Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day from the LVAC

The LVAC wants to wish everyone in North America a safe and fun filled Labor Day. Be sure to have good food and drink, and get those systems rockin'! And please spare a moment to recognize the hard work of labor that manufactures (designs, constructs, and ships) our favorite components and to those (the artists, producers, and engineers) who make the recordings a reality.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Thirteenth meeting and 1 year anniversary.

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 thirteenth meeting and celebrated its 1 year anniversary!

We had our thirteenth meeting on 8-16-14.

For a list of equipment, check out our last blog post here:

First, some words about our 1 year anniversary. This has truly been a labor of love over the past year. We had no idea the club would last this long, and grow like it has. It is truly surprising and is a humbling experience. It is because of dedicated audiophiles like the LVAC members, and even those who aren't members that have supported us, that have made this club a reality. So, we made it, and let's hope we can make it for yet another year. The way it's going, it is thus assured. So a big thanks to all of our members, industry people, and dealers who have hosted meetings and have supported us in general. Viva Las Vegas Audio Club!

Now the meeting; the meeting took place at LVAC member Mike's place. This was Mike's first time hosting. You couldn't tell by the way Mike presented. He was like an old pro. And as you can see in the list of equipment via the link above, most of his components are vintage. You can't judge book by it's cover, and the vintage looking components put out a sound that was on a par with today's top stuff. It was dynamic, transparent, and had the old reach out and touch quality. The Apogee speakers imaged like crazy, and the ribbon tweeters made percussion instruments like cymbals and cowbells sound very realistic indeed. The bass was deep and tight courtesy of the twin 10" woofers per channel in the Apogee Grands. So, i was a very enjoyable experience to say the least, and all genres of music were played, from classical to rock to blues to jazz. The sound was so good that we went overtime in the meeting. Which rarely happens. All in all a very successful meeting, and the food Mike provided (chile verde, rice, cheese pizza, unlimited beverages, and last but not least, a huge anniversary cake) was nothing short of excellent. So basically, once again good times were had by all. No one was disappointed. And that's the way it should be! That's how we roll here at the LVAC!

So, if any of you wish to join the LVAC and get in on all the fun, email us at or 
It's still free to join at this time, but that won't last long, so join now!

Photos are below. Photos are courtesy of LVAC member Barry.

There's no T in LVAC!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

August meeting place and time set

Ok folks, the next meeting (our 1 year anniversary!) will be on Saturday 8/16/14 at LVAC member Mike's place: 2:00 to 5:00 pm PST.

His system is as follows:

Apogee Mini Grands with North Creek Crossovers and Graz KLM5 ribbons

Restored Marantz 8b amp; Restored Harman Kardon Citation 1 Pre-Amp

VPI HW19 Mk IV Turntable and VPI tonearm; Ortofon Windfeld Cartridge

Sonic Frontiers SFP-1 Sig phono stage

Oppo BPD105 player with ModWright Tube mods

Adcom GFA 858 with Musical Concepts mods to drive the Mini Grand woofers

Other various toys in the musc room.

He has tons of vinyl and silver discs of all types of genres.

He hopes to have the Harmon Kardon Citation II amp back in rotation soon...

Any questions or comments, and details regarding this event, feel free to contact us at: or

It's our 1 year anniversary, so be there or be square!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our Twelfth 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 twelfth meeting!

We had our twelfth meeting on 7-19-14.

For details on the meeting, and a list of equipment, check out our last blog post here:

Needless to say, the sound produced by the Luxman/Vivid system was nothing short of glorious. One track led to another seamlessly without any hiccups, buzzing, booming bass, etc. You had crisp highs, a lush midrange, and a deep and wide soundstage. As well as deep, tight bass. Which was surprising due to the Vivid's woofers being on the smaller side. Also surprising was the driving capabilities of the Luxman Class A integrated amp, which is (conservatively) a rated at 30 W per channel into 8 Ohms. Quite an incredible feat there! Anyway, at one point, the members of the LVAC were applauding after 1 track ended just like they would at a live concert. Our special guest for the afternoon, Philip O'Hanlon from 'On a Higher Note,' who is the distributor of Luxman and Vivid (and other high quality brands,) started us off with high resolution digital files vis the Luxman DAC, but then went to the wonderful Luxman PD-171 turntable! This turntable is a tour de force of technology and aesthetics. It is because of this that it made out 'component of the week' late last year:

Whether it was digital or analog, the Luxman/Vivid combo really strutted its stuff. The sound was everything you could ask for in a high end system. The build quality of all of the components was second to none as well. This stuff just breathed high quality all the way. And to think, these components are not anywhere near the flagship products in their respective lineups! So after listening to the system we just did, you can only imagine how good that stuff sounds! And it is to say that the LVAC members present were really impressed by both the looks and the sound of this system.

Also presented was a unique desktop system by Japanese manufacturer Eclipse. This was incredible bang for the buck, and at $1300 MSRP, it's great candidate for someone who wants a small but high quality system for their computer room, bedroom, or other smaller space.

Regarding our special guest, Philip of 'On a Higher Note,' we must say his presentation skills were right on the money, he was professional, and made use of time wisely.

Of course there was good food and drink to be had (courtesy of our host, LVAC member Kirk) and overall it was good times!

Therefore, it was a very successful meeting, and probably the best one we've had to date. Everything went perfectly, and there wasn't one member who was disappointed in the slightest.

 A BIG special thanks to LVAC member Kirk for hosting this fantastic meeting, and of course Philip from 'On a Higher Note' for working his magic by doing the presentation of these incredible audiophile products.

For more info, please visit 'On a Higher Note website at:

Visit them on Facebook at:

Photos of the event are below. Photos were taken by LVAC member Des and Philip of 'On a Higher Note.'

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July meeting place and time set

Ok folks, the next meeting will be on Saturday, July 19th from 2-5 pm PST. The meeting will be held at LVAC member Kirk's place.

We have a very special guest (doing a very special presentation) at this meeting! He is Philip of 'On a Higher Note,' official US distributor of high quality audio brands such as Luxman, Vivid Audio, Einstein, Eclipse, and more.

Philip will be demonstrating the following equipment for us:

Luxman L-590aX integrated amp.

Luxman PD-171 turntable.

Luxman DA-06 DSD D/A converter.

Vivid B1 loudspeakers

Eclipse TD-M1 active desktop speaker system.

Philip will be bringing some choice music in different formats for A/B test demos and just to share with the audience. Members and guests of members may also bring recordings in for evaluation.

This meeting will fill up fast, so you want to act fast! You do not wanna miss this! Contact us now at or for questions, details on the meeting, and more. However, you have to be a member (or a guest of a member) to attend this event. This event is not open to the public. So, join the LVAC now!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July weekend from the LVAC

The LVAC wants to wish everyone a safe and fun filled 4th of July weekend. Be sure to have good food and drink, watch some killer fireworks, and get those systems rockin'! Outdoors or indoors, it doesn't make a difference. And please spare a moment to recognize that our freedoms, which includes indulging in high end audio and recordings, shall not be taken for granted.