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Title: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 02, 2014, 06:22:22 PM
This is in the final planning stages, a venue has been chosen, some arm-twisting is being done to provide equipment for a demo, all that is lacking are people

To be put on the mailing list of the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club please send an email to...   capetownhificlub@gmail.com

In the email, please write

1 - Your name
2 - Your telephone

And you will be added to the list of contacts

The first newsletter is currently being written and we are planning for a meeting early in February on a Wednesday at 8.00pm.  It will be at a venue in Wynberg, but we have to speak to the boss there who is away at present.  The newsletter will include the address and also a map and directions to get there

The previous Hi-Fi Club ran from 1975 to 2004 and included such stalwarts as Charles Strever.  There are many forum readers who were members.  With your presence and support we can again make a go of it
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Drifter on January 02, 2014, 07:28:50 PM
Mail sent ...

Sounds like a great idea.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 02, 2014, 07:38:07 PM
Details sent.

All the best

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on January 02, 2014, 08:02:02 PM
details sent too... sounds like a great plan.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: oNyX on January 03, 2014, 03:44:22 PM
I seem to be at the right place, I'll send a mail later. I have to study.  :boring:

EDIT: I don't have a telephone number but I do have a cell number.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 04, 2014, 12:03:14 PM
There have been 22 replies in 5 days, which is promising.  A newsletter will be sent out around the 15th January, since I have to confirm with the management of the venue that he is happy with us using it.

If you would like to receive this newsletter, which is free, please reply to the address in the first post
You can also advertise in the newsletter.  It can be A/V stuff, anything for sale or a service.  If it is a commercial ad, the first 3 months will be free and I'll give you a 1/3 page insert at the back of the newsletter
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: oNyX on January 04, 2014, 02:55:31 PM
As long as my name and number isn't used for spim or other malicious purposes.  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 04, 2014, 03:00:00 PM
No spim, no spam either.. ;D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 07, 2014, 03:42:53 PM
The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday 13th February at 8.00pm - the newsletter will be sent out at the end of next week.  So if you want to be included, reply to the address on the first email, which is capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 10, 2014, 04:41:29 PM
The re-vamped staff room at WBJS where the meetings will be held, first pic the kitchen end and second pic the screen end.  The speakers would go at the screen end
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 10, 2014, 07:35:17 PM
5mins walk from my home.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Schalk on January 10, 2014, 08:04:31 PM
5mins walk from my home.

mafioso

But it could take forever if the bergies get to you first... :OMG:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on January 10, 2014, 08:16:52 PM
I reckon the club needs a reference system  to be able to demonstrate the virtues of high fidelity. Is this part of the plan?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 11, 2014, 12:00:48 AM
But it could take forever if the bergies get to you first... :OMG:

There's a particularly virulent strain of vagrant around here - they do similar things as the 4-legged hairy kind one finds in places like Marina da Gama...

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 11, 2014, 08:08:50 AM
I reckon the club needs a reference system  to be able to demonstrate the virtues of high fidelity. Is this part of the plan?

Yes, suitable donors are being sought...   I would have thought that with all the excess stuff members here have, it would be a doddle.  We are working on a shopping list, but if you have a couple of spare B&W speakers, a Krell or two, maybe some Oppos, then I am sure we could make a plan

Btw:  Was at the school yesterday and the head master is very keen that it succeed and will bend over backwards to assist - very encouraging
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 11, 2014, 07:28:32 PM
I reckon the club needs a reference system  to be able to demonstrate the virtues of high fidelity. Is this part of the plan?
Remarkable that you mention this,Jozua said the same thing just the other day.....what can we come up with i wonder?... to go with the Pathos TT that you have so kindly offered :ROFLMAO:.....i can provide(courtesy of you sire ;) the Arcam cd92 dcs ringdac) unit.....very high-end!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on January 12, 2014, 06:39:18 AM
Remarkable that you mention this,Jozua said the same thing just the other day.....what can we come up with i wonder?... to go with the Pathos TT that you have so kindly offered :ROFLMAO:.....i can provide(courtesy of you sire ;) the Arcam cd92 dcs ringdac) unit.....very high-end!

The Pathos TT is not  universally suitable at only 35wpc  - I can see other audiophools with more street cred pooh poohing the amp - that would break my heart

What the club needs is this:

http://www.soundstageglobal.com/index.php/shows-events/ces-2014-las-vegas-usa/152-ces-2014-features/468-naim-makes-a-statement-and-roger-concurs (http://www.soundstageglobal.com/index.php/shows-events/ces-2014-las-vegas-usa/152-ces-2014-features/468-naim-makes-a-statement-and-roger-concurs)

". Each mono NAP S1 weighs 101 kilograms and is rated to deliver 746W into 8 ohms and over 9000W burst power into 1 ohm" especially for pesky ribbon speakers which delight in presenting amps with 1 ohm
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on January 12, 2014, 07:19:59 AM
And you'll need to take a feed directly from Koeberg lest you deprive the neighborhood of power.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 12, 2014, 12:36:13 PM
And you'll need to take a feed directly from Koeberg lest you deprive the neighborhood of power.

No worries there.  The school has its own dedicated sub-station in the grounds.  It hums quite a bit, but is around the corner and about 50m from the meeting room.  This is the main reason the venue was chosen, it wasn't blind luck
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 12, 2014, 12:53:00 PM
No worries there.  The school has its own dedicated sub-station in the grounds.  It hums quite a bit, but is around the corner and about 50m from the meeting room.  This is the main reason the venue was chosen, it wasn't blind luck

Uh-oh...Next thing Jozua will want us to redo the wiring from the substation also.  :sh1tstirrer: Sorry Jozua.  :BWAHAHAH:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on January 12, 2014, 01:04:45 PM
...school has its own dedicated sub-station in the grounds.  It hums quite a bit...

We should try get some Mark Levinson amps... Preferably No29's  :thinking:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on January 12, 2014, 01:08:09 PM
We should try get some Mark Levinson amps... Preferably No29's  :thinking:
you'd have to make sure they're in phase to get any benefit.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on January 12, 2014, 01:31:00 PM
you'd have to make sure they're in phase to get any benefit.

 :point:   :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 12, 2014, 01:33:34 PM
That is easy.  JQ puts his tongue on the outputs, if the tongue flips up, then they are, if it dives down, they are not.  Just reverse one set of cables
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Sweetsound on January 12, 2014, 01:42:32 PM
Email sent.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 12, 2014, 01:52:08 PM
I will bring my DIY Krell Clone KSA50.  Just for gags.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on January 12, 2014, 04:02:56 PM
No worries there.  The school has its own dedicated sub-station in the grounds.  It hums quite a bit, but is around the corner and about 50m from the meeting room.  This is the main reason the venue was chosen, it wasn't blind luck

Shunyata power cords will be what is needed
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 12, 2014, 05:14:33 PM
I will bring my DIY Krell Clone KSA50.  Just for gags.

Is that one known for melting speaker coils?  I watched an "expert" once connect a sub to an amp that had not been discharged.  There was a very loud bang and the speaker cone flopped out the housing
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 12, 2014, 05:48:35 PM
Is that one known for melting speaker coils?  I watched an "expert" once connect a sub to an amp that had not been discharged.  There was a very loud bang and the speaker cone flopped out the housing

That should never happen.  Then it was a poor amp design.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 12, 2014, 09:51:54 PM
Yes, it was a DIY design.  Cost the owner (of the amp) one new driver unit.  Was quite fun to experience though
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 12, 2014, 10:19:39 PM
Ah, but that's the fun of DIY then, ain't it.  The best way to learn is by making mistakes.  Those schoolfees have the best returns in the way of knowledge.

Nelson Pass don't call us Fearless Amplifier Builders for nothing.  Even he makes mistakes.  His favourite quote for me is this:  "Today I fired up the amp, literally!".
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 12, 2014, 10:22:00 PM
i dont think we will have a problem with exposure.....lots of tired old men parading around with their equipment on show at a boys primary school attempting to neuter young audiophiles,cop station less than a k away,Pollsmoor under 5,Top Billing a hop,skip and a jump,one member named "Alternative Route",Mr Gold  driving KIT while throwing sweets at the excited grade fours,Chris is vegetarian,Shonver bald,Colonel likes pink footwear,Dean has tinted windows on the Corsa........group gathering in front of the magistraat anyone?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 12, 2014, 10:30:04 PM
No worries there.  The school has its own dedicated sub-station in the grounds.  It hums quite a bit, but is around the corner and about 50m from the meeting room.  This is the main reason the venue was chosen, it wasn't blind luck


It might have been blind drunk  :giggle: The last time I checked-out that trafo's immediate surrounds, there was oil leaking from it, the fence had been breached and Rosy, Nettie and several other vagrants and their offspring had moved into and under the installation.

Just thought I'd mention...

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 12, 2014, 10:33:32 PM
^^^ :ROFLMAO: Right now i am just praying that "Big Ed","Heavy D" and "Bonecrusher" will not become members......we are going for life if this happens!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on January 13, 2014, 01:41:03 PM
Kent


Whatdda smoking, this iz serias business.

I was kinda hoping you going to donate some equipment. 

Zo you wanna make fun of the old and weird toppies? As far as I know they are the boys who make thing happen.


Take care


J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 13, 2014, 01:47:16 PM
Here is the first newsletter which has been sent to the names currently on the distribution list

To read and/or download the whole thing (a pdf document), go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By22-wi-jaVZSS1RTnFYalRjTlU/edit?usp=sharing

The agenda for the first meeting will be:

1   Welcome all who have attended
2   If there any people present who have not registered their names and email addresses with GMail, they should do so this evening.  A form will be provided for this purpose - please do not leave without completing it
3   Election of a committee.  At this stage we just want committee members.  At the first committee meeting we will assign duties and posts, etc
4   Collect subscriptions of R100,00 (cash please) from all who want to join (and we hope it will be all of you).  Chris Reddy will collect the money
5   Discussion of anybody present who is able to bring along equipment for demo at a meeting
6   Discussion of anybody present who can arrange an away meeting at a dealer, bearing in mind that there may be 20 people to come along
7   Any other business
8   We will play some music on the equipment that is going to be featured this evening
9   Tea and biscuits
10 Further general discussion

If anything in the newsletter requires further clarification, please send an email to:  capetownhificlub@gmail.com

We really look forward to seeing you there on Thursday 13th February

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 02:34:23 PM
Jozua my friend....if we are gonna get this thing off the ground then an element of light heartedness and humour as well as snacks will be required....imagine trying to neuter a "budding" audiophile on an empty stomach with only the promise of a Linn pressing as compensation:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 02:45:44 PM
Jozua,anything I have can be used but will it be "good enough" to make an impression?...not trying to sound full of it but I recall such a comment?Audio can be a bland,anal affair...let us not be too serious now hey:)I appreciate the efforts of the passionate but let's keep it casual.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on January 13, 2014, 02:52:49 PM
Kent

You gonna have to speak up...with all our hearing aids we not too worried about the equipment just about the willingness to contribute towards having fun....

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 02:59:59 PM
...Then this Rumpledforeskin is in!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 03:17:58 PM
As Grouch Marx said "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member" :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 04:18:59 PM
Report back on the first club meeting:

A stillness pervaded the sports fields and the old venerable institution that is Wynberg Boys High school... I went to SACS- WBHS were mere comeuppance  wannabe's and we trounced them at Rugger and on the pitch and any other sport you wished to mention.. but thats beside the point.

The sound of a verlepde renault with a faulty exhaust and leaking sump was the first indication that something was afoot , the clink of empty een-man-kans of OBS accompanied the cacaphony. A herd of bergies attracted by the rank stench of double fermented sherry  ran to the car , the occupant rolled down his window and shouted "F_KKOF JOU DONERSE K_K" and they soon scattered.

Soon the parking lot was awash with vehicles of all description , from the orange 150cc POS chinese scooter driven by a mad biker chick to the Bugatti Veyron driven by our highest ranked member - we all waited with bated breath for the headmaster to arrive.
At precisely 7.59:47 our headmaster , clad in flowing gown and mortar board (which was actually an old clipboard painted black)  came  forth with a huge jangling bunch of keys in hand.
A squabble had broken out in the parking lot in the mean time , Rosy was charging a sixpence and there was some argument as to whom was next.

Like dutiful pupils we all followed the leader to the imposing double front doors - after precisely 11 minutes and 17 seconds of trying each of the 100 keys on the bunch , aided by the light of smartphone flashes , we gained entry.
Our fearless leader then searched for the light switch for a further 6 minutes and 11 seconds and we all trooped after him as he searched for the inner sanctum , the teachers lounge....

A feeling fo Deja Vu came over me .. I hadn't been back to my school since I left 35 years ago and had fleeting images of the headmaster calling my name out in assembly for a good six of the best , buggery in the boarding school , towel flicks in the changing rooms and the gym teacher "haas gredly"  feeling under each boys testicles to see that we had showered went thru my head.

The smell or chalk , old rugby balls and battle scarred desks bought back further memories like the debate over whether you would prefer to do the cute art teacher or the big breasted librarian , snaffling sarmies from the tuck shop , bunking RI, and the time I REALLY got into KAK by substituting porno slides in the carousel projector the SA mountain climbing team used to illustrate their expedition to the Patagonian alps to the whole school...ah nostalgia is a bitch..

Finally the meeting room was found and we all entered - the teachers rec room was always Verboten to us at school , the neatly lined up racks of canes was no surprise , the old kettle and chipped plate of choccy bics and the coffee mug that said "flog the little bastards" all contributed to the ambience.

Roll call was taken , I answered with a swift "YES SIR" when the name GOLD was called out in a stentorian voice.
"SHURRUP YOU LITTLE BUGGERS TILL I HAVE FINISHED" pierced the air and the murmer of conversation dropped to a few sniggers and whispers... Frikkies  fart 10 seconds later had us all in fits of giggles....

All were accounted for and welcomes and apologies were read.. Hmm.. the erstwhile member for Plumstead , Ken  was not to be found and his excuse that Ursh was on heat and he was at present bound hand and foot  was a likely story .. as was Alties - Mountain climbing in the Karoo - se voet... I nearly declined myself , my goldfish hadn't been walked in ages , but it could wait a day or 2

Now down to business - The collection plate went round for the Payment of the R100 - Damn , all I had on me was my CC , did they have a card machine..NO..OK I'll pay next time. Our leader had a look of astonishment as the plate came back , a old crumpled R10 note , a few coins , a button and a lint coated 1/2 sucked bulls eye and 2 sticky humbugs  were all it contained.

Swiftly moving on to the next order of business : Who will bring the hot chock and rusks for the next meeting , came up - a broughaha ensued as the brand of hot choc was debated and finally after 19 minutes was settled when Cadburys was voted on with a show of hands , 15 for and 6 against (Nestle was the naysayers choice) - same thing happened with the rusks ,we settled on the more expensive Ouma Karringmelk vs the PnP no name brand with an 8 personb majority.

It was already 9 pm by that time , my bum was sore - the old easy chair I was sitting on had seen better days and the webbing had collapsed and the broken spring was sharp and painful....I put up my hand and asked to be excused and promptly went out to behind the bicycle shed for a quick fag....

To be continued...

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 04:52:15 PM
...I can't anymore,lmao(as dean would say:)...you're a classic Rodney.I needed that!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 13, 2014, 05:23:54 PM
I can only imagine Kent and Rodney in the back of the class.  :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 13, 2014, 05:28:34 PM
Never mind Rodney, it will not be as formal as that and we don't have to wait for the head master to open up.  Actually, at one other committee meeting, we spent 45 mins arguing about the sort of biscuits that should be brought to meetings

I hope your wit and verbosity extends to some succinct comments on the night - you are coming aren't you?  I know the southern suburbs are a different country to folk on the Tygergberg Hills.   Here we mostly stop for stop streets and don't go through red lights for more than a second or two.

And if all else fails, the McDonalds opposite Kenilworth Centre is open 24 hours in case you cannot make it home without something to tide you over

Don't go to the high school by mistake, it will be all silent and full of the ghosts of pupils past
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on January 13, 2014, 05:32:52 PM
Whilst Rodney was having his fag there was a commotion at the gate and after some  shouting and screaming Kent Kassler was dragged into the room by the security staff. He immediately started pleading for mercy but when he heard Elvis Presley’s voice over a pair of 8" Fostex full rangers all resistance faded from him.

Feeling high and rejuvenated by the smoke in his lungs, Rodney entered the room. Kent was slumped in the chair, his eyes closed with a faint smile on his face as he relived his teenage years whilst Elvis voice reverberated in his ears. Rodney looked at the secretary who without saying a word handed him the surgical knife. The long awaited moment had arrived.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 06:33:16 PM
OMG - how things have changed - instead of the old butt or 2 behind the bicycle shed , there were 7 tik pipes , a few old roaches and a used condom..what the hell do schoolboys get up to these days...

After swallowing a few breath mints and rolling myself in the freshly cut grass to remove the stink of chesterfield red , I sauntered back into the meeting , only to be met by the glaring eyes of the headmaster - I cunningly zipped up my 1/2 unzipped fly and started rubbing the small wet patch I had even more cunningly sprinkled on my trousers ,  using the irrigation system,  in just the right position ,which  proved that indeed I had gone to the little boys room and sat down on my chair.. nothing much had changed since I left barring the fact that it was decided that a recycled paper bag would be greener than an old plastic spar bag for the provision bearer.. who was entrusted with the R10.27 and the humbugs - pickings would be sparse the next meeting....

Ah well , a trip to KFC beforehand would stave off the hunger pangs before 1st break - I reckon I could get away by raising the desk lid and pretending I was looking for a rubber , whilst  sneaking a melrose cheese wedge and a peanut butter and jam sarmie during the course of the meeting.

The next order of business was to elect a committee .. I had a sense of foreboding here - this was not going to be an easy affair ....
Nominations were called for , I shrank back against the wall and slumped in my seat , trying to be as inconspicuous as I could..dammit - I met the headmasters gaze - GOLD he shouted at - SIT up straight you reprobate....
Position of chairman went to the headmaster - no one dared even challenge him - and the pair of audioquest cables he was swinging with intent further convinced us not to do so....
Colonel 66 was also elected unopposed for treasurer - especially since he had promised us the the fees we paid would be invested and would garner 124% interest per month if he deposited them into his trust fund - appropriately name Shyloque PLC , based offshore in the Channel Islands.

Jozua garnered the coveted position of club captain and administrative assistant  after a momentous battle with alleycat .. settled by a shootout between alleycats ML and Jozuas krell FPB600 - muscle and weight won... alleycat very nearly missed having his skull crushed when Jozua heaved the mini nuke powerstation amp at him  and the cut he sustained from the Krells heatsink was patched up in the sick bay.

By this time both Altie and ken with respective spouses/nogschleppers and other sundries had arrived , Alties significant other was promptly voted in club secretary - she was the only one there with with sufficient comprehension and literate skills...apart from that , all of us were struggling to fill in the forms , I had just got past writing my name on top.

It was way past 10pm now and my dentures were hurting like hell , the polident had worn thin and eating that toffee before coming to the meeting didnt help either.. I got up to stretch my legs and tripped over my walking cane.. nearly broke my hip and we all know how long that can take to heal...

It was time for the general committee member board of 12 to be voted on , and considering there were only 11 of us left , we were all voted in...

The structure was now finalised.. much to my relief .. this time I really had to take a pee and meandered to the brass urinal with the mothballs in it to relieve myself... as the stream started to dribble (prostate problems) Masfioso sauntered in and whipped out the biggest schlong I had ever seen in my life - who knew he was so well equipped and that size came in white?... instantly seeing the torpedo my tadpole shriveled and I could not go ... damn , this time the wetspot on my codpiece wasn't an artifice..

So back to the meeting I went clenching my thighs ... and then to the next point of order - who can organise meetings at dealerships..
I suggested we ask ramrod , but was drowned out by a chorus of  :oppo: and retracted - Ken suggested his place , but main road Plumstead becomes a dangerous place after 6 pm..so that was promptly vetoed..I then suggested my place - even tho I'm not a dealer - but the refusal of the Southern suburb crowd to travel further out than Claremont meant that behind the boerewors curtain into the wild west was not an option... naturally that also put hyena's place out of contention... Ah well ..... Could Altie be considered as a dealer? We decided cos he fixes turntables and was Ken's sidekick , the answer was a resounding YES...

At exactly 10.47 , the discussion turned to the Hifi clubs reference system... as the Fees collected had only amounted to R10.37 , drifter kindly offered his 9v Hitachi FM radio - with the broken aerial

Ken was ecstatic , the single driver hifi was being chosen - I volunteered to supply a used 9v battery from my irrigation systems backup..

The next 12 minutes were taken up by a lively confabulation as to whether everready or duracell was better - it was decided that albeit duracell lasted longer , the real 99.9% nickle plated of the everready would naturally sound better - the 2 humbugs were twisted into the tails of Onyxes shirt to dip into the hot beverages as there was no sugar - and we broke for tea

To be continued....




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 07:54:54 PM
Rodney for president!!!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 13, 2014, 08:01:09 PM
Reminds me of a poem by Mark Slaughter...

Violin by Mark R Slaughter

She cried for all the broken hearts,
Painted everlasting winters -
Floral patterns etched in ice;
A frozen tear to
Soften up the bastard bones.

Bow made love to needy string
In cooing fling - wanton whispers
Fondled under pianissimos,
Caressing callous hearts.

Melodrama swayed in satin sound -
Yet the player wasn't there,
Only creamy song - soothing, yearning,
Teasing bitter minds.

I sensed her persevering loneliness
For beauty of an evening,
Romance of a tune - laughing,
Sobbing at the fire.

Then a climax -
Writhing passion cutting deep -
Wounding macho flesh;

And all in a work of musical art:
Ephemeral stories, yarned of music
Honed impossibly through her tones.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 10:20:41 PM
I feel a Haiku coming on...

Old farts Gather
Viagra with coffee
Little acorns mighty okes become.


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 13, 2014, 10:40:34 PM
Never mind Rodney, it will not be as formal as that and we don't have to wait for the head master to open up.  Actually, at one other committee meeting, we spent 45 mins arguing about the sort of biscuits that should be brought to meetings

I hope your wit and verbosity extends to some succinct comments on the night - you are coming aren't you?  I know the southern suburbs are a different country to folk on the Tygergberg Hills.   Here we mostly stop for stop streets and don't go through red lights for more than a second or two.

And if all else fails, the McDonalds opposite Kenilworth Centre is open 24 hours in case you cannot make it home without something to tide you over

Don't go to the high school by mistake, it will be all silent and full of the ghosts of pupils past

Beeno or Eukanuba Lite?

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 10:58:23 PM
Rodney,if i am reading you correctly.....?....are you suggesting a name change to "The Cape Town Bi-Guy Club" :point:?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 11:01:35 PM
Yeh, I will be there..I have the Oswa all loaded up with Meridian gear , koeksusters and melktert.. The team of 8 are grazing on them thar Tygerberg hills and will be fresh and watered , I have the pail of lard I keep for axle grease all topped up and my Henry Martini elephant gun is primed and loaded -- groot trek 2014 here we come...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 11:07:53 PM
....i had no idea you were a Voortrekker. :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 11:08:22 PM
Haven't you noticed my immaculately coiffed hair , the reek of aftershave and the skin tight spandex tights.. Moi Bi? ..How VERY dare you...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 13, 2014, 11:09:27 PM
....i had no idea you were a Voortrekker. :point:
You didnt see my little hoedjie?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 13, 2014, 11:15:02 PM
 :whistler:....Rodney,it seems awful quiet round here.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 13, 2014, 11:27:39 PM
You buggers are all gonna scar me for life.  It seems I am about to attend at my peril.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 14, 2014, 01:32:50 AM
Don't they keep a selection of rottangs in the staff room? The 6 of the best kind??

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 14, 2014, 07:53:21 AM
30 days to go...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on January 14, 2014, 08:28:35 AM
Am I correct in assuming that the "tea and biscuits" actually refer to beer and biltong? >:D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Chingy on January 14, 2014, 11:23:46 AM
i'm on the list too  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 14, 2014, 11:54:15 AM
Members of the Kalahari audio club relaxing after entertaining their friends from the northern suburbs of Cape Town.  In the left foreground is a hollow-cored centre speaker.  There is pap and wors on the table, all hygienically prepared

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/way_of_life_zps81882441.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/way_of_life_zps81882441.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 14, 2014, 07:54:44 PM
After tea and after our revered headmaster had finished sucking the last dregs of sugar out of Onxy's shirt (Well thats what he said he was doing after a prolonged absence when he was found in a toilet stall on his knees in front of Onyx) and we had seated Mafioso who eyes had glazed over due to the copious amounts of gin he had poured from his handy silver plated hip flask into his "hot" beverage ( it must be said , he did a great job of repairing the hip flask after finding it in a skip where the owner had discarded it after driving over it with his Landy)
we moved on.

A point of order was raised as to the sequence of events , as Tea was supposed to be the 9th order of business , but it was decided that odd orders were worse than even , hence it was moved up .
A further point of order was raised when the fact that hot chocolate might put us all to sleep was mooted - so the issue of whether we should substitute the HotChoc with Rooibos was debated - It was unanimously adopted that "Local was Lekker" so it was Rooibos that won out.

We moved on to "any other business" and after a 15 minute rambling discourse by the older members , harking back to the golden days of Hifi , reminiscing about Merton at Hamrads , waxing lyrical about Foglars and Lovel Proctor and how the hifi scene was much better in the era before the great Rinderpest and whether cactus needles could be substituted by prickly pear - the young 'un , Ken quickly put a stop to it by sudenly jerking awake and screaming a torrent of obscenities - citing Tourettes Syndrome as the cause of it.

It was now close to 12 pm , and we had yet to hear some music..I could already feel the cold glare my wife was going to give me as I sluiped in at 1 or 2 am , that was ALL she was gonna give me. The only thing warm wet and fluffy for me tonight would be the Belgian shepherd that shares, slobbers and drools on our bed. (I always get to sleep on the wet spot...)

After 45 minutes of setting up the system which was an obscenely priced SACD player that had been tweaked within an inch of its life and was an electrical hazard , with equally as obscenely priced set of solid silver cables that had been blessed by a leprous siberian turk , all carefully arranged on a vaulting horse dragged from the gym (very good isolation device) partnered with an old valve radiogram amplifier  that Altie had painstakingly restored.
Speaker cables were nowhere to be found
So Mafioso kindly loaned his spare set of his 99.999997% OFC copper jumper cables. Luckily I also keep a set in my car , so we were sorted.
The speakers were a set of high efficiency DIY horns , made from the PA system found on the top of a 60's ice cream van , a treasured find indeed , stuck away in the corner of Barnetts Crash Flash - they had been preserved and restored to their original dull grey glory.

The moment had arrived , the big turn on , as Jozua flicked the switch with a  flourish worthy of a matador delivering the final killing blow , all the little red lights came on. The satisfying glow of valves and the smell of transformer lacquer overheating filled the room as we all eagerly awaited the first few bars of sonic nirvana to sweep the room. The anticipation of multiple eargasms was palpable.

We waited , we waited longer..a lone voice from the back of the room piped up "Did anyone bring any music?" We all turned to one another with quizzical looks , and the thought ran thru our heads "I didn't , I thought someone else would"

The mood of the room collapsed into a sullen gloom , I looked at my watch , it was almost 1.30 am and decided I would have to make my excuses and my sentiments were echoed by most everyone else.
We all trooped out , thanking our exalted headmaster and the office bearers for an exceptional evening , it had gone swimmingly and a good time was had by all..I exited accompanied by the strains of the clinking of tea mugs and cups being washed.
Roll on the next meeting....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 14, 2014, 08:19:08 PM
 :ROFLMAO:....i tell you what Rodney....if it pans out anything remotely like this then i am a member for life.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on January 14, 2014, 08:59:41 PM
:ROFLMAO:....i tell you what Rodney....if it pans out anything remotely like this then i am a member for life.

only if hotrod rodney is the chairperson
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 14, 2014, 09:01:21 PM
i think we need a pole? :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 14, 2014, 09:07:09 PM
I will bring my Mark Murphy cd with his rendition of "Skylark"..... :dance:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: placebo on January 14, 2014, 09:12:29 PM
i think we need a pole? :point:
For Onyx or the headmaster? :EGrin:








Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 14, 2014, 09:29:31 PM
 :shh:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 14, 2014, 11:13:49 PM
There are hipflasks here. Two of them in EPNS. A 'HIS' and HER'S'. Those were the second two presents we bought eachother. The very first present I bought my then girlfriend was a trolley jack and a Bahco shifting spanner which didn't go down too well. I thoughtfully also gave her a bossie stinkafrikaners with the jack and shifter and that seemed to make matters worse.

For our first 'going steady' anniversary, she bought me a Made in India faux gold and maroon velvet tissue holder for the Fiat 500's dashboard. This didn't go down too well either. There was a card with the tissue holder. She wrote "Sweet revenge" and 40 years later I'm still trying to figger what she meant :thinking:

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on January 15, 2014, 07:27:46 AM
The anticipation is building for that first meeting - no dreams yet but some anxiety/perspiration.

