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Published On 2/19/2023
Rick Rubin seems to be everywhere in the news these days, even on one of my favorite websites, BIG THINK. As one of the most successful and sought after music producers alive, in this article he shares a little about he approaches the creative process when working with an artist.
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Published On 11/23/2015
Electronics class announcement
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Published On 3/30/2015
An interesting article about the resurgence of vinyl from The Verge.
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Announcments

Published On 5/7/2024
New instructions for Wally Scope and USB Microscope Users
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Published On 3/19/2024
We are pleased to announce the kickoff of our Audiophile Foundation rebranding campaign.
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Published On 3/15/2024
Member System of The Month

We are kicking off what we hope will be a new monthly feature in our newsletter, namely, a Member System of The Month. After all, this is your monthly newsletter!

We will start this month with Foundation Member Robert Brook’s system. All YOU need to do to get your system featured is create a post on our Member’s System Forum Page. Include a list of the components in your system and as much detail as you would like, room dimensions, cables, tweaks, etc.. And at least one picture.
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Published On 10/17/2023
John Curl Award Presentation

All SFAF members are invited and encouraged to attend!
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Published On 3/22/2017
It is my great pleasure to announce one of the most exciting events of the year: Stereophile’s senior contributing editor and editor of AnalogPlanet.com Michael Fremer is coming to SFAS!
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Published On 12/11/2016
This past weekend was the SFAS debut of our System Audition Events, also known as Sys-Hops. I wasn’t sure there would be too much hopping since the five systems available for members to audition were spread out pretty far from each other… well, I was wrong. There was a lot of hopping around the Bay Area!
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Published On 11/7/2016
This event is sold out.
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Published On 7/26/2016
This Saturday, our joint event with Michael Woods at Elite Audio is drawing a lot of attention! Is it the great gear, the audio illuminati attending… or is it his awesome high-end great-sounding coffee bar? Probably all the above.
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Published On 5/17/2016
A big “Thank you” to the 40 or so members (so far) who wrote in with comments regarding our postponement of a scheduled event. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, scroll down to the bolded text to read what I wrote to members regarding postponement of our May “budget Audio” event.
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Published On 5/15/2016
Join us for our next event on May 28th:
The Giant Slayers –
At this gathering in Berkeley, we will be exploring and actually configuring budget systems with many components that perform way above their price point.
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Published On 4/14/2016
oin us on April 30th for an event that will help members find their way through the complexities and potential of Music Servers. This exploration will be led by our newest Executive Team member, Joe Hakim, SFAS’ very own audio engineer and Mad Scientist.
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Published On 3/7/2016
The upcoming Room Correction Event with Audio Engineer, Manny LaCarrubba is currently sold out.
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Published On 2/27/2016
Our second DAC Smackdown event was a great success! We had a full house of members, including those selected to bring their own DACs to participate in the fun.
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Published On 1/27/2016
Our January 30th event will be all about the music as we listen to the Grateful Dead’s seminal 1970 releases,Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, on fresh copies of Mobile Fidelity’s recent 45 RPM numbered releases.
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Published On 9/24/2015
The SFAS Audiophile Education Events are designed to offer all of our members the opportunity to be involved in compelling conversations, presentations and demonstrations directly with our industry’s most innovative thinkers ––
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Published On 7/21/2015
If your audiophile journey has taken you through the wet concrete of the mystifying and sometimes tantrum-inducing task of setting up an analog music system, fear not, for help is coming.
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Published On 4/2/2015
Our first analog event is a Phono-Stage Smackdown, on April 18th. You should have received the registration invitation last week via email.
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Published On 1/31/2015
The SFAS Concert Series, a collaboration with the SFJazz Center, has hit a chord with our members, so to speak. Our first event on March 1, 2015, a concert with jazz giant Taj Mahal, sold out in 4 hours.
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Published On 10/27/2014
Sorry, this Event is Sold Out.
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Published On 7/13/2014
This event is sold out.
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Published On 5/17/2014
Our next event – the third in the BAAS Audio Gear Smackdown series, will be held on Saturday June 14 at 10:00AM at David Levine’s beautiful Belvedere home (I hear the view alone is enough to want to attend).
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Published On 5/12/2014
This is a request for direct feedback from you. Yes, this unit is potentially a game-changer for our industry – but unlike previous events, some of the audio gear we would be testing (power amps) may be more physically challenging to bring with you without hiring a moving company!
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Published On 3/31/2014
Here are our upcoming events in California for 2014. More may be added as we move through the year. We did our best to also avoid dates that conflict with audiophile events outside California, but no promises there.
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Published On 3/22/2014
Coming up at Audio High in the South Bay (unfortunately right on my 54th birthday, so I don’t think my wife will be OK with my coming to this event), as well as at Elite Audio in SF, is a great and rare opportunity to meet an industry legend, Bob Stewart of Meridian Audio.
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Published On 3/8/2014
Pun intended (more accurately, stolen from a conversation with Michael).

73 attendees at the Michael Fremer Turntable set-up seminar represented the largest gathering of any SFAS event to date. We broke the record (OK, I’ll stop now).
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Published On 2/20/2014
Elite Audio

This Saturday, Feb 22, Gary Koh, designer and CEO for Genesis Advanced Technologies will be presenting the new Genesis 2.2 & G2jr line source speaker. Discussion to include product design,
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Published On 2/16/2014
A BAAS MEMBER EVENT – Saturday, March 8, 2014 ))))) EVENT IS SOLD OUT (((((

Yes, this is the longest invitation sent by anyone,
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Member Feedback

Published On 3/31/2024
As part of our ongoing Educational Initiative a survey was sent on February 27, 2024 to our membership to determine the level of interest in future DIY courses offered by the Foundation. This article summarizes the results of the survey.
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Published On 2/27/2024
Summary of information presented and feedback collected from Foundation members.
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Published On 12/27/2023
Summary results of the 2023 Muse Reader Survey.
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Published On 8/24/2015
Here are a few of the many responses from members regarding the Michael Fremer event on Saturday.
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Published On 7/15/2015
Our Loudspeaker event with Albert Von Schweikert at Joe and Debbie Hakim’s home in the South Bay was loads of fun! Everyone I spoke with so far agrees with that. And, as always in audiophile circles, some members loved the sound and some kinda sorta liked it, but not so much. Here’s what some attendees shared:
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Published On 3/5/2015
Comments from Attendees at our Inaugural Event with SFJAZZ, Sunday March 1st 2015
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Published On 11/18/2014
Here are some excerpts of responses from SFAS members who attended Audio Day in Wine Country
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Muse Roger's Corner

Published On 6/25/2024
This month’s Roger’s Corner focuses on the topic of tubes versus transistors which was one of Roger’s favorite topics. During his career Roger became well known for his tube circuits, but his very first commercial circuit designs were the bass amplifier and active crossover for the Beveridge 2SW loudspeaker system (the preamplifier for this system was a tubed circuit).
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Published On 6/1/2024
This month’s Roger’s Corner focuses on the topic of digital. First, I was very surprised to see that Roger wrote a chapter on this topic. Roger often told me that he had no desire to design digital equipment. He was very happy with his Sony CD players that he felt were reliable and easy to service. I will let those interested read the chapter to find out why audio playback quality was not part of that last sentence.
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Published On 4/17/2024
This month’s Roger’s Corner focuses on a topic very near and dear to Roger. As an audio designer and repair technician Roger certainly had a few pet peeves. However, the one that annoyed him the most was noise. Roger was well known for designing quiet components.
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Published On 2/28/2024
This month in Roger’s Corner we present Chapter 4 of A Beginners Guide and Other Thoughts on Audio. This chapter is dedicated to premplifiers.
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Published On 1/29/2024
This month we present Chapter 3 of A Beginners Guide and Other Thoughts on Audio. This chapter is dedicated to Amplifiers.
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Published On 12/27/2023
Chapter 2 of A Beginners Guide and Other Thoughts on Audio. This chapter is dedicated to Electrostatic Speakers
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Published On 11/27/2023
This month in Roger’s Corner we present Chapter 1 of A Beginners Guide and Other Thoughts on Audio. This chapter is dedicated to Cone Speakers.
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Published On 10/28/2023
First Roger's Corner article
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Muse President's Notes

Published On 4/28/2024
Leslie reviews Foundation activities at the 2024 AXPONA show
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Muse Industry Events

Published On 5/26/2024
California Historical Radio Society on July 20th will host Radio Day by the Bay 2024: Live in Alameda from 8am to 3pm.
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Articles

Published On 3/29/2024
For as long as I can remember I've been drawn to recorded music and its reproduction. My father brought home a Japanese receiver, turntable, reel to reel and a pair of speakers from his military service in Taiwan. Thanks to him, we had music with reasonably good sound in our home throughout my childhood.
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Published On 10/21/2023
Ori talks about improving power quality at the input of a component.
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Published On 8/27/2023
Using a tiny device called a Raspberry Shake, people around the world are tuning in to the earth’s vibrations.
Jan. 3, 2023

surfacing

Photographs by Peter Fisher
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Published On 7/23/2023
Philosophy is love of Wisdom. Audiophilia literally is love of sound.

