Friday, August 21, 2015

Our 24th Meeting and 2nd year Anniversary

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 24th meeting! As mentioned before, we also celebrated our 2nd Anniversary! Who knew that this little club in the midst of all the gambling, buffets, and ahem strip joints would grow and prosper like it has? We sure didn't! Then again, this is the entertainment capitol of the world, so why not?!

We had our 24th meeting on 8-16-15.

This time LVAC member Steve hosted the affair, with his superb 2 channel system that is spellbinding in every way. This was Steve's second time hosting in about a year and a half. We also welcomed our new members Gary and Craig.

As usual, we had a great time listening to a variety of tunes (mostly CD and SACD) on Steve's system. We could have listened for hours on end as the sound was very natural and ethereal, but very dynamic and punchy when it wanted to be. The system really strutted its stuff on good ol' Led Zeppelin! But then it was truly captivating on other genres such as classical. It is to say that Steve has 1 of the better systems in the LVAC, it is in fact that good. It was a great way to enjoy oneself and to celebrate an anniversary.

Steve's system rundown is here:

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

To that, Steve adds:

"OK, changes in my system since last time. I upgraded my LessLoss Signature power cords to their top of the line DFPC Reference power cords. It made a significant improvement. I also replaced my PS Audio Power Plant Premier (which I still think is a dandy device) with two kinds of LessLoss system conditioners: 3 of their now-discontinued Blackbody units (http://www.lessloss.com/blackbody-p-200.html) and 5 of their new Firewall modules (http://www.lessloss.com/firewall-module-p-216.html), which I install  between power cables and the components they attach to. This has made the system even more dynamic and cleaner. I've also tried different arrangements of footers (too many variations to recall now), and moved the speakers and the Argent room lenses. As a few club members can attest, the improvements between the last meeting here and this one are not subtle. I'm happy."

Photos are below. Photos are by LVAC member Les.

And to become a member of the LVAC (you must be a member to attend meetings,) follow this link:

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

























RIP Dieter Burmester

The LVAC would like to offer our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of one of the pioneers of European high end audio, Dieter Burmester.

http://www.burmester.de/en/News/

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/dieter-burmester-19462015/



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.