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Hardware Review: The USB Disruptor

Aug 15, 2016

A Short Review of The USB Disruptor and DaBigGenius USB cable from Truth In Systems, LLC (www.USBDisruptor.com) Here’s the “Bottom Line,” but right at the top: Why? Because you don’t really need to read this review… with the ridiculously low cost of this upgrade, every USB DAC owner should just order a Disruptor and find out for themselves. In addition, the company offers a 30-day trial, so there's truly very little risk. However, if you insist on having more info before you spend a refundable $150 (probably minus the shipping), read on. As a stalwart Analogue guy, it takes a lot to get me excited about digital...…

The POTUS Playlists

Aug 14, 2016

A few years back, it was quite a shock to realize that I was actually older than the President of The United States... to drive home the point, Obama made it clear that he was also cooler than me, by publishing his AM and PM Summer music playlists on social media. I thought I was busy, how does the POTUS have time to listen to music? And how dare he make me look even worse by having actual good music on his list that I haven't even heard of? Wait, maybe his daughters helped him... OK, I'll go with that. I…

Alón’s Video Vault: Pre-cursor to Hamilton

Jun 10, 2016

Not having a TV, sometimes I’m a bit late in locking in on something big happening in our culture. This time it was the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, a musical which seems to have broken every record there was to break and then some. After a little research, I found the genius who created it performing a pre-cursor to the show at the White House back in ‘09. This is amazing, even for those who don’t care much for Hip-Hop. Click the photo to see this astounding display of talent and inspiration. Now if anyone wants to spend $1500 per ticket plus a…

Newport High End Audio Show Starts Friday June 3rd!

Jun 01, 2016

THE SHOW Newport is like Disneyland for audiophiles. It really is an amazing experience. This year they’re expecting over 10,000 people to attend the show at the Hotel Irvine (for perspective, that’s five times the size of the popular RMAF!). Your trusty SFAS Executive Team is on route to arrive on Thursday to get an early start meeting exhibitors and industry friends. If you're not able to join us this year, tap into our Instagram feed to keep track of all the action. Driven by Instagram's photo-centric "a picture is worth a thousand tweets" platform, we're basically going to be…

The Vinyl Renaissance Pushes Onward

Feb 09, 2016

Venerable cultural observer, The New Yorker, has published another incisive article on the ongoing drama of the LP resurgence.  Many of us older vinyl stalwarts are amazed that after decades of being relegated to Audiophile Fossilism, we are now being vindicated for at least having discerning ears. But, wait... now there's an actual dialogue emerging on the real impact vinyl could have on the industry, especially musicians, who, in my humble opinion, have been inadvertently shafted by the digital revolution started by Steve Jobs and the iPod! I cheered when I saw this cartoon a few years back – it could…

SFAS Gets Press!

Feb 09, 2016

Recently, SV Magazine, centered in the South Bay, ran a nice one-page article on SFAS written by their Automotive Editor, Brian Douglas, who turns out is an avid audiophile. It's placed well on page 18, but I found myself going through the entire issue quite captivated. It's very beautiful and tastefully done. Click Here. Enjoy! Alón

Audio Education News: Basic Electronics Class Starts Soon

Nov 23, 2015

SFAS member and Dean of the Berkeley Hi-Fi School Roger Modjeski is offering a basic electronics class in 5 Sunday afternoon sessions, starting Nov. 29th.  Go to http://berkeleyhifischool.com for more information. – Do you know of another opportunity for SFAS members to further their knowledge? Send it in and I'll post it in this blog!

So, You Think Your Speakers Are Big?

Aug 06, 2015

David Hicks shared this link with me recently. It holds a montage of photos definitely qualified as audio-porn.  I took the liberty of rearranging the photos here, so I could focus on the timeline of just one aspect of this ambitious system. I haven't a clue who this guy is, but from one audio nut-case to another, I tip my hat to you, mister! Enjoy the subwoofer build out. If you want to see it all in its random order glory, click here. Alón        

Vinyl Renaissance Continues

Jun 03, 2015

If you're wondering if the resurgence of analog is a fad, consider that new pressing plants are popping up all over the world. One of many recent articles point to the strength of this re-emerging market: Click here. Aside from the articles in the press, our entire team of SFAS Directors just returned from the big show in Newport. There were high-end turntables everywhere, some with the highest drool-factor I've ever experienced. The photo is a teaser for now –– a glimpse at a $150,000 record player, which weighed about 500lbs and looked more like a spaceship! Stay tuned for…

Super Tweeters You Can’t Buy

May 15, 2015

As a wild, flailing thrust into the 21st Century, your SFAS Leadership Team has embraced social media. Hoping to live up to the lofty moniker "Super Tweeters," our courageous band of directors are braving the learning curve to bring you live, on-the-ground posts from important audio events via Twitter. We're starting our initiation this evening with the second SFAS Concert at SFJAZZ with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, followed closely by the two California Audio Shows, in Newport at the end of this month, and CAS6 in the Bay Area in August. Want to join us in the excitement tonight? Point…