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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Our December, 2014 meeting will be held at Quintessence Audio in Morton Grove. They will have on hand some of the most interesting high-end products for us to listen to. Featured are the flagship Sonus Faber Aida speakers driven by Audio Research electronics (and possibly the very new Audio Research Genesis Series) and the T+A Elektroakustik Criterion TCD110S speakers and T+A electronics from Germany. There will be analog, digital, and computer audio sources. Bring along a favorite musical selection.

FINAL NOTE: AS HAS BEEN OUR SCHEDULE THE PAST FEW YEARS, THERE IS NO MEETING IN JANUARY. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE IN FEBRUARY, DETAILS TBA. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

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Recent Meetings

September 21, 2014
Clayton Shaw from Spatial Audio demonstrated both available models of his new open baffle loudspeakers that achieve bass response using all passive components in the crossover without any DSP or EQ that has been typical of previous open baffle designs. With 100 dB efficiency they can be driven by nearly any type of amplifier. The Model M2 was demonstrated at AXPONA 2014 here in Chicago and received a lot of positive attention. The Model M2 uses two 12" drivers with a coaxial tweeter with bass response extending to 43 Hz. The larger Model M1 was just recently introduced at the California Audio Show. We were among the first to hear it. It is a larger version using two 15" drivers and the same coaxial tweeter with bass response extending to 32 Hz.

August 24, 2014
New CAS member Mark Brodsky hosted the August meeting at his home. He had 3 system setups that he likes for different music and tastes at different times. One is based around Pass Electronics/Sonus Faber speakers, another on all Naim electronics/Dynaudio speakers, and a third around Cary SET tubes and Proac Monitors with a REL sub. There was vinyl, disc, and about 1600 albums on a NAIM music server.

July 20, 2014
CAS member Jeff Kenton hosted the July meeting at his home. He had a large listening room with a system that included a sophisticated Mac Mini computer setup, vinyl, 2 dual 15" subs to augment Infinity Reference 4.5 speakers, and a 108" AMPRO front projector to enjoy blu-rays.

June 22, 2014
Paul McGowan from PS Audio demonstrated his company's new DirectStream DAC. We want to extend a very big thank you to CAS member Mark Malboeuf, who supplied the following associated equipment for the meeting:

  • Oppo BDP-105
  • N-Core Amplifier
  • Audio Concepts Sapphire XL Speakers
  • JL Fathom Subwoofers
  • Feb. 23, 2014
    Brian Walsh of Essential Audio in Barrington hosted the February, 2014 Chicago Audio Society meeting for the grand opening of its remodeled facilities, which included a large second floor demonstration room. The meeting featured a Bricasti Design M1 DAC and the Aurender Music Servers, the flagship W20 and the new X100L. Brian Zolner, president of Bricasti Design, was on hand to present his company's equipment and to answer questions. Additional equipment featued included AMR, Atma-Sphere, Kuzma and Sound Lab.

    Dec. 8, 2013
    The December, 2013 meeting was held at the home of CAS member Rick Berta. Rick featured four(!) audiophile horn systems, including 30" EV subs! Introducing 2 new digital products-the S.O.T.M preamp/DAC and Essence electrostatic high definition control center HDMI preamp/DAC.

    Nov. 17, 2013
    Peter Mulligan, owner of Toska Audio (a new store in Mt Prospect), hosted our November meeting. He demonstrated the King Sound full-range electrostatic speakers, tube & solid-state headphone amps & headphones, Wells Amps, Purity pre-amps & the Funk Firm Little Super Deck turntable/arm in 2 separate listening areas.

    Oct. 27, 2013
    Bob Clanfield of COSMOS hosted the October meeting at his home. He demonstrated the latest features of Amarra software for digital audio that now include digital room correction as well as the vinyl recording/archiving capabilities.

     


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