My goal is to share my applied physics knowledge and understanding, my listening experience, and common sense with others through this blog to increase their pleasure in hearing recorded music.
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Published On 2/19/2023
I have volunteered to be contribute articles to the Muse from time to time, I’ve been thinking about how it would be a great way for me to learn about some of the industry folks by reaching out to them for interviews, and find out a bit about who they are, and how they became involved in their part of the world of audio. In doing so, perhaps I will glean some interesting tidbits that others would enjoy reading about.
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Published On 10/7/2022
A book report. The Perfect Sound, A Memoir in Stereo, by Garrett Hongo, poet, professor and audiophile.
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Published On 2/9/2022
Review of the history of Columbia Records.
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Published On 2/26/2019
Kevin explores a very cool museum of musical instruments.
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Published On 2/25/2019
Review of the 2019 membership poll
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Published On 2/9/2019
Music revenues by format
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Published On 1/25/2019
David two digital streaming options.
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Published On 1/19/2019
Here's some history about the origins of the audiophile society in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Published On 1/1/2019
Equipment at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond
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Published On 12/27/2018
Dan talks about his listening session at Larry Deniston's comparing the Technics SL-1200G to the VPI Prime turntable.
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Published On 11/29/2018
Kevin shares his experience at the RMAF
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Published On 11/26/2018
Jana measures David Hick's vintage system
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Published On 9/28/2018
David discusses the launch of the Qobuz streaming service.
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Published On 2/23/2017
Mistakes found on albums
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Published On 12/10/2016
Manny discusses the pluses and minuses of ported subwoofers
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Published On 10/27/2016
"If you don’t have a shared listening session on your calendar between now and the end of the year, I encourage you to make the effort to set one up."
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Published On 8/26/2015
Fun pictures of amazing speakers and speaker projects
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Published On 2/26/2015
Results of SFAS 2014 Member Survey
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Published On 2/19/2015
Conveniently, a great article was just published by Alex Ross in the New Yorker on Meyer Sound, the company whose products and expertise SFJazz Center used to achieve their unique sound signature. Read and enjoy.
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Published On 1/31/2015
A new, miniature tube has been developed, see story in the link.
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Published On 10/22/2014
Dan offers us a good primer on maximizing enjoyment from our computer based music systems. He has some good insights that could help even some of you more seasoned computer audiophiles. Enjoy! Alón
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Published On 10/7/2014
In what will be a dream come true for many Bay Area audiophiles, I am happy to report that industry veteran Roger Modjeski has opened a dedicated Hi-Fi School in Berkeley!
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Published On 5/11/2014
Bob Walters introduces Bach to Alon
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Published On 3/29/2014
Audiophile Streaming Music. An oxymoron if I ever heard one… at least for now. One day, the internet pipes to our homes will be fat enough to provide something more than low rez background music. That said, is there a good reason to subscribe to one of these $10 a month music streaming services? Yes. Because if you’re a avid record shopper, it can save you money. Really. A lot.
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Published On 2/23/2014
SACD and DSD champion Jared Sacks, founder of Channel Classics, stopped by Casa Bellecci-Serinus in Oakland for an extended chat about the history of his label, recording in DSD, and his new NativeDSD.com download site. I started our conversation by asking Jared to share his history with music and the industry with Stereophile.
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Published On 2/14/2014
HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play.
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Published On 2/13/2014
If you could only pick one track to listen to, what would it be?
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In Memoriam

Published On 6/24/2024
To read the full article and leave words of remembrance, please continue to Leslie Lundin's blog post "A Tribute to A Tribute to Alón Sagee."
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Published On 5/1/2024
Gordon was truly one of a kind, and his absence leaves a palpable void in our community.
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Published On 4/28/2024
Michael Cuscuna, a titan in the world of jazz, passed away on April 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will resonate for generations.

Michael is survived by his wife Lisa, his children, Max and his wife Jackie, and Lauren, and two grandchildren, Nicolas and Penelope Cuscuna. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. May he rest in peace, and forever be remembered as he will be deeply missed.
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Published On 10/22/2021
Henry (Hank) Mahler, a true motion picture and television engineering icon, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021 at the age of 84.
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Published On 10/5/2021
I am heartbroken. Charlie Watts has died.
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Published On 9/16/2021
SFAF member passes
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Published On 10/17/2016
We lost a good one . . .
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Published On 11/11/2014
Mourning the passing of Harry Pearson, one of the founding fathers of high-end audio
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MUSE

Published On 6/29/2023
I have been thinking about why I love headphones. There are many reasons, including the fact that I don’t have to overcome the acoustic challenges of my room, or disturb anyone while listening to music, but the most sublime reason is the world of binaural recordings.
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Published On 12/26/2019
Discussion about the Discogs music database
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Published On 5/22/2019
Interesting article about how frequencies from different musical instruments interact.
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Muse Intro

Published On 4/27/2024
Manrique discusses room treatment...
"As an avid listener, I love exploring new ways to fine-tune the sound in my room because it offers me hours of listening bliss. Those caught on the component upgrade merry-go-round may overlook the sonic improvement room treatments can offer to the listener."
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Published On 3/29/2024
April 2024 Muse Intro
Part 1.: The Buy

“Improve The Sound of Your Music Without Changing Your Playback Equipment!”
When I first read that I thought it must relate to directions on how to set up your stereo within your room. Sure, the room and how your gear is placed can have the biggest impact on how your stereo will sound, it’s just that I was a bit perplexed about why this was printed on the back of a plain brown paper wrapper covering a vinyl record by an alternative music group.
But, let me back up a bit here…
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Published On 2/19/2024
Is it possible to age gracefully as an audiophile? Maybe. I’m turning 60 next month, and although I don’t think I quite look it, I feel it. I have aches and pains constantly. I used to race bikes, but now get winded just walking up the driveway. I’ve noticed some hearing loss in my right ear, so the prime spot between speakers isn’t quite right for me. I guess those balance controls I always thought were useless, could come in handy.
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Published On 9/22/2023
Grant talks about his exposure to different types of music and how he found the music he most enjoys
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Published On 8/29/2023
An Audiophile Foundation Update and Request for Help
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Published On 6/30/2023
We just returned from the Pacific Audio Fest which was held June 23-25 in Seattle at the DoubleTree Hilton SeaTac. I’d say overall it was a decent show and we would go again next year in September (they smartly moved the date). It was well organized, smoothly run, had good musical performances Friday and Saturday nights and educational sessions.
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Published On 5/27/2023
Have you noticed? COVID has been delisted as a Global Health Emergency- and Audio Shows are once again teaming with vendors and audiophiles coming to look and listen in rooms filled with electronic gear.
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Published On 4/30/2023
This article covers some of my recent travels to Audiophiles homes throughout the west.

My wife and I are recently retired and moved back to the NW after 25 years in Arizona. Our first grandchild is due this month and that event was a move motivator.

I enjoy visiting like-minded audio people in different clubs, shows, manufacturers, and as many retail stores as possible in my quest for maximum audio exposure.
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Published On 3/31/2023
Ah, another year, another move. Of this I am tired. But, looking on the bright side, COVID is mostly in our rearview mirrors, and I have new neighbors to introduce to my audio systems while also introducing them to the audiophile cult of higher fidelity.
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Published On 2/25/2023
It’s been roughly a year since we started the transition away from the Audiophile Society to the Audiophile Foundation, a long and complicated process. We needed to build the new website, transfer all of the data from the old site to the new site, get everyone signed up with new memberships on the new site, transfer all of the social media, including the Muse articles to the new site, increase the functionality of the new website, build the new app, legally dissolve the old entity, establish new email accounts and working accounts for the Foundation, establish new accounting and banking. The list has seemed endless.
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Published On 1/29/2023
The season when to come, and when to go, to sing, or cease to sing, we never know
—Alexander Pope

I was thinking about how our love of music can take us on surprising adventures. It was certainly true for me, when my love for the music of John Denver coincided with my exploration of the wider world of ideas. Though this story is quite personal in its lessons, I feel it is universal in the sense that music, at its best, both mirrors and guides culture, as well as inspires. us.
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Published On 12/31/2022
Over the years I bought and sold many pieces of audio gear. Most of it is sold locally on Craigslist, especially bulky items like speakers or delicate turntables that I really prefer not to ship for obvious reasons.

And while some of the items have an audiophile appeal and end up in the hands of seasoned and well-informed new owners, some are low-cost and low appeal, and these end up sometimes in the hands of the young and curious.
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Published On 11/30/2022
This is a story about how someone (me) who knows almost nothing about jazz groups or jazz, was blessed with the early morning sound of live jazz being played in the home where I was a guest.
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Published On 9/24/2022
There have been very intriguing art installations and demonstrations of immersive discrete multi-channel audio. For an example, check out the recent SFAF Event write up by Lory Hawley. Such installations are not new, although the technology behind them continues to evolve. I wonder if and how this will eventually achieve wide-spread practicality or popularity with audiophiles.
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Published On 8/22/2022
A discussion of gear that represents a very good performance to cost ratio.
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Published On 7/15/2022
Should audiophile record companies be more transparent when they claim their records are100% analog from master tapes?
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Published On 6/27/2022
Ted Gioia's videos on "The Crisis in Music" inspired me to share this with you. Ted is a music critic, researcher, historian, musician and author, with highly informed perspectives on trends that will be of interest to audiophiles.
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Published On 4/28/2022
Axpona Chicago… a whirlwind of sights and of course sounds. Held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center April 22-24. The event definitely was a hit even if you judged by the number of attendees alone.
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Published On 3/28/2022
Broken

Leslie:

I’m standing in a room in my house looking at shelves full of memories and emotions. I go into the room every month or so and with the hope that I can engage with them again.
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Published On 2/21/2022
From The Mind of Grant Stoner
In The Home of Michael Fremer

“Obsession…you’re my obsession, who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me.” Animotion anyone?
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Published On 10/30/2021
As some of you may know, I had to move in the middle of our glorious COVID-19 disease pandemic. As much of a hassle as moving is in general it was made worse by the supply chain problems which prohibited me from getting a number of things that I needed for my new place.
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Published On 10/30/2021
Dear SFAS members,

We recently sent out a survey to gather your input regarding the San Francisco Audiophile Foundation’s proposed Hi-Fi museum and the number of responses was somewhat underwhelming.
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Published On 9/27/2021
Obsession: an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.

Sound familiar?

Yeah, we’ve all been there, can’t get something out of our heads,
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Published On 8/26/2021
Live Music, remember that? We were just starting to go to shows, and now it seems everything may shut down again.
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Published On 8/1/2021
Am I talking about sound quality? No. Although, I know some people may prefer the sound of digital files over vinyl’s sometimes associated pops and clicks and other surface noise.
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Published On 3/26/2020
Well there’s nothing good about the Corona virus, so let’s make something up to cheer us up a bit. The one good thing for audiophiles is it’s “forcing us” to stay home and listen to music. It’s a good time to organize your record collections as well. I’ve been doing a lot of both.
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Published On 3/5/2020
Jim discusses the benefits of music
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Published On 2/24/2020
Muse Intro Introduction of Gregory Morgan
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Published On 2/8/2020
Larry talks about the importance of clean power to your system.
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Muse Industry News

Published On 5/30/2024
"Art of Noise" at SFMOMA is a must-visit for anyone who loves music, design, or just having a good time. Whether you're there for Devon Turnbull's high-fidelity soundscapes, Teenage Engineering's playful installations, or Yuri Suzuki's ambient city symphony, this exhibition promises an experience that will leave you buzzing with joy. So grab your tickets, and get ready to immerse yourself in a world where music and design collide in the most delightful ways.

Art on Noise is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from May 4th to August 18th
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Published On 5/28/2024
Researchers at MIT engineer a hair thin fabric that can actively absorb noise, act as a microphone, or a transducer.
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Published On 5/26/2024
The Sausalito weather this spring has been spectacular. So much so that I’ve lately been lured out of the rabbit hole that is my audio cave and into the cool refreshing air and clear blue skies of the weekend outing world. Me and seemingly everyone else in the Bay Area. Where did all these people come from?
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Published On 3/21/2024
The Discogs Collector Community just surpassed a new milestone in music collecting. Across a variety of formats, genres, and countries, the global Discogs community, utilizing the Discogs Collection Tool, hit 750 million releases cataloged. In 2021, the global Discogs community reached 500 million records in their collection, equating to 50% growth in just three years.
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Published On 1/30/2024
State of the Art Tube Designs for Music Lovers!
Andros Spirit Phonostage
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Published On 12/29/2023
“Esoteric Company will merge with its parent company TEAC Corporation in April 2024. The benefits that this merger will bring to the Esoteric brand include the ability to further enhance its technological development capabilities by sharing the parent company’s extensive development and production resources in Tokyo, Japan, and to develop ever more innovative, truly unique products with high musicality.
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Published On 11/28/2023
New xMEMS’ driver technology is poised to shakeup the world of dynamic drivers for IEMs.
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Published On 6/29/2023
Is it surprising, or just disappointing, that we have not read about this in the Stereophile or TAS? (full disclosure, I subscribe to both). Comments I've received from members state the obvious; if you are receiving substantial advertising revenue from the accused, you'd do best not to fan the flames of the lawsuit against them.
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Published On 4/30/2023
Last month we alerted you to Apples new high resolution Classical Music streaming platform with the largest catalog of Classical Music.
This month we're directing you to a review by Anthony Kershaw in which he states: Apple Music Classical—not ready for audiophile primetime.
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Published On 3/26/2023
Apple Announces the world's largest classical music library now available in hi-resolution.
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Published On 2/19/2023
From Paul McGowan's PS Audio website we are alerted that "One hundred years ago, three seminal events of 1923 changed the world forever: The first commercial radio station in the United States, KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was launched while in that same year, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began its radio programs. On the recording side, 1923 saw the Victor Talking Machine Company’s introduction of the first electrical recording process using microphones and amplifiers, setting the stage for every technological advance we have today."
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Published On 2/3/2023
The recorded music market is regaining its former hourglass shape—this time with platforms like Spotify at the center.
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Published On 1/27/2023
Streaming and the Music Industry
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Published On 11/29/2022
The latest info re the live music industry.
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Published On 10/23/2022
I'm not sure if there is any truth to the rumor that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab commonly referred to as MoFi, is planning a One-Step release of Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire by the Castaways. Pretty sure I just made that up.
Great idea though, and maybe they could give away a copy to everyone who signs up for the class action lawsuit against them?
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Published On 5/21/2022
I’ve recently read a few articles that offer explanations of why music evokes such powerful emotional and physiological responses. I thought I would share my take-aways with you.
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Published On 5/16/2021
Show coordinators are starting to schedule events for this year in a modified post COVID environment. The following shows are being scheduled. Check the websites to confirm whether any change of dates occurs.
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Published On 2/5/2020
Art discusses acoustic boundary materials
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Published On 9/30/2019
Industry's take on high resolution digital files
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Published On 6/22/2019
Terrible loss of masters of albums
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Published On 12/8/2016
This article talks about the resurgence of vinyl in the music sales market.
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Muse New Toys

Published On 5/28/2024
In conjunction with this being the Century of Vinyl’s Revival, and the accolades heaped on my last furniture write-up of my wall-mounted turntable shelf, I’m bringing you a recap of my Boltz Record Rack modifications.
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Published On 4/27/2024
Greetings Audiophiles!

A new toy finally arrived. The popularity of this toy held up delivery for a few months. Worth the wait.

A number of years ago the SFAS had a headphone and headphone amp event. I was one of the attendees and one of the organizers.
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Published On 3/22/2024
Lory Hawley reviews the SR-L500MK2 electrostatic headphones for the magazine Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
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Published On 3/17/2024
Don't try this at home.

In 1790, Alessandro Volta (For whome the Volt was named) stuck one end of a electrical circuit into each ear and experienced "a boom within the head," followed by a sound similar to that of boiling thick soup." Given this shocking experience, he never repeated the expiriment, but his observations provided the first evidence that our perception of sound is mediated, in part, by electrical events in our head.

From the book, Coming To Our Senses, by Susan R. Barry
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Published On 2/20/2024
Can a piece of furniture qualify as a new toy? I think so. Especially if it improves the sound of your audio system, or in my case, improves the sound by letting me walk around the room when I am playing a record.
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Published On 1/30/2024
The Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Royal Burgundy wireless headphones are simply gorgeous. Usually, when given a choice of colors for audio gear, I choose black. Especially for headphones. I want what I wear to disappear; I’m not interested in accessorizing my outfits with audio bling. So, when I was offered an opportunity to audition the new Px8 in burgundy Nappa leather and diamond cut, gold-toned aluminum, I didn’t expect to be wowed.
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Published On 11/27/2023
HIFIMAN, known for its exceptional headphones, IEMs, headphone amplifiers, and portable players, is also known for its path of refinement that continually evolves its products. One of those headphones to recently receive an update is the Arya line of open-back, planar magnetic driver headphones, which are part of their Reference line.
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Published On 8/24/2023
Review of noise cancelling headphones
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Published On 6/29/2023
Here we go. I bought a new Tonearm for the turntable. Now I have a new toy to talk about. I had to solve a weak link in my system, and I had some money to spend. I wanted something good. But, sometimes I want something weird but good.