I think we need to find some space for a Hotrod column in the forthcoming newsletters - maybe one per quarter. I am sure that would please the headmaster and all on the mailing list. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 15, 2014, 11:39:10 AM
On a Serious note:
We in the Cape DO actually have a loose Hifi club , we have hosted get togethers many times a year , all of them "social"
I think the formation of a formal club is great .. but on the other hand us Capies tend to be a very laid back bunch and over formalization sound to me like a lot of work..
In the last year , we have had 4 occasions I can remember , myself (all of us gathered round the kitchen table or in my music room , good earts - merriment - hilarious laughter) , ken (in the yard behind his emporium getting sozzled on Knysna beer) , Achim (in the courtyard of his amazing house all drinking fine wines and enjoying good food) albeit I didnt go to frikkie this year (the last time was spent outside by the pool , all of us just chilling and socializing) , all the other occasions prior to that  were VERY enjoyable due to their informality.

I for one , and many others I know , like the informal approach , we get great eats, we get to socialize , we get to talk bull etc.. It is actually RARE , even when equipment is showcased or set up for more than one or 2 or 3 of the people at these gatherings to ACTUALLY be listening.
We are here for the beer....

IMO a better way to set things up is to just have a CT hifi appreciation newsletter on a monthly basis and organise more partys....

Yes , I will join the club , R100 is mickey mouse money and its a local thing , but whether I will enjoy the club meeting with its structured approach is another story..I'm sorry to be blunt , but thats the way I feel.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on January 15, 2014, 11:50:13 AM
On a Serious note:
We in the Cape DO actually have a loose Hifi club , we have hosted get togethers many times a year , all of them "social"
I think the formation of a formal club is great .. but on the other hand us Capies tend to be a very laid back bunch and over formalization sound to me like a lot of work..
In the last year , we have had 4 occasions I can remember , myself (all of us gathered round the kitchen table or in my music room , good earts - merriment - hilarious laughter) , ken (in the yard behind his emporium getting sozzled on Knysna beer) , Achim (in the courtyard of his amazing house all drinking fine wines and enjoying good food) albeit I didnt go to frikkie this year (the last time was spent outside by the pool , all of us just chilling and socializing) , all the other occasions prior to that  were VERY enjoyable due to their informality.

I for one , and many others I know , like the informal approach , we get great eats, we get to socialize , we get to talk bull etc.. It is actually RARE , even when equipment is showcased or set up for more than one or 2 or 3 of the people at these gatherings to ACTUALLY be listening.
We are here for the beer....

IMO a better way to set things up is to just have a CT hifi appreciation newsletter on a monthly basis and organise more partys....

Yes , I will join the club , R100 is mickey mouse money and its a local thing , but whether I will enjoy the club meeting with its structured approach is another story..I'm sorry to be blunt , but thats the way I feel.

To a large degree I agree with Rodney. I specifically stated in the invites for both the GTGs at my place that it is a strictly social thing - we're gonna drink, talk ****, braai and just unwind. And kids and SOs most definitely welcome.
With this hobby, it is unfortunately so that kids and SOs get excluded - it's very much a male thing. And frankly, I'm not big on socialising without my GF by my side... Time away from the kids, yes please though!  :ROFLMAO:

So yes, I'll join the club, and I'm looking forward to regular updates via newsletter etc. I'll join the first meeting as well, but I would urge serious consideration be given to making this much more informal than what the old Hifi club used to be. Different venues, guest dealers, speakers, socials, braais, whatever.

If it IS just gonna be a bunch of old farts not saying a word, sipping on a cuppa tea, listening to Diana Krall (again...), it is doomed to fail again. Of this I'm convinced.

*edit* This is not meant as critique. I'm prepared to get involved in this venture, and will happily share ideas etc.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 15, 2014, 01:29:55 PM
^^ Aye Aye I say!

Don't worry though.  I will bring some Daft Punk on vinyl, as well as some Pixies.  No Diana here.

It is good to have someone just doing the organising and carying the torch, but if they gonna get to a club constitution and dag-komitee, you will only see the black smoke of my exhaust , car and otherwise.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 15, 2014, 02:13:35 PM
Well, there has to be a bit of structure to any club.  The more participation from those present the better, that applies to any club meeting.  And don't forget, the braais, speakers, away meetings, need to be organised, they don't happen by themselves.  There are few meeting topics we have in mind and we will run them past you to see what you think

There needs to be a constitution since without this, no bank will consider opening an account.  We all know Capetonians are laid back, this is one of the perks of living here.  Our idea of resurrecting the club was to get a meeting of like-minded people together

It would be very nice if we were offered some equipment to listen to at the first meeting.  Some of the posts above tell me a lot of what you are not going to do, but not much about how you can assist.  Our hobby is one that can be shared, so how about sharing your expertise, knowledge and equipment?  I have several pieces of equipment that I am prepared to being along - an Oppo universal player, a DAC, a power amplifier.  Maybe my choice of music won't be to everyone's taste, so you need to bring yours, and tell us why you want us to play it
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on January 15, 2014, 02:28:00 PM
Well, there has to be a bit of structure to any club.  The more participation from those present the better, that applies to any club meeting.  And don't forget, the braais, speakers, away meetings, need to be organised, they don't happen by themselves.  There are few meeting topics we have in mind and we will run them past you to see what you think

There needs to be a constitution since without this, no bank will consider opening an account.  We all know Capetonians are laid back, this is one of the perks of living here.  Our idea of resurrecting the club was to get a meeting of like-minded people together

It would be very nice if we were offered some equipment to listen to at the first meeting.  Some of the posts above tell me a lot of what you are not going to do, but not much about how you can assist.  Our hobby is one that can be shared, so how about sharing your expertise, knowledge and equipment?  I have several pieces of equipment that I am prepared to being along - an Oppo universal player, a DAC, a power amplifier.  Maybe my choice of music won't be to everyone's taste, so you need to bring yours, and tell us why you want us to play it

I have very little in the line of equipment to bring along, unless you would like to listen to '80s Jap stuff?
Got a GerDAC I can bring...
Music - I think that goes without saying.

And of course my sparkling personality.  :point:

*edit* Chris can bring his NS1000s... And then leave without them.  >:D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 15, 2014, 03:02:42 PM
Whatever he brings must fit in his car.

We are planning a DAC evening some time, so would welcome the GerDAC.  Also 24 Windhoek Lager, we will provide glasses
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on January 15, 2014, 04:26:53 PM
Whatever he brings must fit in his car.

We are planning a DAC evening some time, so would welcome the GerDAC.  Also 24 Windhoek Lager, we will provide glasses

One NS1000 on the back seat, one on the passenger seat. I don't see the problem.  :point:
 :dop:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 15, 2014, 04:29:00 PM
I will bring a DCS dac(no kidding this time!)...hell anything anyone wants to hear I will bring...thankfully I am just down the road so no problem at all,don't worry about gear.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 15, 2014, 04:34:56 PM
Chris , Im sure myself and others that join wont be concerned about the R100 we contribute being accounted for to the cent , and if the treasurer does abscond with the loot - we would all hope he spends it on women wine and song.. :) I wouldnt worry about a constitution or bank account...
Not sure what I can bring along , maybe my Dspeaker room correction system or If I go for a miniDSP , that...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 15, 2014, 04:51:34 PM
The treasurer is an honest guy, I have known him a long time.  We just want to get everything ready in case there is a need for a more formal association.  Some folk might feel more comfortable knowing that all the i's are dotted and t's crossed.  You have to cater for everybody, not just those who come along once or twice a year.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 15, 2014, 05:04:55 PM
My aversion to club management and sundry comes from seeing too many nuclear standoffs between club members of a certain model airplane club.  And that is supposed to be a hobby enjoyed by mature men.  Somehow when certain people gets put in positions of power, something funny happens to the wiring inside their brains.  :coffee:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 15, 2014, 07:35:02 PM
Just don't judge it or have pre-conceived notions even before it starts.  I have been on the committee of the Cape Computer Club since 1993 and seen the power-seekers, the glory guys, the useless people, the bullshitters.  None were downright dishonest but some came close to it.  The CT hi-fi club will be run to present the minimum interference between the attendees and the equipment.

Don't forget that most people come along to be entertained, to get away from the same old TV and stuff at home and possibly learn something new and talk to like-minded people.  If you start off with this in mind then the meetings fly by as if by magic and everyone goes home happy
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Drifter on January 15, 2014, 08:24:52 PM
I'll be happy to bring my M-Dac.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 15, 2014, 09:01:12 PM
Just don't judge it or have pre-conceived notions even before it starts.  I have been on the committee of the Cape Computer Club since 1993 and seen the power-seekers, the glory guys, the useless people, the bullshitters.  None were downright dishonest but some came close to it.  The CT hi-fi club will be run to present the minimum interference between the attendees and the equipment.

Don't forget that most people come along to be entertained, to get away from the same old TV and stuff at home and possibly learn something new and talk to like-minded people.  If you start off with this in mind then the meetings fly by as if by magic and everyone goes home happy

Hurrahh!  :thumbs:

I need some change of scenary.  If only to pester dear Jozua...  :rubhands: :Whoohoo:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on January 15, 2014, 11:57:22 PM
Hurrahh!  :thumbs:

I need some change of scenary.  If only to pester dear Jozua...  :rubhands: :Whoohoo:

Henry

Just bring the Krell clone along...

I hoping to bring a pair for 8" Fostex along - currently building it.

Regards

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 16, 2014, 12:23:36 AM
I will bring a DCS dac(no kidding this time!)...hell anything anyone wants to hear I will bring...thankfully I am just down the road so no problem at all,don't worry about gear.

I'd love to hear that SCA35...

Failing that, I'm prepared to bring a Leak Stereo 20.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 16, 2014, 12:53:40 AM
That can be done Mafioso...she sounds fabulous.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on January 20, 2014, 10:18:46 PM
What snacks will bs on offer,nead to now if I must eat before meeting.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 20, 2014, 10:27:49 PM
No "Ja broers" allowed.....Dean's tummy only looks full but it's hot air.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 20, 2014, 11:34:28 PM
What snacks will bs on offer,nead to now if I must eat before meeting.

For hors-d'oeuvre there will be a choice of pan-fried mushrooms, camembert and chopped spring onions and a sesame-flavoured calamari
The main course is scalloped springbok medallions, yellowtail or calamari steak
Sweets are creme-brulee, chocolate dipped asparagus, ice cream and hot chocolate sauce

Several wines will be served, complementing the dishes and ending with a chilled Noble Late Harvest, probably some Villiera 1983 which has been saved for the occasion


Just in case the chef is otherwise engaged, have a proper meal beforehand, but its up to you
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 21, 2014, 08:10:25 AM
In other words, stop at the KFC drive-through on the way else you're gonna upset our listening sessions with your tummy complaining. :coffee:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 21, 2014, 08:22:34 AM
Print this and take it along, it might work

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/kfc2010_zpsab786331.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/kfc2010_zpsab786331.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Peter Carpenter on January 21, 2014, 08:26:16 PM
Count me in. I hope to meet 2 former members there who arranged a meeting in a parking area.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: sergiochinelli on January 25, 2014, 08:04:01 AM
Do you guys know if there is a JHB equivalent?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 25, 2014, 08:20:16 AM
Yes, there is one - differently set up from the CT one, but Cape Town passports are valid in Gauteng.  I think Andre and Rodney Gold are going there

http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,31142.0.html
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on January 25, 2014, 08:35:42 AM
There's no club, just a mob of (sometimes) unruly lovers of any reasonable drop getting together under the guise of the pursuit of high fidelity
Yes, there is one - differently set up from the CT one, but Cape Town passports are valid in Gauteng.  I think Andre and Rodney Gold are going there

http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,31142.0.html
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 25, 2014, 08:40:49 AM
There's no club, just a mob of (sometimes) unruly lovers of any reasonable drop getting together under the guise of the pursuit of high fidelity

Do you mean drop or dop?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on January 25, 2014, 09:18:59 AM
Do you mean drop or dop?
We embrace diversity of our people
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on January 25, 2014, 09:46:03 AM
Do you mean drop or dop?
Dop, drop ... same thing.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 25, 2014, 10:39:56 AM
Weird...licorice-eating audiophools?

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 27, 2014, 07:32:34 AM
Despite my fooling around,I look forward to this gents,I will bring some paying friends and something "fun" and cheap to listen to...and I will bring pappa Rodney.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 27, 2014, 07:38:24 AM
...I sincerely hope that Colonel66 will be able to join us as well(as an honorary member of course)...he has the best sounding system in the greater western cape and is a fun and boppy chap that we could all learn something from...Colonel,will you please join us?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on January 27, 2014, 08:38:40 AM
...I sincerely hope that Colonel66 will be able to join us as well(as an honorary member of course)...he has the best sounding system in the greater western cape and is a fun and boppy chap that we could all learn something from...Colonel,will you please join us?

dunno Kent i am still on the fence on this one - the formal structure (with minutes and chairmen) of the club is turning me off - anyways it is pencilled in the diary - maybe i just need some burn in time to get used to the idea - a music club appeals far more

thanks for the flattery
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 27, 2014, 08:50:14 AM
As long as there are no By Invitation Only nonsense.  I would have loved to bring my boy, but he needs his rest.  They are having their Interschools Athletics the next day.  He is one of the althetes, and will probably do the 100m, 200m dash, 90m hurdles, long jump and 4X100m relay.  So he will be a busy boy the next day.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 27, 2014, 09:48:49 AM
Anyone can come, you are all welcome.  We will get the business side over as quickly as possible, and then decide on which CDs we will play first.  I have some ideas for future meetings which I will run past you on the night.  There is already an away meeting planned at a dealer, plus lots of other things.  Suggestions are always welcome
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on January 27, 2014, 12:06:30 PM
What about a never-going-to-use-this-crap-anyway exchange?  Like some nice speakers gathering dust alongside your Ferrari in the garage crap.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 27, 2014, 12:09:46 PM
...Or an amp next to a Prius...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 27, 2014, 12:10:23 PM
What about a never-going-to-use-this-crap-anyway exchange?  Like some nice speakers gathering dust alongside your Ferrari in the garage crap.

Yes, that is on the list.  I called it a "bring and buy" meeting.  I can even arrange to bring along a card machine for the Krells and suchlike (and for Andre's auntie's home theatre)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 27, 2014, 12:27:44 PM
Hi-Fi Club proposed meetings thought of so far (some may overlap)

   Away meeting at Sound and Vision, Century City, provisionally booked for April

   Bring and Buy meeting.  Bring your stuff.  I can bring along a card machine,    but there is 5% discount on sales, so you’ll have to negotiate

   Music from Linn Records.  LR supply a 500Gb hard disc with a sampler of    many    types of music, ranging from rock, jazz, blues and classical.  Music    is mostly recorded at 24 bit 96KHz or 24 bit 192KHz

   Computers in audio.  The computer as a playback device.  Explanation and    demo of the various types of sound files and their attributes

   Movie:  AES Damn Lies workshop – 47 mins

   DACs compared and the right software to use with a USB connection

   Downloading hi-res and other recordings from the net.  Doing it free of charge.  Many examples

   YouTube – a selection of your favourite clips you have chosen from YouTube.  How to improve the audio and video available

   How high can you hear? – an ears-on test using an App from an iPad through a full-range system

   iZotope Vinyl – 10 steps to lo-fi
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: placebo on January 27, 2014, 07:35:20 PM
Anyone can come, you are all welcome.  We will get the business side over as quickly as possible, and then decide on which CDs we will play first.  I have some ideas for future meetings which I will run past you on the night.  There is already an away meeting planned at a dealer, plus lots of other things.  Suggestions are always welcome
It is obvious that CT cannot scratch up a decent T/T between them.They mention CD's but what can one do.Perhaps they cannot find any decent vinyl to play? :banned:

Apologies to Alty he does have decent T/T's.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on January 27, 2014, 07:39:01 PM
...Or an amp next to a Prius...

If you could power the amp from the Prius battery......audiophile heaven awaits

Even Vaughan would be stammering for superlatives....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 27, 2014, 07:45:02 PM
Vaughan will be a crucial player in the CT club.....double-blind testing every audiophile upon entry.(does this sound wrong? :giggle:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 27, 2014, 08:32:47 PM
The entry test is easy:  A single tone from an oscillator will be played and you must guess the frequency.  Each wrong answer costs another R10,00 to get in.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on January 27, 2014, 08:43:07 PM
It is obvious that CT cannot scratch up a decent T/T between them.They mention CD's but what can one do.Perhaps they cannot find any decent vinyl to play? :banned:

Apologies to Alty he does have decent T/T's.

If someone asks, I have a two armed, transportable 301 grease bearing ready to grind any CD playback into Koffiefontein's dust.

@ placebo

Thanks for reminding/acknowledging about A/R's magicke decks.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 28, 2014, 01:01:57 PM
Do they have electric motors, or are they clockwork?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on January 30, 2014, 09:37:08 AM
CTHC is the acronym. Us kapies like our THC...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: sergiochinelli on January 30, 2014, 12:48:09 PM
Good stuff guys. Is there a JHB equivalent?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 30, 2014, 03:46:52 PM
Good stuff guys. Is there a JHB equivalent?

Not sure "equivalent" is the right word, but they are trying.  See http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,30471.msg400529.html#msg400529
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on January 30, 2014, 09:32:58 PM
Like comparing steak to housebrand rusks hey? :ROFLMAO:.....but we have Jozua and they will never steal him from us!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 02, 2014, 03:03:45 PM
Its a week on Thursday to our first meeting

Not yet on the mailing list?  Email  capetownhificlub@gmail.com  and mention your name and phone number



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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 06, 2014, 08:55:11 PM
"But we are not here for a history lesson....to the inaugural meeting of the Cape Town HiFi Club on Thursday 13th February 2014."

Next para:

"This will be held at 8.00pm....in Oxford Road Wynberg on Wednesday 12th February".

WTF?

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Red Baron on February 06, 2014, 09:03:29 PM
Hi all,

back from my travels - I'm in....mail sent....looking forward!

Greetings

RB
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 07, 2014, 08:20:13 AM
"But we are not here for a history lesson....to the inaugural meeting of the Cape Town HiFi Club on Thursday 13th February 2014."

Next para:

"This will be held at 8.00pm....in Oxford Road Wynberg on Wednesday 12th February".

WTF?

mafioso

We had to change the proposed meeting date to Thursday at the head master's request.  Come on both nights if you'd like...!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 07, 2014, 02:15:55 PM
Ah, so...

Thks

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on February 11, 2014, 06:02:41 PM
This is on tomorrow night I assume, do we need a secret handshake, need to bring anything etc?

I have not received any mails on the subject, not sure if I'm missing from the list or if none were sent on the subject.

who all is going..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on February 11, 2014, 06:18:57 PM
I too joined the mailing list and so far.... nanda - I actully thought it was thurs night - just as well you commented...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on February 11, 2014, 06:25:57 PM
Best you chaps call a committee meeting - Andre will Chair and Alty will take minutes.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 11, 2014, 06:34:00 PM
The mailing list is just that - to send future editions of the newsletter

There is a copy of page 1 and link here for the whole thing - http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,30471.msg395658.html#msg395658

The meeting is on Thursday 13th at 8.00pm (suggest get there at 7.45 to get a seat), there is no need to bring anything thanks, Jozua, the music and equipment guru is bringing that.  I will just run the meeting and try and get the business over with as fast as possible

There will be on the screen, a list of suggested meetings that have been thought of, but I am relying on those present to tell me what they like, particular for the first few meetings.

Also, I guess, not many of us have met in the flesh, some are known from home visits or your picture being on Police File, so some time can be taken to have a chat.

I will take plenty of photos and post them on here, so put your make-up on carefully, no slipping hair-pieces and unmatching outfits

Looking forward to it, I must say
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: funcrusha76 on February 11, 2014, 08:11:40 PM
Oh, no. Looks like I'll miss the first meeting.  :wallbreak:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on February 11, 2014, 08:14:06 PM
I am in  :O0:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 11, 2014, 08:28:30 PM
Dean and i are also in.....do i bring a full system?I can and dont mind at all.Guys please can we gather some vavavoom here,some feedback on who is and is not coming?Any idea of numbers?....i want to meet new members.....come on okes.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on February 11, 2014, 08:47:55 PM
Dean and i are also in.....do i bring a full system?I can and dont mind at all.Guys please can we gather some vavavoom here,some feedback on who is and is not coming?Any idea of numbers?....i want to meet new members.....come on okes.

We should invite Cape Towns Newest Audiophile arrival. The man who knows a trommel from a box!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 11, 2014, 08:51:22 PM
Andre - I estimate about 30+ since 51 on the distribution list and I have just sent out a reminder.  There are about 30 chairs, so more than that you'll have to sit on some long tables, if the bums are not too big they'll take 3.  Have not heard about what electronics are coming so trust J has it in hand.   No last minute hitches

Do you want name tags?  I saw that session in Jhb somewhere, it looked like the guys were wearing name tags.  Other than that - biscuits, coffee, tea, milk, sugar?  There is a fully equipped kitchen in the room and a ladies and gents toilet in close proximity

Doors open from 7.30 and it will be a warm evening.  Plenty of safe parking very close to the door
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 11, 2014, 09:00:51 PM
Well that would be wonderful Chris....i was honestly worried for a bit....30-50 sounds brilliant,name tags is a good idea,each can do their own just so we know who is who in the zoo,(name and forum name if you are a member)Let me know if Jozua is sorting us out with sound or if i should bring anything.Cheers and see you on Thursday.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on February 11, 2014, 09:35:43 PM
 :walled:

I have to bloody work on Thursday night...
I'm gonna rush through the tasks and pull through as soon as I'm done.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on February 11, 2014, 10:38:44 PM
I will be there with my KSA50 clone.  All the way from the Strand.  But I will need to leave at 23h00.  I have long day on Friday.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 12, 2014, 06:26:45 AM
Nice Henry...see you soon.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 12, 2014, 05:01:13 PM
Here is another interesting project - sure to generate different opinions - http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,31679.0/topicseen.html
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2014, 08:02:32 AM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/today_is_the_day_zps44fa95c4.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/today_is_the_day_zps44fa95c4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: BWS on February 13, 2014, 08:34:11 AM

I'm gonna rush through the tasks and pull through as soon as I'm done.

And deal with the outage tomorrow ?  :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 13, 2014, 09:43:06 AM
Chris,shall we bring a few items for possible trade or sell as Henry mentioned earlier?...things such as the Krell I am getting from him for a set of cables?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on February 13, 2014, 09:49:40 AM
And deal with the outage tomorrow ?  :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

Outage? What outage?  :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on February 13, 2014, 09:53:07 AM
I'm going to be there.... but I'm not sure where there is...

I have to cross the curtain, so the concept of getting lost in "English country" scares me. I'm not sure anyone would understand my Northern Suburbs accent if I stopped to ask.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 13, 2014, 09:58:43 AM
Look for lots of cute boys in school uniforms running with sweets in their hands....being chased by Dan d'Agostino:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on February 13, 2014, 10:48:37 AM
I'm going to be there.... but I'm not sure where there is...

I have to cross the curtain, so the concept of getting lost in "English country" scares me. I'm not sure anyone would understand my Northern Suburbs accent if I stopped to ask.

you welcome to come to my places and hitch a ride with me.. taking my corvette...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 13, 2014, 11:10:49 AM
I'm going to be there.... but I'm not sure where there is...

I have to cross the curtain, so the concept of getting lost in "English country" scares me. I'm not sure anyone would understand my Northern Suburbs accent if I stopped to ask.

It's 5mins walk from my house. You can come up to here or follow directions below: Pass my house in Tennant Road, go over Mains Ave traffic lights and turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Aliwal Road and slow down. Oxford street is the first road to your left.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on February 13, 2014, 11:19:08 AM
Chris,shall we bring a few items for possible trade or sell as Henry mentioned earlier?...things such as the Krell I am getting from him for a set of cables?

Wahaahaaa!  :BWAHAHAH: You sir have not the back and muscles to carry said KSA50 clone.  I am not even sure your car's suspension will survive the trip with it in your car.  Better bring that Ford F350.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on February 13, 2014, 12:04:54 PM
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0By22-wi-jaVZcUpKQTBnM2U1cTA&usp=sharing

For maps and directions
PS the bloody thing does not work for me under Chrome , I had to jump thru hoops and load it up in explorer to see all the pages....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on February 13, 2014, 01:03:29 PM
It's 5mins walk from my house. You can come up to here or follow directions below: Pass my house in Tennant Road, go over Mains Ave traffic lights and turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Aliwal Road and slow down. Oxford street is the first road to your left.

mafioso

Thanks mafioso, got it, I googled the route from your house to the school..

Rodney, I think I'm gatecrashing, I never received the newsletter, then my email account is with Telkom, who are not doing very well with my mail of late...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2014, 01:16:29 PM
You don't need a newsletter to come, just turn up.  All audiophiles are welcome.  If you really and truly get lost, you can call Andre 0839811111 or Chris 0742392087

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 13, 2014, 02:40:23 PM
Thanks mafioso, got it, I googled the route from your house to the school..

Rodney, I think I'm gatecrashing, I never received the newsletter, then my email account is with Telkom, who are not doing very well with my mail of late...

STOP PRESS :-[

Route revision. Once you turned right at the Aliwal Road traffic lights (facing Main Road Wynberg), Oxford Street is the first road to your RIGHT - not left.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on February 13, 2014, 03:01:52 PM
Not to worry.

Already marked on my Google Maps app.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 13, 2014, 03:33:12 PM
Got your 10mtr's of Ellies flatline cable Henry...don't forget the amp.Thanks Andre.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on February 13, 2014, 04:04:58 PM
Got your 10mtr's of Ellies flatline cable Henry...don't forget the amp.Thanks Andre.

Ellies?  :BWAHAHAH:  Dammit, I was planning to bring back hosepipes.  :groovy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2014, 04:31:47 PM
STOP PRESS :-[

Route revision. Once you turned right at the Aliwal Road traffic lights (facing Main Road Wynberg), Oxford Street is the first road to your RIGHT - not left.

mafioso

But if you turn the other left, you will reach the Main Road and have a selection of the lovely ladies that ply their wares
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 13, 2014, 05:30:53 PM
Any recommendation? Any name or specialities?

I would have thought they live from hand to mouth :point:

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2014, 06:06:52 PM
Mainly mouth I think.  BJs?  Not really a connoisseur
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Doogle on February 13, 2014, 06:33:04 PM
 Sadly not going to be able to attend tonight.   :(  Have a great time chaps! See you next time........
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on February 13, 2014, 10:26:58 PM
Thanks gents

Nice meeting all of you and I'm quite keen to listen to more equipment that cost more than my car.

Till the next meeting.

CTJ
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on February 13, 2014, 10:37:43 PM
I had to skive off early to get some sleep before catching my redeye flight tomorrow morning, but I had sufficient time to meet some really interesting people and to rekindle old acquaintanceships. And, of course, to put faces to names. The introductions (great idea Rodney) were an eye-opener, certainly to me.

The turnout was mildly disappointing, given the buildup, but a couple of dozen (I think) is a good start. There's definite potential for gaining some insights and  some good ideas are in the pipeline.

Thanks, Chris and yourotherbrother Chris for herding us cats.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 13, 2014, 11:01:34 PM
Thanks for a fantastic evening :clap:

Special thanks to chrisc for the lift home, keeping me from straying from the straight and narrow of course what with Kenilworth Main Road so close...

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on February 13, 2014, 11:15:16 PM
Great evening , thanks to all, intros were an eye opener for me too - amazing diversity of systems and philosophies..
Mafioso , I took the Kenilworth main road - and it was like Christmas - Ho - Ho - Ho!!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on February 13, 2014, 11:21:34 PM
 :2thumbs:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1/1800238_10152222644061678_1136303458_n.jpg)

Checking cables

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1/1782105_10152222695661678_792730082_n.jpg)

'top ear' hearing if he can feel grosh through the B&W's...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2014, 11:24:31 PM
Better pics tomorrow - thanks for coming folks, great success.  My bum looks a bit big in those pants...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 13, 2014, 11:31:33 PM
Chris,dont ask me how but i have the school keys(can you pick them up from me at the shop?) and i forgot to pay my R100 :thinking:....thanks for all the effort chaps and lovely meeting you all(some for the first time.)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on February 13, 2014, 11:32:48 PM
Jeez boys, I almost got lost coming home.  My Google Maps app couldn't connect to the server, so I had to feel my way home.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 14, 2014, 12:09:30 AM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/Hifimeeting13Feb_zpsd0712671.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/Hifimeeting13Feb_zpsd0712671.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 14, 2014, 03:21:29 PM
Oh sarmie bin Louder, (bottom row centre) and disguised as a Plumstead used hifi dealer ascended from the depths of the Dead Sea and made a rare guest appearance  :clap:

mafioso

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 14, 2014, 03:56:46 PM
See your distinguished face appears 3 times in those pics, mafioso, top left, second row right and third row left.  In the bottom row right it looks like you may have nodded off, Rodney is keenly evaluating the music next to you while Dean and Andre share a rude joke
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 02, 2014, 01:04:21 PM
On sending out a mail from the Hi-Fi Club today, the following two email addresses were returned as unknown.  If it is you, or you know who it is and have a correct email address, please PM me the details.  Thanks

svd.vermaak@gmail.com   Name:  Stephan Vermaak

marcusvietvi242@gmail.com   Name:  Marcus (no other name given)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Newsletter - March 2014
Post by: chrisc on March 04, 2014, 07:48:55 AM
Read it yourself here - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0By22-wi-jaVZcUpKQTBnM2U1cTA&usp=sharing

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFiMarch2014_zps6e48daeb.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFiMarch2014_zps6e48daeb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 04, 2014, 10:16:52 AM
"marcusvietri"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Newsletter - March 2014
Post by: placebo on March 04, 2014, 12:59:03 PM
Read it yourself here - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0By22-wi-jaVZcUpKQTBnM2U1cTA&usp=sharing

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFiMarch2014_zps6e48daeb.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFiMarch2014_zps6e48daeb.jpg.html)

So was the first  meeting held on Thursday 13 March 2013?Oh wait that was a Tuesday. :angel:
Enjoy it guys wish I could be there.I would love to meet the CT guys.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 05, 2014, 12:01:44 PM
Oops, a typo crept in and it was proof-read too!  Shall have to hire another proof reader, or else open both eyes
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: placebo on March 05, 2014, 03:25:22 PM
Oops, a typo crept in and it was proof-read too!  Shall have to hire another proof reader, or else open both eyes
I will proof read for you for 12 Amstels per newsletter. :whistler:

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: zeabre on March 05, 2014, 03:33:25 PM
Proofread.  :tongue:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 10, 2014, 11:07:00 AM
I will organise a few bottles of cold drinks, some chips  and a platter or 2 from  Spar down the road.
If you want , bring along some snacks yourself and we can make it a real nosh up....the more food the better...
I have no booze at home , so bring your own if you want.. a papsak, bottle of whatever , whiskey , rum , OBS etc...
along with the stuff the club brings , we can indulge...

