Monday, June 22, 2015

June meeting place and time set

Once again, by popular demand, we will have our June meeting at LVAC member Roy's place! This will be Roy's second time hosting.

The meeting date and time is; Saturday, 6-27-15 from 2-5 pm.

If you weren't there when Roy hosted last time (back in April,) this is what you missed:

So, don't miss this! Become a member of the LVAC now!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

LVAC member Mike featured in Stereophile magazine!

This is regarding Stereophile's report on the T.H.E. Show 2015. Congrats Mike! And thanks Stereophile!

T.H.E. Show Newport Beach, CA 2015

First, a show wrap-up by LVAC member, Nick:

For me (Terry-fellow LVAC member-was doing his thing for a while) the most pleasant surprise at the show was the Stein Music room. Holger Stein and his wife, who are from Germany, were demoing their system and the sound was very natural and engaging. The soundstage was excellent with lots of detail. I was only able to listen to a few orchestral cuts as well as a little Bob Dylan and a female artist named Youn Sun Nah. I can't speak regarding the bass response, the the midrange and top end were spot on. What's also interesting is that Mr Stein designed all of the components including the speakers. It was digital only, but he also showed me a 2 box phono stage that I believe will retail for under $2,000. He also has a cartridge. I can't say that I recall any other designer who "does it all".

The Odyssey room was interesting as the sound was good and Klaus at Odyssey did a great job making it sound as good as it did as it was the strangest shaped room I recall seeing at any show. It was the second time I've met Klaus and he's a fun and engaging guy. He also makes a stand for a great price so my equipment will finally have a good home.  

I've always been interested in the Sonus Faber speakers and this time they were paired together with McIntosh. There was also a single piece from Audio Research which may have been a music server. The sound was good, but it was a rectangular room and we were seated too close to the speakers and that didn't allow the speakers to shine as I've heard great sound from Sonus Faber at other shows. 

This was the first time I've ever been at the Newport Show and I was only there Saturday and Sunday, but I truly had a great time. Terry was lots of fun and I may go back next year as my brother lives very close by...and I love free room and board.

As I was in California, I bought some lotto tickets so I might be able to buy my dream system. But I didn't quite win anything. My dream system might well consist of DartZeel with Sonus Faber speakers or maybe Magico or. I can't say that I've ever demoed any reference speakers in my home although I love my SP Tech Timepiece speakers and my modded McCormack DNA 1.0 amp as well. That's it for now.

Photos by LVAC members Terry, Nick and Mike. Additional photos by unknown.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Our 21st Meeting

Ok, fellow audiophiles in the Las Vegas area and everywhere really (this is the world wide web after all,) the first audio club ever in Sin City, has now completed its 21st meeting! Can you believe it? We sure can't!

We had our 21st meeting on 5-16-15.

This time LVAC Founder and President Dave once again hosted the affair, with his modest 2 channel system.

We had a wonderful time listening to a variety of tunes (CD and LP) on Dave's system. It was a very laid-back casual affair reminiscent of our early meetings close to 2 years ago. But, something was remiss in the system though! Dave says: "The system always sounded good, but something was missing, and I couldn't figure out exactly what that was. I couldn't put my finger on it" So, what was the problem? Well, after a curious glance at an audiophile forum ( Dave found out that the FM Acoustics cables he uses, uses pin 2 on the XLR connectors as minus instead of plus, which is what the Bryston amp uses. What this means is that the system was out of phase, and that can and will compromise performance unless a particular recording is out of phase, among other things. With time running out to get a pair of high end high quality (UP-OCC copper or silver) RCA to RCA interconnects from preamp to amp (which will also be featured in Dave's upgraded system,) we came up with a quick fix which was to reverse the speaker cable leads. What happened was a very big surprise! Everything came into focus, the sound was more transparent and dynamic, and the bass was really powerful. To everyone's surprise, the system had plenty of that good ol' "midrange magic," much like most of the systems we've heard here at the LVAC! It was mesmerizing and grabbed your attention completely. The best the system has sounded to date. Everything said about this system in previous posts is that and then some. As par for the course, good food in the form of submarine sandwiches (courtesy of Port of Subs) potato chips, and soft drinks were served. And yes, once again a good time was had by everyone. No one left disappointed on many different levels.

A list of equipment is here:

Photos of the system are below. Photos were taken by LVAC member Les.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May meeting place and time set

Ok fellow audiophiles, after much deliberation, everything is set for May!

This time around, LVAC President and Founder Dave will host at his place. This is Dave's 5th time hosting!

The meeting date and time is Saturday, May 16th from 2-5 pm PST.

Dave's list of equipment (plus some photos) can be seen via the following link below:

There are more photos of Dave's system throughout this blog.

And as always, to become a member of the LVAC, click on the link below.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Our 20th Meeting

Ok, fellow audiophiles in the Las Vegas area and everywhere really (this is the world wide web after all,) the first official audio club ever in Sin City, has now completed its 20th meeting.

We had our 20th meeting on 4-19-15.

The meeting took place at the home of LVAC member Roy. This was Roy's first time hosting.What is unique about Roy is that he is not only an LVAC member, he also acts as a dealer and distributor under his company Vegas Image Audio right here in the Vegas Valley. So we got him to host a meeting and demo his wares without having to travel anywhere! This allowed Roy to demo as much equipment as you would see at a store or even a trade show, which was obviously to the club's advantage. Others have this distinction (being in a club and in the business) as well, however Roy had as much or maybe more equipment for demo as the big shots in big markets like New York, Chicago, and L.A. That's really what was impressive; to have it here in a smaller market which is Vegas.