I have a Well Tempered turntable and arm and it’s weird and good.
I was tempted to buy another Well Tempered tonearm, but since I already have one, why buy another one. I am upgrading my Jelco 850 L on my Dr. Feickert Venti turntable.
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Published On 5/29/2023
I first started using and recommending to our music server customers putting in a "Fiber Bridge" (Ethernet > Fiber > Ethernet) in 2005 when I was working with VRS Audio Solutions, So I am well aware of the sonic benefits of isolating the noise that is carried on ethernet. The last one I put in my system was about 5 years ago and I used the cheapest switch/media boxes and fiber I could find ( think it cost me $60). I added a cheap LPS to the switch on the clean side of the network, which did make a small difference at the time. I also use high quality Cat8 cables with Telegartner plugs on every run from my cable router.
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Published On 7/25/2022
New Toy: Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) Wall Outlet
By: Larry Deniston
As I and many others with more gravitas than I have written, getting good, clean power to your gear can pay big dividends in improving the sound quality of your system. While I had a couple of “decent” wall outlets for my amps and front-end gear, I decided to go ahead and get what could be the best outlets available.
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Published On 12/30/2020
Review of Iconoclast speaker cables
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Published On 9/23/2020
Evaluation of the Smyth Realiser
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Published On 3/29/2020
Review of balanced power transformers
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Published On 12/1/2019
Kevin reviews his latest power conditioner,
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Published On 11/24/2019
New Phono Stage review
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Published On 10/2/2019
Kevin reviews his new phono stage
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Published On 9/20/2018
Joe talks about the advantages of proper mass for tonearm/cartridge matching.
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Published On 12/1/2016
Larry talks about the Shelter cartridge and the challenges and benefits of using a mono cartridge.
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Published On 8/15/2016
Alon reviews this piece of gear that helps clean up the noise on a USB cable.
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Published On 3/23/2022
You may have read the title of this New Toys blurb and thought to yourself, Amp Camp. Sounds like DIY.
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Published On 2/25/2022
I have long been impressed with the power distribution products from Shunyata Research that I have heard in others’ systems and the ones I own. One of the things that has always impressed me about Shunyata Research is that their entry level products have a serious level of trickle down from their high end products.
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Published On 1/27/2022
As I indicated in my write-up about the Spatial Audio M5 Sapphire speakers, I was very impressed with the Linkwitz open baffle speaker design, but was looking for a simpler solution.
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Published On 10/21/2021
For those of you who still have their CD collection and want to get the most out of your Redbook CDs, the Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 T (https://pro-jectusa.com/product/cd-box-rs2t/) is a great sounding transport for you to consider.
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Published On 9/27/2021
The Living Sounds Audio (LSA) Voyager GaN 350 is a class D stereo amplifier with Gallium Nitride (GaN) FET output transistors. It’s rated at 350 watts into 8 ohms, 500 watts into 4 ohms and “2 ohms stable” (not sure exactly what that means?).
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Published On 9/23/2021
The Secret Sauce? A review of High Fidelity NanoParticle Solution NPS-1260 Contact Enhancer, By David Holzman

I have been a happy user of High Fidelity Cables and power cords since they first came to visit our club 4 years or so ago.
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Published On 8/10/2021
As the years go by, I have become more and more attracted to my personally modified version of Occam’s Razor: the simplest way is the best way.
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Published On 6/30/2021
David Snyder blogs about his latest price-friendly streamer!
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Published On 5/16/2021
You Don’t Know What You’ve Been Missing Until You Hear It

If you’ve been an audiophile for, say, at least a week, you’ve no-doubt read many reports from reviewers about their experience of being shocked,
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Published On 1/6/2021
Well, doing as I do, several months ago while enjoying listening to my system, I was also thinking about the next upgrade. Where’s the weak link in the current system?
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Published On 7/25/2020
Spatial M5 Sapphire Speakers

In looking for the next improvement in my system, I started thinking about speaker upgrades and thinking about open baffle designs. I’d heard the Linkwitz open baffle speakers at Kevin’s, Don’s and Linkwitz’ homes and always was very impressed.
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Published On 6/28/2020
Hello SFAS Board and club members! I hope you all are staying safe and sane during these crazy COVID times. Happily, the club has adapted to be as active as ever with weekly Happy Hour Zoom meetings...
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Published On 6/8/2020
A DIY (with a lot of help) Turntable

I don’t post new toy write-ups very often, if ever, up until now, so I’m going to throw a whole bunch of new toys into this one post.
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Published On 4/3/2020
Greetings. Sorry we are all stuck at home. With all our music and time to listen! Wow!

Just before things changed I bought a new phono cartridge. I might have an addiction.
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Published On 3/29/2020
My relatively new toy is a Boulder 1008 phono preamp. It’s a solid state unit with two balanced inputs and two balanced outputs. I’ve installed an XLR junction box on my turntable to facilitate the use of balanced interconnects from the turntable to the phono preamp.
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Published On 3/2/2020
In a search for clean power for my system, I remembered a suggestion from Vince Galbo of MSB Technologies during a wide-ranging discussion about the MSB Analog DAC and the importance of clean power.  Vince had recommended the Tripp Lite IS500HG, which is a 500 watt, hospital grade isolation transformer.  I opted for the IS1000HG which is the 1000 watt version of the Tripp Lite as I was plugging everything except the subwoofer into the isolation transformer and more is better, right?
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Muse Tech Talk

Published On 5/26/2024
Has modern Class D amplification now surpassed the sound quality of traditional Class A/B and Class A amplifier designs? This article explores the possibilities and features several interviews with respected current designers that have been developing Class D circuits.
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Published On 4/30/2024
Wayne Colburn of Pass Labs and PassDIY revealed to the DIY community his third iteration of the Pearl phono preamp at Burning Amp 2023.
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Published On 12/28/2023
Ways to improve the connector/plug chain in the signal path.
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Published On 11/27/2023
Definitely an easy weekend DIY project that can be completed in less than few hours.
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Published On 5/28/2023
David Snyder presents a new way for you to inexpensively add another Roon endpoint in your system- or maybe your first Roon Endpoint- in this well thought out and easy to follow YouTube tutorial.
Your total investment, not counting your labor, should be around a Ulysses, but your enjoyment will be priceless.
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Published On 3/31/2023
I asked my local ChatGPT to describe the difference in sound between a R-2R Ladder DAC and a Transistor DAC. What follows is the answer I received.
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Published On 2/23/2023
In sorting out the search feature for our SFAF website, I had the occasion to give the new Bing Search engine a go.

Using Bing to search for "Larry Deniston articles San Francisco Audiophile Foundation" returned seven articles that Larry had authored. The same search in Google returned one result relating to a survey Larry had sent out.
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Published On 1/27/2023
Norm discusses low frequency challenges in listening rooms.
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Published On 10/28/2022
Just when you think you've seen it all.
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Published On 10/7/2022
A very interesting story in tracking down an issue in a HiFi system.
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Published On 9/26/2022
Cookie talks about the differences between mixing and mastering and how the process affects the sound quality of the product.
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Published On 7/22/2022
This article describes how to best improve the power quality supplied to your listening room by installing large gauge wire with best practices for the installation.
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Published On 6/29/2021
I think my obsession with clean power started with me noticing diurnal variation in sound quality, a fairly well recognized effect: things sound better at night when fewer people and businesses are drawing and corrupting PG&Es 60Hz feed.  I acquired a PS Audio P3 regenerator which largely removed the diurnal variations.
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Published On 5/30/2021
The audio industry is filled with people who will tell you what you should like based upon what they know sounds best. In general, there may not be anything wrong with this. After all, isn’t that, aside from the entertainment value, why we read audiophile magazines?
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Published On 8/1/2020
After SFAS received a generous donation of HiFi equipment which included an older MSB DAC that needed repair, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the MSB Technology factory while dropping off the DAC.
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Published On 5/27/2019
Solving ground loop problems
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Published On 3/24/2019
Grant shows how to re-cone speaker drivers on Bose 901s
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Published On 5/10/2022
PEARL II+ Phono Stage by Ori
The original Pearl2 was designed by Wayne Colburn and is still offered as a partial kit from PassDIY.
The Pearl2+ is a culmination of several hot-rod modifications to the Pearl2 kit. I chose to name it 2+ and not 3 out of respect to Wayne, which may one day release the next version and obviously would want to name it version 3. Since it was offered to resourceful experimenters, why not polish up that gem with a few simple modifications that are well within the grasp and budget of the average vinyl lover.
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Muse Past Event Writeups

Published On 6/1/2024
Cookie discusses the six degrees of degradation in music reproduction.
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Published On 6/1/2024
Manrique and Jeff share their knowledge and experience with our community.
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Published On 3/18/2024
On March 16th the Audiophile Foundation held its Vinyl Garage Sale. This was a shared event with the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) at their facility in Alameda California.
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Published On 1/26/2024
On November 18, 2023 Manny LaCarrubba gave a presentation Audio System Calibration. The process of Audio System Calibration that Manny uses is Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to adjust the acoustics of the room in order fix acoustic room problems. According to Manny, a system is not done until it has been calibrated for the room in which it is playing.
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Published On 12/27/2023
SFAF member Oliver Barrett attends the December 3rd, 2023 awards ceremony and recounts events from the banquet.
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Published On 9/30/2023
Description of this listening event
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Published On 9/26/2023
Party in Orinda celebrating the Audiophile Foundation Members
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Published On 8/29/2023
Write-up of the in-person event at David Hyman's home and description of the equipment
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Published On 8/27/2023
Gordon talked about the audio recordings he made in different locations around the world and played some of those remarkable recordings. Members can check out Gordon's excellent presentation at the following link: View Video
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Published On 1/31/2023
On January 21, San Francisco Audiophile Foundation members were treated to an in-depth presentation and demo of the new Mobile Fidelity SourcePoint 10 loudspeakers at the home of Leslie Lundin.
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Published On 12/11/2022
LOTS OF FUN ON A RAINY DAY, by Ori Mizrahi

