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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1215 on: May 20, 2017, 04:15:48 PM »
.. and here are the actual musicians who performed at the Endler Hall.  Thanks to CR for the picture

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« Reply #1216 on: May 21, 2017, 10:20:48 AM »
Very interesting read - thanks Chris!

On a less serious note - do you think their system would have benefited from better cables?  :BWAHAHAH:

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« Reply #1217 on: May 21, 2017, 10:26:03 AM »
You mean stringing the bows with Van Den Hul the first or Audioquest silver? 


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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1218 on: May 21, 2017, 04:50:22 PM »
I discovered that I have all 3 pieces that were played, recorded by the Alexander String Quartet in 2010, an American group.  The sound was very similar, which was initially pleasing.  I listened to all 3 straight off and after lunch played excerpts again

The first violin, which at the concert we thought was a little screechy (and the musician played one or two wrong notes) sounded sweeter.  However, the recorded sound of the cello was much more recessed and the actual "hum" of the instrument we heard on Friday was absent.  Another observation is that the "rasp" of the instruments (particularly the first violin and the cello) is absent in the recording.  Obviously they are using different instruments but the absence of the noise of the bow drawing past the strings is evident.  Is it due to recording techniques, a filter applied by the engineer or shortcomings in my system?  We (that is the Hi-Fi Club) will have to listen to some of the tracks again in a much more revealing system to see if more fidelity can be tweaked from this recording


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Re: Vinyl Faire - Sunday 25th June at the Cape Town Cricket Club
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Re: Club events in June and July 2017
« Reply #1220 on: May 29, 2017, 08:31:34 PM »
There are no less than four separate events for club members to participate in the next month or so. 
To find out what they are, and to come along and join us, send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com or click the link to send an email

A preview of the July event is a DIY and Speaker Shootout on Saturday 8th July


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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1221 on: May 30, 2017, 04:30:12 PM »
The club is planning to attend a concert in the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday 29th June at 8.00pm.  Tickets are R230,00

This is what is on that evening:

Conductor Bernhard Gueller
Soloist Luis Magalhaes (piano)
John Simon “Seeing Stars” World Premiere
Prokofiev       Concerto No. 3
Franck            Symphony in D Minor

Described as possessing a “wonderfully full sound” (American Record Guide) and a “polished, refined technique” (Allmusic.com), Luis Magalhães has achieved critical acclaim as both a soloist and a chamber musician. He has played extensively across Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, and is a Yamaha International Artist. His recording with Peter Martens, featuring the complete cello sonatas of Beethoven, was awarded a coveted South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2011, while violin recordings have received glowing reviews in The Strad. He is a co-founder of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and of the biannual Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium.

We are about to book to ensure that we get seats close to the front (row C, D or E) and in the centre of the auditorium.  The booking will be made in the next 24 hours, so if you would like to join us and will make a committent to pay the R230,00 seat fee, reply here and send an email to: capetownhificlub@gmail.com

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1222 on: June 01, 2017, 08:59:14 AM »
No interest in live classical music?

One thing you can be sure of - when you have heard a large orchestra in full voice you will realise that what we hear at home, whether from CDs, hi-res or vinyl is an approximation of the real thing.  I listened to the Prokofiev Piano Concertos yesterday, the three movements only occupy 25 mins, but it gives you an idea of the scale of the work

The guys attending the concert are having supper at the Trees restaurant beforehand, to round off the evening.   When booking for the concert yesterday, I was surprised to find the upstairs balcony already 85% booked, such that we could not get a front row balcony seat.  Upstairs, you get a very good view of the whole orchestra and the sound is more defined compared with sitting too close to the front downstairs.  Not that I am an expert at this, but have a friend who attends at least 2 concerts a month
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1223 on: June 13, 2017, 06:28:26 PM »
Tomorrow is the June meeting of the CT Hi-Fi Club in the Board Room at the N G Kerk in Ophir Road, Plumstead.  Doors open at 7.30 and seeing it is a full meeting, we will begin sharp at 8.00. 

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Re: Home meeting at Rodney Gold's 16th June 2017
« Reply #1224 on: June 16, 2017, 01:45:14 PM »
Thanks a ton to Rodney, a small contingent of us spent a few hours this morning listening primarily via the beautiful Giya Spirit loudspeakers, powered by two Devialet amplifiers fed vis a DSP unit, with a Squeeze box receiver and Roon software on several computers





(The black ones are the Giya G1s which Rodney had up to now











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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1225 on: June 16, 2017, 02:55:21 PM »
Two really good events in one week. An excellent talk on wednesday evening (Intro to getting netter sound) by Jason Manely. Well researched and presented - interesting and informative.

Today: an ear opening listening experience at Rodney Gold. The system (described above) is exceptional and just does all music effortlessly with bags of detail, great tonal balance and musicality all the way. Thanks Rodney and all the other folks for a pleasant few hours of listening and socialising.

   


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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1226 on: June 16, 2017, 05:25:21 PM »
Two really good events in one week. An excellent talk on wednesday evening (Intro to getting netter sound) by Jason Manely. Well researched and presented - interesting and informative.

Today: an ear opening listening experience at Rodney Gold. The system (described above) is exceptional and just does all music effortlessly with bags of detail, great tonal balance and musicality all the way. Thanks Rodney and all the other folks for a pleasant few hours of listening and socialising.

 

An enjoyable morning - quality sound, well attended (not too few or many) good company, and nice smorgasbord of proper refreshments. Thank you Rodney, and all others involved.

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1227 on: June 16, 2017, 09:06:28 PM »
Thanks again, Rodney!

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1228 on: June 17, 2017, 01:19:02 PM »
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1229 on: June 23, 2017, 02:59:20 PM »
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