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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…

Wanted: Social Media Liaison

Jan 22, 2019

SFAS Social Media Credential Application (adapted from the NASA Application) Facebook-savvy individual. SFAS's social media engagement goal is to gain maximum exposure for the work of the Society. Credentialed social media members are defined as those who are actively engaged in the pursuit of information distribution in a professional manner about the space program or other SFAS activities. SFAS Social Media Credential Criteria At designated events, SFAS will provide social media credentials to social networking users who will actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate SFAS news and information on digital media platforms. Spaces are filled by applicants that best meet…

New Equipment at The Shops at Hilltop

Jan 01, 2019

It is with heart-felt gratitude that we thank one of our long-time members, Don Naples, for the long-term loan of some beautiful Orion 4 speakers, analog signal processor and associated cables.  We are also indebted to Pass Labs for loaning the electronics to drive the speakers, which Don also helped arrange.  If you're not familiar with the Linkwitz designed Orions, they are an open baffle speaker with an active crossover requiring separate amplifiers for the tweeter, midrange and woofers (two 10" drivers per speaker).  The Orion 4s are similar to the Orion 3s except that the Orion 4 woofers are SEAS…

Sys-hop – My Visit to Larry’s, by Dan Rubin

Dec 27, 2018

If you want to understand a key benefit to SFAS membership, read on. Larry Deniston recently posted his Technics SL-1200G turntable for sale in the Buy and Sell Locally forum at the SFAS website forums. This is a table I’ve been curious about since its release a couple of years ago. While I know that it offers a lot that I am looking for, what I’ve been unsure about is whether I’d like the way it sounds. Larry’s main table and arm is the identically priced VPI Prime with 3D Printed arm. My question to Larry: how does the Technics…

SFAS Social Media Credential Application (adapted from the NASA Application)

Dec 27, 2018

SFAS Social Media Credential Application (adapted from the NASA Application) Top of Form SFAS's social media engagement goal is to gain maximum exposure for the work of the Society. Credentialed social media members are defined as those who are actively engaged in the pursuit of information distribution in a professional manner about the space program or other SFAS activities. SFAS Social Media Credential Criteria At designated events, SFAS will provide social media credentials to social networking users who will actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate SFAS news and information on digital media platforms. Spaces are filled by applicants that best…

The LA&OCAS 25th Anniversary Gala

Dec 27, 2018

We Came, We Saw, We Were Impressed or How The Other Half Lives. By David Hicks It’s a bit inaccurate to reference the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society as the other half.  A more accurate reference would be to call them the other 10/11ths.  With more than 2400 members they have over ten times as many members as are counted in our own SFAS.  Their ever-expanding membership total has Robert H. Levi, their President, and CEO, proudly proclaiming their audiophile society as the World’s largest.  And, while we are happy to get around forty members to attend some…

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 – Write Up by Kevin Olson

Nov 29, 2018

My wife, Karen, and I attended this years’ Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver. Our first stop was at Kyron Audio. Kyron Audio hails from Australia and they make loudspeakers that are similar in design to Linkwitz Labs Orion, but very modern in look. They use active crossovers and amplify each driver. This is an open baffle design. The sound is dynamic, natural and very inviting. Sound staging is superb. Our next major stop was at Vandersteen Audio. They were showing with VTL electronics. Richard displayed the Vandersteen Model Sevens with subwoofers and as is the norm with Vandersteen rooms,…

Jana Dagdagan Pays a Visit, by David Hicks

Nov 26, 2018

Jana Dagdagan was on The West Coast.  She had asked Michael Fremer if he knew anyone out in the San Francisco Bay Area who had a “vintage system” that she could video record for her EarSpace YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/ycqtn9ea).  Jana is probably most famously known from her time as a writer for Stereophile as well as the creator of the Stereophile YouTube channel.  The full story of her departure in 2018 can be found online in numerous blogs by everyone who thought her dismissal by the magazines new owners was a loss for Stereophile and the industry as a whole,…