To learn more about Roy and Vegas Image Audio, go to:

After having some great food to munch on, Roy began the demo of the main system. His presentation was very informative and entertaining. He explained the ins and outs of the system (and the other 2 smaller systems) very well. No stone was left unturned info-wise. As far as the sound goes, the system (which costs well over $500k) was very dynamic and transparent. It had a knack to keep your attention at all times, wasn't fatiguing, and preserved the harmonic structure in the music. All of this is important obviously, and quite frankly, many audio systems can't do this kind of stuff. However, the system could be very revealing; exposing bad recordings for what they were. You could tell as the dynamics and transparency disappeared, and the imaging collapsed. With good to great recordings (in all genres) the system shined very brightly. There was a clear synergy of high end components and high quality recordings. The better the recording, the better the system sounded. Which was no surprise as this is what many ultra high end systems do. They don't mask or cover up anything, they present the recording as the producer and engineers intended. Neutral is an overused word, but it clearly described this system as a whole.

Up next in Roy's upstairs lounge, was another very unique system featuring very large horns driven by a humble vintage B&K ST-140 amp and Dodd tube preamp. The sound was not as big as the main system on the first floor. But, it packed a punch, was very clear and precise (especially with that old time B&K amp,) and it costs quite a bit less as the main system! Transients were well preserved, and the sound was very inviting. As for the speakers, there was no notion of them having a typical horn sound that many audiophiles abhor. This system was not the biggest and the baddest, or the most costliest, but it is one that many audiophiles could find satisfying in the long run.

Finally, we were taken down to Roy's master bedroom. The system there featured open baffle speakers driven by tube amps. The amps in particular are designed by Roy's colleague Jack Elliano of Electra-Print Audio. The preamp was the Ambrosia designed by one of high-end audio's unsung heroes, James Bongiourno. The sound in this room, was excellent, but not to the level of the previous 2 systems. Which is perfectly understandable as the room with closer boundaries influences the sound more. Plus, the level of equipment is not quite that of the other 2 systems. The system did deserve a bigger room. But, as many audiophiles do not have big or dedicated listening room this would be a great solution until one gets the proper listening space. However, the amps and preamps were top notch and sound-wise perhaps rivaled the ones in the main system a bit.

Near the end of the demo, Jack Elliano spoke to the club about technical matters, the nature of the audio business, and about his company and his equipment. It turns out that Jack has over the years, supplied and supplies transformers and other audio parts, to some of the big names in high end audio!

To learn more about Jack, visit: 

Finally, we were introduced to a veteran musician named Merv Harding, a long time Vegas resident who has played over the years with the likes of Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra. We were looking for some great stories, which we're sure Merv has, but time unfortunately was running out. Next time.

All in all, a very nice afternoon on a warm Spring day here in Las Vegas. Basically, everyone had a good time to one degree or another. No one left disappointed or let down by the whole thing. We look forward to have Roy host again, hopefully in the near future.

Below is a master list of all the equipment demoed. There were 3 systems in total.

Main listening room:

Speakers- Vmps RM/X Elixir 2003 Best of Show, TC Sounds 18 inch in VMPS sub cabinets
Digital- Sound Science Diamond Music Vault Server 8 terabytes, Antelope Eclipse Mastering AD/DA Converter, Antelope Audio Isochrome 10m Rubidium Reclocker
Amps- Nat Audio Magma SET 160 watts, 2 Modified Crown k-2
Phono Stages- K&K Audio maxxed out phono with Lundahl 1931 trannies silver wound in Amorphous Core, NAT Audio Signature Phono, Jasmine Audio 2 input mm/mc
Power Conditioner- Equitech 10wq, Pure Power, Triangle Art The Sun God: A-6
Speed Controller- TA crystal digital controller
Turntables- technics SP-10 mk2 in two armed Artisan Fidelity coco bolo plinth with Panzerholz framing and arm boards, TA Ultimate LE, TA Refernce LE, TA Symphony
Tone arms- Osiris, Technics
Phono Cartridges- mm technics 205c IIX, audio-technica AT150MLX, moving coils TA MC Zeus, TA Apollo MC Cartridge, Koetsu Rosewood
Step-up- k&k Lundahl 1931 silver wired amorphous core
Accessories- TA Clamp
Speaker Cables- Isis Speaker Cables
Power Cords- Isis Power Cord, Anti-Cables Level 3 Reference Series Power Cords
Interconnects- Isis Interconnect


Amp: b&k st-140 70 mosfet
Preamp- Dodd reference linestage with octal based tubes
Digital- Server is modified Olive Symphony, and dac is CambridgeAudio dac magic
Analog- Oma slate plinth idler turntable formerly lenco L78
Tone arms- Sme series 3, Reed model L 12inch
Phono Cartridge- Koetsu Rosewood
Phono Stage- Modified Citation One
MC Step-up device- K&K with Lundahl 1931 with silver wire in amorphous core
Speakers- JMLC tuned 200hz wooden horns made out of American black walnut and H-frames constructed out of maple and black walnut. The bass cabinets are servo controlled and crossover at around 225hz where the horns have AER drivers in the horns and have no crossover but roll of naturally at 200hz. This is of my own design and is available on special order.

Master Bedroom:

Amps-Jack Elliano 60 watt Set amp using low imd circuit with gm70 tube, solid state starsound technologies st-101 class A 110 watts
Preamp and phono- Ambrosia from Spread Spectrum Technologies
Reel to Reel- Pioneer Rt-707
Crossover- Marchand Xm44 active
Digital- DVD-5910 sacd and DVDs audio, cd, Sony Blu Ray
Analog- Choir Audio with Sme 3, and origin live speed controller, ol dc motor with ol transformer
Speakers- Open baffle design with amt ribbons and acoustic elegance dipole 15s crossed over 400 hz high and low pass with 4th order linkwitz Reilly crossover

Photos by LVAC member Les: