The DC Hi-Fi Group

Gary Gill Interview on CAF & PAF

Paul Elliot posted a recent interview with CAF & PAF founder Gary Gill about 2020 Hi-Fi Shows and the future. The new CAF dates are November 5-7, 2021. Paul has also launched a brand new web site full of audio reviews and Hi-Fi arcana.

Paul Elliot interviews Gary Gill

Pacific Audio Fest 2021

Part-Time Audiophile is reporting about the exciting news of a brand new audiophile show for 2021. Of interest to The DC Hi-Fi Group is that our own Gary Gill is involved in the creation of the Pacific Audio Fest 2021. It would seem, Gary has an affinity for all things Washington since the new show will be held near Seattle, Washington. Of course, Gary is behind the creation of the very successful Capital Audio Fest (Washington, DC metro) that is still on the books for late October 2020.

We wish Gary and his associates the very best of success with this new venture. Who knows, maybe a DC Hi-Fi Group field trip will be in order?

DC Hi-Fi Group’s first YouTube Meeting with chat

On Saturday May 9th just after 11am John and Chris launched the clubs first video meeting

We had an active group of around thirty on line watching and chatting along with both Chris and John getting us up to date with what’s happening.

We had a few vendors joining in Denis Clark from Leesburg, Jose from DrVinyl, and Jerry Snead letting us know what new lines they are now carrying. John reported on what Russ now has to offer too.

Chris filled us in on all the new stuff he is looking at and listening to, and John did the same.

Following the chat was great fun with great comments from the members that logged on.

Can’t wait until the next one

If you are a DCHFG member and missed the live stream, contact John Gatski for the link to watch a recording of the event.

DC Hi-Fi Group Meeting—February 29, 2020

It was a big Leap.

I think half, or it just seemed like it, of the club’s membership squeezed into Russ Katz’s townhouse—home of The Vinyl Revivers.  Russ has been a corporate member of the DC Hi-Fi Group from the beginning and is a big supporter of the club. Hosting a club meeting takes a lot of work and Russ has done many.  Be sure to thank Russ and Roslyn at the next gathering. It was a beautiful day, a little chilly, but anything above freezing in February around here is a blessing.

The meet followed the usual format. Meet, greet, drink, eat.  Really good sandwiches with all the accouterments that a polished host provides.

Chris filled us in on the latest pertinent news including a discussion about the ramifications of the Apollo Masters fire. This was one of only two manufacturing plants that make lacquer masters for the vinyl production industry.

For the DIY’ers in the club, Chris let us know about a great suggestion for a new affordable high-end 2 x 40 W Class D audio amplifier HAT board that attaches onto a Raspberry Pi Zero. This creates a solution ideally suited for DIY audio projects. Link to the article is here

Chris recently told us about one of his new speakers (Magnepan LRS) that has received great reviews. I have heard them twice at audio shows and I agree with the reviewers and Chris that this speaker performs way above its price point. Chris has found a simple mod to push this speaker’s transparency even further by replacing the factory stands with Magna Risers.

For the guitar enthusiasts in the group, there is going to be an open house and concert at PRS Guitars in May.

And Qualcomm is pushing the Bluetooth protocol further in speed and audio quality with new chips.

In Russ’s basement showroom he had Sonner Legato Duo’s that are just plain fine. These are 2.5-way bass ported enclosure with a reasonably high sensitivity of 90db and a freq range of 37Hz to 23kHz.  I wish I could have spent some quality time with them. I have only heard the smaller monitor styles at the audio shows and loved them. Bryce Allen from Rega was showing off the Rega Planar 8.

In the first floor sound room, we had the ATC SCM 19 bookshelf speakers on stands demoing the Geer-Fab D.Box SACD Player-to-DAC HDMI/DOP interface. This magic box can extract DSD64 and PCM 24/192k from the HDMI data of a player/transport with HDMI output. Don’t give your SACD’s away just yet! Since Oppo stopped making their universal player, this is one of the only ways to get Audiophile SACD sound these days. The system also included the Gold Note DS-10 DAC/Preamp/Streamer. The DS-10 is the latest generation of DAC using the brand new AKM AK4493 chip with PCM resolution up to 768kHz/32-bit and DSD up to DSD512. In addition to converting the audio signal, it is also capable of sending it directly to a power amplifier. This makes it very versatile analog line preamp. It is also the latest generation streamer with a high-performance headphone amp that features two sensitivity levels to drive any type of headphone. The muscle behind this high tech front end is the Goldnote IS-1000 integrated and streamer box. This is a 125 watts/ch box. Way cool.

Amar Krajvansh of Aurorus Audio Headphones set up a listening station with his Borealis open-backed headphones. These are in production now and he has been selling them as fast as he can make them. They are really sweet, detailed and refined. A completely mature product after a couple of years in research and development.

This was a very full agenda and a ton of information was exchanged. We had just a few raffle items and the winners were pleased.

Again many thanks to Russ and especially Roslyn for opening up their home to our invasion.

DC Hi-Fi Group Meeting—January 25, 2020

With the threat of bad weather, we still had a good group of members making the trek to Alexandria for another very pleasant get together at Greg Viggianno’s condo party room. This was a combo meeting with DC Hi-Fi Group and the Carver enthusiast club. They are a worldwide owners of Carver vintage products. They have a forum called “The Carver Site”.

The meeting followed with the usual format of “meet and greet” with pizza and various liquid refreshments.  After way too much pizza, we had a short business meeting and quickly delved into a listening session with some interesting equipment.  John brought his digital rig consisting of his MacBook and the superb Mytek Brooklyn DAC. Completing the front end was John’s Rogue RP-7.  John brought two speaker systems—a stand mounted monitor from Studio Electric M4 and the new Martin Logan Motion 20i.  The 20i is a compact floor stander with an Air Motion folded ribbon tweeter. This type of tweeter is becoming very popular now that the AMT Heil patent has expired. Below the tweeter are a pair of 5 ½ inch aluminum cone woofers. Claimed frequency response is 46Hz to 25kHz.

The power amps for this set up was a real Yin-Yang affair. First was from the Carver Group, a vintage Caver M500t that was highly modified for higher power (400 watts), lower distortion and tighter control.

Next up was the McGary SA-2. This amp is a modern take on the classic 6550 family push-pull amp. The Amp is self-biased so one can roll in any of the KT-XX’s for the KT66 the KT120 with no problem.  Mike McGary builds the amps himself in Virginia. Point-to point wiring is used along with the best possible components.

The Amp has a bunch of features such as adjustable feedback (1 to 9db’s), balanced or unbalanced inputs, switchable (on the fly) between Triode and Pentode modes and the ability to strap this amp to mono so one could have dual monoblocs.

Mike presented the members with a brief description of the amp and his plans to include in the future a full function modular preamp.

The raffle winners received some goodies and we all went home smiling

See you next month!