Hank Mahler, TV and Sound Icon, Passes Away

Oct 22, 2021

Henry (Hank) Mahler, a true motion picture and television engineering icon, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021 at the age of 84. After graduating from Stevens College with a BSEE, Hank joined the CBS Technology Center in Stamford, Conn.  One of his first projects at the technology center was destined to become one of the most widely used audio processing technologies. Hank was part of the team that designed and built the CBS Laboratories Audimax and CBS VoluMax, which were considered the “gold standard” for audio processing used in the AM/FM and Television Broadcasting industry. To Read More Click on…

Thoughts on Charlie Watts’ Passing, by Gregory Morgan

Aug 30, 2021

I am heartbroken.  Charlie Watts has died.  My plans to write about how moving and the lack of available LP Shelving has changed my listening habits have been shot, as I just cannot think about anything but Charlie Watts, making finishing that piece an impossibility.  I’m not going to eulogize Mr. Watts.  There are plenty of people that can do that better than I ever could.  However, the death of Charlie Watts has gotten me thinking about the relationships and attachments we form to musicians and their music.  They mark the times of our lives. They become old friends.  They…

Musical Medical Humor

Aug 01, 2021

CanJam is Happening – September 25-26, 2021

Jul 26, 2021

CanJam SoCal in-person Show will be taking place September 25-26, 2021 at the Irvine Marriott. The LAOC Society will have a hospitality room for your enjoyment at this show. Please check out their web site for information and tickets:

SFAS unveils New Logo and presentation of Founder’s Award To Alón Sagee

Jun 28, 2021

During our recent Zoom with Frank Doris, the board members surprised SFAS Chairman of The Board, Alón Sagee with the presentation of a Platinum Record Founders Award. The Platinum Record features the world premiere of the new SFAS logo affixed in place as the record label. Stay tuned for SFAS swag featuring the logo in the near future! You can watch the video of the Frank Doris event on the SFAS YouTube channel. We're working on getting the SFAS Board's tribute video up soon, (check this link)but you can see the award in the background during Alón's appearance in the…

Rest In Peace Jim Forte

Jun 26, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that our friend and SFAS board member Jim Forte passed away on April 10, 2021, after a long illness. He was 69.  Jim had been a member of the San Francisco Audiophile Society for many years and more recently became an SFAS board member.  Jim loved music, the club, and enjoyed his HiFi.  While having a large record collection, I remember Jim becoming enthralled with streaming and the seemingly endless amount of music to explore. He was like a kid in a candy store.  Beyond music, Jim enjoyed his…

SFAS Member Discount – Iconoclast and Beldon Cable Products

May 23, 2021

Great discounts on excellent products!  SFAS members receive a 15% discount on all Iconoclast branded products and 10% on BAV branded products (  If you would like to purchase cables or simply audition any item contact Bob Howard at: 850-860-0940

The Iconoclast SPTPC Speaker Cable Review

Apr 29, 2021

You Don’t Know What You’ve Been Missing Until You Hear It The Iconoclast SPTPC Speaker Cable Review by Alón If you’ve been an audiophile for, say, at least a week, you’ve no-doubt read many reports from reviewers about their experience of being shocked, gobsmacked, flabbergasted and rendered utterly speechless by the performance of a product under their review. I promise I’ll try to contain myself. So let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? My system sounds better than ever. Period. The Iconoclast SPTPC speaker cables have taken my already high-performance and resolving 2-channel analog set-up to a higher, even…

Topics for the April 26th, 2021 Digital Audio Discussion Forum

Apr 23, 2021

Summary It’s been a while since we’ve had a digital focus group meeting. In that time, David has been busy exploring a number of high-performance, low-cost DAC. He’ll discuss how he measured some of them to better understand how their sound differs. David will also talk about what he’s learned from having a second system.   Interesting new gear:   Most-talked about:   Network Acoustic ENO Streaming System: a passive ethernet RG filter and cable that allegedly improves the sound quality of network players. The ENO filters RF present in copper Ethernet cables.  Cost is about USD $1430   You…

Tech Talk: Yes, you can play your DSD files on an iPhone!

Mar 29, 2021

In my home stereo, everything digital runs through my phone (or ipad), which I attach to either a Dragonfly Cobalt and from there to the preamplifier, or else to a Pro-ject pre Digital S2 DAC. So if I am going to play DSD files they have to go through one of these. The Pro-ject decodes DSD files and I was interested to see how they sound. After a bit of a struggle, I found a solution, at least for the Pro-ject. Onkyo’s HF Player app comes in two versions, one free and one that costs $10. The paid version plays…