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33 1/3 Questions with Andrew Cartmel, author of The Vinyl Detective Mysteries

Jul 24, 2019

   33 1/3 Questions with Andrew Cartmel, author of The Vinyl Detective Mysteries. By David Hicks           Andrew Cartmel is no Johnny-come-lately putting plot to paper.  Among other things, he was the script editor of Doctor Who during the final three seasons of its original run on BBC One; has worked as a magazine editor, a comics writer, a film studies lecturer, and has written for audiophile magazines and has several other novels published outside the domain of The Vinyl Detective. While reading the first book in the series I was pleased to discover that I…

Thousands of Master Recordings Lost in 2008 Fire

Jun 22, 2019

A New York Times investigation has revealed that decades of Universal Music Group treasures burned in 2008. Firefighters helped remove canisters from a burning vault at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif., on June 1, 2008.CreditCreditJuan Guerra/Associated Press By Niraj Chokshi June 11, 2019 Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of Universal Studios Hollywood. At the time, the company said that the blaze had destroyed the theme park’s “King Kong” attraction and a video vault that contained only copies of old works. But, according to an article published on Tuesday by The New York Times Magazine, the…

UNDERSTANDING, FINDING, &ELIMINATING GROUND LOOPS, by Bill Whitlock

May 27, 2019

Thanks to member Bill Robinson for passing along this interesting article by Bill Whitlock(1): 0 - INTRODUCTION “A cable is a source of potential trouble connecting two other sources of potential trouble.” This joke among electronic system engineers is worth keeping in mind. Any signal accumulates noise as it flows through the equipment and cables in a system. Once noise contaminates a signal, it's essentially impossible to remove it without altering or degrading the original signal. For this reason, no system can be quieter than its noisiest link. Noise and interference must be prevented along the entire signal path. Delivering…

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…