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: dave_a_2005@hotmail.com or motorcitydeadman@gmail.com

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

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: http://lasvegasaudioclub.blogspot.com/2013/11/component-of-week-luxman-pd-171.html

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: http://onahighernote.com/

Visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/onahighernote

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 dave_a_2005@hotmail.com or motorcitydeadman@gmail.com 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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Our Eleventh 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 eleventh meeting!

We had our eleventh meeting on this day, (6-14-14)

This time we took a private tour of Las Vegas' number 1 high end stereo and home theater store, Premiere Home Entertainment! Our host was Paul Helvin, Audio/Video Specialist.

Inside the fantastic state of the art facility we had a great time listening to tunes (mostly digital, with a few cuts on LP) on several different systems in just about all price ranges. Each system possessed many different strengths and tonal colors, and a wide variety of music and movies were played including Deep Purple, James Taylor, various classic jazz cuts, and more. Suffice it to say, each system was very well put together and sounded superb in their own way. Every member had their favorites, and you really couldn't go wrong with any of the equipment Premiere has on demo.

Paul turned out to be a great host who was very thorough and professional. He answered every question with no problem, and he wasn't snobby or stuffy. He did not have a sour attitude as some of the types you can come across in various other high end audio stores. He understands the needs and desires of dedicated audio and videophiles. He presented each demo perfectly. And that is what you should expect out of a high end stereo store manager; courtesy, respect, and knowledge. This stuff isn't cheap, you know.

So a BIG thanks to Paul and Kim (store owner) of Premiere Home Entertainment for making this event happen!

Be sure to visit Premiere on 6-28-14 for their 15th anniversary celebration and grand re-opening. There will be a barbeque, live music and DJ, plus a prize drawing and charity raffles. Also, there will be special package deals. So don't miss it!

For more info, please visit Premiere's website at:  http://www.premierehomeentertainment.com/

Visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/PremiereHomeEntertainment

Here is a brief list of the systems that we saw and heard at Premiere:

 ROOM 1 (7.1)

Sharp 70 inch LCD

Left side:

Marantz SR5008 receiver

Marantz UD5007 Blu-ray player

Furman Elite15PF

Right side NAD T758 receiver

OPPO BDP 103D Universal Player

Furman Elite15PF


Paradigm Monitor 11 towers

Paradigm Center 3 center channel

Paradigm ADP 590 Dipole surrounds

Paradigm AMS150r in ceiling speakers

ROOM 2 (5.1)

Samsung 60inch LED TV

Anthem MRX710 receiver


Furman REF 15i


Paradigm studio 100 towers

Paradigm Studio690 center channel

Paradigm Studio 20 bookshelves rear


Epson 6030 Projector

Anthem AVM50v Prepro

Anthem A5 statement Amp

OPPO BDP105D Universal player

Furman IT reference 7i

Martin-Logan speakers:

Theos fronts

Motif X center

ElectroMotion FX2 rears

Dynamo 1000 sub

Photos of the event are below. Photos were taken by LVAC member Des.

Monday, June 9, 2014

reminder for June meeting

Just a friendly reminder. The June meeting is less than a week away!

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Ok, the next meeting (our eleventh!) will be on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 from 10am-12pm

The meeting will be at the number 1 high end audio store in Las Vegas, Premiere Home Entertainment!


As par for the course with the LVAC, refreshments will be served. Also, both analog and digital recordings are sure to be evaluated and enjoyed. In addition, we will be taken for a private tour of PHE's killer showroom!

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

For details, feel free to email us @ dave_a_2005@hotmail.com or motorcitydeadman@gmail.com

and for more info on Premiere Home Entertainment: info@premierehomeentertainment.com