I would imagine there are some club things to go thru first - I recon 2 minutes is enough time here :)

What I will do is start off with a blank page , ie speakers in position , but no correction.
I will run thru the room and theory of placement etc .. show my panels and so on
We will then measure the system using REW to see the ugly curves (or maybe we will not)

Then I will use the antimode 2 to measure and correct bass under 150hz. we will AB and fine tune that ($1000 unit)

I will then use the Z-sys as a 6 band parametric to "tune" it all to taste ($5000 unit)

I will then go onto the $299 miniDSP using acourateDRC and FIR filters as an alternative , will also use it as a direct replacement of the Z-sys and antimode - lets see if a cheapy works just as well...

We will then go into a round of parametric eq tuning , trying to make my system sound the way yours does or how you like it..
I will show what freq bands affect what and we will do some tests as to whether one can determine small freq abberations and how big they have to be to "hear" them clearly.
Bear in mind , due to the amount of people , the results you hear wherever you are standing/sitting will be different , these systems really only correct the "sweet spot" in most cases
We will probably have to clear the room when measuring stuff as the amount of bodies will affect the room itself.
It should be an interesting evening and a good social event

PS if you want to come earlier , you are most welcome to do so - 6 pm onwards
PLEASE do not park in neighbours parking areas .. they get very aggro with me if my visitors park there , there is parking along the road etc...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 10, 2014, 01:44:15 PM
2 mins is fine.  Some visitors will want to pay subs to CR, but they can do that any time.  CR is bringing some biscuits and cold-drinks

Looking forward to it, I am bringing 2 friends as well, probably get there 7.45 or so
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on March 11, 2014, 09:10:17 AM
sounds very very very interesting count me in
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 11, 2014, 12:33:57 PM
Evidently someone is going to video the meeting... available on DVD for R199.00 :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on March 11, 2014, 02:36:34 PM
Unexpurgated version, R299 anybody...? :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 11, 2014, 06:41:30 PM
A little bit of this, a little bit of that (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/abit_zpsdb7df6f3.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/abit_zpsdb7df6f3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 12, 2014, 05:37:39 AM
A little bit of this, a little bit of that (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/abit_zpsdb7df6f3.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/abit_zpsdb7df6f3.jpg.html)
From left to right
Jozua , ChrisC, ken kasslerrib and ursh.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 12, 2014, 07:48:37 PM
I have since changed the colour of my wig to match the lipstick better
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Richard on March 12, 2014, 08:37:30 PM
Can't wait, looking forward to a insightful evening. Thanks Rodney
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 12, 2014, 10:17:05 PM
What  platters will there be .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 12, 2014, 10:52:34 PM
What  platters will there be .
  :BWAHAHAH:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 12, 2014, 10:53:06 PM
a no1 from spar , those sarmie types and a no8 , meatballs and meaty stuff ...
When my wife suggested Crudite vegetable and dips I nearly wet myself laughing - I don't eat that **** and Im sure most of you follow my sentiments , especially Dean - Who'se motto is "meat is meat and a man must eat"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 13, 2014, 07:22:36 AM
I will be bringing a certain Italian Professori named Rocco who will give an hour long speech(with pics) on "STD's in Audio and how to scratch your itch"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 13, 2014, 08:21:53 AM
Rather bring a plate of Italian salami - guaranteed to hit the spot...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 13, 2014, 11:58:06 AM
Am I blind or something. I cannot find the 'official' start time. Rodney says 'from 6 onwards'... ChisC says he is getting there @ 7.45.30pm  :thinking:

I need a target time (to miss in that Cape Town way)....

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on March 13, 2014, 12:17:13 PM
Looking forward to the evening.

Thanks Rodney
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on March 13, 2014, 12:28:51 PM
I'll be there  between 7- 7:30.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 13, 2014, 05:54:52 PM
Get there a bit early so you don't have to park a block away.  We'll start around 8.00 (Look at post # 172, the newsletter was sent out the same day)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on March 13, 2014, 06:39:22 PM
Sorry guys, I won't be able to make tonight.   :-[  I was planning in coming through from Strand to perv on Rodney's setup, but the wife asked me to help her out with something.  I suppose I need to score some brownie points.  I will collect later.  :rubhands:

Rodney BTW, why aren't you replying on my PM?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 13, 2014, 11:33:06 PM
Tonight's meeting was stunning for me. Personally I have never heard Rodney's system sound so good.

And I am very pleased to know that the Mini DSP can sound so good !!

Many thanks Rodney.

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 14, 2014, 12:26:55 AM
Had a great eve thanks again rodney.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 14, 2014, 08:11:23 AM
Full marks for Rodney, thank you very much.  A good time was had by all

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nicholas on March 14, 2014, 10:12:06 AM
Yes, thanks guys, and Rodney, it was an interesting evening for me, my first in the club.

Happy to bring the average age down for the club, call me anytime. :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Richard on March 14, 2014, 10:13:01 AM
 :thumbs: Thank you very much Rodney, very interesting topic. Regards
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 14, 2014, 11:03:52 AM
Thanks to everybody who brought eats.  With all the left-overs the Plattekloof bergies are already praying for a follow-up meeting !

When you see members get up from their sick beds to attend an audio meeting, you sommer know the club is on the right track....

We are still looking for an amp and a set of speakers for the club.  Any donations will be appreciated.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 14, 2014, 11:23:50 AM
I did a double take upon entry....we had a lady member in attendance and she built her own power amps and Goodmans Triaxiom enclosures...Dean proposed,Chris acted like a jilted boyfriend,Anthony had visions of a front page cover story for "Popular Mechanics",Jozua sucked on a lolly in a provocative manner whilst winking in her general direction,Jason shook off frailty and became Manley,Jacques forgot he'd chosen an alternative route,the eggcitement was palpable....I left with Joy!What a woman...thanks for having us Rodney:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 14, 2014, 12:11:55 PM
I did a double take upon entry....we had a lady member in attendance and she built her own power amps and Goodmans Triaxiom enclosures...Dean proposed,Chris acted like a jilted boyfriend,Anthony had visions of a front page cover story for "Popular Mechanics",Jozua sucked on a lolly in a provocative manner whilst winking in her general direction,Jason shook off frailty and became Manley,Jacques forgot he'd chosen an alternative route,the eggcitement was palpable....I left with Joy!What a woman...thanks for having us Rodney:)

Hey I was just after her turntable   :point:

Thanks for the hospitality Rodney. The Jag is cool  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on March 14, 2014, 12:25:40 PM
Now I'm really bleak I decided to work late.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on March 14, 2014, 12:40:32 PM
Thanks, Rodney.  :thumbs:

Loved the bass impact from those drums.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on March 14, 2014, 01:34:11 PM
very nice dankie oom Rodney :groovy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 14, 2014, 05:29:08 PM
I did a double take upon entry....we had a lady member in attendance and she built her own power amps and Goodmans Triaxiom enclosures...Dean proposed,Chris acted like a jilted boyfriend,Anthony had visions of a front page cover story for "Popular Mechanics",Jozua sucked on a lolly in a provocative manner whilst winking in her general direction,Jason shook off frailty and became Manley,Jacques forgot he'd chosen an alternative route,the eggcitement was palpable....I left with Joy!What a woman...thanks for having us Rodney:)


In the centre picture in post # 199, Andre's eyes light up as he walks in and sees Joy sitting on the couch.  You can just see the smile getting broader
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on March 14, 2014, 05:36:14 PM
My first meeting. Great meeting everyone.

Thanks Rodney - I have a new appreciation of bass. WOW.
Title: The folly of listening in a generic environment
Post by: Shonver on March 27, 2014, 09:07:32 AM
So we have an official meeting place. But there's a problem with using such a venue for hi-fi appreciation. Watch this excerpt until about 28:36.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=j77VKw9Kx6U#t=1567
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 29, 2014, 05:49:18 PM
He does go on a bit in that talk.  I pointed out to our committee that in the old days, we used to have the meeting cross-ways in the room.  The staff room is quite large (12.5m x 33m) so when the equipment is at the projector end, you sit as you would in a church, but when you are crossways, the speakers are much closer to the listeners.  Of course very few can be in a "sweet spot" but it is a meeting room, not a hi-fi appreciation room.  Most people's listening rooms cannot accommodate more than 10-12 people at a real squeeze and here we have 20+

There is a music room in the next block that you can have a look at.  Considerably smaller, except that it is nearly square (about 10m x 12m) and has chairs, but there is no kitchen.  Not nearly as comfortable.  We tried it a few times and found the drawback that it was on the first floor, being square it did not sound right and was often full of junk

What else to do?

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on March 29, 2014, 09:18:25 PM
Thanks for this. I don't want to be a wet blanket; I just don't want us to have unrealistic expectations.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 30, 2014, 08:57:09 AM
The quality of sound in that room is inversely proportional to the cost.  In other words, the law of diminishing returns applies more readily in a large room, as the equipment has to work harder to be appreciated.  You will of course heard of Murphy's law.  I have been attending meetings in this room since 1995, when the Computer Club started using it as their venue.  It is amazing to find that equipment, that works 100% when at home or in a shop, suddenly starts misbehaving or not working properly when set up there.  Not every time but noticeable.

Once a dealer brought an amp and speakers along, hooked it up and put on a record.  No sound.  He and I fiddled for 15 mins checking everything.  Eventually I took out the speaker fuses.  Both had blown.  Who knows why?  He was most careful attaching the cables which had banana plugs fitted
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 02, 2014, 06:44:38 PM
The April meeting is at the Audio Vision shop, upper level at the Tygerberg shopping centre on Thursday 10th April starting at 20h00

If you would like to be on the Hi-Fi Club's mailing list (free), send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on April 03, 2014, 07:12:17 AM
I enjoyed reading about Andre's system in the latest newsletter, but especially his candor. Nice pics, too!  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on April 04, 2014, 11:51:04 AM
I enjoyed reading about Andre's system in the latest newsletter, but especially his candor. Nice pics, too!  :thumbs:

Thanks Shonver

I'm just a low rent bloke :) and enjoy bringing old equipment back to life.

Regds

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on April 05, 2014, 09:24:09 PM
Hey guys......after some very hectic weeks I just saw that the HiFi Club is "ON".... thats fantastic...so I m ready to become Club Member if possible...

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 06, 2014, 12:54:36 PM
Achim, you are most welcome.  Send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com and I will add you to the distribution list.  Come to the meeting on Thursday too
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on April 06, 2014, 09:51:40 PM
I'm very new on the scene.

A little more detail as regards who "Cassie of AV" is please?

Thanks
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 07, 2014, 12:40:44 PM
Cassie is the manager at Audio Vision Tyger Valley, as shown on their website,  Actually, the fellow from AV in Century City, Jannie, will be hosting the meeting, although at AV's Tyger Valley shop
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on April 07, 2014, 01:02:05 PM
Dunno what I will be interested in at AV...not into HT at all and sort of not interested in the units and brands and level of stuff they carry- tho I am looking for a large screen TV.... do we hifi club members get a discount?
Hopefully we dont have to sit thru an hour or more sales schpiel...
I will be there however , no matter what... got to get value from my R100 :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on April 07, 2014, 01:18:44 PM
@ Rodney

I walked past the AV store in cAnal Walk on Saturday and noticed a lovely Thorens TD 2035(TD 2015) in the window. First time I've noticed a more than decent deck at AV. Maybe they've realised that the market for HiFi could be commercially viable for them.

And yes, some sort of sales pitch is expected
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 08, 2014, 08:34:07 AM
Rodney, bring your plastic.  Jannie did offer discount on the night to hi-fi club members, but I've no idea of the percentage.  Non-members will qualify if they pay the treasurer their subs on the spot and thereby join.  No entry examination is required
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on April 08, 2014, 03:02:36 PM
Gents

I was assured there will be no heavy sales talk- everything will be very informal. The emphasis is on enjoying the outing and simply networking with another.

Regards

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 09, 2014, 07:46:01 PM
And just in case, we will have some refreshments on hand.  Not trayfulls of food, but a few nibbles
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 10, 2014, 08:05:11 AM
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April's meeting is tonight at 8.00 at the shop**.  A small amount of refreshments will be served

People wishing to pay a subscription should please pay it to Chris Reddy at the meeting.  It is R 100,00
People wanting to be included on the mailing list, please drop an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you this evening

** Audio Vision Tyger Valley
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 10, 2014, 10:30:44 PM
At Audio Vision Tyger Valley 10th April - the manne

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on April 10, 2014, 10:38:34 PM
Eish, sorry I could not make it. been crazy busy here...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on April 11, 2014, 07:50:10 AM
Thanks Gents.

Those little KEF LS50s were pretty cool although now I think I need a bigger piggy bank.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on April 11, 2014, 09:35:09 AM
Hi

Thanks to Audio Vision Tygervalley Centre for hosting the club last night.  Especially to Jannie Greef and Cassie who went out of their way to make the evening a success.

As announced, all the members who attended will qualify for a more than generous discount for future purchases

Regards


J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on April 11, 2014, 09:54:13 AM
I can't express my disappointment enough!  :nono: I went there with high expectations...

Turns out "Cassie" is not a hot chick!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on April 11, 2014, 11:46:29 AM
I can't express my disappointment enough!  :nono: I went there with high expectations...

Turns out "Cassie" is not a hot chick!

 :ROFLMAO: Anything but.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on April 11, 2014, 12:21:15 PM
I wish I was there had a serious case of gastro  :cr@p: :cr@p: :cr@p:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 26, 2014, 09:39:24 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2014, 09:04:10 AM
The meeting on 8th May - members describe their creations to a large appreciative audience.  Despite a heavy Cape rainstorm, there were lots of beautiful home-built devices on offer, from a Garrard 301 with 2 arms to a 500 watt 28 volt 2-channel amplifier designed to be fitted into a private jet aircraft.  The speaker in middle row right is a 4" unit fitted to a circular horn.  Amazing sound from a tiny device

A big thank you to participants and making a really successful meeting

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: lanties on May 09, 2014, 09:12:37 AM
Is it possible to have individual pictures rather than a collage of pictures? Especially of the equipment.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on May 09, 2014, 09:14:01 AM
Really did not want to miss this one, but unfortunately had to as a result of other commitments... :( :headbanger:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 09, 2014, 10:21:05 AM
The driver is a 2" Sony fullrange in an experimental Cornu spiral built by Richard....Jozua's Ribbons made every amp clip violently and we never had a Krell...fizzing and popping like a bowl of rice crispies those ribbons were....do not play vinyl on them again,EVER....I beg of you...poor Mafioso thought someone had swopped his 301 and Supex for a Crosley with a Sanyo cart...I hope he believed me when I assured him that this was not Candid Camera(or his gorgeous table:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on May 09, 2014, 10:30:59 AM
oh  :cr@p: I had to miss this again because of work  :headbanger:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 10:52:37 AM
....Jozua's Ribbons made every amp clip violently and we never had a Krell...fizzing and popping like a bowl of rice crispies those ribbons were....do not play vinyl on them again,EVER....I beg of you...

Kent,

At least they managed to capture the attention of the audience....

Maybe, next time I will bring a one meter long twin ribbon DIY driver with a .5 ohm impedance but only if you promise to bring a safety belt to tie you to your chair.... then I will show you what a bit of current can do to improve the thrill capacity.

Regards

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 09, 2014, 10:54:55 AM
Sorry I missed this one , actually I'm not sorry , it was wet and raining and miserable and I wasn't gonna make the groot trek from the boerewors curtain to the southern suburbs ...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 09, 2014, 10:59:52 AM
Why would you use a driver that nothing but a welding machine can drive - impedance of 0.5ohm is just silly....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 09, 2014, 11:06:47 AM
We missed you rodney.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 11:11:39 AM
Why would you use a driver that nothing but a welding machine can drive - impedance of 0.5ohm is just silly....

Apogee did the same......
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on May 09, 2014, 11:25:52 AM
Was my son's birthday. Would have liked to be there.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 09, 2014, 11:30:30 AM
Not trying to stir but clipping aside,the left ribbon was doing some weird stuff at certain frequencies even on the power amp belonging to Chris which I think is close to 100wpc...just trying to establish if I was the only one who heard this?Nothing more.How low do these dip in impedance?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 11:36:08 AM
I heard it as well.

Could be many things- no such behaviour with my 50 watt amp...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 09, 2014, 11:40:25 AM
Excellent...I thought it was just me...one year behind the dancefloor bar at Raffles in Bellville has had it's effects on my hearing.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on May 09, 2014, 11:51:35 AM
The driver is a 2" Sony fullrange in an experimental Cornu spiral built by Richard....Jozua's Ribbons made every amp clip violently and we never had a Krell...fizzing and popping like a bowl of rice crispies those ribbons were....do not play vinyl on them again,EVER....I beg of you...poor Mafioso thought someone had swopped his 301 and Supex for a Crosley with a Sanyo cart...I hope he believed me when I assured him that this was not Candid Camera(or his gorgeous table:)

Thanks, Kent. The above description is exactly my thoughts about the situation. You can see me clutching my hanky just before Joy wiped-away my tears.

Not to worry Jozua, I'm sure your toys have merit. I have a modified Einhell arc welder with WBT binding posts and Coke fridge cooling fan for a second chance to convince the unbelievers that vinyl ain't dead.

@ capetowntracks

Apologies for placing the 301 directly behind your feet. My own mistake and there's absolutely no damage.

And to all the kind gentlemen who helped me load and unload, many, many thanks :thumbs:

@ Dean

 As you saw, I do indeed believe in cables but for all the wrong reasons :giggle:

Thanks to all for a super evening.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 09, 2014, 12:34:45 PM
Apogee did the same......
Yeh and they went bankrupt

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on May 09, 2014, 01:38:27 PM
Maybe, next time I will bring a one meter long twin ribbon DIY driver with a .5 ohm impedance but only if you promise to bring a safety belt to tie you to your chair.... then I will show you what a bit of current can do to improve the thrill capacity.

Is this for real, or an incomplete component? Usually there's a transformer in-between to match the load.
OK... just re-read: it's DIY. So, yes: you are missing a transformer.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 02:49:47 PM
Shaun

I do not use transformers with the 0.5 ohm ribbons.

J

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2014, 02:50:17 PM
1 - Ok, I will post individual pictures, then you can see Kent looking longingly at Joy in the front row
2 - My amp has a 120 watt pc output but the heatsink managed to get very warm driving the ribbons.  I thought it was the classical music doing it instead of the Jim Reeves number
3 - My own ribbons have a transformer built into the enclosure, but the DC resistance across the input is 1.8 ohms and it is recommended to never connect them directly to an amp
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2014, 03:07:49 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 03:12:58 PM
Chris

The ribbons you heard last night are 5.ohm drivers. Quite easy to drive with my Quad 306.

There must be some other reason why the amp struggled.  Even the 12 watt valve amps coped at low volume.  I suspect that there could have been a naked wire at the back of the speakers connectors.

The .5 ohm versions I am referring to in my previous post are pure ribbon one meter long drivers. Completely different to what was auditioned at the club meeting. 

Regards

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 03:24:50 PM
In hindsight- we never auditioned the amp of Stefan Erasmus !! Wonder how that slipped by?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on May 09, 2014, 04:41:57 PM
I do not use transformers with the 0.5 ohm ribbons.

I see. Do understand, though, that you cannot expect an ordinary amplifier to drive them reliably. Amps for driving such low impedances directly have to be designed for purpose.

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Pierre wat? He can make you a nice class D amp for this application quite easily.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on May 09, 2014, 06:37:15 PM
Found someone's red banana plug attached to one of my cables. Pse advise for return.

mafioso
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2014, 07:11:54 PM
Consider it a donation
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Chingy on May 09, 2014, 08:58:17 PM
next meeting I'm coming fully loaded

F5, KidNap, Akai 3way Speakers , and something special from the 70's x 2
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Peter Carpenter on May 09, 2014, 09:16:51 PM
Fully loaded would have been those Marantz HD66's rigged them up for your visitation, what a glorious sound, unvisited for some time, Akai from the 70's a non contender to that above.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Chingy on May 09, 2014, 09:28:32 PM
Fully loaded would have been those Marantz HD66's rigged them up for your visitation, what a glorious sound, unvisited for some time, Akai from the 70's a non contender to that above.
sorry Peter, soon, tomorrow mybe, will call you first, again sorry
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 09, 2014, 10:48:28 PM
next meeting I'm coming fully loaded

F5, KidNap, Akai 3way Speakers , and something special from the 70's x 2

I was actually on the lookout for you...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 10, 2014, 12:03:12 AM
I see. Do understand, though, that you cannot expect an ordinary amplifier to drive them reliably. Amps for driving such low impedances directly have to be designed for purpose.

Pierre wat? He can make you a nice class D amp for this application quite easily.

Shaun

I have sufficient power available.

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 10, 2014, 08:52:06 AM
Jozua is using a Quad power amp to drive his ribbons.  Quads are specifically designed to cater for peculiar impedances as they get when driving electrostatics and thus won't get upset when seeing a 0.5 ohm load.  An ordinary direct-coupled MOSFET amp will have its output reduced considerably by such a low impedance and might only provide 20% of the regular power, hence the strange noises we heard.  So it is not just brute power, it is the design of the output stage which counts the most
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 10, 2014, 09:20:31 AM
Chris

Some clarification !

The ribbon speaker demo at the club is a 5 ohm speaker and can be driven by a Quad 306.

The 0.5 ohm and quarter ohm ribbons I have designed myself are driven class A amps.

Regards

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 10, 2014, 09:23:07 AM
As Alice (in Wonderland) said, "peculiar and most peculiar"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on May 10, 2014, 10:22:21 AM
The 0.5 ohm and quarter ohm ribbons I have designed myself are driven class A amps.

Do these amps have a name?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 10, 2014, 01:01:06 PM
I think they are Krells.  Jozua has one in each room
Title: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club's new twins arrive
Post by: chrisc on May 24, 2014, 04:04:21 PM
Freshly adopted from the Trading Station in Main Road Plumstead are Arthur and Martha, a pair of Mission 700 bookshelf speakers.  They came with 600mm high stands.  There is a woven kevlar bass/mid and a soft dome tweeter with forward facing ports

This is what we will be listening with at meetings in the absence of different units.

Thanks to KK for a very good price and for sourcing speakers in immaculate condition


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 24, 2014, 06:05:49 PM
They look so pretty ;)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 24, 2014, 06:53:38 PM
Yay no more cracle sticks
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 24, 2014, 07:22:55 PM
I think I just peed a little bit...lmao...Jozua is gonna murder you for calling his speakers "crackle sticks"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 24, 2014, 07:45:21 PM
Lmao
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on May 24, 2014, 07:46:07 PM
You people... You know that being that far down south doesn't mean you have to turn the speakers upside down, hmm?
...Jozua is gonna murder you...
Strangle him with reaaally good cables?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 24, 2014, 07:47:56 PM
You people... You know that being that far down south doesn't mean you have to turn the speakers upside down, hmm?Strangle him with reaaally good cables?
it has to be audioquest .and not the cheap stuff.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 24, 2014, 07:52:18 PM
I think I just peed a little bit...lmao...Jozua is gonna murder you for calling his speakers "crackle sticks"

Yay no more cracle sticks

If dean loses a toe to an accidentally dropped Krell then we know  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on May 24, 2014, 07:58:24 PM
I suggest a high-noon duel; debate on cables - Dean vs Jozua.
First one to submit gets to live.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 24, 2014, 08:01:32 PM
crackle sticks.....i cant stop laughing.......must have been the amps surely?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 24, 2014, 08:09:08 PM
Ore maybe the thomas rogof desighn
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 25, 2014, 10:40:17 PM
I think I just peed a little bit...lmao...Jozua is gonna murder you for calling his speakers "crackle sticks"

Kent

Many thanks for the lifetime guarantee on the Missions !

So nice to know you live just around the corner.


J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 02, 2014, 12:02:35 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 12, 2014, 06:44:29 PM
Meeting is this evening at 8.00.  Thankfully, load shedding has come and gone, so we will be able to see and hear what we are doing.  All are most welcome
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on June 12, 2014, 08:10:13 PM
Meeting is this evening at 8.00.  Thankfully, load shedding has come and gone, so we will be able to see and hear what we are doing.  All are most welcome

Sorry I could not make it... Shaking off a  :cr@p: flu. I could of coughed it around   :sulky:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on June 12, 2014, 11:52:14 PM
Sorry I could not make it... Shaking off a  :cr@p: flu. I could of coughed it around   :sulky:

It was freezing but very interesting.  Anthony presentation was superb !
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on June 13, 2014, 07:17:00 AM
I forgot about the damn meeting. :walled:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 14, 2014, 08:52:42 AM
Anthony admiring his equipment at the 12th June meeting

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Anthony holding forth during his talk about analogue to digital

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 14, 2014, 10:29:46 AM
Good talk and creatively presented. Thanks Anthony 

The Linn LP12 / Quad 33/303 and the Mission speakers really matched well and sounded great
Title: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club's new amplifier
Post by: chrisc on June 26, 2014, 03:25:59 PM
Back in 1990, the old Hi-Fi Club decided to build a Class A amplifier based on a design in Audio Amateur Magazine.  Despite our best efforts from people who knew what they were doing, the amp ran terrifically hot and was unstable.  So in the end, 2, 250 watt MOSFET amp modules were purchased from Radio Spares and Electronics in Jhb, slightly modified and installed into the already made enclosures.  There was a 42-0-42 500VA transformer, bridge rectifier and 2 x 30 000 mfd caps and smaller bypass caps to remove noise, etc.  These worked until the club was disbanded in 2002.  The amplifier was called the Charles Strever Memorial Amplifier.  CS was the first chairman of the club from about 1976.   The one amp became faulty and was given to John Fuller to repair.  Alas he died in 2004 and the amplifier disappeared.

So we purchased 2 "Jounzer" modules from a forum member which are capable of 400 watts, given the correct power supply.  We used the existing PSU for the mosfet amps, slightly modified.

The enclosure of the amp was in a bad state, scratched and nicked and also needed 2 insulated speaker terminals.  A respray later with crackle enamel and fitting the new parts, it was switched on and works 100%.  One member will donate some new caps to replace the 20 year old ones.  The main problem with the old caps is a mechanical one in that some of the screws on top have seized, hence the wiring needs tidying, as can be seen on the last picture

The following club meeting is scheduled for 10th July and after the main event, the amp will be demoed for a short while



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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stevanbuxt on July 02, 2014, 11:30:02 PM
Affiliations  globally - http://www.aca.gr/index/resources/fellowSocieties ;-)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 02, 2014, 11:44:47 PM
We cant be on there imagine our crackstick system.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on July 02, 2014, 11:59:26 PM
We cant be on there imagine our crackstick system.

Dean, any constructive contributions to the club ...?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 03, 2014, 01:11:48 AM
Maybe a decent set of speakers
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 03, 2014, 01:44:43 AM
Lol dont be so sensitive jozua. Ore ill ask mr kessel for a full review.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 03, 2014, 04:24:35 PM
The Athens Audio Society is truly the last haven of the big spenders.  You get the impression from reading their journals that the members try and outdo one another with bigger and better. There is a high-end audio show in Munich about this time every year and without exception, there are rich Greeks sniffing around the equipment for what looks outrageous

btw:  Dean, we have to cut our cloth according to our income, and short of a donation from a wealthy Cape Town audiophile, bought a pair of Mission speakers (which you can see on previous pages) from KK with at least something to start off with, and which can be resold without much trouble.  Given the club has only been going 6 months, we have not done too badly
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 04, 2014, 12:52:31 PM
Much love
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 07, 2014, 02:03:04 PM
We are waiting for some specially cold weather for the next meeting this coming Thursday

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 10, 2014, 10:05:11 PM
This evening, members viewed the 47 min movie with Ethan Winer and his colleagues

You can get your own copy at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvireu2SGZM

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on July 10, 2014, 10:14:22 PM
This evening, members viewed the 47 min movie with Ethan Winer and his colleagues
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tough 47 minutes ...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 12, 2014, 01:28:14 AM
How many people pitched up
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on July 12, 2014, 07:19:17 AM
Was Romy the Cat in the video?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 12, 2014, 08:59:33 AM
How many people pitched up

13
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 12, 2014, 09:00:15 AM
Was Romy the Cat in the video?

