. They have been in home automation and lighting very

successfully for years. Don was brought on to run the two-channel Stereo

division.  They carry top lines: Esoteric, SAE, Chord, Focal, B&W, Sonus

Faber and others. The showroom is set up like a home with a kitchen open to

family room. To address the WAF, they offer floorstanding speakers on a

motorized platform that remain concealed in the wall unless in use. Cool!

The DAC Shootout this month will be from 11-3pm on Saturday August 24th at

Acoustic Designs, 16074 N. 78th St, Scottsdale  85260. Admission is $10 for

everyone including members. Starting in 2020 I hope to reduce the annual fee

to $35 and have $10 fees in place for the special events. Please RSVP this

event so we can schedule the sessions. We are very grateful that Acoustic

Design has agreed to host the August DAC event. We have a great assortment

of well renowned DACs from $1000-$6,500.

Format for DAC Event:

·        24 people at a time in a theatre room at the store.

·        You will listen to the same cut for two minutes on three

different DACs. 

·        There will be two swaps to the other 7 DACs.

·        For each three you hear you will have a score card to judge

#1,#2, #3. 

·        The 1st 24 people will be sequestered for about 30 minutes while

they listen and rate each one. 

·        You will know which three DACs are in the group

·        You will NOT know which DAC is playing. 

This will produce an overall rating for each product which will be shared

with all members.

August Meeting

Paul Rigello

The August event will be we DAC-It-Out which I have been organizing. If

anyone wants to help, let me know. The details are below:

The event will be held on Saturday August 24th at Acoustic Designs 16074 N.

78th Street, Suite B104, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 

I am thinking the event will run from 11am to 3pm. 

There will be a $10 door charge for non-club members. We might change this

to $15 to encourage presales of tickets for a solid headcount.

So far, we will have 10 DACs:

*    Schiit = will send Yggdrasil

*    Chord = Hugo TT from Acoustic Designs

*    Benchmark = will send DAC3 

*    iFi Audio = local dealer will supply Pro iDSD

*    PS Audio = DirectStream DAC, Pete will supply.

*    Holo Audio = will send Spring DAC2

*    Jolida = will send Glass FX DAC and their FOZ unit (sound stage

enhancer for us to try out.)

*    NuPrime = will send Evolution DAC

*    L.K.S. DAC = MH-DA004, Curt will supply.

*    Line Magnetic = Jeff is buying one of these and would like to

include it; if it arrives on time.

This will allow us to do 3 brackets of 3 DACs each in a A/B/C format using

a few test tracks. The winners from each bracket will go to a finalist A/B/C

round. We can switch DACs via a coax cable or using 3 roon end points

playing the same track. Or, use a single source and a three-way optical

splitter. I plan to test each scenario before the event to see which works

best.

We will be using Acoustic Designs theater room, set up to seat around 20-25

people; thus we will shoot for multiple listening sessions to accommodate

everyone. Sign-ups upon entry. A Chord rep will be present to speak about

the Chord line.

Tom from Vinyl Valet will be present to represent iFi Audio and asks for a

table to share some materials about the brand.

The reference system will be kindly provided by Acoustic Designs and will

consist of Focal Maesto Utopia Evos, SAE amplification and either an SAE

preamp or Acoustic Research preamp. 

If time permits, I would like to include a Hi Res. vs. Redbook, vs. 320kps

MP3 encoding demonstration using a couple of tracks.

We can use the winning DAC for this to showcase the differences between

digital formats. Might be interesting to do a with and without M Scaler demo

also. 

I would like to do a FOZ Soundstage (Fosgate Design) expander demo as well

if there is time.

Finally, since this will run through lunchtime I’m going to see if we can

get a food truck to come out. Dining will be restricted to outside

consumption.

Best, 

Paul

Dealers Corner

Jeff Kalina

As always we want to recognize and thank all the local retailers who

support 

our club so generously:

DEALERS:

ADGroupAZ.com

DedicatedAudio.com

Audio Video Choices

USA Tube Audio.com

LMC Entertainment

WoolsensAudio.com

AZHiFi

VINYL:

RecordHighinPhoenix.com

InGroove.c

REPAIR WORK: 

James Koch

480-398-7362

James@HiEndRepair.com <mailto:James@HiEndRepair.com

Audio Doctor

Cornell Smith- McIntosh Authorized Repairman

Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz <mailto:Cornell@Audiodoctor.biz> >

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