Saturday 12/3 was one long cloudy and rainy day. On a day like that you don’t have many choices. You can sit at home and watch the US soccer team knocked out of the World Cup by Holland. Or get on some audio forum where you are sure to get a headache trying to figure out what’s real and who’s a big zero with a very active keyboard… You can watch the Trump Diaries, but that’s a bigger headache yet… Or you could have taken the chance and joined our SFAF class in San Jose.
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Published On 12/11/2022
SANTA ARRIVES, by Ori Mizrahi
It’s the beginning of December, a month of jolly holidays and miracles, and sure enough we had some of that too. Along came our Santa on a long drive from Danville with his 10 years old son. Jeff brought many presents (no, he’s not Greek! – nothing against Greeks of course…) with him.
First and foremost, a few of the caps we tried in the afternoon session were from Jeff’s personal stash, and that by itself would have been a great contribution to the event. But then he lugged with him in the pouring rain a bulky custom tube amp with VHAudio silver/Teflon and copper/Teflon caps and a pair of Legacy Audio very heavy monitors. I would not want to move these so-called monitors too often!
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Published On 11/27/2022
Listening Session at Phil's House
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Published On 9/30/2022
See the results of the attendees preferences after listening to 16 different bookshelf speakers.
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Published On 9/26/2022
A balanced cable “Shoot Out” was held at my home in Healdsburg, CA on September 17th and again on the 18th, 2022. There was a full house of about 15 people each day.
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Published On 9/26/2022
During the recent educational event about equipment measurements by John Curl (Curl YouTube Event), one of the questions asked of John had to do with the use of Gallium Nitride (GaN) fets in amplifiers. The following information provides some additional information regarding the availability and use of GaNfets.
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Published On 8/23/2022
The fieldtrip to Spatial Inc. was my first gathering with the folks of SFAF. I was thrilled that the event chosen was with a company that has taken the experience of audio into a new dimension.

Based in Emeryville, across the street from the gates of Pixar are the studio spaces of Spatial Inc.
We met with four of the Spatial team; Michael Plitkins, the founding engineer (and Star Wars geek), Darrell Rodriquez, chief operating officer, Ken Felton and Kristin Miltner.
The collective background of these folks is impressive; Apple, Nest, Tellme and Netscape are just a few of the companies these engineers had either done high level work for, or founded.
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Published On 7/26/2022
This in-person event was held on 7/24/2022. In the short tradition of learn-and-listen, Tony Chipelo conceived a light-weight but very interesting event focused on DIY (or Do-It-Yourself) fans, or future fans. You have to admit it, that there is something very attractive in DIY at all levels. Taking a small pile of parts and making a working musical gear is like creating a living thing. There is that pride of “I did it” and the excitement of experiencing a newborn baby for the first time. This is not gear anymore, it’s a living thing!
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Published On 5/24/2022
We had six different phono preamplifiers and to cover enough audio and musical tastes we listened to six short tracks on each. Time was the essence and therefore the main instrument in the system was the large atomic LCD clock.
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Published On 11/29/2021
On November 6th, Don Naples hosted an SFAS listening event at his home in Healdsburg. Not long ago, but before the Delta variant, Don had hosted a phono stage event at his home. The event’s focus this time was a showcase of the latest iteration of the Linkwitz LX521 speakers that are now being built in Germany.
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Published On 10/25/2021
On Saturday October 9th, 2021, 19 SFAS members got together for a single driver (and open baffle) speaker listening session in San Jose. Mathew from J&J Audio Solutions provided the commercial equipment.
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Published On 6/30/2021
Don Naples was kind enough to host the second post-COVID in-person SFAS event at his beautiful home in Healdsburg on June 19, 2021. We had about a dozen members invited by Don who were able to observe a cartridge setup demonstration by J.R.
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Published On 6/29/2021
Please find below the note from Phil to the 25 SFAS members who were lucky enough to spend an afternoon listening to his system and enjoying his hospitality:
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Published On 6/27/2021
Frank Doris has had a storied career across many facets of the audio world.

Here is a brief intro from Frank: “I’ve been an audiophile since I was a teenager and always interested in sound, although I couldn’t afford any good gear until after college.
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Published On 5/16/2021
George (President and design engineer) and Carolyn Counnas (Executive Vice President) of Zesto Audio took SFAS through the design considerations for Zesto Audio products by category.
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Published On 4/18/2021
Richard Schram returned for another great SFAS presentation to discuss his path from studying music to hi-fi salesman and store manager to Parasound. He also discussed current Parasound equipment and prospects for new equipment that we might being seeing in the future.
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Published On 4/14/2021
Famed rock historian Richie Unterberger was back and brought SFAS a media presentation on A General History of EPs, concentrating on their heyday in the UK in the mid-’60s!
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Published On 4/3/2021
John Curl and David Gans returned for a very special SFAS Zoom program with a discussion of all things Grateful Dead, John’s extensive experience working with the Grateful Dead sound system
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Published On 3/20/2021
Bill Dudleston, President and owner of Legacy Audio, joined SFAS along with Victoria Dudleston, Marketing/Project Manager, and Brice Auxier, Sales Technologist. Topics covered included the company’s philosophy and design principles,
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Published On 3/6/2021
Duke LeJeune and James Romeyn joined SFAS to discuss the Swarm Subwoofer System, speaker design goals, and other things on their minds.
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Published On 2/20/2021
At this event Richie spent his time with SFAS talking about musical group The Doors. Richie recently finished teaching an eight-week course on the group including details on the production of their studio recordings.
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Published On 2/6/2021
Andrew Jones, the man who can design cost no object speakers as well as speakers that sound so good for so little money you’ll want to buy them by the dozen!
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Published On 1/23/2021
SFAS enjoyed an interesting afternoon with Galen Gareis as Galen talked about his perspectives on the design of Iconoclast cables. Focusing mainly on speaker cables
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Published On 1/9/2021
Audio and Computer Industry veteran Peter Ledermann, along with John Toney, Soundsmith’s Director of International Sales and Marketing, fielded questions from members of the San Francisco Audiophile Society.
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Published On 12/19/2020
In this meeting John E. Johnson, Jr. answered questions from San Francisco Audiophile Society members and conducted a tour of his elaborate music and video system.
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Published On 12/5/2020
In a first for the San Francisco Audiophile Society, EveAnna Manley led a video tour of the Manley Labs factory in Chino, CA (“Chino, not China”
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Published On 11/22/2020
The San Francisco Audiophile Society was excited to host Michael Fremer, Jason Victor Serinus, and Herb Reichert together, three of the biggest voices in the Audiophile Kingdom,
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Published On 11/7/2020
Steve Guttenberg of the Audiophiliac Daily Show on YouTube visited the SFAS and brought his uniquely New York viewpoints to discuss all things Audiophiliac with our mainly West Coast membership.
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Published On 10/24/2020
The San Francisco Audiophile Society enjoyed hosting Merrill Wettasinghe, Principal and Founder of Merrill Audio. Merrill Audio is known for their award winning amps, preamps and phonostages.
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Published On 10/10/2020
The San Francisco Audiophile Society enjoyed hosting David Solomon, “Chief Hi-Res Musical Evangelist” for Qobuz. He spoke about bringing Qobuz to the US market and making streaming an option for audiophiles.
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Published On 9/26/2020
Virtual meeting with Caelin Gabriel, President of Shunyata Research. Caelin and Shunyata are recognized as a leading cable and power product manufacturer in the audiophile industry.
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Published On 9/12/2020
View the afternoon with Mat Weisfeld, President of VPI. VPI has been making high value and highly rated turntables, tonearms and record cleaners in the US for over 40 years.
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Published On 8/30/2020
For you, the lucky attendees of our most recent System Sunday in San Rafael, it was a very special day indeed. Here’s a note from Rocco,
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Published On 8/15/2020
Clayton designs and builds his speakers in Salt Lake City, Utah and his current speaker line includes M5 Sapphire, M3 Sapphire, X5 and X3 (https://www.spatialaudio.us/).
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Published On 8/1/2020
World Famous Stereophile writer/equipment reviewer, whistler extraordinaire, opera critic, author of dozens of other print and online publications. Probably most famous (locally) for his past role as head of the Bay Area Audiophile Society (BAAS).
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Published On 7/28/2020
First of all, a splendid time was had by the host, which was extremely important.
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Published On 7/26/2020
On Sunday July 19, 2020 members were treated to an afternoon with Herb Reichert, Stereophile columnist and equipment evaluator.
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Published On 7/25/2020
On July 11, 2020 SFAS members enjoyed a Zoom meeting with Alex Crespi, founder and president of UpTone Audio. Alex primarily talked about his latest product,
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Published On 6/20/2020
On Saturday, June 20, SFAS members were treated to an afternoon with the one and only Nelson Pass. Nelson talked about his career,
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Published On 6/8/2020
We had a great virtual event by Rick Schultz of High Fidelity Cables. Please find a link to the event below:
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Published On 5/31/2020
On Saturday May 2, 2020 SFAS members were treated to a virtual event with Michael Fremer and Malachai Lui. Michael and Malachai took turns reviewing some of their favorite albums and albums of interest.
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Published On 5/1/2020
On April 18 SFAS’s virtual event, hosted by David Snyder, was in three parts. For those who have not yet added dedicated network audio transports to their systems or who would like to add more, David demonstrated how to easily make one from ~$50 worth of parts...
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Published On 3/28/2020
Audio Streaming is taking the world by storm. This will be much bigger than the move from vinyl to CDs.
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Published On 2/24/2020
On February 22, 2020 at The Shops at Hilltop, David Snyder tackled the many questions and concerns regarding music streaming. The conference room was nearly filled to capacity with over 60 members and friends of SFAS with many new faces and esteemed colleagues from the Sierra Nevada Audiophile Society.
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Published On 1/26/2020
SFAS members were treated to another entertaining and educational event at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond. ELAC’s VP of engineering, Andrew Jones, speaker designer extraordinaire and truly engaging presenter, gave us his personal insights into the design and development of the Navis active speakers.
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Published On 11/24/2019
On November 2, 2019, Richie Unterberger, rock historian, author and music reviewer, returned to The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond for a review of the music and the band members of early Pink Floyd.
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Published On 10/23/2019
On September 28, Michael Fremer once again joined SFAS for a program that celebrated the musical fun and endless lore relating to great and no-so-great vinyl.
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Published On 8/30/2019
It’s still hard for me to believe we just celebrated five years as SFAS. If the adage is true and time really flies when you’re having fun.
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Published On 8/30/2019
SFAS members attending this fun and informative event were able to listen at 10 different headphone stations, which included the following...
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Published On 7/13/2019
The Dutch & Dutch 8c all-in-one speaker event held July 13, 2019, was latest of the SFAS monthly events and, to my knowledge is the first powered speaker event that SFAS has hosted.
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Published On 6/27/2019
On Sunday, June 23, 2019 SFAS members and guests were treated to an interesting and entertaining event with legendary amplifier designer Roger Modjeski. We were also lucky enough to have in attendance John Curl (another legendary amplifier designer), Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove turntable fame and speaker designer Fritz Heiler of Fritz Speakers.
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Published On 6/26/2019
SFAS held it’s first System Sunday event June 9, 2019. Our host, Fred von Lohmann, provides his impressions below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in hosting a System Sunday at your home (query@sfaudiophilesociety.com).
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Published On 3/29/2019
During one of the regular SFAS board member discussions regarding ideas for events our members might enjoy, Kevin Olson suggested we consider having Stirling Trayle of Audio Systems Optimized come and talk to us. Kevin had such a positive experience with Stirling’s services, we felt it was worth a try.
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Published On 3/28/2019
While the event headlined Piper Payne, Mastering Engineer, we were lucky to have Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove turntables and Joe Markert, CEO and founder of FunctionOne, to make significant contributions as well.
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Published On 1/29/2019
They said, “a shoot out with 10 phono stages? They must be crazy! Who would so such a thing?” Well, we did and by all accounts, it went well. (Actually, we did a similar shoot out with 11 phono stages in June 2015.
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Published On 12/23/2018
Time to celebrate a successful year.
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Published On 11/29/2018
After last years’ fun and informative Parasound event with Richard Schram and John Curl, we followed up with another enjoyable event with the dynamic duo this year.
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Published On 10/27/2018
Once again SFAS members were treated to the type of event that is only made available through the San Francisco Audiophile Society. Two industry greats, David Gans(1) and John Curl(2) came together to share their experience and knowledge of the Grateful Dead and many things rock and roll and Hi Fi with Gans leading the way down memory lane.
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Published On 9/30/2018
The September 2018 SFAS event turned into a doubleheader, with presentations and demonstrations by Leo Hoarty and Dan Eakins of SweetVinyl, makers of the SugarCube SC-1 and SC-2 record surface noise reduction systems. Plus, Charles Kirmuss of Kirmuss audio described the science behind and demonstrated his “In The Groove” ultrasonic record restoration system.
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Published On 9/26/2018
Our most recent event at the Shops at Hilltop was an interesting and informative presentation on the early works of David Bowie by Richie Unterberger and Alec Palao.
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Published On 9/25/2018
On Saturday April 28, 2018 the SFAS membership had the pleasure of another informative and entertaining presentation by Michael Fremer at our new conference room at The Shops at Hilltop. Presenters include Allen Perkins, Roger Modjeski, Richard Schram and John Curl.
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Published On 9/25/2018
The SFAS event for March was held at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond featuring Roger Modjeski. This was the first event at held at Hilltop which fulfills the needs of having events dispersed around the Bay Area plus relieving some of the pressure on Leslie’s audiophile garage
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Published On 9/25/2018
SFAS Members were once again treated to a very interesting and informative event at Joe Hakim’s beautiful home in Soquel. This time the presentation covered the Critical Mass Systems (CMS) MAXXUM equipment rack and CMS 0.8, 1.0 and 1.5 Center Stage2 footers by the founder and president of CMS, Joe Lavrencik.
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Published On 2/27/2018
On February 10 this year SFAS members participated in another sold out event at Leslie’s Audiophile Garage in Orinda. Attendees were treated to a very special experience with audiologist Peter Marincovich, PhD., CC-A and his associates Joseph Hardeman, AuD.; and Daniel Park, AuD., extern.
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Published On 2/4/2018
Nakamichi presented a soundbar shootout at Leslie’s Audio Garage Emporium.
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Published On 1/2/2018
This article is to give a recap and impressions of the club tour of the Magico factory that happened on Saturday, December 2, 2017. I was not able to attend the tour from two years ago, so I was pretty excited to see and hear what all the hubbub was about.
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Published On 10/29/2017
SFAS members who attended the PS Audio event in Soquel were treated to a lively and enlightening discussion with PS Audio’s founder Paul McGowan and regional sales manager Kevin Jackson.
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Published On 10/27/2017
SFAS members were treated to an interesting, enjoyable, and candid visit with Parasound founder Richard Schram and renowned circuit designer John Curl. Phil Jackson of Parasound also joined the event and presented the new Parasound phono stage, the JC 3 Jr.
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Published On 9/5/2017
On Thursday afternoon August 10 some lucky SFAS members had the pleasure of being treated to a tour of Dolby Labs in San Francisco.
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Published On 8/5/2017
In this article I want to revisit the Mother’s Day Weekend event held at Leslie’s house.