No, his brother
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 04, 2014, 12:47:19 PM
The August club meeting is at AV Specialists in Stikland on Thursday week at 7.30 for 7.45pm.  Not a very easy place to find if you are not familiar with the area.

To get a newsletter and join the mailing list, send an email to:  capetownhificlub@gmail.com.  There is a map and directions on page 2

The mailing list is free, membership is R 100,00 per year ( R50 to the end of 2014)

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on August 04, 2014, 01:15:51 PM

The mailing list is free, membership is R 100,00 per year (R50 to the end of 2014)


quick Andre at the knock down price even you can't refuse
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: TimbaLand on August 04, 2014, 06:34:19 PM
The August club meeting is in Stikland on Thursday week at 7.30 for 7.45pm.  Not a very easy place to find if you are not familiar with the area.

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Is this Stikland as in the psych institution. This is really madness. :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on August 04, 2014, 06:49:23 PM
Is this Stikland as in the psych institution. This is really madness. :ROFLMAO:

 :ROFLMAO:

"The multi-professional team responsible for the delivery of quality mental health care to clients at Stikland Hospital includes among others: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists and Nursing personnel." (http://www.stiklandhospital.co.za/)

Check out the sound treatments for the room

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 04, 2014, 06:56:34 PM
Colonel......you paid my annual fees in advance remember?I have a new product line that i should perhaps unveil at the next gathering... :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on August 05, 2014, 07:08:51 AM
I have a new product line that i should perhaps unveil at the next gathering... :whistler:

me reckons that the reveal deserves a special meeting with lots of double blind tests
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on August 05, 2014, 08:45:52 AM
me reckons that the reveal deserves a special meeting with lots of double blind tests

you bring the donkey  ;D

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Hi-Phibian on August 05, 2014, 08:49:10 AM

Yeh and they went bankrupt

Thought they just got tired fighting magnepan in court.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 05, 2014, 06:01:15 PM
Stikland is one of Cape Town's premier suburbs.  Apart from being the most select of industrial areas beyond the boerewors curtain, it contains such gems as the largest Cash Converters in the Western Cape.  Added to this is the SAPS car pound where thousands of select vehicles go to rest, most involuntarily.  Then, as Timbaland advised, is the psychiatric hospital, a touch below that of Valkenberg, which had such illustrious visitors as Shrein Diwani, who paid to have his brand new wife bumped off in 2010

So, rest assured, do not linger at traffic lights, beware of the R300 close to the Stellenbosch Arterial Road (near Belhar).  The music will be superb
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on August 05, 2014, 06:22:57 PM
Stikland is one of Cape Town's premier suburbs.  Apart from being the most select of industrial areas beyond the boerewors curtain, it contains such gems as the largest Cash Converters in the Western Cape.  Added to this is the SAPS car pound where thousands of select vehicles go to rest, most involuntarily.  Then, as Timbaland advised, is the psychiatric hospital, a touch below that of Valkenberg, which had such illustrious visitors as Shrein Diwani, who paid to have his brand new wife bumped off in 2010

So, rest assured, do not linger at traffic lights, beware of the R300 close to the Stellenbosch Arterial Road (near Belhar).  The music will be superb

Surely you intended to write Shrien whatsisname ALLEGEDLY paid to have his brand new wife bumped off in 2010.

skollie

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on August 05, 2014, 08:09:11 PM
I will be making an appearance
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 05, 2014, 08:12:42 PM
What is your appearance fee?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on August 05, 2014, 08:58:29 PM
Is this Stikland as in the psych institution. This is really madness. :ROFLMAO:
We had our first 10 km run there several years ago, entirely inside the grounds, if I recall correctly although I vaguely remember a footbridge. It's after we passed the same marshal for the third time that I began to wonder... was that a flag... or a bloodstained axe?

Speaking of Valkenberg, when I worked on The Argus, for a while we played our Sunday social cricket games at the Valkenberg oval. On one occasion we played a "home" team of staff and inmates combined. We won the cricket, but lost hopelessly at the darts in the pub afterwards. I think part of our darts failure at least was down to one strikingly burly individual (I believe he was not, er, staff) whose intense demeanour was matched by an equally intense lack of cricketing ability in his position somewhere down the lower order. With darts in hand, his party trick was opening with a Bull. First time, every time.

My other Valkenberg memory is interviewing one of the senior people there about a centenary or something. I got to spend some time in the padded cell trussed up in a straitjacket (entirely in the interests of research, of course). My verdict: a little lacking in reverb, perhaps, with a tendency towards creating panic in the unmedicated. I was also intrigued by the rather primitive early electro-shock treatment, which seemed to consist essentially of a mild stepdown transformer with an on-off switch.

Audio content: My long-standing interest in Quad was kindled by a gent who had some connection, medically speaking, with these institutions. In fact I still use the Quad 33/303 and B&W DM2as I acquired from him.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on August 05, 2014, 09:21:34 PM
Interesting. Let me know when you have your next appointment over at the 'berg. I have the forms and the text for a multitude of all kinds of court orders :giggle:

skollie

PS That was indeed a bloody axe. I know because I was holding it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 06, 2014, 02:39:52 PM
How many of you guys have been outpatients there (at Valkenberg)?  I used to give a lift to my elderly neighbour's 55 year old son to collect his meds there once a month. As you entered the waiting room, all heads swivelled round to see you and 30 pairs of eyes followed you as you went towards the dispensing counter.  It was necessary for me to verify this fellow's identity with the pharmacist (regulations, old chap) since you don't want to be taking tranquillsers or whatever they were if you were in otherwise good mental health

On the way from Plumstead to Observatory and back he would ask me at least 20 times "are we there yet" as he had no sense of direction at all
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 06, 2014, 03:46:31 PM
As far as I know all patients can by law refuse medication. So how do the staff force a patients to take his medication?  Simple, you make the patients angry- once the patient looses his/her cool, the hospital is within their rights to forcefully administer medication

So if you ever land up in a mental hopsital - NEVER LOOSE YOUR TEMPER,  be supernice.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 06, 2014, 06:19:05 PM
be supernice.....

They'd probably get you for that, too, as abnormal behaviour!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 07, 2014, 12:56:28 PM
I refused medication and that is when I started buying audio equipment.  I got my first amplifier when I was 14, paid for out of doing odd jobs for neighbours
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on August 07, 2014, 01:13:15 PM
Refuse Novacaine... Transcend..dental.. medication...........
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 13, 2014, 12:51:01 PM
Gents

Remember Thursday evening is hi-fi club meeting !

Past experience has shown that the Van Rooyen's pull out all the stop's to make the event memorable.

If people are uncertain or wary to drive- we can possibly give lifts- just shout.

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 13, 2014, 01:51:19 PM
Lift offered from Plumstead area, leaving 6.50 tomorrow.  If you want to avail yourself of this, please PM me
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting 14th August
Post by: chrisc on August 14, 2014, 08:25:37 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nicholas on August 14, 2014, 12:48:43 PM
Finally a meeting closer to Somerset West!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 14, 2014, 01:05:15 PM
Finally a meeting closer to Somerset West!

Hope to see you there !!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 15, 2014, 08:16:26 AM
Seen at AV Specialists on 14th August

A post-box coloured cover for a multi-room demo unit

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Something we didn't listen to but still looked beautiful

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Members who came along, in one picture, only one person is actually looking at the presentation....

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on August 15, 2014, 08:23:56 AM
My "report" on last night :  an abject lesson on total ineptitude with equally useless sound... Sorry to be blunt , but that's what it was.
Nice we got a splash of wine or so - but nothing else.. what's happened to our snacks kitty...?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on August 15, 2014, 08:28:51 AM
Couldn't make it... Own business keeping me very busy at odd hours, so decided to rather catch up on some much needed sleep.
Next time hopefully...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Drifter on August 15, 2014, 09:02:00 AM
My first official hifi club attendance.
Just realized again that digital audio is not "plug and play" especially when using MS Windows.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on August 15, 2014, 09:07:22 AM
It actually is plug and play mostly , however if your first intro to ripping and playing was that demo last night..it would put anyone off even trying. If you want some help , just call me or come visit and I will show you how easy it is..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on August 15, 2014, 09:19:24 AM
Sorry had to work last night. :cr@p:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on August 15, 2014, 09:40:28 AM
Why oh why always Dianna Krall?  I was almost asleep there.  Next time I am bringing my Pixies.  :groovy:

That system sounded a bit flat.  Sorry, just my opinion.  Maybe all those digital NAD stuff.  :sh1tstirrer:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 15, 2014, 10:17:46 AM
^...I enjoyed that Mendelssons Organ Works and am happy to report that after getting home  so did mine.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on August 15, 2014, 10:42:08 AM
I enjoyed the ride there in Rodneys jag.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 15, 2014, 12:15:43 PM
I enjoyed the ride there in Rodneys jag.

Same here, Pierre showed me what a powerful BMW 6 cylinder engin can do, made my 2 liter feel like a Mini !!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 15, 2014, 01:45:00 PM
Some interesting opinions heard during last nights visit to AV Specialist’s’.

1.   AV installers have replaced the traditional audio shop hence the drastic reduction in hi-fi outlets.
2.   Owing ultra high end equipment seems to have become a status symbol amongst the rich.
3.   Cheap small equipment (eg. soundbars) are hot sellers whereas the traditional audio equipment have become slow movers.
4.   Many local dealers are simply product agents and do not carry stock.
5.   More and more emphasis is placed on replacing broken equipment due to difficult to repair surface mounting pcb boards
6.   Even baseline systems are becoming expensive
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on August 15, 2014, 01:57:16 PM
Some interesting opinions heard during last nights visit to AV Specialist’s’.

6.   Even baseline systems are becoming expensive

No ___ Santa!  I can't even afford Rotel and NAD anymore.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 15, 2014, 02:46:08 PM
Probably at the November meeting, we will feature "Computers in Audio".  Having had lots of experience doing it, using various programs (including dbPower Amp which Francois liked) you will see how CDs can be ripped, although that is not the primary purpose of using a computer, how different software programs handle different resolution recordings, why it might be necessary to convert from one format to the other (your hardware cannot handle DSD and DXD formats, so you need to make them into something else), how to handle 88KHz 24bit rips off SACDs made with a PS-2.  Playback on Windows and Mac machines, remote control of Windows and Mac from an iPad and what hires music is available from overseas vendors including 2L, Linn, Channel Classics and others.

No fumbling around, just getting on with it and a presentation to show you what is going on, whether you need to buy any software, etc
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 15, 2014, 06:35:16 PM

(http://s10.postimg.org/q57a64xft/Avspecialist_14_08_2014a.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/3t9hcqybp/full/)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Frank007301 on August 19, 2014, 01:06:08 PM
Damn. When is the next one. Cant believe i missed this.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 19, 2014, 09:33:55 PM
My first official hifi club attendance.
Just realized again that digital audio is not "plug and play" especially when using MS Windows.

But get your digital source working properly on a good system and you will most likely walk away very impressed.....
Title: September meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on August 24, 2014, 04:13:31 PM
September's meeting on Thursday 4th needs your participation.  It is a bring and buy sale, so please start sorting the items you would like to dispose of. 
Please read the guidelines in the newsletter. 

There will also be a competition where you can win a prize

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 02, 2014, 11:40:52 AM
Remember Club meeting Thursday Evening !!  

Bring your unwanted audio gear and convert it to instant cash !

Be on the lookout to recycle some well loved:

 Garrard's 301's
 Meridian Speakers and amps
 DVD's, LP's
 Seas drivers
 Quad equipment and
 many more !!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 02, 2014, 12:49:25 PM
Also bring some cash, or a pen so you can sign an IOU
and to answer the competition questions and maybe win some wine or marzipan

Maybe not this, but close...

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 05, 2014, 08:02:16 AM
A well attended and successful meeting at the school last night.  The Cape Computer Club were invited along and contributed to a 30+ crowd.  Strangely enough, only one hi-fi club member walked away with a prize.

Pics later
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 05, 2014, 08:13:26 AM
...He copied the answers from the Computer Club member on his left(not heresay,I was seated next to him and witnessed this) ....B and W owners cannot be trusted from this moment on!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 05, 2014, 10:12:47 AM
Very nice to see so many old toppies into serious computer games.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nicholas on September 05, 2014, 12:50:40 PM
Couldn't make it last night, but who bought the Meridian gear?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 05, 2014, 01:19:09 PM
Couldn't make it last night, but who bought the Meridian gear?

That stuff went chop chop. For late arrivals like me. All I got was this:

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 05, 2014, 02:07:39 PM
Our distinguished guests, and some of the merchandise

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/f_zps71a4c0c8.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/f_zps71a4c0c8.jpg.html)  (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/e_zps7d7d58a1.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/e_zps7d7d58a1.jpg.html)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/d_zps99326894.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/d_zps99326894.jpg.html)  (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/c_zpsb4b93635.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/c_zpsb4b93635.jpg.html)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/b_zpsda374ef5.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/b_zpsda374ef5.jpg.html)  (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/a_zps98f4ab53.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/a_zps98f4ab53.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on September 05, 2014, 03:58:36 PM
So Who's who in the Zoo?


-F_D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 05, 2014, 04:41:40 PM
Top pic, not sure, someone else will have to confirm
Top right - Anthony Doman
Bottom left - me from the back, Jacques, in the background, 2 guys from the Computer Club, Anthony Doman, Chris R pinning on his name badge
Bottom right with a teeny bit of a boep - Dean Nilson
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 05, 2014, 07:56:32 PM
I am happy to report that Dean has subsequently delivered a healthy baby girl unto us,she arrived screaming like a B&W......she came in at a healthy 3.2kilo's at 3:30am this morning.....
Top pic left with the manboobs and the matching man cameltoe is Deon and right is my good man Marcus deciding if he should up the bid on the Jurassic keyboard to 1 million dollars..... ;)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 05, 2014, 09:20:07 PM
I won a bottle of wine  :tongue:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: GECO on September 05, 2014, 09:24:28 PM


......
Bottom right with a teeny bit of a boep - Dean Nilson

Is he pregnant?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 05, 2014, 09:34:31 PM
Married life is good
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 06, 2014, 12:21:54 PM
If the wife is trained right, it can be an absolute joy
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on September 06, 2014, 02:31:43 PM
Top[ pic

Left Deon May and Marcus Vietri (did I get it right?)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 06, 2014, 03:41:30 PM
Yes you did.  We must resurrect those name tags and print them on the spot.  I am not too good at names where I don't see the people often
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on September 08, 2014, 09:05:02 AM
Lets make name tags an agenda item for the next committee meeting - which should be soon I think. I also think its my turn again and will be happy to host if it is

CR
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 20, 2014, 04:17:22 PM
Things planned for next month and later in the year - early 2015

October - a visit to a dealer in Durban Road, Bellville
November - a talk and demo from a valve amplifier manufacturer
December - a bring and braai on a Saturday.  Swimming pool on hand
January - AGM, where we hope that we will have some volunteers to help exchange ideas about how to go forward, also bring your own music, CD player on hand
February - Computers in audio
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 24, 2014, 03:36:06 PM
A reminder...

If you want to be included in the mailing list of the club, send an email to:  capetownhificlub@gmail.com  This is free

You can come to two club meetings free of charge.  We expect you to join thereafter.  Since the next meeting is in October and our membership year begins in January, there will be no charge until then

The annual subscription is R 100,00
Title: October meeting announcement - e-Piphany store in Bellville on Thursday 9th
Post by: chrisc on September 29, 2014, 02:01:10 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Swindlehurstguy on October 07, 2014, 05:29:20 PM
had a good laugh at the comments Kent/aka Andre made about offering sweets to the kids at WBJS, then I clicked he thought he was on pedoforums and not AV. Having a bunch of men only, meeting after hours in a Boys only school after hours might not be the ideal face of the Cape Town HiFi club! Way too many eccentric "lurkers". i suppose you capies can consider yourselves lucky, at least you CAN meet, here in GT, no-one goes out after dark, at least not without an escort, err I mean armed escort, no, actually mean armoured patrol! :sh1tstirrer:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on October 09, 2014, 11:28:10 AM
Just a quick reminder that the Cape Town Hi-fi club is meeting at e-Piphany tonight at 19H45.  

It is an ideal opportunity to socialize with fellow audiophiles whilst listening to some of the best equipment in Cape Town !

Please come !!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nicholas on October 09, 2014, 12:45:52 PM
I'll be there, thanks Jozua
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on October 09, 2014, 02:32:27 PM
Cannot make it  :'( family visiting. Tried to sell them on the idea  :boring:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: WD on October 09, 2014, 03:22:50 PM
Just a quick reminder that the Cape Town Hi-fi club is meeting at e-Piphany tonight at 19H45.  

It is an ideal opportunity to socialize with fellow audiophiles whilst listening to some of the best equipment in Cape Town !

Please come !!

Don't let Skollie in - he's not an audiophile...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on October 09, 2014, 03:42:08 PM
Don't let Skollie in - he's not an audiophile...

Nooo no, we are nice to everybody !!

That includes all black and silver disk spinners, old-and-new farts and all wannabee audiophiles

Just come to have some fun and enjoy the music.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on October 09, 2014, 07:40:57 PM
Don't let Skollie in - he's not an audiophile...

How did you guess?

None of this chop amp, Siyaya curly speaker and rub-on squawking tweeter stuff for me :BWAHAHAH:

skollie

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on October 09, 2014, 11:25:44 PM
Some serious eye (and ear) candy on show at E-Piphany tonight. Thank you again to our hosts Hein and Colin; more in the club's next newsletter.

Oh, and nice to have had a couple of visitors from Gauteng in the shape of Stuart and Heather (hope I got the names right).

Warming up our ears for the main event:

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/PuZgthse6qfiFjqopkASYosAP9i5wpWuX4mG4Upeu6M=w800-h532-no)

Co-host Colin doubles as barista:

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And the Focal point:

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on October 10, 2014, 10:28:29 AM
FFS!!!! :walled:

I had the fullest intention of attending this one - even if just to meet my old nemesis again... ;D

I bloody forgot...  :fuse:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on October 11, 2014, 06:51:09 PM
Nice jacket
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on October 11, 2014, 11:07:28 PM
(http://s17.postimg.org/pbbr5oly3/091020141168_R.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/pbbr5oly3/) Hein, owner of e-Piphany checking specs !

(http://s7.postimg.org/plbx8x17r/091020141169_R.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/plbx8x17r/) SeanS and Nicholas busy discussing the pro and con's of DIY

(http://s10.postimg.org/i29qzufbp/091020141170_R.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/i29qzufbp/) Colin one of our host's on the extreme right

(http://s24.postimg.org/52kf5y0sh/091020141171_R.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/52kf5y0sh/) Club members enjoying the Bower and Wilkens CM range ! Very impressive.

(http://s29.postimg.org/vfex04b8z/091020141173_R.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/vfex04b8z/) Calming the nerves after being blown away by good sound.

A most enjoyable and much appreciated visit.

Thank you Hein and Colin !!  :mates:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 12, 2014, 07:55:30 AM
Our congratulations to Anthony Doman aka Capetowntracks for his appointment as Editor for Popular Mechanics Magazine

PM is one of South Africa's illustrious publications and has been on the go for many years.  Editorial content is always excellent and covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from space, automobiles, computing, robotics, science and such esoteric subjects as "dark matter".   These are presented in a more readable and entertaining format than you might find in an academic paper

The magazine is available off the newsstand or at a considerable discount by subscription from http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/subscribe/

We would also like to thank Anthony for his assistance with the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 12, 2014, 08:34:31 AM
Congratulations Anthony.....fantastic news and all of the very best to you.....Andre
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on October 12, 2014, 09:11:11 AM
FFS!!!! :walled:

I had the fullest intention of attending this one - even if just to meet my old nemesis again... ;D

I bloody forgot...  :fuse:

At least I have a valid excuse.  I was in Knysna with a school mountain biking tour group.  And O have the scars to prove it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on October 12, 2014, 09:17:04 AM
I got treated somewhat shabbily and dismissively when making a small 2nd hand purchase there recently , as tho I was an irritation rather than a customer  and vowed not to support em again , I wasnt well anyway.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on October 12, 2014, 11:45:55 AM
I got treated somewhat shabbily and dismissively when making a small 2nd hand purchase there recently , as tho I was an irritation rather than a customer  and vowed not to support em again , I wasnt well anyway.

and now look where it got them - lost out on a cool sale - heh heh heh

hope you are feeling better
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on October 12, 2014, 04:10:16 PM
This is NOT the first time I have been judged and blown off by dealers , its the 3rd or 4th time .. maybe I dont dress  smart enough ?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on October 12, 2014, 09:20:27 PM
This is NOT the first time I have been judged and blown off by dealers , its the 3rd or 4th time .. maybe I dont dress  smart enough ?

Rodney

Unfortunately snobbism is rife in the high-end (sic) audio industry.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: WD on October 12, 2014, 10:45:18 PM
Rodney

Unfortunately snobbism is rife in the high-end (sic) audio industry.

Yes, but it is borderline insane to treat any customer with disdain. Any shop owner should also run, not walk... towards anybody that looks over 40, 50 and has a hint of grey in their hair! They are the guys or girls with the  money and are willing to wield that plastic with real intent.



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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on October 13, 2014, 08:30:30 AM
Where did you get that picture of me?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 13, 2014, 04:49:37 PM
Isn't it off your Facebook page?

I could care less about what people think of how I dress.  I am used to being looked up and down, but as soon as your money comes out your pocket, they are all sweetness and light
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on October 13, 2014, 09:03:07 PM
Rodney - you should park closer to the shop entrance and really do rev or two before going inside

Congratulations Anthony - sure will take the magazine to even grater heights
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on October 13, 2014, 09:05:06 PM
Sorry about the editorial glitch - greater heights

Unless there is an article on 21st century diy graters planned for a future issue

CR
Title: November meeting - Thursday 13th at 8.00pm at Wynberg School
Post by: chrisc on November 10, 2014, 07:25:51 PM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFinov2014_zps8df9786e.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFinov2014_zps8df9786e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kamikazi on November 10, 2014, 10:04:23 PM
"e-Phipheny" sounds about one the money on how I pronounce it too or was that eee-piffffany... :wallbreak:

Great to have Karel Mars as a guest speaker, love his amp designs, definitely something to look forward to!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on November 13, 2014, 11:20:59 PM
Decent crowd, interesting chat and lots of questions for Karel Mars at this evening's Cape Town Hi-Fi Club gathering.

The full-size camera was on the blink, so these cellphone ones will have to do:

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Listening with rapt attention. Well, most of us.

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Chris Clarke admires Karel's... er... T-shirt.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-oSbwL_RKL54/VGUcOOQDSYI/AAAAAAAAA0s/b_zp3KjHn18/w807-h605-no/IMG_1723.jpg)

We don't need no steenkin' PCBs.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Henry on November 13, 2014, 11:30:35 PM
Sorry boys.  Work again and the Groot Trek over the Vlaktes was going to take up to much of my time. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 13, 2014, 11:35:34 PM
Dean can be seen seated alongside his concubine in the background....rumour has it he has applied for a green card and is planning to set up residence in Salt Lake City....:whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 14, 2014, 06:52:00 AM
Thanks to Karel for making the trip and sharing his love of valve amplification with us....the little Missions never sounded better.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on November 14, 2014, 07:24:49 AM
Thanks to Karel for making the trip and sharing his love of valve amplification with us....the little Missions never sounded better.

+1 the amp and speakers sounded great together  :2thumbs:  :2thumbs:  :2thumbs:

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kamikazi on November 14, 2014, 07:57:38 AM
Sorry to have missed out. Forgot the family in laws from up North were visiting for the weekend. Hope you guys had a great time!
Title: Karel Mars - the guru speaks to us
Post by: chrisc on November 15, 2014, 01:39:37 PM
The valve guru, Karel Mars consults his sermon notes as his creation rests on the floor (the shiny item on the deck, not the speakers)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/DSC_0230Custom_zps7e04b9b9.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/DSC_0230Custom_zps7e04b9b9.jpg.html)


Holding forth to the unworthy converts - not all were yet converted to the faith

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He gazes upon His creation before waxing forth further

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Title: Blast from the past - The Hi-Fi Club in 1990
Post by: chrisc on November 16, 2014, 12:10:18 PM
One hot summer's day in December 1990 some guys from the club volunteered to re-wire a set of B&W 801s with van den Hul internal wiring

1 - The internal inspection.  Serge Jeannet and Mervyn Cohen, the chairman of the club from 1983 to 2003

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFiClub1990-1_zps2693dcf0.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFiClub1990-1_zps2693dcf0.jpg.html)


2 - De-gutting the innards, Chris Clarke lending a hand

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFiClub1990-2_zpsd846b628.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFiClub1990-2_zpsd846b628.jpg.html)


3 - The final assembly, soldering new cable on to the crossover boards (note, a reel of silver solder)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFiClub1990-3_zps0eec0235.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFiClub1990-3_zps0eec0235.jpg.html)


4 - Job finished, a dip in the pool at Anthony Plummer's house in Rondebosch, the dog looking for a morsel.  The person with his hands over his face is Marcel Adjes and behind him is Tony Plummer

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFiClub1990-4_zpsd28d28e2.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFiClub1990-4_zpsd28d28e2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 16, 2014, 05:25:52 PM
Nice.....you have any more pics?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on November 16, 2014, 08:02:36 PM
Did the rewire make a difference? Do you remember which VDHul OFC cable was used?
Great pics - should be in the vintage section I think.

 




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 16, 2014, 09:25:32 PM
Swimming meets appeal to me :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on December 03, 2014, 01:06:58 PM
I wonder what has happened to all the big audiophiles of days gone by....?

Chris

Any ideas for the year end club function ?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 04, 2014, 10:11:19 PM
The next official meeting is on Thursday 15th January - The Annual General Meeting when we will also have a poetry reading from Andre/KK
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 07, 2014, 04:26:33 PM
Open party at Chris' house on the 20th December....bring booze and loose chicks....swimming pool,food and classical music all provided....:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: johnaudio on December 07, 2014, 04:33:33 PM
 :Whoohoo:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 07, 2014, 04:44:21 PM
Bring some of Marcus' "Lesotho Gold" and a few bra's John....we gonna rock this mothership,DJ Alternative Route will be spinning in vinyl.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 07, 2014, 05:26:14 PM
Open party at Chris' house on the 20th December....bring booze and loose chicks....swimming pool,food and classical music all provided....:)

Pity I will be in England on that date.  The house-sitter will be here, so you can persuade her to let you in.  The address is Plot 3357 Plumstead Cemetry
Title: The Hi-Fi Club's Facebook page
Post by: chrisc on December 07, 2014, 05:30:33 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/819542444776266

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 09, 2014, 10:38:10 AM
So what has happened to the bring and braai you are having on the 20th that I was invited to .. that seems to be limited to the few select?
If your intention is to bring people into the hobby , why is the "last meeting" not open to all.
At any time , when I have a thing at home , EVERYBODY is invited..club member or not.
I think this sucks and you bulldusting on the forum as to you being away also sucks. Why lie about it..
I don't want to be part of ANYTHING that is as elitist as this. I wont be coming .. and neither will I be coming to any future meetings .. you can delete me from the members list..

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on December 09, 2014, 11:57:08 AM
So what has happened to the bring and braai you are having on the 20th that I was invited to .. that seems to be limited to the few select?

as a fully paid up member i was not invited

clearly i am not in the binnekring!!!!   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

there in one swoop my christmas has been ruined
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 09, 2014, 12:26:15 PM
I will string up some fairy lights on my G1's , buy a 6 pack of mince pies ,a coke and some chips ,  buy a few cheap clicks  get the 3rd one free , gifts and you can come over to me and have a great nosh up and get a bottle of "pour homme" (smells like cat pee to me) as a going home present.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on December 09, 2014, 12:30:54 PM
gotta love you rodney  - a nice jewish guy like you - hopping over the religious divide - that is the TRUE spirit of xmas
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 09, 2014, 12:40:53 PM
Ok , I will fire up the Menorah , make some chicken soup (with matzoh balls) , provide complimentary Yarmulkahs  and will open the bacon , cheese and egg burgers from the Cattle baron , spit on the bacon 3x whilst reciting "you are fish, you are fish , you are fish" , break out the kosher wine and we will have a great nosh up .. just bring a nice present (Cardas Golden speaker wires , an unused upgrade D premier or the like should do :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 09, 2014, 12:46:50 PM
I am heartbroken and gutted,all you highend okes got invited,even Dean and his concubine(no doubt as inspiration for a game of soggy biscuit).....I have given my heart and soul to this geriatric powder shooting society,I asked Karel intelligent questions at the last meet....I ate housebrand biscuits and never complained once.My faith is now destroyed and my heart broken.....I so wanted to see Jozua in a costume and I would have brought my own meat as well:(
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: deonk2000 on December 09, 2014, 12:49:39 PM
L'chaim
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 09, 2014, 01:06:24 PM
In an act of rebellion and to show defiance to the luminati establishment I wish to announce the formation of the CT GBTF Society ....where all shapes,sizes,colours and creeds are welcome.....our motto is....."Feeling Judged?Stop Packing Fudge!" I was thinking of bi-anal meetings initially just till we get into the swing of things?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on December 09, 2014, 01:14:56 PM
I got my invite  :tongue:

Check your spam folders  :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 09, 2014, 01:17:55 PM
The Colonel has supported you financially and still you refuse to allow him entry into the inner ring.....you're the worst kinda whores!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 09, 2014, 01:18:07 PM
How I will miss that staff room , the terrible acoustics , the sickly green furniture , complimented by the fluorescent lighting  , that urn and the tea cups..

Brings back memories of my school days , buggery in the boarding school , comparing dicks in the changeroom , masters with crotch bulges giving me six of the best, the gym teacher , "haas" gredly feeling under our balls to see that we had showered , me hauling my dogeared copy of lady Chatterley lover to read aloud the salacious passages, circle jerks , killing ourselve laughing at the School Jock with the micro cock.... ahh nostagia...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on December 09, 2014, 01:23:59 PM
There is no agenda.

The reality is that until an alternative spot is available the present venue is simply to small to accommodate everybody.

Colonel66: If I am not mistaken you indicated a preference for the public notifications and held back in providing your email info.

Any proposals for a larger venue ?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 09, 2014, 01:34:48 PM
Swimming pool and lawn not big enough ?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on December 09, 2014, 07:56:45 PM
Rodney we braai by you
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Schalk on December 09, 2014, 09:32:55 PM
And here I thought, being "maybe" in the vicinity of the Great Sandpit at the bottom of that little outcrop you call the table of mountains  :BWAHAHAH: that maybe , just maybe I would be welcome too.... Clearly not (I do not like comparing dicks etc...)

Shall have to look east towards the Pacific side for now it seems  :sulky:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on December 09, 2014, 09:45:34 PM
........ the Great Sandpit at the bottom of that little outcrop you call the table of mountains 

GRRRRR ...

He forgot about KWV and Bells ....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 09, 2014, 10:22:01 PM
I am most definitely not having a free for all at my house.  Some years ago I had something similar and it deteriorated into a boozy brawl

The intention is to invite people who have shown interest in the club by not only paying fees but coming along to meetings now and then.  Those are the people who were invited

Likewise, if we don't have your email address, We cannot send you an invite.  My home is open to all who wish to come along, but not the general public and their friends.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 09, 2014, 10:24:54 PM
as a fully paid up member i was not invited

clearly i am not in the binnekring!!!!   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

there in one swoop my christmas has been ruined

You declined to give us an email address, hence no invite was sent.  If you PM it to me, I will send you one
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 09, 2014, 10:31:15 PM
So what has happened to the bring and braai you are having on the 20th that I was invited to .. that seems to be limited to the few select?
If your intention is to bring people into the hobby , why is the "last meeting" not open to all.
At any time , when I have a thing at home , EVERYBODY is invited..club member or not.
I think this sucks and you bulldusting on the forum as to you being away also sucks. Why lie about it..
I don't want to be part of ANYTHING that is as elitist as this. I wont be coming .. and neither will I be coming to any future meetings .. you can delete me from the members list..



While KK might have thought it was funny advertising the braai to all and sundry, I don't really want to have more than 30 people coming.  Some years ago I had a similar event here which turned into a boozy brawl.  Someone fell or got pushed into the pool and cracked his skull on the paving.  This necessitated several days in hospital and a very unpleasant aftermath in which I was asked to pay compensation
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 10, 2014, 06:17:29 AM
I have had many open houses at my place and been to many  at other peoples places , and not one of them have been boozy brawl ups.. the hifi crowd dont do boozy brawl ups
At any rate , its a poor excuse for your and the clubs elitism. Was the list decided by the "committee"?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 10, 2014, 02:39:04 PM
To me this is unimportant.  If you don't want to come, for any reason whatever, don't come.  My wife is not at all keen on the idea anyway, but I thought it would be a nice gesture to invite folks who took an interest in the club during the year.

It is a private committee braai, and we thought we would extend the invite to those I have mentioned above.

I have another house which is available a few mins away. It is completely empty and uninhabited and anybody can come there.  Depending on what the others say, the braai can be held there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on December 10, 2014, 03:19:50 PM
What portion of my fees is being used for " The club will provide a reasonable amount of snacks and drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks), you are welcome to bring your own as well. We will have paper plates and polystyrene cups.  It would be awful to run out" ?
Why are club funds being used for this if it is a private meeting for committee and "We are inviting selected members and their partners to come along" use your own money like I did when I hosted the one meeting which was open to all , paid up member or not.
Disgusted with you and your committees small minded elitist attitude. Spirit of Xmas indeed..




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 10, 2014, 03:31:26 PM
Ok, I am out.  Someone else can organise it
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on December 10, 2014, 03:38:01 PM
What portion of my fees is being used for " The club will provide a reasonable amount of snacks and drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks), you are welcome to bring your own as well. We will have paper plates and polystyrene cups.  It would be awful to run out" ?
Why are club funds being used for this if it is a private meeting for committee and "We are inviting selected members and their partners to come along" use your own money like I did when I hosted the one meeting which was open to all , paid up member or not.
Disgusted with you and your committees small minded elitist attitude. Spirit of Xmas indeed..

The forum ate my reply.

I have to agree with Rodney. For two years in a row, I hosted an open-invitation end-of-year GTG at my house for avforums members, including spouses and kids.

Both years turned out to be a jol for everyone that attended - most certainly not a drunken brawl, even though some of us (me...) had a few... :ROFLMAO:

I can unfortunately not do so again this year, but if venue size is an issue, I'll gladly offer the pub as a GTG/braai venue. Lots of space, outside braai etc. I have offered the venue before as a possible vinyl faire location as well - I ask nothing in compensation other than maybe the one or two drinks I may sell to the alcohol drinkers.

Sadly I can also no longer be as involved with the club as I want to be due to weird working hours. I have paid my membership though, and as the very first meeting of the then-proposed club was held at my place, I would have thought I would at least be considered for an invitation.

As things stand now I will not attend, even if I do now reluctantly get extended the courtesy of an invitation. I think my involvement with said club ends here and now.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on December 10, 2014, 03:44:49 PM
And here I thought, being "maybe" in the vicinity of the Great Sandpit at the bottom of that little outcrop you call the table of mountains  :BWAHAHAH: that maybe , just maybe I would be welcome too.... Clearly not (I do not like comparing dicks etc...)

Shall have to look east towards the Pacific side for now it seems  :sulky:

Schalk

What is that thing in your sig - a valve foot spa?

skollie
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on December 10, 2014, 04:50:22 PM

Any proposals for a larger venue ?

Gents


In hindsight the format of the invite and choice of venue was a 'mistake' . The main thing now is to find a constructive solution.

If there are no alternative venue's proposed - the event will most likely have to be cancelled.

Anybody who has a suitable venue, please contact me.  

Thanks


J



Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on December 10, 2014, 06:46:18 PM
Why not the vinyl faire venue... they have everything and no-one has to cater?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 11, 2014, 05:25:29 PM
Check your email
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: 44ct357 on December 11, 2014, 09:36:25 PM
WHATS UP WITH YOU LOT COMPLAINING, IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DONT ATTEND.
ANY OFFER IS BETTER THAN NONE..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 12, 2014, 11:13:17 AM
....Time for some Leonard Cohen.
"...ring the bell that still can ring,forget your capital letter offering....there is a crack,a crack in everything...that's how the members get in.":)
Title: CT Vinyl Faire - this Sunday 14th December - now open to digital music lovers
Post by: chrisc on December 12, 2014, 02:57:17 PM
I wonder who 44ct357 is?  Haven't seen him/her around


Regarding the Vinyl Faire this Sunday - read on:

It was intended to share a braai with club members who have supported the club during this year

There has not been much response to our request for replies to the invite, so this idea has been shelved

Instead, taking advantage of the upcoming Vinyl Faire this coming Sunday (14th) at the Sports Bar at the False Bay Rugby Club in Constantia, we have organised a different event to which we hope you can get your teeth into...

"Get your little pizza heaven, liquorice or otherwise: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club Vinyl Faire presents a feast of disc-shaped delights laden with snap, crackle, pop and extra pepperoni. Sink your teeth into some tasty pizza – and some even tastier vinyl – at the final club gathering of the year. If you enjoyed Vivaldi's Four Seasons, you'll love The Bay's remix of this 18th-century favourite. And if you think that's cheesy, you should listen to what some people are prepared to buy, just because it's on vinyl.

'You'll find nothing small-minded about these Italian delights – and yes, when it comes to comparisons with others of their kind, they are unashamedly elitist.

"Members and partners, join us at 12 noon to enjoy a bite to eat, check out some Big Black CDs and raise a glass (your choice of half full or half empty). The first round of pizzas is on the house. Cash bar available."

So you don't get lost: From Constantia Main Road, opposite Brommersvlei Road, drive in through the two white arches.  The road curves to the right and after 200 metres there is a fork, the left enters the Virgin Active Gym.   Take the right and drive past the Constantia Bowling Club, keeping to the fence.  After 500 metres you will see a large parking area and the FBRC is at the end of this road.  You can’t miss it.


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on December 12, 2014, 03:07:22 PM
Thanks Chris

And many thanks to the club member who is sponsoring the first round of Pizza's !!

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 12, 2014, 05:25:30 PM
And thanks to Jozua, who despite being a penniless audiophile, is sponsoring the first round of drinks

We are also very greatful to Andre (aka KK) for his generous contribution.  Its people like you who make coming along to club events worthwhile
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 12, 2014, 09:20:00 PM
...I'ts the least I can do Chris :coffee:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on December 14, 2014, 07:50:45 AM
Gents, are members bringing equipment to sell?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on December 14, 2014, 07:58:53 AM
Gents, are members bringing equipment to sell?

I am bringing a couple of turntables...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on December 14, 2014, 08:04:20 AM
Cool, I'll be bringing a STAX SRS-2170 package (head speakers and energizer) to sell. will be there by 11
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 14, 2014, 08:07:56 AM
Yes, bring equipment.  KK is organising a full program of "The best from Outhouse Audio"

He is also leading the Stikland Asylum Ladies Choir in a rendition of "Nearer my God to thee" and "She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes", accompanied by a dodgy Theta CD player and some hastily polished discs.  Then we have the athletics act, where he will attempt to beat the Guiness Book of records to throw 12 LP records with the flick of his wrist.  The last record was 130 metres in Ventersdorp where an early Jim Reeves LP was propelled in 1990.

The SABC will bring their last working camera to record the event, so make sure your hair is neat and tidy and you have your comb strategically placed in your sock
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 14, 2014, 01:24:19 PM
A perfect summer's morning, the sounds of Frank Zappa coming from Jacques' speakers, some bargain LPs, DVDs and electronic gear, the settings is the Sports Bar at the False Bay Rugby Club in Constantia.  Our sincere thanks to our sponsor who provided pizzas for the visitors.

The next vinyl event will probably be on Sunday 1st February at the same place, and we promise to have along more dealers and much more stuff for sale

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: CapeTownJay on December 16, 2014, 12:46:35 PM
That was a good start. Hopefully there will be more sellers in the new year.
Title: Seasons Greetings to one and all
Post by: chrisc on December 21, 2014, 09:14:56 AM
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Title: Cape Town Vinyl Faire # 3 - Sunday 1st February
Post by: chrisc on January 15, 2015, 10:12:58 AM
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Title: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club February meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on January 29, 2015, 09:55:06 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 31, 2015, 10:11:43 AM
Sorted your stuff, packed your LPs and Cds?  Tomorrow is the Vinyl Faire at the False Bay Rugby Club, close to Virgin Active in Constantia.  Bring money!

There are major road-works at the intersection of Brommersvlei Road and Constantia Road causing delays during the week, but this will not affect you on a Sunday morning

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 01, 2015, 09:37:03 AM
If you are newbie and come along to the False Bay Rugby Club today, from 10h00 onwards, be sure to pick up a Visitors Pack envelope to take home

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 01, 2015, 12:46:37 PM
A big success today.  14 dealers/sellers, including our old favourites and over the course of the morning to lunch-time, several hundred visitors

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 01, 2015, 07:38:33 PM
Wow!!....the turnout today was exceptional,Anthony looked amazing in a pastel,washed out,light Barney shade of lavender,Sadia danced and frolicked around whilst juggling my valve and even Urshie pitched up to eat my profits.......more about the boys later..... :giggle:....a great day it was indeed.Thanks to all.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 12, 2015, 05:06:53 PM
Cape Town Hi-Fi Club meeting - tonight at Wynberg Boys' Junior School at 8.00 - all welcome.  Members please bring your subs for 2015
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2015, 07:58:40 AM
The few members that came braved a summer shower (unusual in Cape Town) and listened to a boring report given by myself, some ABBA music sung by Anne Sofie von Otter, elected a committee for 2015 and then partook of the delicious samoosas, chili bites, biscuits and coffee that had been provided.  Having stuffed ourselves silly, we went home

The second part of the meeting involved playing the iPad app "Dog whistle" through the speakers.  This app allows you to play an adjustable tone from 1Hz right up to 20KHz.  Some of the younger members found they could hear a tone of just over 16KHz whereas us oldies dropped off at about 8KHz
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on February 13, 2015, 08:45:07 AM
The club had no chance against the SONA antics.

Quite sad that politics was considered more important than audio....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on February 13, 2015, 09:09:08 AM
Well, you have to be worried about the club if Zoomer attracted more audiophiles than it did.
What exactly did you expect last night , your program was uberboring club admin with a feeble hearing test we can all take at home on offer for entertainment.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2015, 09:29:32 AM
We'll ensure that future meetings live up to the standard expected by Cape Town audiophiles.  Pity Dean missed the snacks, we thought of him when selecting them at the counter
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on February 13, 2015, 10:04:56 AM
Well, you have to be worried about the club if Zoomer attracted more audiophiles than it did.
What exactly did you expect last night , your program was uberboring club admin with a feeble hearing test we can all take at home on offer for entertainment.

Rodney

Sometimes it is not always of what YOU can get from the club but also what can YOU contribute.

Mistakes have been made  so instead of whining from the side - how about getting more involved in promoting the hobby that has given you so much pleasure in the past ?

Regards

J

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on February 13, 2015, 11:35:38 AM
I have done more in my personal capacity to promote audio in CT than the club ever has Jozua , ask anyone about the social get togethers we have had (Which normally cost me R2-3000 for decent food etc)

You were warned from inception not to adopt the fuddy duddy committee and formalised structure as it is not suitable for CT (or JHB for that matter- take Francois , without any formal club etc , he single handed has forged a strong cohesive audiophile hub.)

It would be one matter if there was any gain out of some of the meeting we have had , but most are shambolic or dealer showcases (which were even more shambolic)
Of course there has to be gain to a member for joining the club , dont ask the members to do your job , you undertook to serve , not the members. You were the one instigating for the club...

We had a great system going pre CTHC, 4 social meetings a year , some listening thrown in, casual CT attitude, no committee , no fees , no office bearers , no pressure to "find" something audiophile for the next meeting etc etc.


To be brutally honest , the CTHC is somewhat of a joke amongst a lot of CT audiophiles and the meddling that you proposed in terms of identifying "audiophiles in need " which required another committee or the hifi clubs involvement is VERY offputting and way beyond either a personal or a club's remit.




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on February 13, 2015, 04:56:28 PM
...I have done more in my personal capacity to promote audio in CT than the club ever has Jozua , ask anyone about the social get togethers we have had (Which normally cost me R2-3000 for decent food etc)

...To be brutally honest , the CTHC is somewhat of a joke amongst a lot of CT audiophiles...


R2-3000 for decent food for private audio gatherings !!! 

But seriously, to keep on making snide remarks re the club is simply not cool when you are unwilling to contribute in making it better. 

We can differ on certain issues but it is much nicer when we can do so as gentlemen.


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on February 13, 2015, 06:57:15 PM
FOLKS!

No need to repeat last night's national antics!
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

'Trespassing' here although my native area, just to say hello and wish somebody up here could start something like you have established ... be it with whatever shortcomings. Hope the 'brotherhood' will survive!

Regards
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on February 13, 2015, 07:34:10 PM
I joined the hi fi club in the mid eighties - heady days back then when meetings were held in hallowed halls of SACS junior school. I heard about its existence at the Hi fi show at the Mount Nelson hotel. I have always seen it as a co-ordinating organisation which arranged get together's of various sorts. It is and has always been a free association club - you join if you want to and attend only meetings you want to, that interest you. It has always provided a space for me to meet with like minded folks who share a hobby I am quite keen on. Most of my friends and colleagues do not share my interest in HI fi and music so this is a great place to share and get together around the hobby.     

Its not an exclusive association that prohibits other interactions - I have enjoyed great get together's at Rodney's house and also at Achim's place at 13 Hof and also some smaller listening sessions with other folks, conversations at Outhouse Audio. So to me its just an "organisation" that provides some audio outlet / interaction with folks who share the interest. I and many have made new friends over the years and also linked with people with useful technical and other expertise and contacts that I could draw on and share. I enjoyed the interaction provided under the clubs umbrella during 2014 and I am looking forward to some more audio experiences in 2015. I see the club as a easy space to share and enjoy audio experiences on a regular basis.

Membership gives no special status or strong sense of belonging, just some arena to enjoy a hobby with like minded folks. I think we should should just run with it and enjoy the interactions with audio enthusiasts.         


 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on February 13, 2015, 07:44:25 PM
I always have to work when the meetings take place
I enjoy talking to likeminded peeps
So go when I can.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on February 13, 2015, 07:46:12 PM
Maybe some strippers next time,if its to boring.    lol
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 15, 2015, 04:37:58 PM
Kent has offered to strip, and he is selecting what costume to wear before he takes it off.  Here he is with his blonde wig

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Audioperv on February 15, 2015, 05:55:21 PM
Ha ha ha.  Do we have to tip the stripper.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 15, 2015, 06:01:58 PM
Only if he does the full Monty
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 15, 2015, 08:46:39 PM
My entire being is but the width of a single ass cheek......but i have no problem stripping and revealing my single ended  triode.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on February 16, 2015, 09:07:13 AM
Not even a beam power valve?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 16, 2015, 01:00:54 PM
 :ROFLMAO:.....we await your visit eagerly Ampdog......we must meet my friend.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: MadManMason81 on February 17, 2015, 07:59:49 AM
This sounds like a good plan. Is there a hifi club in JHB?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: ron g on February 17, 2015, 08:18:06 AM
Kent has offered to strip, and he is selecting what costume to wear before he takes it off.  Here he is with his blonde wig


& his grandmother proudly looking on????

Title: Next Vinyl Faire - Sunday 1st March from 10h00 at the False Bay Rugby Club
Post by: chrisc on February 19, 2015, 04:05:47 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 21, 2015, 01:17:07 PM
Mark (from Kandi Records) will bring along his Card Machine, and will be able to pay other vendors (for a small fee of course).  So bring your plastic

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Vinyl Faire 1st March
Post by: chrisc on March 01, 2015, 12:55:21 PM
... and a good time was had by all.  More dealers, more customers (Andre brought along some antique items - see middle row third image). 

Note to prospective sellers - The Hi-Fi Club do not charge for tables at this event, it is entirely free

The False Bay Rugby Club is adjacent to Virgin Active Sports Centre on Constantia Main Road.  The entrance is at the intersection of Constantia Road and Brommersvlei Road

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Title: 12 March 2015 Meeting
Post by: Jozua on March 10, 2015, 10:24:56 PM
Dear Members


This Thursday is our meeting at Achim's Studio at 13 Hof Street in the Gardens, starting at 20h00

Achim has the following special offers for club members:

All Dali Speakers which are new or  ex demo will be available at massive discounts.

From Zensor 1, 5 and 7, Ikon 1 MKII, Ikon 5 and 7 MKII, Dali Epicon 6…its all available.

Nu Force Ref 18 Mono Amps - 4 are available.  Each goes for R 18.500 (retail R 50.000 each) These work very very well on the Westminster Royal SE either with 2 or 4…


We look forward to seeing you.  A reminder to please bring your 2015 subscription

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 11, 2015, 05:22:41 PM
Date: 12/03/2015 at 20H00

Venue: 13 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Parking:  Might be a problem if you late .....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 12, 2015, 05:59:31 PM
Bring your (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/prepaid-card-angled_tcm23-14918_zpsmm8lcaza.png) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/prepaid-card-angled_tcm23-14918_zpsmm8lcaza.png.html)  so you don't miss a bargain, in the audio or the art
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 12, 2015, 11:07:11 PM
Outstanding meeting and our sincere thanks to Achim for some amazing sound. 

Will post pics and for those who want large format, a link to Google Drive
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on March 13, 2015, 12:28:14 AM
Back home... finally... after some memorable sounds and sights (including flashing disco lights - oh wait, those were the lights of the fire engine, ambulance, paramedic car and police van). An evening of note with a raconteur of note. Thank you, Achim, for your hospitality and the conversation that took us almost into Friday.




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - At Achim's 12th March 2015
Post by: chrisc on March 13, 2015, 08:34:48 AM
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Hi-res, original images (about 7mb each) can be found here

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 13, 2015, 01:30:38 PM
Definitely a good evening !

I think Achim knows how to win over an audiophile's heart.

There was lots of music and enough glowing valves to feast your eyes on. Fortunately there was ample good wine and beer to calm the nerves, especially when it felt as if all the semi nudes on the wall were beginning to stare at you.  The atmosphere in the candlelit garden ...magical.

A very pleasant experience !

Much appreciated, Achim.   

 
Title: The next Vinyl Faire in Cape Town is....
Post by: chrisc on March 22, 2015, 01:47:22 PM
An announcement to be made shortly, at a venue which will delight you.  Not only LPs, CDs, DVDs and stuff for sale, live musicians, food (discounted for Club members), a limited session audiophile demo for which tickets are available, music while you browse, possibly a live auction

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Title: The 5th Vinyl Faire in Cape Town
Post by: chrisc on March 22, 2015, 06:25:40 PM
To make this one truly different, here is what we are going to do...

    Venue - Achim's at 13 Hof Street (corner Camp Street) Gardens, Cape Town
    When - Sunday 12th April from 10h00 until late
    What's for sale - Dealers and sellers will bring along Vinyl LPs, CD & DVDs
    (Please bring a table or two to display your wares, we will only have one or two spare)
    What's to eat - boerewors rolls, offered at a discount to club members.  Coffee and snacks as well
    What's to do - A group of musicians will come along later in the morning
    What's to listen to - Tickets will be issued to small groups of people to listen to selected equipment inside the house
    In all probability, an auction of demo and trade in equipment will be held - just need to find an auctioneer

Suggest park above the house up Hof Street,  If you don't mind a short walk, Molteno Road is about 50 metres away.  Please enter the property at the corner gate and you can set out your stuff in the front patio


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - April meeting on 9th @ 8.00pm
Post by: chrisc on March 26, 2015, 05:37:41 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 29, 2015, 09:01:45 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: preamplified on March 30, 2015, 09:53:26 AM
Event page for the Vinyl Faire https://www.facebook.com/events/1417024465270118/

Updates will be posted here. Please share the event and invite your friends.

Cheers
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 31, 2015, 09:23:12 PM
https://youtu.be/PEyQxySeXVE

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Title: Re: 5th Vinyl Faire - this Sunday at 13 Hof
Post by: chrisc on April 07, 2015, 10:59:20 AM
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Title: Meeting on Thursday 9th April - Music and Medicine
Post by: chrisc on April 07, 2015, 06:55:29 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 10, 2015, 08:08:42 AM
A well-attended meeting last night, augmented by visitors from the Cape Computer Club.

Some of the medical stories from previous centuries were quite horrifying and well described by Prof Forder

Anthony took some photos...

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on April 10, 2015, 08:13:55 AM
Must've been riveting :D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on April 10, 2015, 09:11:28 AM
Must've been riveting :D

It was actually  :teach: Imagine CSI meets classical composers. The prof was incredibly interesting (and well... 'learned').

We left straight after the talk as we realized that there is no way to get though an old people scrummage for free tea & cookies  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 10, 2015, 01:33:25 PM
Mendelssohn's organ works ......better than any hi-fi clubs member.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 10, 2015, 03:37:17 PM
I think Vivaldi's organ was prettier, it was decorated with the Italian flag.  You can listen to him holding it to attention here:  https://youtu.be/8Ss3zHwXkFI

Gently stroke your member as the music reaches a climax and let the joy gush forth
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on April 10, 2015, 03:43:49 PM
I think Vivaldi's organ was prettier, it was decorated with the Italian flag.  You can listen to him holding it to attention here:  https://youtu.be/8Ss3zHwXkFI

Gently stroke your member as the music reaches a climax and let the joy gush forth

I somehow always knew you are a w...

skollie
Title: A successful 5th Vinyl Faire at Achim's at 13 Hof today
Post by: chrisc on April 12, 2015, 04:10:08 PM
Amazing Cape autumn weather, cloud-free, not a breath of wind, got to 24 deg after lunch
Twittering birds
Lots of visitors
Achim's stunning shady courtyard created an excellent vibe
More dealers than ever
Food and drink, wine-tasting
System sessions every 30 mins inside to listen to the very best

Our sincere thanks to Achim and Joel for pulling out all the stops to make it a memorable event

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: scrarfussi on April 12, 2015, 04:17:38 PM
i see a rare species called a woman there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 12, 2015, 05:45:05 PM
There were several women there.  One had dreadlocks and spoke English (see bottom RHS pic), the lady in the bottom row middle was very friendly.  Andre, Jacques and Dean behaved themselves impeccably. All consumed over and above the regular amount of boerewors rolls
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on April 12, 2015, 09:33:02 PM
Was a faire with good vibe and sales by the looks of it. Achim and Joel had a steady stream of takers for the demo's

Chris Clarke and Jozua Hugo did sterling work at the "grill face" - thanks gentlemen


Achim was gracious host as always   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on April 12, 2015, 10:24:56 PM
Having a LP collection seem to be like having "black gold" stashed away.

I was surprised by the high prices of some of the second hand LP's.  By the looks of it,  it did not deter the buyers.

Title: Next Vinyl Faire - we need to know from dealers
Post by: chrisc on April 25, 2015, 05:59:05 PM
The following email has been sent to the 13 dealers on our mailing list, but in case you don't look at your email often, we need your input

Dear Dealers

The next Vinyl Faire will be

1 - In the False Bay Rugby Club Sports Bar in Constantia
2 - Free of charge (provided your R100 annual subs is up to date)
3 - On a Sunday (see hereunder for the date)
4 - We have secured more space for your goods
5 - The Fair can run from 09h00 until 13h00 at the latest

What we need to know from you is...

What date would you like to have it

The choices are:

3rd May
31st May
7th June

It is important that you reply and let us know what day you prefer - the majority vote will choose the day

Please reply to capetownhificlub@gmail.com indicating your preference




Best regards
The Hi-Fi Club - get better sound
(Office bearers 2015 - Anthony Doman, Chris Clarke, Chris Reddy, Jason Manley, Jozua Hugo, Stefan Erasmus)
Title: May Hi-Fi Club meeting - an away event
Post by: chrisc on May 01, 2015, 09:20:46 PM
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Visitors are most welcome.  If it is your second visit, please pay your club subscription to the treasurer, Chris Reddy!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 07, 2015, 09:27:02 AM
If you have a venue that has multiple rooms that can be used for a Cape Town,  DIY Festival/Expo, please email us at capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 07, 2015, 10:23:57 AM
Havent you got 2 houses near each other..use them...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 07, 2015, 05:02:55 PM
It will never be as good as joburg.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 08, 2015, 09:00:09 AM
Jokes aside.....we need this!......I vote for the Colonel's house.....the beer is on tap,the hospitality right up there......he could send the wife away with the kids to Disneyland.....everyone pm him a request......I will put up his cell number shortly.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 08, 2015, 09:07:05 AM
Yeh, col was at my place yesterday and when I mentioned the subject of him offering his house for this DIY shindig , he became very agitated and animated.. Im sure he will be very keen to have his crib in constantia to host 50 or so "fiddlers and fettlers"
Just don't drink the beer tho.. heavily laced with rat and ant poison..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 08, 2015, 09:09:31 AM
...I think you underestimate my tjomma Rodney......I happen to know that he loves diy even though most of his are failures......like the Toyota Prius for example :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 08, 2015, 09:27:44 AM
I love those toyota Priapism's .. don't knock em...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on May 08, 2015, 10:39:08 AM
i am all for it...but i draw the line at serving boerewors rolls...will make sure we have at least two 50l kegs of cape town's finest craft beer to quench the thirsts or drown ones sorrows

there is plenty of space on the veranda/lawn for tables for members to display their wares

we can also have a ticket system to pre-book listening sessions upstairs  :giggle: - the main attraction being a diy SUT...and no you can't weigh yourself in the music room

KK will administer the proceedings so PM him your preferred time

one small niggle - i am not exactly a paid up member of the CTHFC
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 08, 2015, 10:44:15 AM
It's ok , the first meeting you attend is free. you only pay when the spotters have identified you as a 2 time attendee .. why do you think the office bearers are skulking around at meetings , its for the unpaid fees..
The Charles Striver memorial amp and the R700 house speakers need attention.. they both In J's hands .. the small speakers are to become minisptizenstokkies and the amp has morphed into a krell...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 13, 2015, 08:48:34 AM
i am all for it...but i draw the line at serving boerewors rolls...will make sure we have at least two 50l kegs of cape town's finest craft beer to quench the thirsts or drown ones sorrows

we can also have a ticket system to pre-book listening sessions upstairs  :giggle: - the main attraction being a diy SUT...and no you can't weigh yourself in the music room
KK will administer the proceedings so PM him your preferred time

one small niggle - i am not exactly a paid up member of the CTHFC

If you are going to be so generous as to offering your audio-filled abode for a DIY, then we will give you complimentary membership of the club and print you a card you can hang round your neck, or dangle from the rear-view mirror
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 13, 2015, 08:51:29 AM
any confirmation yet on a date for the Vinyl faire?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 13, 2015, 08:55:34 AM
No, the new manager at FBRC is messing about royally.  Both Chris R and I have been to see her 3 times.  She just says she will let us know, does not return phone calls and ignores emails.  I am going there again today at about 12h30 (the only time I can be sure to get her in) and get a positive answer.  We are also investigating a room or two at the River Club, but its a question of cost.  No freebies from these people it seems.  We had two dealers at 13 Hof who flatly refused to pay anything, even the subs
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 13, 2015, 09:07:22 AM
Dean spent his subscription on the boerie rolls which he got cheaper than me......why give an audiophile a finger when you know he can take a hand :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 13, 2015, 09:54:42 AM
No, the new manager at FBRC is messing about royally.  Both Chris R and I have been to see her 3 times.  She just says she will let us know, does not return phone calls and ignores emails.  I am going there again today at about 12h30 (the only time I can be sure to get her in) and get a positive answer.  We are also investigating a room or two at the River Club, but its a question of cost.  No freebies from these people it seems.  We had two dealers at 13 Hof who flatly refused to pay anything, even the subs

arghhhh. I can maybe organise a venue in town at a Coffee Shop... Need still go have a look.
Title: Re: The next Vinyl Faire in Cape Town is on Sunday 7th June
Post by: chrisc on May 13, 2015, 01:46:25 PM
Hi-Fi Club menbers and those on the mailing list will have received an explanation why this date has been chosen.  We look forward to seeing you there.  If you would like to attend as a seller and are not yet a club member, please contact capetownhificlub@gmail.com.  You are most welcome

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 14, 2015, 08:03:37 AM
Tonight's club meeting...

Sphere Custom Design, 17 Solan Street, Cape Town at 8.00pm

(Solan Street is a continuation of Drury Street, first left after the Cape Archives Building in Roeland Street)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 14, 2015, 08:59:25 AM
Coming to the Hi-Fi Club in June

The first South African exposure of this amazing piece of French engineering.. Worth the wait

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Title: Re: At Sphere Custom Design, 14th May
Post by: chrisc on May 15, 2015, 08:21:44 AM
Our host, Christiaan explained and demonstrated how the configuration software supplied with the Linn audio streaming system can, with inputs relating to speaker position, room parameters, tailor the bass response of the speaker to suit a more asthetic speaker positioning in the room.  This can be applied to many speaker brands, not just Linn speakers.

As it the case with many music collections today, the music is stored on a remote server and is access via a computer or a tablet.  The wi-fi receiver and control device can be located in a convenient place and the signal gets to the speakers via a LAN cable where the d/a conversion is done at the speakers themselves

As can be seen from the pictures in the middle row, Andre was roped in to move the speakers about, positioning them where the WAF would normally be greater.  In the centre picture on the bottom row, you can see the curves the program has calculated to remove excessive boominess from the audio signal.

Sphere Custom design work with architects and planners to ensure a neat and effective audio installation in customers houses

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 15, 2015, 09:08:27 AM
I was bowled over last night by the quality and absolute exacting standards of the home cinema at Sphere Custom Design. I would not be surprised if their home cinema room is one of the best, if not the best in the country !

The streamed audio was good but to my ears a conventional audio chain setup , still has a comfortable the edge on absolute transparency.

Definitely a worthwhile and very enjoyable visit.




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 09:22:31 AM
Thanks for having us sire.....i had an opportunity once everyone had left to sit solo and attempt to understand why the Linn speakers were making me unhappy.....sounding flat and well .....a touch too lacklustre without any bite(thanks JQ,that is indeed the word).....i found one of the answers.....the variance in the recordings(dont ask me where they come from,they just seem to appear when you type them in:) were so vast,one selection sounding perfectly acceptable and then a host of wtf is that moments.

I hit play on "Soulcall" by Miss Freelon and things were way better than what we had tried before.I get a distinct feeling that the Linn's are not happy with anything remotely average but also that they sound restrained and a little lazy.The lack of treble extension still baffles me to be honest.

Thankfully we all like different things ....these are not my cuppa but i am not the best set of ears for sure.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: AlleyCat on May 15, 2015, 09:48:01 AM
Interesting, two very opposite points of view. Andre, please tell, what music played made you unhappy and why.

Jozua, please expand on your opinion, what music specifically excited you so?

Thanks guys.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 15, 2015, 10:02:38 AM

Jozua, please expand on your opinion, what music specifically excited you so?

Thanks guys.

The "Alison Krauss + Union Station" recording sounded excellent and is definitely on my next buy SACD list. Very natural and smooth sound.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 10:14:24 AM
That recording would sound good on a Philips portable:)....Al,to be honest i have no idea what we were playing,at one point yours truly had an oompah loompah marching band doing Bach :) I would be keen to hear what others thought?......
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: AlleyCat on May 15, 2015, 10:16:51 AM
Jozua, you usually don't play it safe or am I wrong?  What about the other music?

I have both cds, what else was new? Anything else that appealed/did not appeal to you and why? Break it down like you usually do, give us the dope.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 10:19:59 AM
I am not trying to knock the speakers,first time i've heard them playing what they played which was in a room filled with arthritic pensioners an obese yeti and a Nasa scientist(the seated one) who wanted us to know he was :giggle:.....i played Mark Murphy and thought about what Leonard would say(truly i did).....and then i giggled to myself playing the scenario in my head.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 10:28:05 AM
I overheard Dean offering a night with his wife to the host in exchange for Cedia certification.....imagine his disappointment when he was informed that to qualify you actually have to fit in the roof!.....he ate 16 cheese and jam biscuits to console himself
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 15, 2015, 10:30:53 AM
I didnt go cos I was scared of the R100  debt collectors..and I hate ginger snaps.. and of course the "splicemeister" scared me most of all
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 10:33:12 AM
Dean has an ability to make me laugh like few others and his declaration out loud that his reel to reel sounds better made me leak a little :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 15, 2015, 10:51:57 AM
No car-guard/hub-cap liberators/menacing beggars around last night.  They were enjoying a tipple on the waste ground on the corner of Constitution Street, illuminated by the headlamps of a SAPS van

I think we should remember to take our own recordings along to some of these sessions (although some dealers do not like this).  Some classical pieces (I don't go for Jethro Tull and Diana Krall) sounded tinny and almost like recordings from the 1930's.  The sound was very polite and smooth, but seemed to lack excitement, despite Andre and Dean prancing around like ballet dancers fresh from performing at Artscape.  My own recordings, some stolen off CDs, some downloaded from kosher websites, some not, always seem to sound bright and lively, and my system cost but a fraction of the Linn.  The remote had strange symbols on it and without a book to refresh your brain, was unable to be used to alter the sound.  Maybe it needs a little tweaking.  The equaliser appeared to be able to extend to higher frequencies.

What was impressive was the software manipulation of the soundstage.  Many manufacturers are going this route today and Devialet have a SAM system, but the Linn one requires much more input detail about speaker placement and listening position.  I expect that new versions of the software will be issued from time to time.  What is also pleasing is the ability to upgrade the firmware in the various controllers, making them future-proof to some degree
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 15, 2015, 11:06:04 AM
IMO a dealer demo should be flawless and seamless , the system should have been checked and operated and a music selection made prior to folk coming , apart from that , a dealer should supply decent refreshments too..
Andre said some of the recordings were post war.. he mentioned the great rinderpest and the boer war...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 15, 2015, 11:11:03 AM
What was impressive was the software manipulation of the soundstage.  Many manufacturers are going this route today and Devialet have a SAM system, but the Linn one requires much more input detail about speaker placement and listening position.  I expect that new versions of the software will be issued from time to time.  What is also pleasing is the ability to upgrade the firmware in the various controllers, making them future-proof to some degree

I what bothers me with the Linn correction and placement system is that there does not seem to be a way to plug in real captured measurements... The math and algorithms are all fine and well but I think adding some real-time measurement would take the DSP correction to the next level...

The Atmos room is awesome! I am not a big home theatre fan but something like that is truly special...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 15, 2015, 11:21:59 AM
Coffee was cold and no real refreshments were served,how was i supposed to make a judgement on an empty stomach.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 15, 2015, 11:38:35 AM
im going back to root.. but the remit of the CTHC was to get more people involved.. so how has this worked out?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 11:51:11 AM
No wait.....Jozua was in control of the music....but oral nirvana just never came.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 11:52:15 AM
 :facepalm:Aural,I mean aural
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 15, 2015, 11:53:08 AM
Ag.. BJ or Eargasm..both are ok ;)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 12:06:25 PM
Anthony drives a Subaru and earns a whack but not one samoosa did he bring!....and he stole our parking!.....things were so much better when Joy was around.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on May 15, 2015, 01:36:07 PM
Anthony drives a Subaru and earns a whack but not one samoosa did he bring!....
Shameless, ruthless capitalist... someone bring two planks and a few nails, quickly!  :baseball:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: AlleyCat on May 15, 2015, 01:53:56 PM
A few opinions given but nothing that convinces one of the few million Rand price tag, whether it is worthwhile or not. There seems to be no middle ground here only opposite extremes ?

Wonder what the dealer's opinion is?

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 15, 2015, 02:06:19 PM
A few opinions given but nothing that convinces one of the few million Rand price tag, whether it is worthwhile or not....

Shoo  :faint: is that how much that Linn system costs  :faint:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 15, 2015, 04:08:20 PM
And not even a sandwich or chicken leg.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on May 15, 2015, 04:42:01 PM
Christiaan thanks for a great evening. The dealer is involved with "design of living space and supply of lifestyle components (audio visual). The dealer works with architects, interior designers and the end users (buying public). According to him they provide the space for all these folks to get together and discuss needs and possibilities at an early stage of development. Linn is but one of the agencies they hold and we were given a demonstration of some of their products. The music source was a streamer which linked with a server wirelessly and was coupled to a Macbook and an I pad. The speakers were active and connected via network cables and a power cable. Not sure of the amp power but much of the "sound correction" is done in the speaker as driver movement is controlled and varied through the amplifiers that are linked to the different drivers.   

The system can be adjusted (speaker positioning demo'd) for ideal (best sound for the room by consensus) and practical (placed where user prefers it) and will still have the same sound as ideal as originally chosen. This is where the computer links and software kicks in to make the adjustments. I am still old school with CD's and vinyl so found this all very interesting but a bit distant - I see it as the way forward and for some already the only way but not quite yet for me. The sound was good but there were some issues with the treble in particular - most of the folks felt it was a bit veiled and lacking in sparkle. I am sure this can all be sorted out with the software which takes account of room measurements and features relative to your seat (sweet spot I think). Various music genres were played by club folks and there was definite variation in quality as music varied and I suspect recordings etc (as already mentioned and as we know) play a role here.

The home theatre "room" was impressive. It also operated from a tower of equipment and a battery of speakers and processors which can all be controlled and set up in infinite ways.

It was not the best music reproduction  I have heard but I am sure it can be improved with the endless adjustments provided by the computer links , the servers etc etc. Price was not discussed as the final products sold depend on the design, needs, etc. You can build your system, cable arrangement, choose colour of components etc while the architect is designing your house or planning your renovation, on auto CAD no doubt.

It was more than just a demo then and part of the evening was to inform us of the service and how this company provides its service to the end user.  It was interesting and enjoyable - fun, light hearted and just good to chit chat with the folks who turned up.     


         
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 15, 2015, 05:00:11 PM
All this going on about food.  Don't you guys eat at home?

Next time we will take orders in advance and bring the food.  But you must pay if you want delicacies.  We can even collect at Riese's Deli if you want, or Cassis

Between the 16 visitors, we polished off a box of Christiaan's biscuits, plus a pack of Romany Creams.  And some guys did not eat any at all
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 15, 2015, 07:52:31 PM
Dean just eats everything in sight,i once watched him eat two whole chickens in 10 minutes!True story.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on May 15, 2015, 08:13:21 PM
Were they still alive? No wonder the third one ran across the road.


-F_D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 15, 2015, 08:48:44 PM
This is not my new favourite.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: AlleyCat on May 15, 2015, 11:28:53 PM
'Cause the chicken got away?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on May 16, 2015, 08:46:09 AM
I found feathers all over my garden this morning. Does this mean that Dean paid me a visit during the dark hours?


-F_D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on May 16, 2015, 11:30:01 AM
Anthony drives a Subaru and earns a whack but not one samoosa did he bring!....and he stole our parking!.....things were so much better when Joy was around.
Given that you and Dean were together, do I detect a suggestion that fowl play might have been involved?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 16, 2015, 01:46:06 PM
Dean's new mascot  (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/783605_zpsosccfcw2.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/783605_zpsosccfcw2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 16, 2015, 04:26:42 PM
These comments ate rather fowl
Title: Re: Upcoming Hi-Fi Club events
Post by: chrisc on May 31, 2015, 09:26:25 AM
Sunday 7th June at the False Bay Rugby club - 10h00 to 13h00 - Our Vinyl Faire
Thursday 11th June - monthly meeting at the Wynberg Boys' School, at 20h00

Want to read the full newsletter? Click here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By22-wi-jaVZM01mMkdFZmw3Q0U/view?usp=sharing

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on June 01, 2015, 04:37:53 PM
who is presenting the puter audio lecture?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on June 01, 2015, 10:11:28 PM
Rodney myself and andre will be visiting you that eve
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 04, 2015, 07:56:11 AM
who is presenting the puter audio lecture?

I am.  There is a presentation naming and describing the various software programs available, some music in different formats, then a demo of using 8 different programs and their capabilities and shortcomings.  Your input, especially regarding JRiver, will be most welcome, given Serge and my own experiences with using it.  Everyone I have spoken to has found some useful aspect of it
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire in Constantia this Sunday
Post by: chrisc on June 04, 2015, 08:00:57 AM

7th June from 10h00 - False Bay Rugby Club, near Virgin Active, Constantia Main Road - all welcome - free entry


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 07, 2015, 04:26:08 PM
A warm winter's day in Constantia.  Slightly less attendees than before - maybe we need a larger venue - we are working on, although the FBRC is "cosy" and you can get coffee and snacks there - I stayed for the buffet lunch for R155 a person and sat outside in the sunshine

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Bottom row - Chris R and Leslie Martin haggle over the prices of his classical boxes
Anthony checking the prices
Jacques and Andre compare phone specs
Jacques "adjusting" the prices
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kamikazi on June 07, 2015, 07:19:36 PM
Well, was a lovely day to travel through to Cape Town. Apart from Google getting lost I enjoyed the location and the pub's food and beer looked first rate to me. Saw some nice vinyl I wanted to buy, but first need a decent turntable (apparently not a Rega though :giggle:)..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on June 07, 2015, 07:53:05 PM
Anthony looked particulary lovely in his blue jersey today.....i detected a hint of Hugo Boss wafting from his pristine wrists......i must admit to having been temporarily transfixed and adrift on the magnificence of his essence.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on June 08, 2015, 09:34:59 AM
Anthony looked particulary lovely in his blue jersey today.....i detected a hint of Hugo Boss wafting from his pristine wrists......i must admit to having been temporarily transfixed and adrift on the magnificence of his essence.

It may look casually thrown together, but it takes a lot of care and effort to put together that image of devil-may-care man of the vinyl world - matey yet mysterious, with a subtle hint of the innocent first-timer to awaken the vendor's maternal instincts sufficiently in the hopes of scoring a small discount, or better.

By the way, I think it was Mrs CTT's perfume you were smelling, from when she removed the handcuffs.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on June 08, 2015, 09:47:25 AM
In the world of vinyl afficionados,"scoring small" is a given.....it was refreshing to see lots of newcomers circled around a Samantha Fox lp as well.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on June 08, 2015, 12:02:38 PM
@ Kamikaze....... so if not a rega...than at least a Well Tempered....or why not a Brinkmann  :D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 08, 2015, 10:24:34 PM
Being around vinyl seems to inspire and create really good banter - some good texts there in that dialogue above, awash with some serious figures of speech. I say if the dealers sell a few records, we chat and have a few ales and this comes as a spinoff lets keep going. I am quite happy with the venue, for the record (sorry unintended).   

Thanks for a good morning to all who played a role in getting it together and for the conversations and interactions. Thanks to The Bay Sports Bar as well for doing their bit   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on June 09, 2015, 07:38:27 AM
When is the next one?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 09, 2015, 06:16:34 PM
There were mixed feelings expressed about the venue on Sunday - some folks felt it was a bit small with limited space. However there was oodles of space closer to the bar on the right of the entrance. Others expressed the opinion that it is a cosy venue, centrally located and with good facilities (bar and pub food).

I think we should stick with this venue for the next faire and just make the date closer to pay day for most folks - 26th June was mentioned

Let get some more opinions

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 09, 2015, 06:57:04 PM
The manager (yet another new guy) would not commit himself to an available date, so I have to go again when the fellow from Barristers is there.  Apparently this new manager wanted to have a buffet but didn't advertise it properly and there was a lot of wasted food

Laurie said that the end of the month is fine. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 12, 2015, 01:57:55 PM
The meeting notes for the 11th June club meeting Powerpoint presentation can be found here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By22-wi-jaVZQjhQVGhsNnBSLVk/view?usp=sharing

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on June 12, 2015, 02:17:24 PM
Thanks Chris - very informative talk.

I have never heard those speakers sound so good !
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: mastermamo on June 12, 2015, 07:26:44 PM
Mail sent lets see what all this is about
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on June 12, 2015, 10:28:48 PM
Did anybody pitch up
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 13, 2015, 07:59:45 AM
Yes - 9
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 13, 2015, 09:58:59 AM
Thanks Chris  - talk was informative and interesting. I will need to do follow up consultation though before I can get going seriously. Will be moving in this direction when I have a short break in August so will be in touch

CR
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Scubadude on June 20, 2015, 09:59:00 PM
Powerpoint presentation can be found here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By22-wi-jaVZQjhQVGhsNnBSLVk/view?usp=sharing

Thanks Chris for a nice overview of computers in audio.  Quite a radical development in quality audio reproduction ... previously expenditure on a balanced system set-up would be heavily weighted towards the front end ... not any more!

Not a member as I have been stuck on the far side of the boerewors curtain for over 20 years.  But I remember many (mostly) enjoyable meetings in a school staff room in the early 90's ... nice to see the Club up and running again.   :thumbs:

Francois
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - next meeting 9th July
Post by: chrisc on July 05, 2015, 08:38:10 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on July 10, 2015, 01:53:59 PM
It was planned to be a nice calm evening of exploring each others music.

But like all club events there is always the unexpected..   

When the coffee and cookies were all consumed and the music started slowing down, the chatting in the back of the room became more obnoxious. Dean unexpectedly stepped forward and hooked up his cellphone to the amp and started doing an impromptu 'Grease Lightning' move with Kent's shouting words of encouragement  The poor Missions speakers nearly fell of their stands when the first base note struck with a vengeance. Within moments the sedate audiophile audience were yelling for more. When Dean's dance routine unintentionally exposed a bit of bedroom flesh, you should have heard the howls.  Fortunately the club amp then started overheating and we had to call an end to the proceedings.

I shudder at what could happen at a forthcoming DIY Show and Tell evening !!

At least the Capies know how to have fun.

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 10, 2015, 02:11:00 PM
 :thumbs:lolit was a good laugh
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 11, 2015, 01:06:28 PM
Live and let live I say.  As long as no-one pulls out some weed and lights up I don't mind.  We could even have a few beers or a bottle of decent wine (not plonk) to share in future

Re the club amp overheating, it is felt by those that know that the heatsink (a 6mm aluminium flat plate) is too small, so the club is seeking a replacement, as close as for nothing as possible to augment what is there.  Size required is approx 90mm x 70mm in 6mm or 8mm thick copper or aluminium.  So if you have some lying around or could steal it from a defunct Eskom sub-station, we will be pleased to have it

Address to send it supplied on request

The meeting was quite fun, if sparsely attended.  Stefan played his S A artist CD which turned out to be a good recording.  Anthony then regaled us with selected guitar solo recordings, most of which was most enjoyable, then we had Diana Krall singing a Christmas Carol (or similar) and some peculiar classical music.  CR's aging Yamaha acquitted itself very well
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on July 21, 2015, 01:28:00 PM
Vinyl Faire this month?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on July 21, 2015, 02:20:54 PM
Sadly the venue now wishes to charge...

Looking for alternative options at the moment.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 21, 2015, 09:09:46 PM
Yes, the False Bay Rugby Club is no longer free.  For a minimum fee of R500 we can go there on an available Sunday, so it might be the WBJS (still free) or some other venues where the management or committee in charge need massaging in order to let the club use the facility
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on July 21, 2015, 09:24:19 PM
the school?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on July 22, 2015, 10:05:18 AM
IIRC, Hein offered his club as a venue.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on July 22, 2015, 10:13:52 AM
There is also a coffee shop in town that offered...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on July 22, 2015, 10:25:29 AM
IIRC, Hein offered his club as a venue.

The venue was deemed "unsuitable".  ;D
Still quite happy to host if you guys cant find anything else.

Biggest problem is carting cases of LPs up the rather steep staircase to the 1st floor...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on July 22, 2015, 02:40:20 PM
Can't you fit a wheelchair ramp for the management committee Frikkie?....and perhaps a lift.....without these the venue is indeed "unfit"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on July 22, 2015, 02:43:22 PM
One meeting without the above in place will mean that we will have to peruse circuit diagrams for the "Chris Clarke Memorial Amp":)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on July 28, 2015, 08:41:03 AM
Have we now officially killed our one masterstroke?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on July 28, 2015, 09:21:56 AM
Have we now officially killed our one masterstroke?

Going to check out a Coffee Shop in Bree Street tomorrow that is keen to host a vinyl faire... Holding thumbs that vinyl faire CT can go from half-cocked to fully-cocked with a regular schedule and venue.
Title: Re: Advance warning to vinyl junkies, collectors, strange people and friends
Post by: chrisc on July 28, 2015, 07:42:40 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on July 28, 2015, 08:29:03 PM
  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on July 28, 2015, 08:52:07 PM
Yeeehaaa  :2thumbs: Dean is already in  :O0:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 01, 2015, 07:45:21 PM
Sounds like fun I'll try and be there :) .

Odd question : Was Depeche Mode banned in South Africa ? I've searched Mabu Vinyl on several occasions and I haven't come across any of their vinyls (I've come across a lot of other stuff though, like Dire Straits, Supertramp, OMD, Phil Collins/Genesis, Kate Bush, Elton John, Francois Harde, Sting, The Police, Men at Work, Paul Simon, U2, etc.). Now that I think of it I haven't seen any Pink Floyd either or The Who (I imported a few of their albums off eBay).
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on August 01, 2015, 09:34:00 PM
Sounds like fun I'll try and be there :) .

Odd question : Was Depeche Mode banned in South Africa ? I've searched Mabu Vinyl on several occasions and I haven't come across any of their vinyls (I've come across a lot of other stuff though, like Dire Straits, Supertramp, OMD, Phil Collins/Genesis, Kate Bush, Elton John, Francois Harde, Sting, The Police, Men at Work, Paul Simon, U2, etc.). Now that I think of it I haven't seen any Pink Floyd either or The Who (I imported a few of their albums off eBay).

Didn't you mean to write Francois Hardon?

Apologies but all the spell checkers seem to be switched-off recently. And it's fookin' cold here so I have to play with myself.

skollie
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 01, 2015, 09:45:51 PM
Didn't you mean to write Francois Hardon?

Apologies but all the spell checkers seem to be switched-off recently. And it's fookin' cold here so I have to play with myself.

skollie
lol... I didn't realise you got that kind of music :P . If it's cold you should do what Eskom suggests... turn on a heater :D .
Title: Re: August 2015 - two meetings this month
Post by: chrisc on August 06, 2015, 02:12:34 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 06, 2015, 02:32:25 PM
What is the "capecomputerclub" ? I have a 486 with NetBSD on it ;) .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on August 06, 2015, 03:37:32 PM
Judging by the age of most of the members of the capecomputerclub I wager your 486 will fit right in. If it's a 486DX you'll even be one of the cool guys.

What is the "capecomputerclub" ? I have a 486 with NetBSD on it ;) .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 06, 2015, 03:44:04 PM
It's a very odd machine; it has a Texas Instruments 486 DX4 Overdrive clone in it (100MHz). It has 94 MB of RAM, so it's quite fancy. It runs a modern OS (NetBSD) but nothing else and quite happily talks to the internet via ethernet. I've got another machine from the time of my childhood which is a 386 SX, it only has 3MB of RAM - insufficient to run a modern OS (including *nix)... it plays Commander Keen though. I also have a very odd machine called a Casio PB-700, which has an integrated colour four-pen plotter-printer and a nifty micro-cassette tape drive for storage :P . I wrote a dice tracker app for it in BASIC - a far cry from modern languages.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on August 06, 2015, 03:55:02 PM
Wow 94MB on a 486DX4, now that's opulence beyond. I never heard of DX's with more than 8MB so that's one fancy (and presumably hellishly expensive back in the day) machine.
Had a 386SX myself with a paltry 1MB RAM, which was fortunately sufficient for Commander Keen. Blew a few months' allowance to get a 2nd MB for Doom, only to realize I needed 4MB. When the elusive remaining 2MB arrived it ran but at 10fps max so the whole thing got canned and upgraded to a Pentium 100; thus hailing in a decade of constant upgradetitis before I got sense.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 06, 2015, 04:04:17 PM
haha, yes, believe me I was quite surprised when I got it up to 94MBs of RAM :P . The machine wasn't originally built with that amount of RAM; I found the modules in the lot it came in, which came from an auction. I constructed the machine out of various bits in the lot. I've sort of developed a bit of a PC museum - I have all the major machines (CPU-wise) including a 386, 486, P1, P2 and P3. I might soon have an IBM XT... but that's a bit before my time. My first PC was a 486.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 06, 2015, 05:08:13 PM
It will run MS-DOS quite happily, and maybe even Windows 95, but little else.  There are still one or two useful programs operating in DOS - dBase III and IV, MS-Word 6.0.  Very good wordprocessors but you are restricted to Courier font with a parallel printer.  Getting a USB device to operate with MS-DOS is 3rd year rocket science

Btw:  There is a Computer Club meeting this evening also at the WBJ school - The subject is "Getting off the grid" featuring alternative electricity and LED lighting.  Dr Tony Heher is giving the talk.  It is at 8.00pm and admission is free.  If you are fast, you might get a biscuit or two at tea-time (Andre and Dean know all about this)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 06, 2015, 06:03:08 PM
Thanks chrisc, I probably won't be able to make it this evening but I've got the website now (and calendar) so I'll be ready for the next one :) .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 06, 2015, 06:10:23 PM
Btw:  There is a Computer Club meeting this evening also at the WBJ school - The subject is "Getting off the grid" featuring alternative electricity and LED lighting.  Dr Tony Heher is giving the talk.  It is at 8.00pm and admission is free.  If you are fast, you might get a biscuit or two at tea-time (Andre and Dean know all about this)

I would have loved to attend this talk. Sadly, for me, a curtain too far.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on August 07, 2015, 11:37:54 AM
I also have a very odd machine called a Casio PB-700, which has an integrated colour four-pen plotter-printer and a nifty micro-cassette tape drive for storage :P . I wrote a dice tracker app for it in BASIC - a far cry from modern languages.

Got one of those as well, also with the plotter and tape add-on. Pristine, in the original boxes. Worthless, but I can't get myself to chuck it...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: aquarat on August 07, 2015, 01:51:13 PM
I'll give you something for it ? Where are you based ?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting this evening
Post by: chrisc on August 13, 2015, 08:36:14 AM
Tonight Jacques will talk to us about assessing and refurbishing turntables, what he looks out for and what usually needs to be done.  We'll have a bit of music too

20h00 in the staff room at Wynberg Boys' Junior School, Oxford Road, Wynberg

You are most welcome
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Adagio on August 13, 2015, 04:36:24 PM
I would have loved to attend this talk. Sadly, for me, a curtain too far.

Ditto.  :(

And both topics mentioned are  right up my alley. <pun unintended>
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 13, 2015, 04:41:07 PM
Ditto.  :(

And both topics mentioned are  right up my alley. <pun unintended>

Come and have some fun.

Then we can meet !
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on August 14, 2015, 12:10:58 PM
A massive thank you to Jacques and his sidekick Andre for a very entertaining and interesting talk and for the massive effort in bringing all the sensitive equipment to the meeting.

The fact that this was one the longest club meetings we've had,  is a testament to the interest in turntables. 

Much appreciated ! :dop: :dop:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on August 14, 2015, 12:32:21 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 14, 2015, 01:31:51 PM
Sad I missed it
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Michon on August 14, 2015, 02:10:22 PM
What kind of amp is that between the two tables?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kamikazi on August 14, 2015, 03:36:37 PM
What kind of amp is that between the two tables?

