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Sydney Audio Club Meet Sun 15-Jun-2014 - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC, DeVore Fidelity 0/96, LM Audio LM-219IABy O.Sydney
The June 2014 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again at Dence Park for an afternoon of fine music and sound and convivial 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.
For June, we are very pleased to say that Bill McLean of McLeans Smarter Home Entertainment will be presenting. Billâ€™s web site is at http://www.mcleans.info/home-entertainment/home.do.
Bill will be presenting a complete system comprised of the following:
DeVore Fidelity 0/96 loudspeakers. Refer to http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?productId=225177.
These DeVore speakers have been getting excellent reviews around the world. The O/96 model is also known as the Orangutan. They have 96 db sensitivity and more importantly, 10 ohms nominal and 8.75 ohms minimum impedance, so they are easy to drive. Refer to the review on Stereophile at http://www.stereophile.com/content/devore-fidelity-orangutan-o96-loudspeaker. To quote Art Dudley from this Stereophile review (Dec 2012), he says â€œMy own view is simpler: The O/96 is neither a budget version nor a luxury version of anything else. It's an extremely well-crafted loudspeaker that achieves a combination of strengths that is, as far as I know, unique. The O/96 is distinctly easy to drive with low-power amplifiers, yet it's clearer, wider of bandwidth, and more spatially accomplished than most other high-sensitivity loudspeakers. Colorful yet uncolored, the DeVore Orangutan O/96 is the loudspeaker many of us have been waiting for. Yes, an old Western Electric horn or even an Altec Valencia has more punch and drama, and Quad ESL has even more clarity and nuance of texture and timbre. But the O/96 gives a lot of everything and sacrifices little of anything. I'm thoroughly, giddily impressed.â€ Art Dudley is usually less effusive than that, so these speakers must be good!
LM Audio LM-219IA Integrated Amplifier. Refer to http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?productId=237651
This â€œLine Magnetic Audioâ€ Integrated Amplifier is a 24 watt Single Ended Class A amp with 300B driver tubes and 310A input tubes. It has adjustable bias via built in meters. Negative feedback is adjustable and defeatable. Power output is displayed via meters. It has two power transformers for dual mono operation, and point to point wiring throughout. The company is based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China.
PS Audio Direct Stream DAC. Refer to http://www.psaudio.com/products/directstream-dac/
This DAC offers a pure 100% single bit DSD based D to A Converter with a passive output stage and resolution perfect volume and balance controls. It has a simple, direct signal path with only one master clock and offers excellent immunity to jitter from sources. Modified Oppo BDP-95 player. For the front-end, Bill will be bringing a BDP-95 player modified by Joe Rasmussen to Level 3 standard. Refer to http://www.customanalogue.com/jlti_multiplayer.htm. (We will also have a monitor on hand to allow us to play music from USB flash drives in our BYO session.)
Auditorium 23 cabling. These are musically, harmonically and texturally rich cables. Not to mention affordable! For speaker cables, refer to http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?productId=225406. For interconnects, refer to http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?productId=225407
This will be a digital only system. Bill will be presenting his system with some of his music played from his Mac.
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 USB flash drive. Sorry, no 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 â€“ 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 15th June 2014
Doors open 1pm
Meeting starts at 2pm
Sydney Audio Club
On behalf of Tom and the Sydney Audio club Inc.