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MSB Technology Factory Visit, by Larry Deniston

Jul 26, 2020

After SFAS received a generous donation of HiFi equipment which included an older MSB DAC that needed repair, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the MSB Technology factory while dropping off the DAC.  Even though they were in the midst of moving into their new factory location in Watsonville, brothers and co-owners of MSB Technology, Daniel and Jonathan Gullman were very cordial and accommodating.     All of the MSB products are designed and manufactured in the US, so it was great to be able to see their headquarters.  The MSB chassis and modules are made…

New Toy, Spatial Audio M5 Sapphire, by Larry Deniston

Jul 25, 2020

Spatial M5 Sapphire Speakers In looking for the next improvement in my system, I started thinking about speaker upgrades and thinking about open baffle designs.  I'd heard the Linkwitz open baffle speakers at Kevin's, Don's and Linkwitz' homes and always was very impressed.  While impressive, the Linkwitz require a larger room than I have (according to the Linkwitz website) and was somewhat deterred by the multiple amps and active crossover required to drive them.  Then I remembered some other open baffles I'd heard at some audio shows, particularly the Pure Audio Projects and Spatial Audios.  As I conducted my research,…

Alon’s Big Idea – SFAS Focus Groups

Jul 22, 2020

SFAS Initiatives: Alón's Big Idea- SFAS FOCUS GROUPS Since its inception, one of the prime directives at SFAS has been to build a robust, interactive community of music and gear enthusiasts.  We must have done something right, since our gatherings have proven to be wonderful and warm experiences that brought many new friends together to share stories and wisdom related to our collective obsession. Enter Covid. Stop everything.  No gatherings, no visiting friends, no dealers you could walk in on unannounced, and alas, no audio shows.  In a matter of weeks, our world turned upside down.  The only good news…

New Toy – UpTone Audio’s EtherREGEN, by Albert Dall

Jun 28, 2020

Hello SFAS Board and club members! I hope you all are staying safe and sane during these crazy COVID times.  Happily, the club has adapted to be as active as ever with weekly Happy Hour Zoom meetings, and multiple manufacturers talking with us each month.  In our audiophile world we may be more involved in our music and system listening than we otherwise would be, which is the only positive I can think of due to enforced lockdown. Starting last Fall, I began a revamp of my system and room. I envisioned a less cluttered, simpler and cleaner layout of…

David Hicks’ New Toy – An Awesome DIY Turntable

Jun 08, 2020

A DIY (with a lot of help) Turntable I don’t post new toy write-ups very often, if ever, up until now, so I’m going to throw a whole bunch of new toys into this one post.  Blame it on the home isolation.  Let me back up a bit.  The idea for a DIY turntable began several years ago when I took a DIY phono stage class with Edwin Yang at the Randall Museum in San Francisco.  Ed had a DIY turntable.  Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I thought it would be fun to build one too.  I bought…

New Toy – David Hick’s Awesome DIY Turntable

May 31, 2020

A DIY (with a lot of help) Turntable by: David Hicks (and others) I don’t post new toy write-ups very often, if ever, up until now, so I’m going to throw a whole bunch of new toys into this one post.  Blame it on the home isolation.  Let me back up a bit.  The idea for a DIY turntable began several years ago when I took a DIY phono stage class with Edwin Yang at the Randall Museum in San Francisco.  Ed had a DIY turntable.  Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I thought it would be fun to…

Music to Raise Your Spirits, Don Naples

Apr 28, 2020

Don Naples recommends the April 17th 2020 interview of Dr. Robert Greenberg (a friend). Dr. Greenberg suggests you join him on Facebook Live with Julie Stoltz of The Great Courses, as he discusses what music might we/should we be listening to in order to help raise our spirits, make us forget our woes and instead, render us susceptible to boogie fever!  The discussion can be found at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatCourses/ After the interview, they listed the music pieces discussed as the “Raise Your Spirits” pieces. Below is the list thought Dr. Bob also mentioned Saint Sean’s Symphony #3 and…

New Toy, Soundsmith Sussurro and Blu-Tack, by Kevin Olson

Apr 03, 2020

Greetings. Sorry we are all stuck at home. With all our music and time to listen! Wow! Just before things changed I bought a new phono cartridge. I might have an addiction.  But that’s OK. This is the fourth one in 4 years. But the 2nd in 9 months. Oh well. The Soundsmith Sussurro caught my attention a few years ago in a review by Anthony Cordesman. I trust his evaluations as we agree on many products.  And I picked up a used phono stage. The seller told my it really was amazing with a Soundsmith Sussurro.  I found a new one at…

Boulder 1008, by Larry Deniston

Mar 29, 2020

My relatively new toy is a Boulder 1008 phono preamp.  It's a solid state unit with two balanced inputs and two balanced outputs.  I've installed an XLR junction box on my turntable to facilitate the use of balanced interconnects from the turntable to the phono preamp.  The Boulder comes with a pair of RCA to XLR adapters which I'm using with my second turntable.  The second set of outputs is connected to a SugarCube SC-1 for click and pop removal.  The output of the SugarCube is sent to a separate input on the preamp, so just by switching preamp inputs I can…

Balanced Power, by Larry Deniston

Mar 29, 2020

Balanced Transformers for Power Conditioning There are many ways to address the quality of power feeding our equipment.  One of our members, Fred S., brought up the idea of balanced power as a solution for cleaning up power.  This was a new concept to me, but the more I looked into it, the more sense it made.  The following is an excerpt from Toroid Transformers: Balanced Power Transformers are designed with a center-tapped secondary winding which consists of two identical, mirrored secondary windings in series and an electrostatic shield. When the center tap is grounded, these two identical windings short…