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  1. Suddenly, it was all over. Gone was the company, the intensity, and the adventure. Unplugged gear, music still playing to a deaf DAC, a pile of dishes, and the odd can to recycle. A wet tractor seat, and futile attempts to focus on feeding a bunch of swarming hungry beasts up the hill silently yelling 'hey what happened to this global warming thing'. (Icy wind and rain). Back to earth. I'd been chatting to Anthony for quite a while, so when he mentioned he had one of his Five-Zero-Zero amps ready to send to a client overseas, and would I like to hear it first, what could I say? It was still engaged in its 'soak-in' period, so it could only enhance the amp's performance by coming down and showing its first footsteps to an equally innocent speaker nut in the southern wilderness? So it turned into a GTG, sadly limited mainly to the 5 people that the 'message' service would allow. I hope not too many others missed the grapevine (sorry). Anthony turned up with his very classy chauffeur 😉 on Saturday evening; we survived a bit of my cooking, and got into some fairly serious chat before crashing. This morning we slowly recovered from my overt lack of ostentation, and carefully man-ouvered the this mighty declaration of human achievement into my salubrious listening space. I admit total exhaustion, after having spent the last few days bulldozing and re-ordering 25 years of junk and treasures to gain a stunning further 22". We had space, in The Barn. So there it was - my Idealish Server running Snakeoil OS, controlled by my 2nd mITX (Win 10) computer, both on Uptone JS-2 LPSUs, feeding via Curious Cable to the Gieseler Konverter DAC/preamp. Balanced cables then took the goodies to the Holton 500 power amp, and on to my SBAcoustics/Audio Technology/ScanSpeakBe 4-way speakers. Also some input from an Oppo disc player, and some 16/44.1 stuff via optical from the control computer. The rest is history. Maybe others could join in with impressions of the experience. @soundbyte, @deblur, @henning, @jasonphilip, @Aussieamps I'm all a bit overwhelmed. And not just by Anthony's very kind words about my speakers. Feeble thoughts flashed by... "oh, but you could just leave it here, and I'll post it on", etc. All a bit like having your child arrested in a foreign country... Dreadful feelings of loss, seeing it lovingly wrapped up and driven off into the stormy night. And the company too. It's been a very rich few years, connecting with you SNA guys, following all the joys and tragedies of life. My ears are forever addicted. That's my amp review for you (for now). Thanks to you all, and an especially huge one for Anthony. A beautiful crystallization of decades of achievement there! Sorry you couldn't make it, @Upfront and @davewantsmoore.
  2. I seem to recall a mention of a GTG for the LK1 speakers, or was it the ML5s? Could have been the new ML1's, or possibly the Magnesium Ltds. Whichever one it was I thought the idea deserved its own thread as I certainly can't remember where I read it. And since these GTG's happen 2 or 3 times a year why not have an announcement thread. So Mike, any GTG's planned for the near future? And what was the next one for again?
  3. Apart from GTG, anyone sipping their favorite alcoholic beverage while listening is seriously compromising their ability to listen effectively. Below is a report ( also on Podcast) from Dr Karl who explains the direct link between alcohol in the bloodstream and hearing impairment. The loss is not consistent throughout the frequency range either it seems . I would say that this phenomenon could explain why a lot of crazy opinions are expressed while drinking at GTG's (or elsewhere). Of course, if that's the way of listening all the time, then the results will be consistent. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2016/04/26/4448817.htm
  4. Having a GTG at my place in City Beach (Perth) on Saturday May 16th, starting at 1pm. My last GTG was about music servers http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/78041-music-servers-streamers-sq-comparisons/ but this one is about DACs; and evolved from the interest shown in this thread http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/80381-perth-meet-up-interest-check/?hl=%20dac%20%20shoot%20%20out ~7 people have already put their hands up and various DACs will be available for comparison (will list later). Anyone else interested? Cheers, JD
  5. The January 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month, the Sydney Audio Club presents the finest in high end audio systems for our members and guests. It's a bit like a private audio show once a month where you can hear and discuss equipment that you might not otherwise have the chance to audition. And you can bring along your own music to test the capabilities of the system or to just share with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. As is usual for our January meeting, we will have a system comprised of club member components. Revox A77 Mark IV reel-to-reel (with Dolby . We will also have several reels of music (primarily Classical), presented by club member John Way. Refer to http://www.reeltoreel.de/worldwide/A77DolbyE1.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revox. Oppo BDP-95 – we will use the Oppo primarily as a transport in our BYO session. Connected to the preamp via Analysis Plus digital coax. We will also have a pair of Nordost Frey XLRs connected to the preamp in case someone wishes to hear the SACD layer, or wishes to compare the SACD layer to the CD layer. We will also be able to play flash drives via the Oppo. Classe CP800 pre – connected to the power amp via Vertere XLR. Refer to http://www.classeaudio.com/products/cp-800.php and http://www.stereophile.com/content/class233-cp-800-da-preamplifier. Plinius SA250 Mk4 amp – connected to speakers with Nordost Frey. Refer to http://www.pliniusaudio.com/Plinius_Range/Power_Amplifiers/SA_Reference.html and http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/506plinius/index.html. B&W 801 S2 speakers – refer to http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/506/index.html. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or flash drives. Sorry, no provision for vinyl this month. All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others of a similar mind. Guests are always welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. We will welcome you at the door. Venue: Epping Creative Centre Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 11th January 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au I'm not Tom
