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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DECEMBER 2019

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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.

NOVEMBER 2019

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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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OCTOBER 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

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

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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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Reference Articles about Sounds

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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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Articles – Good topics for articles include anything related to your company – recent changes to operations, the latest company softball game – or the industry you’re in. General business trends (think national and even international) are great article fodder, too.


Mission statements – You can tell a lot about a company by its mission statement. Don’t have one? Now might be a good time to create one and post it here. A good mission statement tells you what drives a company to do what it does.


Company policies – Are there company policies that are particularly important to your business? Perhaps your unlimited paternity/maternity leave policy has endeared you to employees across the company. This is a good place to talk about that.


Executive profiles – A company is only as strong as its executive leadership. This is a good place to show off who’s occupying the corner offices. Write a nice bio about each executive that includes what they do, how long they’ve been at it, and what got them to where they are.

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