The DC Hi-Fi Group

How Good is your Hearing?

I was watching one of my favorite Youtube channels about music production (Rick Beato) and he showed how his music intern who was trained at Berklee, has perfect pitch, and can hear a 18k sine wave did when she took an audio test at NPR.

So, take the audio test at NPR and watch the Rick Beato video and report back on the DCHFG forum how you did. Good luck!

DCHFG Holiday Party 2018

Boy does time fly by when you are having fun!

DCHFG celebrated its third holiday party on December 8th where members gathered, along with significant others, to enjoy a festive meal and reminisce about the significant Hi-Fi events of 2018.

DCHFG President, John Gatski, invited CEO Dave Kelley of the newly revived KLH Speakers to demonstrate the very reasonably priced ($1299) KLH Kendall floor standing speakers. Dave Kelley previously worked for Klipsch Speakers for many years. It would  seem transducers are his passion.

KLH Kendall powered by Pass Labs Integrated Amp

Considering the sound quality and fit and finish, many people would price these speakers in the multi-thousands of dollars. In fact, the price has been further reduced for the holidays to $974 making them an incredible bargain!

DCHFG President John Gatski seems pleased by the sound of the KLH Kendall Speakers
DCHFG Members listen intently to the KLH Kendall Speakers

With 2018 rapidly winding down we have 2019 and all the exciting future products to look forward to.

I would personally like to thank John Gatski for all his hard work shepherding DCHFG to the 150 plus members we have today and a big thank you to all the DCHFG members for their support and camaraderie.

Happy New Year!

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 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.