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Silicon Valley Magazine Article on SFAS

May 20, 2019

Very nice article in Silcon Valley Magazine: Link to article:  SFAS story

SFAS Partners with SFJazz Center

May 20, 2019

In what may be the first collaboration of its kind, the San Francisco Audiophile Society (SFAS) has partnered with a major urban arts presenter, the SFJAZZ Center, to offer its members a prime block of "audiophile-approved" seats to major SFJAZZ Center events. The instant success of the SFAS Concert Series collaboration is reflected in the fact that all 30 tickets to the first event, a March 1 concert with Taj Mahal, sold out in four hours. In fact, SFAS "chief troublemaker" Alón Sagee was forced to cut the waiting list off at 20, lest even more people get their hopes up for seats…

SFAS System Sundays, By Alón Sagee 

May 19, 2019

I love Sys-hops (audio system auditions at multiple members' homes on the same day). They are fun, educational, inspiring, and build community by increasing interaction between members. I've always wanted to find a way to do more of them – however, it’s not easy coordinating the timing and other logistics for these events with multiple venues, driving distances and schedules. So, I’ve been thinking about a solution… something similar, but without the complicated aspect of hopping. I’m calling these events SFAS System Sundays. SFAS System Sundays will be scheduled for any Sunday –– even on the same weekend as our regular monthly Saturday events. This would be a non-hopping system audition hosted by just one…

Interactive Frequency Chart by Independent Recording Network

Mar 24, 2019

Contributed by Jazzfan Have you ever wondered about the frequency range covered by a musical instrument, or by male and female vocals? What about the specific ranges covered by a Piano, Violin or Piccolo? If you'd like to find out, visit this free, easy to use Interactive Frequency Chart (IFC) tool published by the Independent Recording Network. You can glean a fantastic amount of information by spending just a few minutes with this tool. The IFC is another useful resource to add to your audio tool collection. Here's a description of the IFC tool from the Independent Recording Network site. "Containing the…

Speaker Re-Coning 101 by Grant Stoner

Mar 24, 2019

Well, I may call it re-coning 901, because this is partly about the process of reconing speakers and the illustrious Bose 901’s. Yes, I know, the Bose 901’s aren’t exactly  revered in audiophile circles, and for good reason.  But for some of us older folks, they were  a formative listening experience.  1978.  My older sister took a friend and I over to her friend’s house and we listened to Van Halen’s just released first album.  I was of course blown away by the guitar playing and music, but also the incredible loud stereo they had which featured yes, Bose 901’s.  Now my…

How to Optimize your Audio System

Mar 13, 2019

Do Not Miss This Event! How to Optimize your Audio System March 23rd 1-4pm. Audio Systems Optimized/Stirling Trayle Last year I found an online audio site called the Audio Beat. I read an article (link below) about making the most of your current audio setup. Are you really hearing the full potential of what you already own? Maybe not! Audio Beat hired a gentleman named Stirling Trayle to optimize two different systems. Bea Lam from VTL brings in Mr. Trayle for both her personal system and for VTL's demo show rooms. I followed suit and enlisted his help. My system…

Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ, by Kevin Olson

Feb 26, 2019

This Presidents weekend, Karen and I took a trip to visit friends in Phoenix AZ. We sloshed in the snowy mountains, listened to live music in Scottsdale and visited a remarkable museum in Phoenix. Musical Instrument Museum. I had never heard of it. Now I am a fan. My friends are audiophiles and music lovers and knew we would all enjoy a days museum crawl. Staff sets you up with a receiver and headphones to enjoy the interactive displays. Instruments displayed are from all over the world and grouped by continent. We lucked into a special exhibit in honor of…

MID-YEAR 2018 RIAA MUSIC REVENUES REPORT

Feb 09, 2019

Here's an interesting article about music trends and revenues.  It appears I'm in the minority as I spend more on physical media than streaming. MUSIC CONTINUES ITS COMEBACK STORY, POWERED BY GREAT NEW MUSIC, TALENTED ARTISTS AND A RE-INVENTED RECORD INDUSTRY. A BUSINESS GROWING AGAIN, DRIVEN BY A COMPETITIVE PAID STREAMING MARKET, MEANS NEW INVESTMENTS IN MORE ARTISTS AND MORE MUSIC. THAT IS FUNDAMENTALLY WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT. Read the entire article . . .

Audiophile Origins, by David Hicks

Jan 29, 2019

A few months ago Jay Selwitz forwarded me a photo of a newsletter that he'd saved from the Northern California Audiophile Society. Jay had been a member in his younger days. I emailed Michael Kuller, who was listed as one of the organizers of that society, and Mike's reply was interesting enough to me that I wanted to share it here with all of you. Mike thought it was all ancient history, but I believe most of our SFAS members were alive during those times of ancient history, and hey, most of us still listen to music from those ancient…

CLASH OF THE TITANS: JRMC vs Roon

Jan 23, 2019

The following is a very interesting and comprehensive article from the Audiophile Style website (thanks David!):     VS     "And in the black trunks, weighing in at 6.7 gigabits...” The 21st century is a great time for audiophiles. We can choose from many media and delivery platforms to get our music wherever we are, whenever we want it, at whatever level of quality we’re willing to store &/or fund.  The computer audiophile, a geeky anomaly only a decade ago, is now a mainstream player in the market. Per the 2018 RIAA midyear revenue report, streaming now generates 75% of all music industry…