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SF Old School Analog Recording Studio

Feb 06, 2017

What I love about our city is that it never fails to surprise me with some hidden gem. Like this analogue only studio run by John Vanderslice. This studio has been busy every day since 1997, so I'm going to check out their client list of AAA pure analogue performances. Notably: Kronos Quartet, Jolie Holland, Death Cab For Cutie, Rogue Wave and Spoon. Click on the cat to watch the 10 minute mini-documentary. Enjoy! Alón

The Most Acoustically Advanced Concert Hall Designed by Algorithm

Jan 16, 2017

This is the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. It just had its grand opening a few days ago, after tallying up a cost-to-build tab of $843 Million. Aside from the sheer beauty of the hall, it is praised for having incredible sound because designers didn't just employ digital room correction techniques... they used a computer algorithm to create the acoustic response of all surfaces, the walls, ceiling, etc... the surfaces feature over 1 million computer-generated divots to shape sound within its main auditorium. Do I hear "SFAS Field Trip to Hamburg?" Click on the bowtie of the third violinist in the photo above…

SFAS Member Highlighted in TAS

Jan 14, 2017

I know, it's not part of our mission to specifically promote anyone's business, and we're not. I just want to extend congratulations to SFAS Member Kate Koeppel, whose design company was highlighted in a two-page article in the February 2017 issue of The Absolute Sound. Way to go, Kate! I love celebrating recognition of our talented and creative members. Rest assured, when you get a write-up in the Audiophile press for what you are doing, you'll get the same treatment.

Audiophile Wisdom – Ported vs Non-Ported Subs

Dec 10, 2016

A question asked by SFAS Sr. VP Leslie Lundin and answered by member and audio engineer Manny LaCarrubba. Subwoofers: To Port or Not To Port? Ports are used in loudspeakers to extend bass response.  Woofers and the boxes we put them in form a resonant system.  A sealed box has natural roll off below its primary resonance of 12dB/oct.  When you add a properly designed port to the box you have now added a second resonance below the first one.  This extends the low frequency output of the system.  At the port resonance, virtually all output is from the port…

Vinyl Outsells Digital Downloads: Washington Post

Dec 08, 2016

This still amazes me... and yes, we could rationalize that this is because of holiday shoppers wanting to give physical gifts, rather than a gift card for downloads, but still, it doesn't look like the resurgence of the LP is a fad, after all:  This article actually states that this past week, vinyl sales have outpaced digital Downloads in the UK! Not CDs, which were already losing the fight and seemingly on their last breath... but digital downloads, as in all of iTunes, HD Tracks and every other music download provider out there combined. Someone pinch me, is this really happening? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2016/12/07/vinyl-surpasses-digital-sales-in-some-music-markets-time-to-ask-santa-for-a-turntable/?utm_term=.23f1640d4896

Review: Shelter 501 II mono moving coil cartridge, By Larry Deniston

Dec 01, 2016

This effort, and it was more of an effort than I believed it would be, began after reading some reviews of mono cartridges and stereo magazine contributors having opined on the benefits of playing mono records with mono cartridge. So, I thought I'd like to check this out as I have some nice mono albums and assumed it would be a relatively easy comparison to make: purchase a mono cartridge and a second arm tube for my VPI Prime to simplify cartridge swapping and have a listen. After some research of reviews on mono cartridges and searching Audiogon and eBay,…

New York Times Article

Oct 31, 2016

The NYT seems to me to be the most Audiophile-friendly newspaper I know of. Here's another great article: Click here http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/31/arts/music/london-listening-clubs-spiritland.html?_r=0

Building Community Through Shared Listening Sessions by David C. Snyder

Oct 27, 2016

Shared Listening Sessions ~  by David C. Snyder, SFAS Director of Online Systems One day, while sitting in the sweet spot and soaking up fine playback of an amazing performance (don't recall the artist), I remember experiencing this almost uncontrollable urge to share what I was hearing. The positive, even mood altering experience of listening to music just begs for company! Unfortunately, the pursuit of our audiophile ideal--the maximum fidelity rendering of Alan Blumlein's stereophonic illusion--is somewhat at odds with simultaneously involving multiple pairs of ears (except where headphones are involved). Most if not all 2-channel loudspeaker+room based playback systems have…

We Lost A Good One…

Oct 17, 2016

A.J. Conti, the brilliant founder of Basis Audio, passed from a heart attack a few days ago at the age of 59. It is always surreal to know that a person I have spoken with extensively and with great admiration, is no longer with us. A.J. was one of the most passionate heroes of the audio world and then some... Four months ago, I had posted his turntable, aptly named The Work Of Art, in our forum The Art of Audio. When I first saw and heard it at a show, I was overwhelmed by it's beauty and gorgeous sound. As one of…

Renovation of Leslie’s Audiophile Garage

Sep 30, 2016

If you've been to Leslie's for one of our SFAS events, the renovation of this space is going to take our capacity, comfort and her system's sound to another level altogether! Here are some recent photos from Leslie's project, with the most recent on top: