Our 10th anniversary and birthday party was a lot of fun! It was very evident by all the smiles and chatter that people were really enjoying themselves. That’s what I truly believe is marvellous about our little club – we know how to have fun, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we don’t elevate one person over another just because their toys are bigger/better … and we are always respectful of each other. Excellent you guys!
Although the BBQ offerings were available at 1:00, it wasn’t until 1:20-1:30 that people started to arrive in numbers. Since it was winter we were able to host it on the patio such that we could enjoy the sunshine (rather than hide from it in the summer!). We had a huge 300 litre heavy duty container half full with ice, beer and soft drinks. It was truly big - we had quite a few drinks left over. We had beef, chicken and pork sausages, buns, plenty of sautéed onions, different sauces, two large salads, chips, nuts. We normally start our meeting punctually at 2:00, but people seemed to be having so much fun that I held off a bit trying to get people into the hall. I didn’t want to spoil the fun. But I suppose I needn’t have been too concerned, because we had more fun coming up inside…
I opened the meeting with a brief speech about the club and the past Presidents and Committee members. John McEvoy was the founder and first President of the club – it was great that John was present so people could approach him for a chat afterwards. I also mentioned that Keith Morris (our Treasurer) is the only Committee member that has been on the Committee continuously since day 1. John Vandyke was our second President - John and family moved to Adelaide 5 years ago, so many current members unfortunately didn’t get to meet him. I’ve been the President since July 2011 – in fact, it was pretty much 6 years to our anniversary day. Again, I’d like to say that what is most important isn’t who is on the Committee or who is the President – what matters most is our dedicated and loyal club members. And we have many members that have been with the club since its inaugural club meeting in July 2007. Thank you all. We will continue to try to do our best for you.
I then outlined the format of the day. And I introduced 2 important attendees that are in the audio industry - Marc Rushton and Edgar Kramer. Marc of course is the founder and publisher of StereoNET and also the man behind the International HiFi Show. Edgar is the editor-in-chief of the newly launched Soundstage! Australia. Thanks for attending guys.
Finally… it was time for our guest presenter… Henry Kristanto of Redefy Audio. (He was patiently waiting for me to stop talking – what a guy!) Henry explained the design of the speakers he brought in. He also apologised for not bringing in the Arte Forma Elyssa Integrated Single End Tube Amplifier as was planned – it wasn’t functioning properly due to issues with valves. In its stead, we had a large integrated solid-state amp by AudioGD. Henry present some varied music for about 35 minutes.
After Henry’s presentation, we had a Rock Wiz style quiz hosted by George Davidson, our vice-president. This event almost didn’t happen – it seems George and I both thought the other was going to bring in a particular adaptor. So in the end, neither of us did. Whilst George went out to buy one, Stephen Chen arrived and just happened to have what we needed. Thanks Stephen! The quiz this time was particularly hard – many people didn't know the artist and/or the track. Nevertheless, we all had fun trying to figure it out. (Go easier on us next time George!)
We had our break at our usual time. And during it, our Events Coordinator Steven Polley, presented a positively humongous cake he’d made for the occasion, complete with the Sydney Audio Club logo on the top. Even after we’d had way too much of it, there was still about half of it left over!
After our break we had our raffle. This time we had 5 prizes! Long-time member Stephen Chen had donated a Thor power conditioner (including a PS Audio power cord) as well as a DAC (16 bit, 44.1 KHz only). We also had 3 gift vouchers for JB HiFi. From memory, Robert Jackson won the Thor and John Way won the DAC. We then had our usual BYO to close out the afternoon.
Here are some comment lifted from the Feedback forms… when you read it all, please keep in mind that people were still in a bit of a party mood, so many tended to emphasis the birthday party rather than the SQ...!!! It was good too...!!
“Speakers good value for the money.”
“Most enjoyable & entertaining being 10yr Birthday of club. Thanks for BBQ and drinks and cake and quiz! Larger speakers from Redefy - more boomy bass, midrange and treble held back."
[This was very likely the influence of the room and not speaker related – TomW]
“Excellent meeting as always! Friendly and enjoyable variety of music. Loved it all!”
“Very enjoyable and congratulations on the cake! Both pairs of speakers sounded "bigger" than their size but the black speakers (by Redefy) had the definite edge.”
“Nice speakers, would have loved to listen to smaller ones a bit more. Nice affordable gear”
“Great meeting. 10 years, well done!”
“A terrific birthday meeting. Liked the smaller speakers. Excellent CD/SACD player. Small speakers very promising.”
“Well organized. Cake was a beaut. Thanks Tom. Thanks Steve P - Master Chef!”
“Thanks for BBQ and cake. Very impressed by Redefy speakers.”
“Liked the quiz and the BBQ!! Preferred the black speakers [by Redefy].”
“Enjoyable meeting, good fun.”
“Great club - Happy 10th B'day”
“A lovely 10th anniversary meeting. On this 10th anniversary, thanks to the Committee for all the hard work. And many thanks to Steve for the cake and to the catering team for all the food. Here's to 10 more for SAC.”
[Note – all catering was by the SAC Committee. Too expensive otherwise!!! TomW]
“Fun with George's quiz. Fantastic meeting. Happy Birthday.”
“Fantastic. Thanks for the invitation.”
“Great meeting. So many familiar faces. Great food. The black speakers [by Redefy] were very enjoyable.“
“Great spirits and company. Long live SAC! Speakers were good overall. Honest sound, good value for the price.”
“Great meeting and great sounding speakers from Redefy.”
A big thank you to Henry for the day…
Photos to follow shortly...