Pretty awesome sounding Audio Note Kit 1 clone 8W SET amp! Would have loved to hear it with the Thorens TD-2001.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Michon on August 14, 2015, 03:41:57 PM
Thanks.

It looks like a nice get together.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting 13th August 2015
Post by: chrisc on August 14, 2015, 04:31:06 PM
Here are some of Jacques' pedigreed items, from just brought in to the lovingly restored and finished.  A really excellent meeting with lots of information shared.  Thank you Jacques and Andre

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 14, 2015, 07:57:45 PM
Awesome evening and it was great having JQ revisit some beautiful builds past and present.Coffee was good,music even better. :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 15, 2015, 09:48:32 AM
 Editor and Sound Sommelier Extraordinaire Anthony "Dome" Man(clearly a Linn user) was seen proof reading the latest edition of an audiophile favourite  "Popular Hispanics".....Chris "HD" Reddy can be seen watching internet porn on his 3d cellphone and Leslie seated next to Jozua was feeling a bit groggy after his coffee but came around and made it home :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Adagio on August 15, 2015, 10:18:28 AM
Sad I missed it

Ditto. (still haven't found my car's keys...)  :thinking:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on August 15, 2015, 01:41:35 PM
For the record - my Motorola V 360 cannot even do Wattsapp nevermind 3D .....

Great evening  - thanks jacques and the eversharp Kent
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 15, 2015, 05:54:26 PM
For the record - my Motorola V 360 cannot even do Wattsapp nevermind 3D .....

Great evening  - thanks jacques and the eversharp Kent

Time you upgraded the phone then...
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - Sunday 30th August from 10h00
Post by: chrisc on August 22, 2015, 04:05:44 PM
The following Sunday is the 7th Vinyl Faire which is to be held in the large Gym Hall at the Wynberg Boys' Junior School

Please enter the school grounds at the second entrance at the end of Oxford Road.  There is ample parking in front of the hall and in front of the school building

Doors open from 10h00 and we will continue until the last dealer leaves

Hot dogs will be on sale for R 15,00
Beers (Castle Light, Windhoek Lager) available for R 15,00
Coke also R 15,00

You can bring your dog and take him for a walk on the playing fields
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - forthcoming planned meetings
Post by: chrisc on August 23, 2015, 04:26:05 PM
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Email link:  capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: Meetings - 30 Aug Vinyl Faire - 10 Sep club meeting
Post by: chrisc on August 28, 2015, 01:46:04 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: BJ on August 28, 2015, 10:18:07 PM
Do you have the list of speakers up for comparison for the next meeting?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 28, 2015, 10:26:14 PM
Some or all of these

Linn Kann
Yamaha NS-690
B&W CM-10
Tannoy Saturn 6
Fostex 3" in bass reflex
Jozua's unpatented ribbons from his private collection
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: BJ on August 28, 2015, 10:45:52 PM
Sounds great, will be fun. thx!!!

Try and make it, if not out of town. Ta
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 28, 2015, 10:49:16 PM
If you have exotic speakers, you are welcome to bring them.  We will only play decent music through them...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Michon on August 29, 2015, 04:48:25 AM
I would love to attend an event like this.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 29, 2015, 08:55:10 AM
We can make it a real Tannoy fest.....i picked up dc2000 and dimension 100 yesterday:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 29, 2015, 08:56:42 AM
Yes, YES please.  I'll even give you a lift if needed,  Do you need a bakkie and trailer for these?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 29, 2015, 09:02:48 AM
I can bring them in the back of the mighty Kombi my chauffeur owns......ok.......how about we make my contribution the Fostex,the dimension 100 and some 10" hpd. :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 29, 2015, 09:13:55 AM
This is starting to sound (pun intended) like a one-sided competition, what with these coming along

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 29, 2015, 09:47:06 AM
Same exact finish as well but they wont win in that room,tiny speaker.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on August 29, 2015, 04:02:57 PM
What amplification will be used
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 29, 2015, 04:48:57 PM
The club's own amp which consists of 2 Jounzer modules and the power supply configuration recommended by the fellow who sells the modules.  Each module has been clamped tightly onto a large heatsink and even played at a moderately high volume for hours only gets to 42 deg as measured on the MOSFET tab itself.  The PSU is a 350VA 42v - 0 - 42V transformer with 2 diodes and 40000 mfd of capacitance giving 61 VDC rails.  To my ears it sounds very clean and is ahead of the Dan Jakobs MOSFET. 

If you have a spare Krell or two lying about, you are most welcome to bring them as well
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on August 29, 2015, 07:52:26 PM
Hope it has enough juice to drive the cm10s
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on August 30, 2015, 11:37:50 AM
A minute ago it was reported that Dean had made his second trip (at least) to the hot dog stand at the Cape Town vinyl Faire...? In other news, some hot vinyl deals are going down. We're open until 2.

Details here
https://www.facebook.com/events/1470695703256565/

and here
http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,47114.0.html


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on August 30, 2015, 02:55:27 PM
Broke the record for hot dog eating today
Title: Re: Meeting this Thursday 10th September at 8:00pm at WBJS
Post by: chrisc on September 07, 2015, 05:18:21 PM
Looking forward to Thursday.  Hope for dry eyes and dry pants.  It will help if you bring a pen

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 07, 2015, 06:50:46 PM
Yippee :thumbs:.....saddened by the music however.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 07, 2015, 06:58:09 PM
Yippee :thumbs:.....saddened by the music however.....

What. No Modern Talking and no Wham  :BWAHAHAH:

Looking forward to Thursday.  Hope for dry eyes and dry pants.  It will help if you bring a pen

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/speaker%20test_zpsr7plcdpp.png) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/speaker%20test_zpsr7plcdpp.png.html)

What's the Misic 1, Music 3 etc column for?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 07, 2015, 07:06:21 PM
"Adam oooh Helga nat"?....wtf ?Sounds like a porno filmed at Beau Brummel's place?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 07, 2015, 07:25:03 PM
Is this the vintage retirement club  cant we get some decent music.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 07, 2015, 07:28:24 PM
No wonder the classical composers all died of vd and herpes...naming tracks like that ......sies.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 07, 2015, 07:32:02 PM
The man who sold the, word. Didnt nirvana sing that.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 07, 2015, 07:42:31 PM
Dean,we have to go ......even if it is just to see the Bossi "large solo organ".....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 07, 2015, 07:51:09 PM
Patricia sibilantly singing about her girlfriends flatulence and how it tore them apart....cant wait.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Michon on September 07, 2015, 07:51:47 PM
Patricia sibilantly singing about her girlfriends flatulence and how it tore them apart....cant wait.....

I can't anymore.  :BWAHAHAH:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 07, 2015, 07:57:22 PM
It was Laura
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 07, 2015, 08:03:03 PM
With Patricia in the room i can assure Chris that all pants will be dry......but no guaranteeing my eyes when the large solo organ kicks in :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on September 08, 2015, 11:05:19 PM
"Adam oooh Helga nat"?....wtf ?Sounds like a porno filmed at Beau Brummel's place?

Ignoramus!!  :sd:

Show some respect - [Jeepers; what are you guys there below the hill coming to - no culture. Must I hang my head in shame hier anderkant die Krokodilrivier ....  :faint: ]

"Oh Holy Night". It is next to 'Silent Night, Holy Night', probably the best known Christmas song! Sales-topping performances both solo, choral, and orchestral. One of the best renditions ever was by Jussi Björling in Swedish (also the recording) - the lêngwiets you seem to be incabable of understanding.

Next time you and Dean reach up here we will play some Mercadanté and Pergolesi just to try top up the empty voids ....

But despite such clitches - glad to see you guys down under doing well!  Remember, S.A. high-fi started just some 50km east of you, between the oak trees, under Papagaaiskop (some months before your time) ....

Greetings!
 ;D ;D ;D 

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 09, 2015, 03:04:54 PM
Cantate Domino, issued in 1976 is said to be one of the best analogue recordings ever made and was reissued on a SACD in 2004.   The meeting is a speaker comparison session, not a speaker destroying session, so no Wham

BK, Jacques and co, we will explain in short sentences how it will be run and can also provide calculators for those who have forgotten their 4X table

BK, you can hold onto Dean's leg when we play the organ music.  Might cause some stirring sensations as it reaches its climax
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 09, 2015, 03:14:33 PM
BK, Jacques and co, we will explain in short sentences how it will be run and can also provide calculators for those who have forgotten their 4X table


Hehe, I was looking at the track list and the number speakers and doing a simple multiplication  :EGrin: long night
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 09, 2015, 03:21:05 PM
Won't play any of the pieces longer than 3 mins, otherwise it might become tedious.  So maybe 15 mins per speaker, allow some fiddling time and you will be in bed by 11.00
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 09, 2015, 03:27:59 PM
 :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on September 09, 2015, 11:43:53 PM
Cantate Domino, issued in 1976 is said to be one of the best analogue recordings ever made and was reissued on a SACD in 2004. 

Would agree; I have both.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 10, 2015, 09:29:24 AM
Would agree; I have both.

Thee are 3 digital versions that I know of:

Original 16 bit CD
Remastered 16 bit CD
SACD Version

I prefer the remastered 16 bit disk version whereas SACD is unable to mask the shortcomings of the tape recording....

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 10, 2015, 09:44:35 AM
....unable to mask the shortcomings of the tape recording....

Chances are that if the shortcomings of the tape recording are being masked then so are other aspects (like music) of the recording...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 10, 2015, 04:38:55 PM
Cant wait to hear the spitzenstokkies
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 10, 2015, 06:01:31 PM
Cant wait to hear the spitzenstokkies

Just stop being such a bang-broek and let bring those BW's so we can hear what they made off.....


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 10, 2015, 06:48:00 PM
They made of kevlar
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 10, 2015, 07:04:19 PM
They made of kevlar

Case of spitzenstokken fear...  :EGrin: :rubhands:


 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 11, 2015, 08:51:12 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on September 11, 2015, 09:01:23 AM
Spitzenstuck it to 'em, did ol' Jz...  :whip:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 09:11:39 AM
Will the owner of scoresheet number 5 please come forward.....the Kans won .....one does not simply add the total number of points folks :sh1tstirrer:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 11, 2015, 09:12:43 AM
It was rigged we want a recount.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 11, 2015, 09:15:14 AM
It was rigged we want a recount.

Next time you going to need Kevlar underpants ...

Neva underestimate local.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 11, 2015, 09:16:46 AM
I get different maths...

69.2% 3.464285714285714 (97) - Linn Kann
68.8% 3.446428571428571 (96.5) - Spizenstokkies
60.2% 3.017857142857143 (84.5) - B&W CM1
58.2% 2.910714285714286 (81.5) - Tannoy 100
52.0% 2.607142857142857 (86) - Fostex
44.6% 2.232142857142857 (67.5) - Technics SBC250
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 09:18:39 AM
 :thumbs:.......who is Mystery Man number 5?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on September 11, 2015, 09:19:53 AM
The Linn Kann were very nice- now on my wanted list....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 11, 2015, 09:23:01 AM
:thumbs:.......who is Mystery Man number 5?

I think #3 it would be chief spell checker for Popular Hispanics  :EGrin: 

We should really 'normalise' the results by taking the top score and bottom score out and then averaging... Sample is a bit small though.

69.2% 3.464285714285714 (97) - Linn Kann
68.8% 3.446428571428571 (96.5) - Spitzenstokkies
60.2% 3.017857142857143 (84.5) - B&W CM1
58.2% 2.910714285714286 (81.5) - Tannoy 100
52.0% 2.607142857142857 (86) - Fostex
44.6% 2.232142857142857 (67.5) - Technics SBC250
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 09:25:34 AM
Nope,Anthony is number 7 :rubhands:......ok,i lied......Dean and i were the only two who scored in half points.....and you of course :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 03:35:05 PM
.....before conclusions are drawn,the fostex drivers i took were 3" fullrangers  :giggle:......make a circle with your middle finger and thumb and that's the circumferance of the driver.....now go check how it did :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on September 11, 2015, 03:40:48 PM
Andre, your Fostexes got Jz'd.

.....before conclusions are drawn,the fostex drivers i took were 3" fullrangers  :giggle:......make a circle with your middle finger and thumb and that's the circumferance of the driver.....now go check how it did :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 03:43:42 PM
"The Peanut Butter Conspiracy"......i win on a cost to performance ratio by a country mile......cannot be disputed!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on September 11, 2015, 03:47:41 PM
Its a conspiracy the spitzenstokkies wete rigged
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 03:52:41 PM
The Spitzens are not local......they were built by Gunn & Moore.....i call FRAUD!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 04:07:26 PM
Dean,were the Technics Chris Reddy?......they certainly weren't HD Ready! :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 11, 2015, 04:23:34 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 04:29:55 PM
Now gents......tell me that is not a Gunn and Moore product :sh1tstirrer:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 04:32:28 PM
Chris can be seen making his Bowers yellow cones more yellow under the table :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 11, 2015, 04:36:28 PM
I didn't realise that Dean could sing in tune.  He knows the German words to Silent Night, or is it Silent Knight?  Scoresheet 7 is our illustrious PM editor.  The other 5 people never handed them in, but the results agreed with what I heard, and I was sitting bang in the middle
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 05:26:55 PM
Next time you going to need Kevlar underpants ...

Neva underestimate local anaesthetic.

 :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on September 11, 2015, 05:54:01 PM
No pics of the Tegniek spiekers?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 06:06:31 PM
Going back to the staffroom
Where i first scored you
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag
I'm not gonna move
Got some scores on cardboard
Got your picture in my hand
Saying if you see this Jozua
Can you tell him where i am

Chris tried to hand me money
He dont understand
I'm not broke i'm just not a ribbon loving man
I know it makes no sense
But what else can i do?
How can you move on with no hf like you do.

Coz if one day you wake up and find that your sounds muddy
And with your bass you're a wondering "where on this earth could it be?"
I'm thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet
And you'll see me waiting for you with some brand new Scanspeaks.
I'm not moving.....
I'm not moving.......yeah.
I'm the man who cant be moved.




Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on September 11, 2015, 06:21:09 PM
Technics speakers from back room proved to be "vinyl ready" - post pic later
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 11, 2015, 06:23:55 PM
Precisely my point Chris .....how can any results be valid with digital as a source? :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Skylark on September 11, 2015, 10:10:43 PM
Did anyone make sure there was no unfair advantage leveraged from cable synergy??
Are those fostex drivers dual concentric or what snake oil do they contain?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 13, 2015, 09:13:17 PM
The Fostex drivers look like transistor radio speakers, very plain, but they did produce a very good sound.  Being tiny they were not suited to the large (25m x 8m) room but certainly delivered an accurate sound with good soundstage and dyamics.  The snake oil was the enclosures that had been made for them

Why not ask BK about them, they belong to him!

We did endeavour to uncoil the speaker cable when doing the listening.  Each pair is about 6m long and the speakers were about 2m from the amp. but that is all we have in the club's toolbox
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 13, 2015, 09:34:53 PM
Thanks Chris....drivers are fe83en units in double bass reflex cabs of fostex design(comes with the 38 dollar driver in the box)Richard built the cabs and with close to zero xmax they are truly impressive for what they are....(a tiny tiny driver that is asked to do a lot).....prefers a valve amp every day of the week but is more than capable of great sound with speed and transparency galore......great fun!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on September 14, 2015, 02:40:38 PM
I'm a bit late to this discussion - been on the West Coast for a few days. It took me that long to work out that the dodgy looking characters wiggling their fingers at me weren't promising deep tissue massage of an adult nature, but rather were trying to describe kreef for sale at a bargain price.

Regarding the listening test, I really enjoyed the whole critical listening thing. I actually found I was concentrating on the music, not on the speaker, if that makes any sense. At least I think the differences between speakers were pretty evident.

With hindsight I was about half a mark harsh on the Kans because I am familiar with what they do - or don't do. Things might have been a bit different if we'd treated them to a bit of Fourplay. (Er... BK?)

I liked what Jozua's design did, though one thing I found a little unsettling was - maybe someone can help me with the words here - what I can only describe as a noticeably different dispersion characteristic. From my position off-centre to the left, particularly in the orchestral selection, it seemed to me that I could hear the right-hand side of the virtual sound stage more loudly and clearly than with the other speakers. That may or may not be a disadvantage and in fairness we didn't pay huge attention to speaker positioning.

If i had to choose a favourite "I could listen to that some more" combination it would be the Fostexes and the Vivaldi.


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 14, 2015, 06:49:17 PM
A man of impeccable taste if i may so so myself......
Title: Re: Next Vinyl Faire - Sunday 25th October
Post by: chrisc on September 27, 2015, 04:19:34 PM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/7th%20vinyl%20faire_zpswhuz82v3.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/7th%20vinyl%20faire_zpswhuz82v3.jpg.html)

We have arranged yet another new venue for the next Vinyl Faire.  It is the BLAH BLAH BAR at 84 Kloof Street in the Gardens, Cape Town

This is opposite Jan van Riebeeck High School about half-way up Kloof Street (not Kloof Nek Road!) on the right.  Next door is Remax Elite Estate Agents. 
Coming from southern suburbs along de Waal Drive, bear left into Mill Street, just past the Gardens Centre, keep to the left and turn left into Upper Orange.  Right into Camp Street, over Hof Street and the next intersection is Kloof Street.  Start looking for parking before you hit Kloof Street

Vinyl Dealers:  The Hi-Fi Club has found it needs to recover expenses due to hiring venues, so there is a R20,00 fee for this event.  Please pay our treasurer, Chris Reddy at the event.  Thank you

One further note for dealers:  This room is much smaller than the WBJS hall, so if you can bring along a table, it will assist

Apart from boxes of vinyl, there will be electronic items on sale

We look forward to seeing you there.  Drinks and food will be on sale.  There is a QR code on the flyer for your GPS or phone

The following Vinyl Faire to diarise will be on Sunday 20th December in Wynberg

Title: Re: October meetings
Post by: chrisc on September 30, 2015, 12:51:05 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 05, 2015, 09:23:47 PM
For the worried people on Facebook and who have sent me PMs, entry to the Vinyl Fair is free for the public.  If you are a dealer, we ask you to please pay us R20 for the day, since we need to recover operating expenses

The committee don't get paid or reimbursed, but we have to pay WBJS rent for the room and buy tea, coffee and biscuits.  This can only be recovered from subs and vinyl fair fees

😀
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 08, 2015, 01:33:03 PM
Are people going?Are people bringing stuff?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 08, 2015, 05:50:00 PM
I know of 5 people who are coming along, one fellow from Darling with his speakers (some competition for Jozua)

For the others....

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Richard on October 08, 2015, 06:39:54 PM
I am in, anyone want a lift from Somerset West. 0835062783
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 08, 2015, 06:55:07 PM
I will bring the 300b and the fostex....Richard,bring stuff for me:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 08, 2015, 06:56:52 PM
CT,get off your lazy arses and come along!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 08, 2015, 07:01:35 PM
bring an item to trade!....I have a 60's Sony power amp of beauty that FD would kill for....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on October 08, 2015, 07:26:46 PM
Gotcha! I'm hiring thugs as you post...

Forum rules: Vintage stuff to be pre-approved by me first :)

If I like it, I'll even change your user-name to summit more fitting with your personality, Sire!


-F_D


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on October 08, 2015, 09:05:01 PM
Does said approval include 'stuff' like myself?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on October 09, 2015, 07:59:21 AM
You're still very young in mind, Amp-Dog!   :)


-F_D

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 09, 2015, 08:08:19 AM
FD,do you know the ta3120?late 60's unit with healthy output of about 50wpc:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 09, 2015, 08:12:46 AM
..and a good time was had by all.  A moderate turnout of 10 members, some of whom are paid up.  Some out of towners this time, Darling and Somerset West

Highlight of the evening must be Brian Bester's "WL3" speakers, beautifully constructed with sloping green crackle finish.  But what a pure mid-range.  Voices practically shone out of the enclosure.  The meeting went on until 10h30, with BK regaling us with his outstanding valve amp (no offer refused).   

Thanks to all who came.  Some of the pictures show - CR doing some roadside repairs on a plug, a box of audiophile-grade connecting cables and a battery, Dr Erasmus lovingly connecting his babies up (a medical or rocket-science degree is required to connect this combo up).  Even Dean enjoyed the evening and was, at times, lost for words

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on October 09, 2015, 08:21:18 AM
Aaaah! Now here's something I can relate to!

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 09, 2015, 08:23:27 AM
Had a great time and it's always great catching up with Brian who does such beautiful builds each and every time.I enjoyed the evening immensely and it was great to see the chaps and their creations.I had a good giggle when Jozua's preamp emitted a bolt of lightning into Chris Reddy's Rotel cdp burning a crater into it and making him leap sky high.....i can now confirm that his cdp is now "HV Reddy"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on October 09, 2015, 08:29:21 AM
FD,do you know the ta3120?late 60's unit with healthy output of about 50wpc:)

Nope, first time I've come across this. Stereo?


-F_D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 09, 2015, 08:32:04 AM
Yes,2 channel with separate left and right volume at the rear.....to be honest,for a 60's unit it is amazingly 70's looking,capacitor coupled and just gorgeous.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: gavinbirss on October 09, 2015, 08:52:28 AM
BK, Chris (anyone else I omitted),

Please tell us more about the tube pre and power amp.

Lovely 3-way speakers!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on October 09, 2015, 09:12:21 AM
BK, Chris (anyone else I omitted),

Please tell us more about the tube pre and power amp.

Lovely 3-way speakers!

The tube pre-amp is mine and was build by Alan Hobkirk.

I have compared it to a Audio Research LS27 and the differences were minute - except that the LS27 has the convenience of a remote.  IT really shines in my system when used with balanced interconnects.

It is not currently in use and I intent to refit it with Mundorf caps. As much as I like to keep it it will have to be sold to help fund my next 'upgrade'.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 09, 2015, 09:36:31 AM
Audio Note 300b clone based on the kit 1 with some "improvements"....class a,zero feedback 8wpc......Audio Note transformers and 300b's from Mark(many thanks),choke and mains from Eloff Transformers,pcb is from Jims Audio in China 2.3mm superb quality and great value at around 50 dollars a while back.My friend John did the chassis and build and supplied the remaining caps and required components as well as the 5687's.

We are currently completing another two identical amps,one with Hammond iron and the other with Mark's hand wound "Brown Dog" transformers he used to sell back in the day.Great sound in my opinion and i enjoy the amp immensely.Current speaker of choice on them is a pair of Tannoy hpd 315 in factory cabinets.Wonderful.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 09, 2015, 04:57:51 PM
The Mains Conditioner (pic # 6) cleaned up the clarity considerably and was mainly responsible for the excellent sound we heard.  Oh yes, the Zakspeed 1mm2 speaker cable also did its bit
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on October 09, 2015, 05:09:36 PM
the 'HV' mod...

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 09, 2015, 05:10:23 PM
Chris was trying to arc weld the preamp to his Rotel Cdp which was in poor taste to be honest.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on October 10, 2015, 09:08:26 AM
super meeting  ....good to meet up with old friends and new - DIY live and well  in CT

for Gavin 3-way speakers ref here      http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,41973.0.html

Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - this Sunday 25th at the Blah Blah Bar, Kloof St CT from 10h00
Post by: chrisc on October 21, 2015, 06:00:43 PM
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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire, today 25th October
Post by: chrisc on October 25, 2015, 12:42:51 PM
A great turnout.  Venue has excellent vibe, bar very good, ambience excellent.  A bit small and cramped.  Saw some new dealers along (Leo Bischof) and plenty of return customers.  By 12h30 there had been 121 visitors.  Rain initially put people off and difficulty of finding parking

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on October 25, 2015, 12:50:58 PM
Whatcha got there, Andre?

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And whose collection is this?

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 25, 2015, 02:09:34 PM
Andre has a carefully selected box of assorted cartridges, all guaranteed clean and free from diesel pollution.  They were so valuable that he hid them behind his (and Jacques') cooldrink crates of LPs that you see in the bottom pic.  In front of the crate you can see a selection of hand-built headshells.  Being a vinyl faire, this presentation was thought most appropriate to bring aloong
Title: Re: November club meeting
Post by: chrisc on October 31, 2015, 08:41:16 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on November 01, 2015, 10:09:51 AM
Matthew's show room is the most impressive HT system i have listened to - especially when it comes to a system that performs as well in HT as it does in stereo - having the speakers optimally positioned behind a transparent acoustic curtain which is flush with the screen  is the reason why

should be a real treat for those that attend
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on November 07, 2015, 11:20:22 PM
Home theatre - Yum, Yum and with Vivid's !!

I shall attend thanks.

Our notice reads (Vivid) B1.5's ?? Must that not perhaps read V1.5 ?

Thanks
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 08, 2015, 11:52:13 AM
All these:  Vivid B1's the V1.5's and the G3's.

Looking forward to an interesting evening
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on November 08, 2015, 05:56:44 PM
and the devialet phantoms..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 09, 2015, 04:20:46 PM
As Rodney mentioned, Matthew has some Devialet Phantoms now.  It was intended to demo the Phantoms fully at another date, so we will just connect them up towards the end of the meeting.  I don't think a quickie demo along with Vivids is the way to properly audition them
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on November 12, 2015, 04:31:34 PM
Do the Phantom's augment the Vivid's in some way?

Or is it one or the other?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 13, 2015, 08:24:17 AM
The Phantoms and the Vivids are two separate speakers, much like Toyota and Nissan are separate cars.  An advantage of the Phantoms, apart from their small size, is that you do not need a cable from the amplifier to the speaker.  A PC or a media player equipped with a wi-fi connection (which they all have) will stream the signal to the speaker and the entire control can be done from the source.  I haven't read the instruction manual, but I am sure there are other tweaks you can apply.  If you don't have a wireless network available, you can connect the source via a LAN cable and even an optical cable.  This means a CD player with an optical out and a suitable volume control will connect to the Phantom without anything else between them
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Meeting at Acoustic Solutions on 12th Nov 2015
Post by: chrisc on November 13, 2015, 08:40:53 AM
Our visit to Matthew Carter at Acoustic Solutions was very enlightening and entertaining.  AS have a large demo room on the first floor of their offices in Paarden Eiland.  As can be seen from the pics, there is the Devialet Phantom on a stand, Vivid 1.5s and Giya G1.

We started off viewing the presentation provided by Devialet which not only introduced their new Phantom wireless powered speaker, but took us through their design and manufacturing philosophy, their R&D which they have spent €25 million on, their various products and sound management systems (SAM, etc)

The sound from the Giya's was absolutely superb.  Extreme detail, effortless sound and wonderful sound stage.  The Vivids were very similar, perhaps a bit less bass extension.  We then listened to some demo music provided by Devialet for the Phantom and this proved the amazing bass response from this tiny enclosure.  These recordings were unfortunately pure "demo" sound and did not do justice to the speakers undoubted ability, so we hope to have a return visit to properly evaluate this new speaker

Matthew has a Dolby ATMOS equipped theatre and we were able to watch and listen to a show featuring the different aspects of this speaker system, with floor, upper, high, ceiling, side and rear speakers.  Helicopters flying overhead are particularly realistic

The club expresses its thanks to Matthew for putting up a good show, providing excellent snacks and willingly answering questions about the products on display

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on November 13, 2015, 08:41:47 AM
Phantom..stunning  bass , goes loud , lacks refinement in the mids and treble.. lifestyle stuff .. probably better than most midfi .. not giant killers IMO ..
I was disapointed at the turnout bearing in mind what was being demoed
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on November 13, 2015, 08:47:00 AM
Phantom..stunning  bass , goes loud , lacks refinement in the mids and treble.. lifestyle stuff .. probably better than most midfi .. not giant killers IMO ..
I was disapointed at the turnout bearing in mind what was being demoed

I would have liked to listen to the Phantoms in a stereo configuration...

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on November 13, 2015, 09:01:53 AM
Yeh... I can only comment on the tonality..
One of the guys there streamed a hendrix track off his phone..totally unlistenable..I fled to the HT room
The HT demo was seriously impressive..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on November 13, 2015, 09:21:20 AM
I was disapointed at the turnout bearing in mind what was being demoed

I so much wanted to make this one, but I was indisposed. Trying hard to make a project submission deadline.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on November 13, 2015, 09:33:54 AM
Stunning venue- loved the open space feeling and the smell of wood coming from the veneer shop below.

Sonically, I preferred the smaller Vivid speaker- to my ears much more refined that the Giya that possibly still needed to be played in.  The HT sound was super realistic and send shivers up my spine !

Acoustic Solutions is a bit hidden away and hopefully the club can assist in giving them more exposure. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 13, 2015, 09:53:31 AM
....If i'd known about the meneer shop below and that the smell of wood was in the air,I would have come to Acoustic Solutions.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on November 13, 2015, 10:08:57 AM
....If i'd known about the meneer shop below and that the smell of wood was in the air,I would have come to Acoustic Solutions.

We were told you were not feeling lekker ....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 13, 2015, 10:11:50 AM
....I have some health issues.....dipped my toes into HT and it sent a shiver up my spine.  :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on November 13, 2015, 12:03:55 PM
....I have some health issues.....dipped my toes into HT and it sent a shiver up my spine.  :giggle:

Good grief - though Ursie had swallowed them by now...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Meeting at Acoustic Solutions on 12th Nov 2015
Post by: Doogle on November 13, 2015, 12:40:38 PM
Our visit to Matthew Carter at Acoustic Solutions was very enlightening and entertaining.  AS have a large demo room on the first floor of their offices in Paarden Eiland.  As can be seen from the pics, there is the Devialet Phantom on a stand, Vivid 1.5s and Giya G1.

