The DC Hi-Fi Group

DCHFG Rummage Sale Success!

The long delayed chill of Fall arrived on the morning of the first annual DCHFG Rummage sale. DCHFG members and select outside vendors dug deep into their basements and closets to bring forth wondrous Hi-Fi gems from the past. Every category of audio playback gear was represented. Stylish Bang & Olufsen BEOVOX S 75 SPEAKERS were on display recalling a time when B&O was the arbiter of design before the modern reign of Jony Ive and Apple Computer.

Vinyl sales from several vendors were brisk. Other shoppers focused on vintage tube gear. Many speakers were on sale ranging in price from $15 dollars a pair to Martin Logan Electrostatic models.

Some young Hi-Fi enthusiasts were spotted carefully surveying the best bargains and choosing their first Hi-Fi rig from all the goodies on display.

From the attendance and positive comments it would appear the DCHFG Rummage may become an annual event?

For now, all eyes are focused on the DC Hi-Fi event of the year taking place November 2-4, 2018 at the Rockville Hilton. See you there!



DC Hi-Fi Group September 2018 Meeting

With the advent of Fall, DCHFG moved to a new venue in Alexandria, Virginia. The prepared demo featured the Amphion Argon 3S speakers, Prism Sound Callia USB Audiophile DAC and Pre-amplifier, and the DIY Amp Camp Amp Class A amplifier.

With no advanced planning, the little amplifier that could was able to drive the Argon 3S speakers to a pleasing level in a relatively large room. Many DCHFG members were impressed by the transparent sound of the the 8 watt amp in combination with the Callia DAC. Music files were sourced via Tidal High Resolution streaming using an Essential PH-1 Phone. The audio was streamed using the phone’s usb output using the excellent USB Audio Player Pro app.

The Amp Camp Amp was recently built by DCHFG member Chris Barker. It features a Mosfet Class A based design by the legendary audio designer Nelson Pass. Several other DCHFG members have either purchased the kit or expressed a desire to do so. A discussion thread for DCHFG Amp Camp Amp builders is ongoing at the DCHFG forum.

Continuing in the DIY amp mode, the Argon 3S speakers and Callia Dac were paired with a DIY amp using an ICEpower 50ASX2 self contained amp module in a Ghent Audio case. With more reserve power, there was no issue driving the speakers. Again, many DCHFG listeners were impressed by the sound of this modestly priced DIY combination.

Everyone enjoyed the gourmet pizza lunch that was provided.

DCHFG members are now gearing up for the first annual rummage sale on October 14th which is open to the public. See you there!

First DCHFG Rummage Sale – October 14, 2018

DC Hi-Fi Group/Capital Audiofest Audio Rummage Sale+Vinyl Event
When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Historic Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Ave., Garrett Park, MD 20896

The DC Hi-Fi Group and The Capital Audiofest are holding the First Annual Member/Dealer Audio Rummage Sales+Vinyl event in Garrett Park, MD on Oct. 14th. Individual and DCHFG dealer members are selling off their used gear, b-stock, scratch and dent, and classic audio pieces, as well as new/used vinyl and turntable gear, home theater and pro audio.

Over 20 tables of gear will be at the event. It is open to the DCHFG membership and the public. Free admission. Cash-only sales unless otherwise noted by the vendors. Drinks and lunch will be available to DCHFG members. Non-members who sign up for annual or bi-annual membership terms are eligible to win prizes, which will include used gear, an external SSD, HDtracks free album download and trial subscription to Roon.

The Capital Audiofest will provide information about the Nov. 2-4 Expo, the premiere East Coast audio show, Rockville Hilton Hotel. Oct. 5 Deadline To Reserve Your Table.

DCHFG Members who want to sell their used gear (we hall have lots of stuff, don’t we) and records at the Oct. 14 event need to reserve their table space by Oct. 5. We have space for 22 tables. Table space fee is $30 per table for individual members and $50 for dealer/manufacturer/service provider members. Non-member space fee is $90. Click here to download the table reservation form that can be mailed back with the check, payable to The DC Hi-Fi Group.

Members are encouraged to bring their own tables. We recommend the Rubber Maid-style, six ft. plastic folding tables. Street parking and nearby school parking lot available to attendees.

DC Hi-Fi Group August 2018 Meeting

After the fun and sun at the beach, DCHFG got back to business with a demonstration by DCHFG Industry Member McGary Audio featuring their tube amplifier . Thanks to all that attended.

DIY Roon Core OS thread

I have just created a thread on the DCHFG forum for the discussion of building your own Roon Labs music library and streaming audio system. My introductory post gives some background history of how we got here and then introduces the Roon system. My next post will begin a discussion on how I built my own Roon Core OS server and incorporated it into to my home network of streaming players.

If you own more than a couple hundred CDs, I think you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Roon system that I guarantee will unlock more value from your collection than you may have thought.