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:

 http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2013/08/ok-fellow-audiophiles-in-las-vegas-area.html

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.

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

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: http://vegasimageaudio.com/

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: http://electra-print.com/ 

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

Upstairs:

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:















































Saturday, April 11, 2015

April meeting place and time set

Ok fellow audiophiles, everything is set for April!

This time around, LVAC member Roy will host at his place. This is Roy's first time hosting.

The meeting date and time is Sunday, April 19th from 2-5 pm PST.


Roy runs Vegas Image Audio, and is the dealer/distributor for the high end audio company Triangle Art among others.

http://vegasimageaudio.com/

Roy says: "we will review 4 separate systems 3 are dialed in ......the 4th I am working on...lol!!"

This is a special event, so don't miss this!

We hope to see you there. This is a members only event. So, to become a member of the LVAC, click on the link below.

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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Our Nineteenth 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 nineteenth meeting.

We had our nineteenth meeting on 3-28-15.

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

http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2014/07/august-meeting-place-and-time-set.html

Now, that's most of what was on hand. There have been improvements to the system, with the addition of a restored and rebuilt vintage Harmon/Kardon Citation II amp.

The main speakers have changed to a pair of restored and rebuilt Magnepan 3.6s. Below is the link to the company's (Magnestand) site who did all of the work, and good work they did indeed.

http://www.indiespinzone.com/magnestand.html

The meeting took place at LVAC member Mike's place. This was Mike's second time hosting. Once again, he pulled it off like he was like an old pro. As you can see in the list of equipment via the link above, most of his components are vintage. You can't judge a book by its cover, and the vintage components put out a sound that was on a par with today's top stuff. It was transparent, and had the old reach out and touch quality. As some say, "that midrange magic." Particularly in voices and acoustic instruments. The Magnepan speakers imaged like crazy, and the ribbon tweeters made percussion instruments like cymbals and cowbells sound very realistic indeed. Even more so than the previous Apogee speakers in this writers' opinion. The bass and overall dynamics, compared to today's top dynamic cone speaker systems was a bit on the light side, but what was presented was tight, quick, and nimble. Regardless, it was a very enjoyable experience to say the least, and all genres of music were played, from classical to rock to blues to jazz, and the sound was so good that we went overtime in the meeting. Which rarely happens. All in all a very successful meeting, perhaps the most successful 1 in our almost 2 year history. Last but not least, the food and drink Mike provided (BBQ pulled pork, rolls, coleslaw, various snacks, unlimited beverages, desserts, etc.) was nothing short of excellent. So basically, once again good times were had by all. No one was disappointed. And as you know, that's how we do it here at the LVAC!

So, if any of you wish to join the LVAC and get in on all of the fun, email us at

dave_a_2005@hotmail.com or motorcitydeadman@gmail.com

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