Clark Smith, creator and proprietor of WineSmith, conducted a presentation and wine tasting for SFAS. Clark has been working in the wine making business since 1972.
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Published On 4/26/2017
SFAS had the honor and pleasure of having Michael Fremer join us for sessions in the morning and afternoon at Leslie’s audiophile garage.
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Published On 3/23/2017
On March 18, 2017 the San Francisco Audiophile Society (SFAS) was lucky enough to have Rick Schultz join us at Leslie’s audiophile garage and provide us with an afternoon of education and interesting discussion about magnetic conduction which is the basis of the High Fidelity product line.
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Published On 3/6/2017
For the January 28, 2017 SFAS event, we had the pleasure of having Manny LaCarrubba* as a guest speaker. Among his many talents, Manny is an expert in music and sound recording as well as acoustically treating and setting up listening rooms and home theaters.
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Published On 3/5/2017
The SFAS tried something new for our February 2017 event. We featured budget gear (under $1000) supplied by our members to find synergies and great sounding gear at a reasonable price.
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Published On 12/1/2016
November 12th in Orinda this year was a beautiful, partly sunny, fall day. A light breeze slightly cooled the 72-degree temperature, but the day was no less a perfect day for Leslie Lundin to unveil to the world her newly expanded Audiophile Garage and Art Gallery (more on the art later).
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Published On 5/16/2016
Here is an HTML version of Joe Hakim’s updated Media Server Event presentation for members to download (as a zip file).
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Published On 5/2/2016
Wow. SFAS’ Joe “Mad Scientist” Hakim’s debut – spearheading an SFAS event on his own – was a tremendous success. The quality of the presentation and the clear and understandable way he conveyed the fairly complicated material left even the least tech-oriented attendee with a satisfied feeling of having learned a lot.
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Published On 4/14/2016
I’m a believer. Even before the March 26th room correction event, I was biased in my opinion that “The Room is King.” In fact, that’s one of my favorite audiophile sayings. I was fortunate enough to discover the importance of “the room” after attending my first two Bay Area Audiophile Society (BAAS) events about a hundred years ago.
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Published On 12/9/2015
What a year it has been! Just this past weekend, we broke all attendance records with over 100 SFAS members converging on Magico’s new factory and headquarters in Hayward.
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Published On 11/15/2015
The second speaker event of 2015 had us traveling to the South Bay, specifically to Boulder Creek and the lovely home of Joe and Debbie Hakim. Although Albert von Schweikert was the honored guest and spoke at length about his latest creation, what we listened to was Joe’s and Debbie’s system: they own the VR-55 Aktivs and the rest of the gear we heard, except for the two Hypex-based amps we auditioned at day’s end.
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Published On 10/20/2015
Although the turnout for Rick Schultz’ presentation of his High Fidelity Cables was not as robust as usual for a SFAS event, that was a loss only to those who didn’t make the show. And what a show it was.
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Published On 7/24/2015
So on Sunday May 28th, Rob Robinson came to Casa Lundin in Orinda (aka The Audiophile garage) to talk to a group of SFAS members about his Mac-based Channel D software product, Pure Vinyl. He also came armed with three different Channel D phono stages, one of which, the Seta Model L, Stereophile reviewer John Atkinson gushed over...
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Published On 7/6/2015
It was a warm and characteristically beautiful morning on June 13th, 2015 as I packed up my little Leben CS-300X integrated and bounded out from my house in Berkeley through the tunnel, headed for Leslie’s place in Orinda and the SFAS Speaker Demonstration event. I had been looking forward to this for weeks!
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Published On 6/4/2015
SFAS members listened to 11 different phono stages at Leslie’s house on Saturday, April 18. It wasn’t the 11 products that made this the most ambitious event ever undertaken by SFAS. It was our efforts to do this as level-matched, A-B comparisons.
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Published On 3/4/2015
First of all, let me say, unequivocally, I had a great time going to see Taj Mahal with the 32 SFAS members who attended our inaugural event at the SFJAZZ Center.
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Published On 2/26/2015
In the member survey we conducted at end the end of last year, DACs was the most-requested product category for product comparison. So on Saturday, February 21, about 40 of us gathered at Leslie’s place to listen to seven member-provided USB DACs priced from $400 to $5,000. Here they are...
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Published On 1/23/2015
On Saturday, January 17, a lively group of seventy three SFAS members met at San Rafael’s newest store, Audio Video Integration (AVI), for what felt like our own private mini-CES.
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Published On 11/18/2014
on Saturday November 15th in Healdsburg California, Lavish Hi-Fi’s Craig Allison, (http://lavishhifi.com/), our host for the day, along with Michael Vamos (the owner of Audio Skies in L.A. and the U.S. distributer of Larsen Speakers) pointed a group of about 40 SFAS members in a different direction, a direction that would lavish the music on us from a Hi-Fi system that wouldn’t require you to take out a second mortgage.
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Published On 9/25/2014
This was the second in our SFAS series of Audio Expert events (the first was the marvelous Albert Von Schweikert), this time featuring audio luminary Roger Modjeski, founder of Music Reference (amplifiers) and RAM Labs (tubes), both featured at http://www.tubeaudiostore.com.
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Published On 7/23/2014
The day after Albert Von Schweikert presented his Mr. Wizard Show to an audience of SFAS members (fully-packed in Leslie’s newly renovated, expanded, and very cool listening room), he wrote to say: “Thank you for organizing one of the nicest meetings I’ve ever spoken at!” We’re honored to have had you here, Albert.
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Published On 5/10/2014
BAAS members met on Saturday, May 3, at Leslie’s excellent digs in Orinda to listen to a selection of audiophile tweaks.
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Published On 3/31/2014
Leslie Lundin, Peter Truce and I spent a delightful few hours at Lee Mincy’s in Kentfield on Saturday, March 15. The excuse was a casual shoot-out focused on USB DACs with sidebar consideration of USB cables.
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Published On 3/25/2014
Two of “my favorite things” are music and coffee. Elite Audio Systems offered them both in an inviting and collegial atmosphere this past Saturday. The event, jointly sponsored with BAAS was attended by perhaps twenty-five mostly BAAS members to discuss all issues audiophile. Neil Gader from the Absolute Sound was the cordial guest speaker and we all carried on for the entire afternoon.
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Published On 3/9/2014
Well, I haven’t heard of any fatalities, so I assume all attendees survived our first (full, sold out!) Audio Smackdown! Feedback is starting to come in
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Published On 3/2/2014
How often have you encountered someone reciting your obituary? That’s what happened when he of the living dead visited Michael Woods’ aesthetically sensational Elite Audio Systems showroom in San Francisco on February 22
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Muse Video Vault

Published On 5/27/2024
This incredible slice of music from 1957 features some of the biggest Jazz artists of all time.

Vocals: Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing
Tenor Sax: Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Jimmy Giuffre
Alto Sax: Earle Warren
Baritone Sax: Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre
Clarinet: Jimmy Giuffre, Pee Wee Russell
Piano: Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Nat Pierce, Mal Waldron
Guitar: Danny Barker, Freddie Green, Jim Hall
Drums: Papa Jo Jones, Osie Johnson
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Published On 4/30/2024
Excellent covers of 25 Bond movies. This collaborative medley was born from isolation restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Published On 4/1/2024
Mature humor for the fools of April.

Perhaps NSFW... you've been warned.
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Published On 3/3/2024
Humans are musical animals four million years in the making, explained by music expert Michael Spitzer.
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Published On 2/27/2024
From Fremer: A videographer visited recently to produce this 4K room tour showing my current audio system, including some new products under review, and some records and accessories.
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Published On 2/26/2024
In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, we present a remarkable East meets West mashup of this familiar cover of an audiophile favorite. Enjoy.
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Published On 1/30/2024
Not just for bagpipes and medieval folk tunes...
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Published On 12/21/2023
Learn about technology that went into the immersive 167,000 loudspeaker system developed for the Sphere.
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Published On 11/17/2023
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year. Cheers from the San Francisco Audiophile Foundation editorial team.
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Published On 10/28/2023
What made Ringo Star so special? In this video, George Hrab creator and producer of The Geologic Podcast explains, "This video makes the argument that his originality, technique, skill, patience, and influence all add up to making him an unqualified genius of his instrument."
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Published On 9/23/2023
Having a bad day? Here's a catchy, whistling, finger-snapping. toe-tapping, foot-stomping romp that you can't get out of your head.
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Published On 6/25/2023
The Science Behind Sound Therapy,
Some studies show that sound baths can relieve stress and anxiety.
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Published On 4/1/2023
So you can take it with you.
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Published On 1/14/2023
This interesting Vox investigative report is more than just a story about what critical role data analytics plays today in how a video becomes viral...
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Published On 12/8/2022
Listening, an extraordinary video tribute to the late writer Art Dudley's taste, vision, and devotion to music, premiers this month on Stereophile's YouTube channel.
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Published On 7/30/2021
A philosophical discussion about audiophiles and their search for the best sound.
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Published On 6/30/2021
Check out this YouTube video – very interesting for musicians and non-musicians alike.
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Published On 5/16/2021
Jonathan discusses the nature of technical specifications and what they tell us and don't tell us
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Published On 3/5/2018
Documentary on the art of listening.
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Published On 2/6/2017
A mini documentary by John Vanderslice on his all analog recording studio.
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Published On 12/5/2014
Promotional video from MBL speakers
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Published On 12/1/2014
Great video showing how speakers produce sound.
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Published On 11/26/2014
This musical Science Experiment is for real, no special effects are used
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Published On 10/21/2014
This is a relatively simple experiment showing the behavior of regular tap water when introduced to a certain audio frequency.
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Published On 2/19/2014
One of my all-time favorite music videos. It boggles my mind that someone (anonymous so far) actually envisioned this! I’m not saying anything else. Just turn up your volume and click on the image to watch.

Enjoy.

Alón
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Muse Music Picks

Published On 6/25/2024
And now, for something completely different. No, not music from a Monty Python sketch or film, but “different” this music is.
Hockets were used primarily in vocal and choral music of the 13th and early 14th centuries. They were often found in sacred vocal music and string compositions. However, in the 14th century, this compositional device was most often found in secular vocal music. This secular association (never safe in medieval times) spurred a backlash from the church resulting in laws that outlawed hockets. I could find no information on whether performing hockets resulted in punishment on the rack, or not. Go figure.
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Published On 6/15/2024
If there were real justice in the world of rock/pop music, this Welsh guitar giant and record producer would be world-famous and have sold out stadiums. He should at least be ensconced in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! He was an amazing guitar player, and his picture could reasonably be in dictionaries alongside the entry for rock’n’roll... well, or possibly by the entry for rockabilly.
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Published On 5/26/2024
My album pick for this month is Emily Remler " Firefly " 1981 Concord jazz CD.

