Executive Team Member Profile: Jay Selwitz

Screenshot 2016-07-11 12.57.57Please join me in welcoming our new Treasurer and Director of Finance, Jay Selwitz. Jay brings a wealth of experience to the team, and we feel fortunate that he accepted our invitation. Read on as Jay shares his audiophile and musical roots:

“My parents were not audiophiles.  But as far back as I can remember, music in our household constantly flowed through tube equipment and hybrid electrostatic speakers.  Growing up,  I was lucky to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra many times in Heinz Hall.  In high school, my music of choice became electric, and my instrument was a black Telecaster (I still have it!).  Of course I played through a tube amp because of the rich tone.  How could I not become an audiophile?

Recently I came across a black and white photo of my teenage bedroom, shelves loaded with Hi-Fi equipment.  I had a Dual turntable, Shure phono cartridge, Sony reel-to-reel tape deck, H.H. Scott integrated amplifier, Dynaco tuner, and Dynaco speakers.  I also remember listening to uncomfortable Koss electrostatic headphones.  My daughter took a look at the photo, shook her head, and said, “This explains a lot.  You haven’t changed!”

She’s right.  By the end of college, all of those components had been upgraded, most more than once (though now I wish I had kept that old Thorens turntable).

I’ve always enjoyed classical, rock, and jazz on vinyl, with jazz my favorite, and though I think records are a bit more fun, I don’t have any problems with digital.  If fact, when I listen to classical it is more likely to be digital.  When playing music I don’t worry about moving back and forth between different media and recently I’ve also been enjoying Roon and Tidal.  I continue to enjoy the tube magic, but my vintage power amp can be a challenge on hot summer days.  

I’ve been a member of BAAS / SFAS for some time but didn’t attend many events until a couple of years ago when Alón rejuvenated the group.   When Alón put out the call for assistance, I asked if there was anything I could do to help out, and before I knew it I became the new Treasurer and Director of Finance.  I’m really looking forward to my new role!

And that old high school system that got things started?   Some of those pieces are still out in my shed.  It might be fun to see whether I can get that ancient stuff working again!”

Comments

  1. David Snyder says

    Hi Jay. Congrats on the new role, and thanks for stepping up. I’m a fan of the roon + TIDAL combo as well…use them frequently at the office. Have you looked at the HQPlayer and Network Audio Adapters (NAA) from SONORE (eg. http://www.microrendu.sonore.us/). Since I depend on digital room correction to make things work in my room, that’s my next step towards adding roon and TIDAL to the big rig. What a fun time to be involved in this hobby!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your system and hopefully meeting you at one of the events later this year. Cheers and happy listening!

    • Jay_S says

      David, thanks for your post. I haven’t yet had a chance to investigate the digital add-ons that you mentioned. I have a pile of hi-fi projects that I want to get to so it may take a while. Anyway, I appreciate your enthusiasm for this hobby and think that your contributions to this site are great. Keep it up and I hope to see you at upcoming events!

  2. David Snyder says

    Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I’m looking forward to hearing about some of the hi-fi projects that you have in the queue. I have not been able to attend the last few club events, but I’m hoping to make it out to more this fall. Cheers and happy listening until then!

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