Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Labor Day weekend

From all of us here at the LVAC; for those in the US and Canada, have yourselves a safe and fun filled Labor Day weekend. Be sure to have good food, good spirits, and get those stereos rockin'! You know we will!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Component of the Week #2: Silnote Audio's Morpheus Reference Series II XLR analog cables

This is LVAC member Kirk's pick for Component of the Week.

Kirk says:

"I use these cables between my Oppo BDP-95 and my Marantz AV8801 preamp/surround sound processor.  I can do A/B comparisons as I used a different input for the XLRs and kept my RCA cables connected.  I ran "pure direct" mode for both when means the signal goes straight through without any processing to the amplifier.  All of the digital to analog conversion was done via the Oppo's onboard Sabre DACs, some of the best there are (at least they were when I bought the Oppo!)." 

"Test discs/songs included Andrea Bocelli's Sogno, "the Prayer", Audioslave's self-titled debut CD playing "Like a Stone", Norah Jone's Come Away with Me, title track, Dire Straits Sultan's of Swing (the very best of Dire Straits), title track as well as "Lady Writer", "On Every Street", and "Your Latest Trick" (live).  I also played Jim Brickman's My Romance (an evening with Jim Brickman), an HDCD.  Track 13, "By Heart" features Jim at the piano (of course) along with vocalist (and his high school friend) Anne Cochran in a live concert at Capital Theater in Salt Lake City.  This, along with Norah Jone's are my go-to songs for female vocals and piano.  Audioslave's minimalist approach to "Like a Stone" helps as each individual instrument is clearly identifiable and locatable on the soundstage.  Dire Straits' tracks are very musical and complex, with multiple instruments, acoustic and electric guitar, studio and live settings, etc.  A very versatile disc."

Here's what Silnote Audio, the manufacturer says about this cable:
         "The Morpheus Reference Series II design is the cable that will capture the soul of the    listener, which deliver a true natural musical experience."
"Coherency with glorious mid-range warmth, a very musical cable that is palpable with life like "you are there" experience."

"The Morpheus Reference is designed with multiple 24k Gold, Silver, and Copper UPOF7N, zero crystal, surgical high grade precious metal that delivers one of the most exclusive listening experience – The XLR version is a true triple balanced design.  Proudly handcrafted in the USA."
"I found these cable to add depth to the bass line and deepen the soundstage compared to my RCA cables." 

"Hear these for yourself September 28th when the audio club will be meeting at my house and you are all invited to listen to my humble system.  Bring your favorite discs, 2 channel, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray, etc.  Sorry, I don't have a way to play vinyl."

Best regards,


Price: $795.00 USD 1 meter


Component of the Week: Pioneer SC-77 A/V receiver

This is LVAC member Robert's pick for Component of the Week.

Robert says:
"Best bang for your buck.  Utilizes the highly sought after 
ESS Sabre DACs in all channels. Awesome iOS app for control, lots of clean power and THX Ultra 2 Certified.  Awesome Sound field."


MSRP: $2000 USD

Street price: $1759 USD (as of this writing)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

CDs and LPs to Die For: Part 1

This will be a regular installment here at the LVAC blog. This where I ask the various LVAC members what their absolute favorite LPs (and CDs) are. Ones that, you guessed it, are to die for! But, they only can pick 6, so there lies the challenge...

Our first picks come from LVAC member Des. Below are the album cover photos with Des' throwing in his 2 cents about them.

Thanks for looking! And stay tuned for the next installment...coming soon!

Steve Winwood---Arc of a Diver
Still a classic
Joan Baez
This Album alone for her version of Brothers in arms
Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat
Great sonics--mixed on Magnepans!
Leo Kottke
World's finest 12 String exponent

Mark Knopfler and emmy lou
Terrific laid back harmonies

Roger Waters
Amused to Death
Superb and masterful from the legend

Friday, August 16, 2013

Component of the Week: Vendetta Research SCP-2 phono preamplifier

This is LVAC member Des' pick for Component of the Week.

Des says:
"Basically designed by John Curl the Legendary Audio Designer--in Berkeley Calif 25 odd years ago

Rated state of the Art and still the one to beat today--rare as hens teeth --this is one of only 6 in the world!"


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Meeting place and time for Sept. set!

Ok, the next meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 28th from 2-5 pm. One of our esteemed members Kirk will be hosting the event. Kirk has a wonderful 5.1 system, so don't miss this! He can also do 2 channel for us die hards...

For details, feel free to email me (Big Dave) anytime @ or

Friday, August 9, 2013

Deciding on a place and time for the Sept. meeting.