Back some years ago, there weren't many female guitarists of note. Nowadays you can find 8 year old girls playing Paganini's 24th Caprice or Van Halen on guitar all over YouTube. But I think Emily Remler was one of the first truly great female guitar players, at least that I know of. And not just like the stupid old saying " pretty good for a girl". She can be mentioned in the same breath as any of the greats like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and so forth.
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Published On 5/22/2024
Popular Science Magazine discusses an ambitious project aimed at preserving the unique sound of Stradivarius violins. Spearheaded by sound engineer Leonardo Tedeschi and supported by Koritke’s company e-Instruments, the Stradivarius Sound Bank project seeks to digitally capture and replicate the sound of these historic instruments.
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Published On 4/29/2024
Whoever thought of the unlikely pairing of trumpeter Al Hirt with singer/actress Ann-Margret on a record album somehow struck gold. These two talents play off of and complement each other to create a musical experience which is greater than at least most of the work either of the two produced separately.
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Published On 4/27/2024
Since I released my own album earlier this year, many people have asked what my musical influences were when I was first beginning to compose. That’s a difficult answer to pin down as I can remember so many styles of music being played in my home and my neighborhood from the time I could walk until the time I walked out of my childhood home. But, given that I started to compose in the late teens of this century when I was just out of my own teens, I think I can say that Felix Laband’s 2015 album, Deaf Safari was the inspiration for me to sit down and compile all of the different influences that shaped my musical tastes and try and regurgitate them into an album that reflects my own experience of being alive in these turbulent times.
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Published On 4/25/2024
Grants Guitar Corner
In light of Dicky Betts recent passing, I’m reviewing an album most of us have heard many times. The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East. Capricorn records 1971 vinyl.
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Published On 3/16/2024
Grant's guitar corner
My album pick for this month is Triumph " Just A Game" RCA records 1979 vinyl.
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Published On 3/15/2024
Rufus Reid/Caelan Cardello - Rufus Reid Presents Caelan Cardello
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Published On 2/22/2024
Music review: Steve Earle "Guitar Town" by Dave Hjortland
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Published On 2/18/2024
Oneohtrix Point Never, or OPN is the pseudonym of Daniel Lopatin. OPN first garnered wider notoriety with the release of his 2009 compilation, Rifts, which was named the number 2nd best album of the year by the UK magazine The Wire. In 2014 OPN toured with Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden and further broadened the publics awareness of their unique style of music which is broadly classified as Experimental Electronic Music, relying largely on MIDI production with Lopatin orchestrating as the composer, singer, and producer. Again is OPNs 10th album.
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Published On 1/29/2024
Grant's guitar corner
My album pick for this month is Matteo Mancuso " The Journey" Mascot music productions 2023 CD.
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Published On 1/29/2024
Music review: John Stewart "Airdream Believer" by Dave Hjortland
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Published On 12/28/2023
Music review
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Published On 12/28/2023
Music review
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Published On 12/27/2023
Review of "Breakfast in the Fields"
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Published On 11/27/2023
Americana music lost another giant with the passing of Nanci Griffith in August of 2021, at age 68. I haven’t stopped mourning her passing, and doubt that I ever will.
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Published On 10/29/2023
Dave Hjortland's review of the Hearts Town album
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Published On 10/26/2023
Music review by Grant
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Published On 9/26/2023
Dave Hjortland's review of this album.
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Published On 9/26/2023
Dave Hjortland's review of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shooting Straight in the Dark
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Published On 9/26/2023
Review of Gary U.S Bonds, On the Line
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Published On 8/24/2023
Dave's review of this album
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Published On 8/24/2023
Dave reviews this Steve Martin album
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Published On 8/24/2023
Dave's review of this John Prine ablum
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Published On 8/24/2023
Dave's review of this album
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Published On 8/22/2023
Grant Stoner's review of this album
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Published On 7/26/2023
Review of Horslips album.
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Published On 7/26/2023
Many audiophiles will have at least a passing familiarity with Peggy Lee (1920-2002), one of the best-known vocalists of her day and deservingly so. This is Lee at her best, a wonderful collection of “Her Greatest Hits,” at least up to the time of its release, that anyone with ears and any appre-ciation for female vocals should enjoy. A classic indeed.
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Published On 7/25/2023
Not nearly as well-known in the US as in Europe, this Dutch jazz/torch/pop singer is a vo-calist to rank with Diana Krall, Holly Cole, and pretty much anyone else in the genre. Her catalog includes about 15 albums, but if you only have one by her this should be it.
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Published On 6/30/2023
Since the dawning of the stereo age there have been vinyl test records. These records generally contain special test signals developed for analyzing phono-cartridge performance as well as the phono-cartridge interaction with the tonearm and turntable. To put it succinctly, every audiophile into vinyl should own a test record. It can tell you many things you might not know about your system. Is your tracking correctly set up? The settings are at best a guess. Do you have Inner groove distortion? A test record can help you find the culprit.
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Published On 5/27/2023
Aloha Larry Deniston.
Larry Deniston is not gone, he’s just moved closer to the live performances.

Hawaii: Music from the Islands of Aloha
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Published On 4/29/2023
I’ll be brief with this recommendation, just like the total length of the four tracks on this EP. At just under 12 minutes, this album should leave you wanting more. And it will, if your system survives the bone rattling bass that Brooklyn-based DIY artist, Two Feet (AKA Zachary William Dess) is famous for embedding in his music.
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Published On 4/27/2023
My album pic for this month is " See the Sound" by Etro Anime 2004 Neurodisc records CD.

Etro Anime is an unusual somewhat electronica ensemble that fuses a lot of elements together. Somewhat electronica as there are a lot of live instruments as well. There's an element of drum n bass. If you don't know, drum n bass is a style of electronic music characterized by fast, complex drum beats and bass lines. Sounds like it would be intense, but as in LTJ Bukem's music, it can be mellow and beautiful. Not sure how that works, but it does. Etro Anime utilizes those programmed beats, but also live drums and bass guitar.
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Published On 4/22/2023
My album pick for May is Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington “Francis A. & Edward K.” From the sultry, luxurious sound of the first track “Follow Me” to the punchy “All I Need is the Girl”, Duke’s band is a great accompaniment to Sinatra’s typical vocalizations.
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Published On 3/31/2023
Time For Three
Letters For The Future
Time For Three / Xian Zhang / Philadelphia Orchestra

When it comes to modern day classical music I must admit I’m usually underwhelmed. Sometimes repulsed. But in the case of this Time For Three recording of two Pulitzer Prize winning composers works (written fifteen years apart but both commissioned for the group: Jennifer Higdon’s 2007 Concerto 4–3 and Kevin Puts’s brand-new Contact) on Letters For The Future- I was overwhelmed by how much I enjoyed the music and the recording. A longtime friend alerted me to the album after he played the pieces with the Members of TF3 and the Marin Symphony. Thanks to the miracles of Roon and Qobuz I was able to bring the music up while we were on the phone discussing the performances and the artists. The music was so engaging I told my friend I would have to call him back after I was done listening to the album.
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Published On 3/29/2023
My album pic for this month is Alphabet Soup " Layin' Low in the Cut". 1995 Swan Song records. CD.



Acid jazz is loosely defined as a music genre that combines elements of funk, soul, and hip hop as well as jazz. This album definitely fits that description. Unlike most hip hop, this group is built around an actual band performing on actual instruments, instead of deriving beats from samples, and it's an excellent band at that. I've seen them twice, so I can attest to that.
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Published On 2/18/2023
My album pic for this month is Madhouse 8 1987 Warner Brothers records vinyl.

Honestly, I bought the album a long time ago ‘cause I liked the cover. The music was cool, kinda funky jazz instrumentals. It wasn't ‘till many years later, looking at Prince's discography, that I found out this was him.
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Published On 2/5/2023
Those familiar with the classic Blue Note jazz sounds of the sixties will feel at home with Grant Stewart on tenor sax.
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Published On 1/27/2023
Grant's review of a 2008 Jeff Beck DVD
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Published On 12/8/2022
Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller, In Harmony, double vinyl album by Resonance Records, HLP-9060, limited pressing. What a great album that I, more or less,
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Published On 10/28/2022
Observations on the album "Poll Winners" and buying vinyl on Amazon.
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Published On 9/24/2022
This month we have four album picks contributed by Alon, Jay, Larry, and Kevin. Three Jazz and one
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Published On 9/21/2021
David's Pick - October 2021
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Published On 3/7/2021
Brazilian Baden Powell is one of the finest guitarists the world has ever known… but someone forgot to tell America! He’s released about 30 albums in his career and so far
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Published On 3/7/2021
When I first listened to this (2016) album I heard shades of, Procol Harum, Elton John, The Who, early Pink Floyd, and other classic and Prog rock influences. It was like I was listening to an album from the late ’60s or early ’70s that I’d never heard before.
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Published On 3/7/2021
Every couple of years the thought pops into my head that I needed to hear the song, “Fresh Garbage”. Spirit lead off side one of their eponymous debut album with this 190-second track,
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Published On 11/26/2018
My Music pick this month isn’t a single album, but an entire catalog by the SFJAZZ Collective. My knowledge of Jazz music is far from comprehensive, so I can’t recommend the SFJAZZ Collective’s catalog to you in any way other than to say I like their music.
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Published On 8/16/2016
David highlights president Obama's playlist.
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