The Muse Archives

(prior to October, 2018)

2017 December SFAS Newsletter

Dec 01, 2017

Audiophile for Life? I’m old enough now to have very many younger audiophile days behind me, but I can still remember the genesis of my passion for higher fidelity. Santana’s second LP, Abraxas, was released in 1970. I had listened to my copy multiple times on my Garrard Model 40B turntable which was hooked up to some unmemorable amplifier and speakers in my bedroom. I loved the album, but I had no idea how well this album was recorded and how good it really sounded when played back on a “high fidelity” system; how the music on the album became so much more of a musical experience when the experience of the music was fully fleshed out of the grooves of the recording.

 

2017 November SFAS Newsletter

Nov 01, 2017

The fires in Northern California have had an impact on all of our lives here in the Bay Area, quite drastically so for some people. Many people lost their lives, and many more have lost their homes and possessions. I have friends who had to remain on alert in preparation for evacuating their homes. This made me think about what I would do if I had a but a few minutes warning to evacuate my home,
knowing that when I left, whatever I left would likely be consumed in flames. What would I choose to take with me?

 

2017 October SFAS Newsletter

Oct 01, 2017

The Law of Diminishing Returns? Someone once said to me they were going to buy a new phono stage preamplifier for around $2,000. That figure was twice the cost of their old phono stage, and they thought the new item should sound twice as good as their old piece. My reply to them was something like: Well, with audio gear, when you upgrade by going from a $1,000 component to a $5,000 piece of gear, you might get a 50% improvement in sound reproduction. Go from $5,000 to $10,000 and you might get another 20% increase. Move from $10,000 to $20,000 and you could possibly pick up another 10% improvement. Go from $20,000 to $50,000 and perhaps you’ll see a 5% increase. Beyond $50,000 it’s all a matter of opinion and personal preference. My reply was meant to be humorous.

 

2017 September SFAS Newsletter

Sep 01, 2017

Ready for Fall? Greetings! Hopefully everyone has had a fun and safe summer and getting ready to transition to fall. I am certainly ready for some fall weather! We had a great summer with audio shows in L.A. and Oakland plus some great events including a DIY Raspberry Pi build and a very cool trip to Dolby Labs in San Francisco. Hopefully you were you able to participate in one or more of the events, pursue your audiophile passion and connect with like- minded friends. Beyond the awesome and sometimes outrageous gear that are part of the events and shows (which I thoroughly enjoy hearing and seeing), I am always able to come away with some new music that brings fresh enjoyment into my listening room.

 

2017 August SFAS Newsletter

Aug 01, 2017

While solitary enjoyment of your home music system can and should be a good thing, it is often said that listening to music is somewhat like sex: Better to engage in than talk about, and better when sharing the activity with others than when pursuing alone.

 

2017 July SFAS Newsletter

Jul 01, 2017

Components for a Harmonious System: As we direct the evolution of an audiophile system in our home, we are all faced with certain choices about how to proceed in orchestrating the upgrading of the components.
There are a usually a few deciding influences when it comes to making these choices, but the starting point is usually based upon our perception of which of our pieces of audiophile gear might be the weakest link. The debate about which component makes the greatest difference in your ability to hear better musical reproduction is one that is often a matter of industry opinion…

 

2017 June SFAS Newsletter

Jun 01, 2017

Greetings fellow audiophiles! Happy June, can you believe that 2017 is nearly half over? Have you made the most of the year so far? Found some great music or an addition to your system that increases the enjoyment of listening to your system? I hope so and please remember to reach out to fellow SFAS members to share in your experiences or ask questions. We have a diverse membership with a broad knowledge base that are always looking for a conversation about Hi-Fi!

 

2017 MAY SFAS Newsletter

May 01, 2017

Come one, come all! (and Al—n too) Yes, that means you. If you are reading this newsletter, and you haven’t been coming to the SFAS events, we wanted to let you know that you’ve been missing out. You are not just missing out on the camaraderie of hanging out with other like-minded (or afflicted) audiophiles, but you’ve missed some thoroughly entertaining and educational special events. And, while it’s true that some events get “SOLD OUT,”

 

2017 April SFAS Newsletter

Apr 01, 2017

Now that we’re all on Daylight Savings Time, there will be more temptation to get home from your job and head outdoors for some extra daylight recreation, unless your job already has you working outside- in which case, lucky you, or lucky you now that it has (maybe) stopped raining cats, dogs, and horses. The point of all of that for me is that I’ll be spending less time listening to my music systems, and more time breathing fresh air out of doors when I get home from work

 

2017 March SFAS Newsletter

Mar 01, 2017

REALLY BIG NEWS! It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce to the SFAS membership, that Leslie Lundin has not only expanded her listening space to accommodate a larger audience, she has in fact also expanded her parking capacity. Starting immediately, members attending events at Leslie’s will be able to utilize the parking at the property next door to her driveway. And to be clear, this is in the driveway adjacent to her own driveway. Please make use of this parking space only during authorized SFAS events, and not as part of a rogue BART trip you may be planning for your next vacation.