  6. I was going to throw this in with the DAC GTG thread but then I realized I had a slightly longer story to tell so, what the hey, here it is in it's own thread. Back at the GTG at the Vikings Leagues Club on the Gold Coast, that Damo, Adamg and myself threw together in late 2012 with more enthusiasm than anything else, I handed out caps to the 6 of us (I think it was 6) that assisted in the organizing. I had them printed because, like I just said, I had more enthusiasm than anything else and it seemed like a cool idea to have a little keepsake of an event that worked out because everyone was just so stoked to be a part of it. Cap number one. For the amp GTG at Mikes the following February (when I picked up my S2Rs ) I went a bit overboard and had a few caps, coffee mugs and T-Shirts printed (I think it was 6 caps and 3 each of mugs and shirts). Again enthusiasm reigned supreme and it was only afterwards that I realized that some people might not see it in the same light as I did. Fortuneately, everyone present, Mike included, thought they were a good laugh. I really wanted to get a pic of Bill wearing the T-shirt and cap with the mug in hand, just so I could pin it up on SNA, but it didn't happen (I'll just have to try harder next time I guess). I saw the mug, still present in the kitchen at Mikes factory, about 10 months later, I think that confirms that it is a decent quality product. I also sent a left over T-shirt and cap to AJ, as a thank you for lending me his Hypex Ncore amps for a couple of months longer than he or I initially intended. The Cap. The Mug. The Shirt (in its natural, unironed, state). I didn't have anything printed for the late 2013 amp GTG, finances were tight after all and it just sort of slipped my mind, a bit of a shame that, it broke continuity, but these things happen. However, back on track, the DAC GTG is coming up and I wanted to get a cap printed that could be awarded (with appropriate fanfare, naturally) to the winner of a blind test. So how fancy could I get? If anyone actually succeeds in a blind test then they should get something appropriate, something that tells everyone who sees them wearing it that that perosn has superior hearing power to all around. So I was looking for a cap (or hat) which accentuated the wearers ears (it seemed reasonable at the time!). After a quick ebay search I then did a slower ebay search and narrowed down the 30,000 odd choices to 8 that I felt were more inspiring than average. Teddy bears, universally adored. Mans best friend, everyone loves dogs. Dragons, very popular in film at the moment. Elephants are cool, less so than dragons but still worth a vote. Modern day Danielle Boon. A little risque perhaps, but on topic. Wow! Identical twin leapards, now that is inspirational! And last but not least, everyone loves Pandas. So, with so much inspirational material on hand, I went to work. And I'll continue to, I think, print out a cap or two for each GTG (hopefully I'll be able to attend most of them) just for the hell of it. This is why I was urging Marc to get a SNA cap design sorted out, can you imagine the sight of 30 or 40 of us wearing SNA caps wondering about the next Melbourne Audio Show? Even just supplying an SNA stencil for the front of the cap, then you could put your SNA user name and avatar on the back, so many posibilities. Caps are the way of the future guys, they may even set us free! (from cancer of the forehead at any rate) What's that? You want to see the DAC Champion cap? Sorry, that information is restricted to creators, vendor owners and competition administrators only. You'll just have to go to the GTG and try to catch a glimpse of it with everyone else. Cheers Guys! Cafad.
  7. Hi All, Thanks Insiders for all the RSVP's after the Insiders Email. Looks like a bigger crowd is coming this time! The main event will be the first ever SA demonstration of the Devialet D-Premier amplifier with VAF's flagship Signature i93. Find out why John Atkinson of Stereophile said: "Devialet's D-Premier amplifier is the most extraordinary product I have reviewed for Stereophile. Superb sound quality, future-proof design, everything you need in one box—it is the epitome of what a high-end audio product should be. Wow!" You WILL be impressed by this VAF/Devialet combination. Insiders gatherings are a low key after-work 'unwind' events. Drinks (beer & wine) as well as light food on VAF. Feel free to bring your own CD's and vinyl. Other than the amazing VAF/Devialet combination, we'll be showing: New VAF models, some other interesting new gear, and some seriously amazing one-night-only offers to VAF Insiders members. So join us and blow off some steam after work on Friday. Explore new audio equipment, listen to good music, meet and speak with other VAF insiders. SNA members in SA are also welcome to attend. If you can, please RSVP here which will help us plan drinks & food. We know however that it's Friday after work and you may not know until the last minute if you can make it. If you can't RSVP that's ok, it's still ok to just drop in on Friday. This Friday, June 28th, From 5:30pm to around 8:30pm At VAF, 52 North Terrace Kent Town SA
  8. http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/53767-vaf-insiders-meetup-friday-7th/
  9. Mike has been talking about a Get Together for a while now and has settled on Saturday February the 16th, 11am at the factory. I haven't been to one of Mikes GTGs before so I'm not sure what the go is usually with food and drink but I'm sure we'll be able to work something out with respect to lunch, softdrinks and maybe a few coldies for later on. Can't go leaving the venue for a food or drink run when there's serious audio business to be sorted! Weather permitting I plan to bring down my Halcro amp and pre a few days prior to the GTG so they should be available for anyone who is interested in having a listen, with Bills approval I'd like to run them through his ML2LEs for a while, just because I am dying to know how they will sound. Mike has asked me to put up the announcement and to get an idea of numbers so if you are interested in coming please let me know via PM or reply to this thread. Hope to see you there!
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