Friday, July 31, 2015

Our 23rd Meeting

Ok, fellow audiophiles in the Las Vegas area and everywhere really (this is the world wide web after all,) the first official audio society ever in Sin City, has now completed its 23rd meeting! Our 2nd anniversary is just a few days away!!

We had our 23rd meeting on 7-25-15.

This time LVAC member Kirk hosted. This was Kirk's second time hosting in a year. And he had a few surprises for us in the guise of his new ATC SCM19 speakers driven with an ATC P1 (a Stereophile Class A component on loan from the ATC distributor, Brad Lunde of Lone Mountain Audio) amp. Also, he had a Systemdek turntable (expertly set up by fellow LVAC member Mike) with a Nagaoka cartridge. This marked Kirk's venture back into analog in quite some time.

We had a great time listening to a variety of tunes (mostly digital) on Kirk's systems. There was good food and drink courtesy of Kirk and his wife. Needless to say, no one left disappointed at all. The combo of the ATC amp and speakers produced a very bold yet vivid sound. The depth of soundstage was most impressive. The speakers were hitting almost 100 decibels( measured) without strain. Which is impressive for a small monitor speaker, and a speaker in general. In my opinion, the speakers sounded better at higher volumes. The turntable was dead quiet and produced a sound that punched above its weight class. In fact this whole system did too. A very well put together combination of components where the strengths outweighed the weaknesses.

For a list of the rest of the componentry in Kirk's system click on the link below.

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2013/09/our-second-meeting.html

Kirk says:

"L&R speaker cable is now Audioquest CV-8 cable  http://www.audioquest.com/pdfs/circular_array/cv8.pdf

"I moved the old L&R speakers, the B&W LCR6’s up above the TV as my surround sound “height” speakers for a 7.2 arrangement.  So far so good with those, though it wasn’t a huge improvement (but it was an improvement)."

"I also added a Sony XBR 65” 850A 4k TV, but we didn’t demo it this time since I was focused on the ATC SCM19 v2’s and the P1 amp."

And it was the best the system has sounded to date. Everything said about this system in our previous post was that and then some. It was truly better as opposed to just different.

Links:

http://www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk/hi-fi/electronics/power-amplifiers/p1/


http://www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk/hi-fi/loudspeakers/hifi-entry-series/scm19/


Photos courtesy of LVAC member Les.

















Tuesday, July 28, 2015

August meeting place and time set

Ok, fellow audiophiles from Las Vegas (and Southern Nevada in general,) we have determined where and when our next meeting will be at! Below are the details and whatnot. Thanks as always for looking.

The August LVAC meeting will be on Sunday, 8-16-15, from 2-5 pm.

The meeting will be at LVAC member Steve B's place. This is Steve's 2nd time hosting since the club began in August of 2013. And speaking of which, this meeting will also serve as our 2nd anniversary party! Yes, it has in fact been that long. You say you can't believe it? Well, neither can we!

Steve has a unique system with a nice big room, and features custom made speakers. So don't miss this!

For a list of equipment, click on the link below.

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2014/03/our-eigth-meeting.html

For more information about the LVAC and how to become a member (you must be a member to attend meetings,) follow the link below.

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2014/10/membership-in-lvac.html

Monday, July 6, 2015

Our 22nd Meeting

Ok, fellow audiophiles in the Las Vegas area and everywhere really (this is the world wide web after all,) the first official audio society ever in Sin City, has now completed its 22nd meeting! We're fast approaching our 2nd anniversary!

We had our 22nd meeting on 6-25-15.

This time LVAC member Roy hosted. This was Roy's second time hosting in just 3 months. And I'm sure the pressure was on to not perform a rehash of the previous event! Don't worry, it wasn't.

We had a great time listening to a variety of tunes (mostly LP, which is a good thing) on all of Roy's 3 (count 'em 3) systems. And neither of them disappointed. Of course each system had its combination of strengths (mostly strengths,) weaknesses (a few,) with differences between each component and components easy to discern. And each system had a knack for grabbing your attention completely. It was never boring or "just ok."

And it was the best the systems have sounded to date. Everything said about these systems in our previous post was that and then some. It was truly better as opposed to just different.

Why you ask? Well, we'll let Roy tell you, in his own words:

"Mostly it was fine tuning of the arms, cartridges by adjusting vertical tracking force and azimuth. I also time aligned tweeters on the Vmps RM/X and adjusted phasing on upstair system and fixed the SME 3009 Series III. That arm was not in service the time before..."

It just goes to show you that small adjustments in a high end audio system can yield big results. This was the case over at Roy's place.

So, there you have it, yet another successful LVAC meeting. Thanks again to Roy for hosting, the various members for showing up, and you for your support. Every piece to the puzzle is an important one, because without that one (or more than one) piece, the puzzle never gets completed. Food for thought.

For a list of equipment, and a previous post on the last meeting at Roy's, click on the link below:

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2015/04/our-20th-meeting.html

Now for the photos. Photos are below. Photos courtesy of LVAC member Barry.



















Sunday, July 5, 2015

July meeting place and time set

Ok, fellow audiophiles from Las Vegas (and Southern Nevada in general,) we have determined where and when our next meeting will be at. And let me tell ya, it was a daunting task! All kidding aside, below are the details and whatnot. Thanks as always for looking.

The July LVAC meeting will be on Saturday, 7-25-15, from 2-5 pm.

The meeting will be at LVAC member Kirk's place. This is Kirk's 3rd time hosting since the club began in August of 2013.

Kirk has a great system with a nice big room, and features ATC speakers. So don't miss this!

For a list of other equipment (minus the B&W speakers,) click on the link below.

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2013/09/our-second-meeting.html

For more information about the LVAC and how to become a member (you must be a member to attend meetings,) follow the link below.

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2014/10/membership-in-lvac.html


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:

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2015/04/our-20th-meeting.html

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

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2014/10/membership-in-lvac.html


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!

http://www.stereophile.com/content/show-newport-2015-thats-wrap


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

http://theshownewport.com/

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.