|Always on the third
Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Meetings
start at 2 pm.
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a number of products from Chicago-based Bizzy
Bee Tube Audio Design (Paul Grzybek).
The demo system consisted of: modified
Cayin TA-30 35-watt tube integrated amp, a new beta version of a
Bizzy Bee Tube Audio Design 35-watt tube amplifier, a TAD-150 remote
control tube preamp, a Marantz CD-67SE modded with a new analog
section by OGRE Systems, Frank Putnam's modified Denon turntable
with Micro Seiki MA-505 tonearm & Grado G15 cartridge, and Larry's
highly modified industrial Klipsch La Scala horn speakers augmented
with a DIY subwoofer with 2 12" Eminence drivers.
Street Audio demonstrated their Sason
Ltd. Granite loudspeakers and reference Poiema!! line of
Direct demoed a system of their products for both analog
and digital. The system consisted of Legacy Victoria LE speakers,
an Avid Acutus turntable with Benz Micro Ruby 2 cartridge, mounted
on a Shure SME Series V tonearm, an EAR 834P Deluxe tube phono stage,
a Marantz DV-9500 universal SACD player, a PS Audio Edge G-2 preamp,
PS Audio Edge GCA 100 Gain Cell amplifier, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power
Conditioner, and Solidsteel speaker and audio stands. This allowed
us to do many vinyl-to-SACD comparisons.
Audio of Barrington sponsored the meeting that had Ralph
Karsten of Atma-sphere
revisiting us again! The demo system consisted of: Atma-Sphere MP-3
preamp, MA-1 MkII.3 OTL tube amps (140 watt monoblocks), Atma-Sphere-modified
Empire 208 turntable with TriPlanar tonearm, G&D Transforms
UTP-1 CD transport, Entec Number Cruncher D/A converter, ProAc Response
5 speakers, Creative Cable Concepts & TG Audio cabling &
Bienfang & Rick
Elsworth from Signature
Tech in Milwaukee area presented their lines of speakers
and electronics. The system consisted of the following: a SRp-7g
tube pre-amp, SRa-9m 200 watt mono block amplifiers (FET front end
with tube outputs), a SRd-25 vacuum tube CD player, an EC-1 electronic
crossover, a BELLES 350 A reference sub-amp, & SRM-5.1 &
26 (4th Sunday)
'n Audio a member & previous cohost at the meetings
of SP Technologies
speakers and Audiopoints
products, demonstrated a system of his latest products consisting
of: Dynamic Audio One speakers from Daedalus
Audio, Reference 8 100 watt monoblocks from NuForce,
SWL 9.0SE linestage from Modwright,
Denon 3910 with Ultimate
Truth Mods, a Mark Levinson No. 39 CD player for comparison,
Interconnects and Speaker Cable, SP-3 and SP-004 Sistrum racks/platforms
from Star Sound Technologies.
Meeting was at the home
of Rick Berta in Orland Park,
IL. 2 high-efficiency speaker systems were demoed. The first consisted
of a Lowther driver with a circular horn with a large bass bin
off to the side and used focal woofers in a horn loaded arrangement.
The other setup combined the 15" Lambda low frequency driver
crossed over low at 50 Hz, with an 8" French design PHY-HP
extended range driver and Fostex
tweeters crossed over at a high range (about 8kHz). This system
was also actively biamped. Both systems were driven by custom-built
300B amps from Rick's friend Minh from Canada. The digital player
was a modified Denon 3910 by Exemplar
Audio. See the July
newsletter for more meeting details.
||Meeting at the home of
Brian Richardson in Arlington
Heights, IL. A multi-channel all-tube Magnepan SACD setup was demoed.
The player was a Stan Warren modified Philips SACD-1000. See the
August newsletter for
Van Leishout of Van
L Speakerworks will be presenting the latest revision of
his Quartet speaker system. It features a unique crossfeed design
that uses an additional speaker wire between the two speakers to
capture ambience. The speaker has been through a number of design
changes and tweaks by John over the years. The associated electronics
will include a Cary tube amp, Cary upsampling CD player and a custom
octal tube line stage.
Cables, who are getting recognition for their speakers will
be demonstrating their Definition 1.5 & Druid
speaker models, as well as
their cables. The Definition 1.5, the top of the line, received
a very favorable review in the August 2005 online edition of 6moons
Verhalen from Lowther
America demoed the Alerion speakers with their new matching
subwoofer, the Basszilla Platinum edition. The demo system consisted
of Sony ES9000 with Level 4 Vacuum State Modifications, Pass Labs
X1 Pre-Amp, First Watt
(Nelson Pass) Aleph J Amp, Jena Labs Cables.
||Holiday meeting with Song
Audio demoing Loth-X speakers.