Currently, we're deciding on a meeting place and time for Sept. We will announce the place and time soon. If you are a willing audiophile who would like to join the club and host us bunch of ruffians (haha) and show off your system, email me anytime. Oh, and if any audio stores in the Las Vegas area would like to host the club in the future feel free to email me, Big Dave, anytime. or

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Component of the week: JBL Synthesis S4700 speakers

The S4700 is a floorstanding 3-way high-performance loudspeaker built upon the same professional-grade technology used in the acclaimed Project K2 S9900, one of the most advanced and sophisticated loudspeakers in the world today.
At its foundation, the S4700 uses an all-new cast-frame 15-inch woofer (2216Nd) with a powerful dual 3-inch voice coil and neodymium motor structure for outstanding balance with the horn-loaded compression drivers.
Mid- and high-frequencies are reproduced by a pair of titanium diaphragm compression drivers and a single-piece, SonoGlass® dual horn assembly. The 2-inch Aqua-Plas™-coated titanium diaphragm compression driver (175Nd-3) is mated to a 90° x 60° Bi-Radial® horn and delivers mid- and high-frequencies with lifelike dynamics and startling realism while an ultra-high frequency 0.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver (138Nd) with a 60° x 30° Bi-Radial horn recreates critical air and spaciousness.
Premium-quality network components and dual binding post inputs ensure audiophile performance in any application.
The attractive furniture-grade cherry wood veneer enclosure is internally braced at critical points and is tuned via a rear-firing port.
The S4700 is intended for use in high-performance 2-channel audio systems or as an LCR loudspeaker in a JBL Synthesis multi-channel home theater installation.

Price: $15000 USD

For more info:

Membership in the LVAC

We're currently looking for a few good audiophiles in the Las Vegas area. Whether you live in the area, or are just visiting, we implore you to join our club. It truly is a lot of fun, and is educational to boot. Membership is currently FREE. That's right, it's free to join, and will be for the forseeable future. There are no rankings or fancy titles. Everyone is an equal in this club. So, what are you waiting for, join the LVAC now!

Contact me at: or

Thanks for looking, and we would love to have any and all of you as new members!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Stolen equipment in Nothern Nevada

Theft Report from Brian Ackerman of Aaudio Imports

"On Friday my truck was broken into in the state of Nevada at the hotel I was staying at on my way to the California Audio Show. All the Ypsilon gear was stolen, Aelius amps, PST100 MKII, DAC100 & CDT100. Along with several Stage III cables, several HB Power Distributors, Acapella platforms and tools. Damage to my truck and a broken back window. I filed a police report and they have a detective on the case. The retail value was around $250,000 USD... the thieves didn’t get the remote controls for the PST100 preamp or CDT100 CD player, so whomever tries to purchase these units will probably be looking to purchase the remotes at some point because the units won’t work without them. Then we can turn them over to the police department immediately after getting their information. The gear was stolen in the city of Sparks Nevada, USA on Friday August 2nd, early morning. Any information on this matter can be set directly to detective Jason Edmonson.

A list of the gear stolen includes Ypsilon Aelius amplifier, Ypsilon PST100 MKII, Ypsilon DAC100 D/A Converter, Ypsilon CDT100, HB Cable Design PowerSlave Marble (x3), HB Cable Design PowerSlave Acrylic, HB Cable Design PowerStar Horizon (x2), Stage III Concepts Kraken Pwr. Cord (x5), HB Cable Design Proton power conditioner cord, Acapella Fondato Silenzio Isolation Platform (x5) and various specialty tools. Thanks for your support in this matter.

Best regards,

Brian Ackerman

Monday, August 5, 2013

Our first meeting

Ok, fellow audiophiles in the Las Vegas area, the first audio club ever in Sin City!

We had our first ever meeting this last Saturday which was 8-3-13!

We had a great time listening to tunes on my system. Good food and drink were served. And overall it was good times!

Right now we have 7 members, and we're looking for a few more good audiophiles in the Vegas area.

Meetings will be once a month, probably on the first week of every month.

So, don't be shy, we'd love to have you for the next meeting, and as of now it's FREE to join!

Any questions? email me at:

Photos of the event are here on the blog as well. I'm the big guy dressed in black. :D Photos were taken by club member Des Williams, who is conspicuous by his absence!

The system is as follows:

Bryston 4BSST amp
Bryston BP6P preamp
JBL S4700 speakers
JBL Synthesis
Technics SL1210M5G turntable
Audio-Technica AT150MLX cartridge
Onkyo DX-7555 cd player
FM Acoustics P.I.T. interconnects.
Technics phono cables
Bryston SC4 speaker cables.