Those were certainly not G1's - look like G3's or even G4's to me!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on November 13, 2015, 12:52:05 PM
G3
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Doogle on November 13, 2015, 01:07:47 PM
Rod,
I was sorry not to be able to make it to the meet - was very curious about the G3's.
How did they compare authoritatively to your G1's, and also the V1,5's? can't believe they look so small - the G4's must be diminutive!!!
Wondering how much better the SQ would be than the B1's.
All very interesting..........
Doogle
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on November 13, 2015, 01:17:56 PM
^^^ Give Matthew a call and go have a listen  :teach:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Doogle on November 13, 2015, 01:22:10 PM
Hehe, Jacques, one of the reasons I didn't go was because I didn't want to be tempted into something I can't afford - just curiosity! And anyway, they would not be practical for me as the woofers are too low, and a huge liability with my dogs! At least the B1's are high enough to keep their noses at bay (for the most part) :-p
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on November 13, 2015, 02:27:22 PM
1.5's were limited compared to g3's which sounded real good to me..  Ive heard em plenty at Marcus's place.. they dont sound small nd their bass is prodigious

I think B1 to G3 is a sort of more sideways and upward move then a straight upwards one..the price difference is substantial.. g3 = R280k now... eina!!! If you got the spare cash..get the G3's .. if you want performance that comes pretty close without having to sell a Jag .. the B1's

if you got the space then I think the G2's are the perfect compromise in their range ...scale, bass  and the rest in spades. almost no different to G1 barring the bass extension.


The G1's are really special.. large scale sound and serious low end extension, visually imposing .. conversation pieces. functional industrial art they make every  session not just listening to music , but an event..


The HT music experience we had was jaw dropping .. much better than any pair of speakers..I wan't.... you are truly immersed in the music , closest to live I heard ..orchestral piece on a demo disc...so inbuilt wow factor..but it ws a BIG WoW...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 13, 2015, 05:26:51 PM
The HT demo was stunning, no doubt, but too much larger than life.  I would like to see a James Bond movie in there, this could do justice to the equipment.  The church organ and orchestral pieces were far too loud, but would be more realistic if it were a similar volume to the original.  In Cape Town the best organ recitals are in the City Hall.  This gives you a good comparison
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Mervin on November 13, 2015, 05:30:25 PM
The HT demo was stunning, no doubt, but too much larger than life.
What was used in the HT demo... me not being there at the time.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on November 13, 2015, 05:54:01 PM
The HT demo was stunning, no doubt, but too much larger than life.  I would like to see a James Bond movie in there, this could do justice to the equipment.  The church organ and orchestral pieces were far too loud, but would be more realistic if it were a similar volume to the original.  In Cape Town the best organ recitals are in the City Hall.  This gives you a good comparison

You should try the Groote Kerk  :teach:  http://www.roucherdutoit.com/about-roucher/groote-kerk-organ/
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Doogle on November 13, 2015, 07:24:55 PM
Think I will be very satisfied with my B1's and the ML Depth i sub for a loooong time to come!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Katji on November 14, 2015, 01:07:05 AM
You should try the Groote Kerk  :teach:  http://www.roucherdutoit.com/about-roucher/groote-kerk-organ/

Thanks for that.  :thumbs: I'm going to plan a trip to Cape Town, and go to the morning service there.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on November 14, 2015, 09:04:05 AM
You wont really need the sub with B1's.. but speak to me re drc for the low bass and sub integration..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Mervin on November 14, 2015, 09:07:24 AM
You wont really need the sub with B1's.. but speak to me re drc for the low bass and sub integration..
Reviews I read say that the B1 does not go as low as the Revel Salons... but the bass seems actually better due to the speed and control from the B1's  Cannot wait as well.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Doogle on November 14, 2015, 09:29:23 AM
Definitely makes a huge difference to fill out the real bottom end - with great restraint of course - and depending on the quality and speed of the sub.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Mervin on November 14, 2015, 09:45:52 AM
Definitely makes a huge difference to fill out the real bottom end - with great restraint of course - and depending on the quality and speed of the sub.
I have the 2 x B&W PV1's  works well with the V1.5 but will move it to the B1's... man, few more weeks out the country  :sd:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 14, 2015, 10:17:01 AM
What was used in the HT demo... me not being there at the time.

There was a fireworks display, with the fireworks exploding at different heights to show the height aspect of the various speakers
Then a street in Amsterdam with the local noises - traffic, people.  The three "layers" of sound were switched on and off at various times to show you what was missing when a bank of speakers was switched off
Next an organ recital of Bach Prelude in D minor in a medium sized cathedral.  This is the one I thought far too loud.  An instrument possibly installed in the early 20th century could not generate such volume.  The congregation would have run out the door
Then the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra playing some Mozart.  The strings were excessively loud compared to the rest of the orchestra.  If it had been toned down a little, this to me would have been the best section
Lastly some helicopters flying overhead.

But you must remember this is a sales demo, prepared by the manufacturer to impress potential customers.  One does not need to be too critical about content

Demos like this are fine for the 10 mins it lasted, but I feel you want something more lifelike to use what in must be a staggeringly expensive installation in your home theatre.  Movies with lots of special effects like Spectre, Jurassic World, Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, etc should go down well
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on November 14, 2015, 10:46:02 AM
"Bach's organ in d minor"....any idea which cathedral Chris?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on November 14, 2015, 10:52:39 AM
Thanks for that.  :thumbs: I'm going to plan a trip to Cape Town, and go to the morning service there.

I went to watch this one there.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 14, 2015, 11:52:42 AM
"Bach's organ in d minor"....any idea which cathedral Chris?

No idea.  Bach's organ???  Sounds a little dodgy to me
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Mervin on November 14, 2015, 12:00:43 PM
Thanks ChrisC... I was interested in the equipment.. as that will deliver the impact
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 14, 2015, 04:59:25 PM
I will ask Matthew what was behind the screens.  He did say it was Dolby ATMOS but didn't elaborate further about the specific make
Title: Re: Next vinyl faire - Sunday 13th December in Wynberg
Post by: chrisc on November 21, 2015, 11:12:09 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on December 08, 2015, 06:19:32 PM
^^^ is this one still going ahead?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on December 08, 2015, 07:05:46 PM
@Mervin

The AURO3D demo was done using a DATASAT processor over GENELEC (made in Norway) active speakers & subs.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 13, 2015, 02:28:08 PM
An excellent turnout on a sunny Sunday to the Vinyl Faire.  Dealers arrived at the gates at 8.30 and business was bring transacted by 9.00.  23 dealers turned up (thanks guys) and because of that, the turnover was slightly down per dealer, although business was brisk

The next one will more than likely be on Sunday 28th February.  We are going to look at a new venue which has been offered in Woodstock and if it suitable, go there.  If not, then the Wynberg Boys' Junior School is our first choice

Due to increased costs, both the annual subs to the Hi-Fi Club need to be increased as also the dealer fee for the vinyl faire.  But rest assured it will be a mild increase, just to cover our costs and make a small profit

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on December 14, 2015, 10:57:19 AM
The Rand has slid so far that to provide for imminent inflation the fees should at least double.

Just saying.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 14, 2015, 11:47:09 AM
Only double?  No, more, more...    Several dealers have offered R50,00 for a day.  Don't want to be greedy, but the club has very little money left in the bank and meeting fees to pay have gone up 40% for 2016, so we must do our homework re subs and vinyl fair fees

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Adagio on December 14, 2015, 07:31:16 PM


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Pitty, - missed it. >>  :vsad:  (New, or 2nd hand LP's?)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 19, 2015, 07:46:41 AM
All LPs are second-hand, except for some promo 45 rpm 10" discs that Andre "acquired" from somewhere.  We never got to listen to them since the TT would only rotate at 33 1/3 rpm.  Someone even found a BoneyM disc so we had proper Christmas shopping music
Title: The next Vinyl Faire is on Sunday 28th February in Wynberg, Cape Town
Post by: chrisc on January 18, 2016, 03:15:24 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: waynen on January 27, 2016, 06:01:32 PM
Is it the port in the speakers that make the majority of speakers bought in Cape Town of the bass reflex type?   :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 29, 2016, 12:36:17 PM
Well, a bass reflex must have a port, or it would have to be a sealed enclosure
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - February meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on January 29, 2016, 12:37:13 PM
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Title: Thanks to the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club for easing my pain.
Post by: Shonver on February 07, 2016, 06:25:48 PM
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club for a kind and thoughtful gesture. I shall forever cherish this moment.

I had recently suffered a most frightful and unfortunate bit of bad luck. The incident (now is not the time for details) resulted in me breaking every bone in my body. I was languishing in ward F3, the last open ward in the condemned East Wing of Groote Schuur Hospital, and none of my family had come to visit in more than a month. I had given up my will for living due to the constant pain, and was in the motions of trying to end it all by holding my breath when suddenly, with much commotion, in swept the full complement of Cape Town Hi-Fi Club members with a gift of flowers and "Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik". Hot on their heels were the Audio Video SA paparazzi.

Thank, you fellows! You have certainly made life worth living again!  :cleansound:

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: xumbug on February 07, 2016, 07:22:38 PM
Gee Shonver,

What happened, that is terrible bud and feel really dad for you. Please bud, you must never feel that you are alone because you are not. I am glad the good people in Cape Town came to see you and made you feel LOVED!!!!You have my mail and cell no mate and if you ever need to talk or feel that way again-its only a two hour flight away.

All the very best,

Stu
Title: Re: Thanks to the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club for easing my pain.
Post by: ron g on February 07, 2016, 09:30:46 PM
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club for a kind and thoughtful gesture. I shall forever cherish this moment.

I had recently suffered a most frightful and unfortunate bit of bad luck. The incident (now is not the time for details) resulted in me breaking every bone in my body. I was languishing in ward F3, the last open ward in the condemned East Wing of Groote Schuur Hospital, and none of my family had come to visit in more than a month. I had given up my will for living due to the constant pain, and was in the motions of trying to end it all by holding my breath when suddenly, with much commotion, in swept the full complement of Cape Town Hi-Fi Club members with a gift of flowers and "Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik". Hot on their heels were the Audio Video SA paparazzi.

Thank, you fellows! You have certainly made life worth living again!  :cleansound:

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andre with his new hairdo pushing the trolley???

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on February 07, 2016, 10:44:57 PM
 :please:
There just aren't that many thin people in the club.
A few ringers perhaps?  :sh1tstirrer:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: xumbug on February 08, 2016, 12:03:59 PM
Come to think of it, that picture looks 30 years old. Shonver i'am going to kick your butt :facepalm: :whistler: ;D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on February 08, 2016, 12:12:46 PM
 :angel:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on February 08, 2016, 01:06:48 PM
Come to think of it, that picture looks 30 years old. Shonver i'am going to kick your butt :facepalm: :whistler: ;D

 :ROFLMAO: I would guess 40 years old judging by the suits  :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nirvana on February 08, 2016, 02:17:25 PM
Golly,hope u didn't put the 'commentator's curse' on yerself there boet!

Better watch your step for the next few weeks,or Xumbug mite really have to visit you,and he'd be the only one,with the hi-fi club not 'falling' for the story!  :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting 11th February - streaming audio
Post by: chrisc on February 10, 2016, 04:02:51 PM
Its TIDAL
Its ROON

Audio gurus Marcus and Rodney will give a demo and talk about how its done

All welcome, pse bring your subs if you'd like to join the Club

First 5 mins of the meeting will show the 2015 meeting stats and financial report, thereafter its audio.  Both on the screen and via a PC/DAC/Amp/Spkrs
Title: Re: Thanks to the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club for easing my pain.
Post by: JonnyP on February 11, 2016, 05:56:13 PM

andre with his new hairdo pushing the trolley???

hope you all remembered the Ludwig van to play on that....
Title: Re: Thanks to the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club for easing my pain.
Post by: Shonver on February 11, 2016, 07:19:22 PM
hope you all remembered the Ludwig van to play on that....

LOL! You got it!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on February 11, 2016, 07:40:47 PM
Hope the Ludowicki treatment and its reversal haven't affected your recovery  :dop:

I was waiting for someone else to make the comment.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Peter Carpenter on February 11, 2016, 09:27:41 PM
These hospital addicted members should pirate elsewhere & hopefully get a life,
create your own thread guys, it's bewildering that you jest here. If it seems like
a bucket of water over your bed ridden camatosis then so be it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 12, 2016, 12:44:17 PM
Well attended meeting last night, there were 20 there in the end.  After briefly showing the 2015 club stats, financial reports we got on to exploring Tidal with Marcus Vietri (thanks, Marcus).  He explained it well, showed us how easy it is to drive the program (you access it from Chrome) and at $19.99 a month with unlimited access to a vast catalogue of all types and genres of music, you can hardly go wrong.  You need as a minimum a bottom of the range laptop running Windows or Linux, a DAC to transform the digital audio to something you can hear and a 4mb ADSL or LTE internet line.  The school's wi-fi for some reason was only delivering 1,6mb/sec, so there were periods where the buffer had to fill before the music played

Although Tidal does not provide meta-data about the music, you are able to access and read a biography of the artist, which gives you plenty of relevant information

Rodney then explained ROON to us, which is really an add-on or complementary to Tidal.  ROON is a networking program and will recognise whatever you have attached to your computer and deliver separate music to any of them at the same time
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on February 13, 2016, 08:35:49 AM
Nice evening - informative presentations which have certainly stimulated, thanks to the two presenters. At this stage Tidal (wave of music to choose from and access) on my list for the near future. Just got to get the line upgraded and brief others in the fold to reduce their wireless demands on router.   
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire today 28th February
Post by: chrisc on February 28, 2016, 02:56:00 PM
(Probably) thanks to Facebook, which gives a tremendous boost to Hi-Fi Club affairs, a mention on Fine Music Radio, both on the air and in the Cape Town events page and of course the club's own advertising, today's vinyl faire was by far the best attended.  From 9.30 until 2.00, people poured in the door (we estimate between 250 and 280) and all dealers without exception took several thousand Rand home with them.

We sold out of beers at about 1.00 and had just enough hot dogs to go around.  There were a few Cokes left over, that is all

Starting at about 9.15, Ernesto starts setting up

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Andre supervises the pricing of Laurie's LPs for sale (Andre and Laurie can always be relied on to bring a vast selection of LPs and other gear)

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Some of the early birds start browsing

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Chris R supervises the table where we sold hot dogs with mustard, tomato sauce and hot chili, tea, coffee, beers and cokes

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Getting busy...

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Still more people.  We were pleased to see many young people and ladies along, some with prams

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Hardly room to move. Looks like the sidewalk in New York, chock a block with people

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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire today 28th February
Post by: alternativeroute on February 28, 2016, 04:08:47 PM
...a mention on Fine Music Radio, both on the air and in the Cape Town events page...
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hehe, I took the liberty of posting it on their site (with your email address  :EGrin: ). I missed the on air announcement through  :thinking:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 05:25:17 PM
A fantastic day!We have to do this monthly.....this was the best one yet.....thanks to the club and it's members and a great deal of punting by JQ of course.....this gathering was a huge success.Loads of new faces and buyers and it's always great seeing the guys and gals.Anthony looked particularly splendid in blue to match the cooler box and the cadac 3kilo.I met his lovely and long suffering wife and have arranged to go through his belongings in the week.
Thanks gents.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on February 28, 2016, 06:02:59 PM
^^^ Did you notice how the CTHFC exco were the biggest consumers of hotdogs! Even Jozua managed to slip in some un-fettled sausage... If Dean had arrived they would of made it through those extra 20 rolls!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 06:09:37 PM
I spotted Jozua nibbling on a wiener in the corner.... can't say I recognised the chap though?.....I was too busy watching a group of newcomers.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 06:11:04 PM
Jozua came later than usual.....most committee members came hours before him.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 06:15:34 PM
I kept ducking and diving the treasurer Mr Chris (HD) Reddy when I saw him collecting funds.....every Vienna in the room was cupped in his gentle loving hands before it was swallowed.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 06:23:17 PM
Dean could not make it but I did purchase something for him that I know he loved when he was a young lad unsure of his orientation.....a true classic....."Ultracox -Vienna"....12" and single nogal!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 06:32:52 PM
....just when I thought I'd seen it all,as i was leaving....the boss Superman,Mr Chris Clarke Kent handed me his prized "Dick Hyman Live at the Vienna Supperbowl".....what a day!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 28, 2016, 06:45:09 PM
Its time there were some "cooks perks" for some of the CTHFC exco.  So today we helped ourselves to a couple of weiners, a beer or two and fhe odd coffee.  BK, there will always be a hot dog for you, we will even get some KFC if you start feeling faint. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 28, 2016, 06:50:34 PM
I want to thank Chris and the rest of the village people for going out on a limb for me to make this day special....now if somebody could get me "Keith Jarrett Live at the Orangejuice Bowl" then I will be truly circumsubscribed.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Katji on February 28, 2016, 07:55:32 PM
 :thumbs:  Thanks for fotos, it's good to see it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on February 28, 2016, 09:14:02 PM
Next one im braaing
Title: Re: March meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on March 02, 2016, 08:05:20 AM
Please email Ramsey if you would like to attend.  If you have a DAC, you are welcome to bring it, but please let Ramsey know what it is

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 02, 2016, 01:50:03 PM
Def wont be attending
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 02, 2016, 05:46:25 PM
Def wont be attending

Come on Dean. Ramsey also mods RC cars now!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on March 02, 2016, 06:17:27 PM
Love the way the DAC shoot out is being advertised with a piece of kit that negates the need for a DAC.  Or will you be using a Crosley with USB out as the source? :EGrin:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 02, 2016, 06:30:32 PM
Which piece is that?

Ramsey has a music server which outputs via USB to whichever DAC is being used.  We plan to play several pieces of music per DAC and suggest things to look out for, sound wise
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on March 02, 2016, 06:41:20 PM
The poster has a record on a turntable on it......just saying
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 03, 2016, 10:29:48 AM
I really don't like the fact I have to mail him to get an "invite" .. not in the spirit of the club..so I wont be coming.. selective exclusivity from a dealer..who is really holding this shootout to get customers .. just sucks.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on March 03, 2016, 10:33:14 AM
Yeah I've got something on that day.. note quite sure yet what.. but will find something. So won't be coming either.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 03, 2016, 12:03:58 PM
hehehehe .. cant I ramrod you to go ?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on March 03, 2016, 12:12:50 PM
Fishoek is 3 mountains too far away from me...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: WELIHF on March 03, 2016, 09:10:17 PM
I just read through 800+ posts waiting for Rodney's "2nd club meeting at the school"
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 04, 2016, 08:39:23 AM
Our host is particular about providing his address to visitors.  It is his house, so I have to agree with his conditions. I don't see that it is onerous to send off an email.  So far, 11 people have replied and been accepted.  Being a regular living room, there is not unlimited space for visitors, so this is one way of ensuring that those who are really interested will come

From Plumstead, on a Saturday morning, it takes 30 mins for me to get there, via Blue Route, Ou Kaapse Weg, right into Kommetjie Road and first left into Capri Village
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 04, 2016, 08:57:05 AM
Note: You need to contact Ramsey Raad by email in order to receive a written invitation to this special event
Written invitation? .. well FU then.. I dont need to be "invited" to go to a pushy salesmans place if its a club event

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on March 04, 2016, 09:23:40 AM
Note: You need to contact Ramsey Raad by email in order to receive a written invitation to this special event
Written invitation? .. well FU then.. I dont need to be "invited" to go to a pushy salesmans place if its a club event

Capri is helluva far for us northerners anyway. It could just as well have been a JHB meeting.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 04, 2016, 09:32:07 AM
Note: You need to contact Ramsey Raad by email in order to receive a written invitation to this special event
Written invitation? .. well FU then.. I dont need to be "invited" to go to a pushy salesmans place if its a club event

Rodney

It no use whining about it- the host can set his requirements or simply just say no to hosting the event.

As far as I know Ramsay is doing his best to make it an interesting meet.

It is a first come first basis and I am not aware of anybody having been refused.

If some ego's have been offended, then maybe it is best not to attend?


J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 04, 2016, 09:48:24 AM
No paid up member (Im paid up) needs a  WRITTEN INVITE to attend a club event .. if so dont tout it as a club event.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nirvana on March 04, 2016, 10:15:12 AM
C'mon guys,why are u bashing good old 'Ramsey',and refusing his honest invite?
We know he always has his best interest at heart...  :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 04, 2016, 10:29:21 AM
I totally agree with rodney, what bullshit.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 04, 2016, 11:31:23 AM
.....perhaps some thinking "outside of the box" is required....I suspect some swinging will occur at this event.....and not to the tune might i add...... :whistler:....a ram here and a rod there.....etcetera etcetera
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 04, 2016, 11:42:13 AM
....Some say he uses a lampizator for bedside reading of Mills and Boon books because it adds ambience to rough love scenes......?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 04, 2016, 02:11:52 PM
Here here guys, no need to put the knife in.  RR should be able to determine who and who not he wants in his house.  No doubt there will be a bit of "marketing" but at R60k for a DAC, even on the most generous terms or a loan from BK, I don't think there will be many takers

We are trying hard to make the day a success, so if it does not suit you, or is not to your liking, just do not come.  I don't see the necessity of these negative comments, they serve no purpose

About 2 years ago, when we proposed the Vinyl Faires, it was said by those in the know that a VF would be glorified car boot sale with old crap records changing hands.  This has been disproved again and again, since the Vinyl Faires attract people who are looking specifically for LPs.  Last Sunday over 280 visitors came to the event and dealers did extremely well and cannot wait for the next one
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on March 04, 2016, 04:35:32 PM
I think that's the problem Chris - 280 people cannot come to the meeting because they need to pass a pre-approved vetting process to get an invite first.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 04, 2016, 04:52:45 PM
And if we cant afford it we probably wont be invited, will he be doing a credit check.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 04, 2016, 05:04:07 PM
Who said anything about vetting?  If you want to come, send an email, you won't be refused.  So far 12 people have replied

We will take plenty of pics on the day
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 04, 2016, 05:43:13 PM
.....like anodes in a vacuum tube.....so are the days of our lives....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on March 04, 2016, 05:47:49 PM
Needing to ask for an invitation for admission = vetting. Anyhow, I have history with RR that I'd like to keep in history so all the best to those making the journey; I'm sure the technical aspect will be a blast.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 04, 2016, 06:24:24 PM
From what ive heard he is not very popular.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on March 04, 2016, 07:04:52 PM
Although I'm no longer a member of the CT Haai-Faai Sosaaietie, these posts remind me of group sex - aka a group slagging-off fest. I'm not a friend of RR although I've met him a few times and had lunch with him once,  I thought him to be a very decent fellow passionate about his profession and products.

skollie

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 05, 2016, 08:38:26 AM
Dean is jealous because he can't afford North Star and gets his sneakers at Ackermans.
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire today 28th February
Post by: adie on March 05, 2016, 10:07:07 AM
(Probably) thanks to Facebook, which gives a tremendous boost to Hi-Fi Club affairs, a mention on Fine Music Radio, both on the air and in the Cape Town events page and of course the club's own advertising, today's vinyl faire was by far the best attended.

Drop me a mail if you would like a comprehensive list of media to send info to before the next one.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: mastermamo on March 05, 2016, 02:24:01 PM

Is this the vintage retirement club  cant we get some decent music.
Geriatrics Rule lmao
Title: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: mastermamo on March 05, 2016, 02:25:30 PM
they need to pass a pre-approved vetting process to get an invite first.
What's this pre-vetting entail ?
Anyone over 60 and owing a turntable?
Hmmm seems weird there's a vetting process for a recreational club
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 05, 2016, 03:05:09 PM
Credit checks
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: WD on March 05, 2016, 11:58:46 PM
After that very infamous Oppo thread where the whole forum pretty much had a go..hmm - I would imagine most of you are in R's little black book.

Ramsey might be plotting revenge!  :whistler: :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 06, 2016, 08:54:11 AM
Credit checks
You would not pass.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 06, 2016, 09:06:24 AM
You would not pass.

All you need to pass is be in possession of three valid credit cards and a Woolworths My School card  :EGrin:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on March 06, 2016, 10:09:52 AM
....well the winner of this upcoming shoot out is very clear to me...  The Lampizator (check the Golden Gate) is an outstanding product - offers extreme
musicality. I believe its worthwile to go there and to join the Shoot Out. My Gryphon DAC got (sadly) sold before delivery..... but the Gryphon might be the only competitor against the Lampizator Golden Gate....

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 06, 2016, 01:13:07 PM
I take my hat off to any small high end audio dealer who can make a living in the present economic  climate. Operating from home with direct sales is the way to go.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on March 06, 2016, 01:56:19 PM
Jozua.... I never saw you wearing a hat  ;D

Its less about the economic climate..its more about "ears with feet" who should trust more in their own ability to hear differences, to hear and feel than to believe in big names. The Lampizator is a very good example for some Enthusiats which we can spot and find in the world. Poland (Lampizator) always been a music loving country and I remember the days in West Berlin when the wall came down and we got in contact to the "audiophiles" in Poland or Hungary...and czech as well.....

The big brands are super boring..very predictable in what they will deliver at certain price points...for a certain market. Where is the FUN?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 06, 2016, 02:15:00 PM
Achim

You have to give credit for those you still soldier on.

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 06, 2016, 02:48:59 PM
See me in the flesh on Saturday

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Katji on March 07, 2016, 04:49:10 AM
The Lampizator is a very good example for some Enthusiasts which we can spot and find in the world. Poland (Lampizator) always been a music loving country and I remember the days in West Berlin when the wall came down and we got in contact to the "audiophiles" in Poland or Hungary...and czech as well.....
And the artisan/craftsman culture is still strong, I think. One I found on a fb speaker group, a Slovak woodworker, building speakers and amps. Worked with wood all his life, and it sort of made sense to see the huge forest next to his house.
Title: Re: DAC shootout 12th March
Post by: chrisc on March 13, 2016, 12:21:46 PM
The setup of the DACs was not that well prepared and absent hardware drivers and the inability of the Linux music server to address all the DACs optimally wasted some time.  Jason gave a good explanation of the various attributes you might look for when comparing a DAC and this assisted the audience with the music playback that followed

KORG DS100 - This is a relatively inexpensive DAC and although it is DSD compatible, to achieve DSD translation, you need to use Korg Audio Player or do a very minor tweak to JRiver's DSP studio.  Since the Macbook was running Audivarna media player, it could only resolve 192KHz music files.  Since many computer audiophiles use JRiver, I do not see this as a negative.  This DAC provided a detailed, warm sound

NuPrime DAC80 -  Opinions were mixed about this DAC, most thought it gave a warm sound, but not as detailed as the one that preceded it

Lampizator - Almost straight way the sound blossomed and became more lively, providing a height of sound quite beyond the top of the speakers.  Without doubt a top performer.  One could listen all day long without fatigue

PS Audio NuWave - Most thought it did quite a bit better than the NuPrime, which at double the retail price, is as it should be.  Many thought the dynamic range one of the better ones.  Accurate and pleasant listening, resolved a poor recording well.  One person heard a high noise floor

Creative - Inexpensive as it is, it got good marks from our listeners, particularly the overall impression

Audio DG-NFB15.32.  This got good marks as did the Creative DAC but does not offer so many features (only USB and Co-ax inputs) but it does have a digital volume control and as a kit, is not expensive (sub R4000)

Texas Instruments Burr Brown PCM2704 reference design. This little R400 device also sounded great, IMHO, and did remarkably well against the "hifi" units. There were a number of people in the audience asking Jason about it, so it certainly caught everyone's attention.

Older model Lampizator.   The same in almost every respect to the newer model, does not have USB in (but you can connect USB via a SPDIF to USB converter).  Some might say it is better looking and more attune to the WAF

It was a pleasure meeting and conversing with Lukas, who runs the Lampiztor factory in Poland and hearing his design philosophy (the ears are the final test).  He was able to answer many technical questions and explained the benefits of running a dedicated Linux music server with special attention to the components chosen (motherboard, CPU, memory, power supply layout, an SSD).  We were able to swap between using a Macbook with a good but obviously limited power supply, to that made and operated by Ramsey Raad and the improved resolution and detail of the sound was apparent.  While science cannot often measure and resolve differences in digital music reproduction, other components in the signal chain, especially if they are chosen to match, can improve the playback experience

Ramsey provided a good lunch and the session ended at about 3.30.  A big thank you from the club for hosting this event and introducing us to Lukas

What we went to listen to:

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Ensuring a good power connection

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The manne in listening pose

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Lukas from the Lampizator factory on the left

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The back row

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on March 13, 2016, 02:27:14 PM
....one little correction....the DAC80 is a + 2year old design by Nu Force - NOT by NuPrime.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 13, 2016, 05:11:45 PM
Looks like you guys had lotsa fun !!

Always appreciated when dealers walk the extra mile with the club.  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Wolla on March 13, 2016, 06:42:21 PM
Pity you guys had some troubles getting the Korg to go DSD - it really shines there.
Thats why pc still rules.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 13, 2016, 07:01:39 PM
Glad i wasnt there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on March 14, 2016, 06:28:55 AM
Glad i wasnt there

You were not missed...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on March 14, 2016, 07:02:21 AM
The setup of the DACs was not that well prepared and absent hardware drivers and the inability of the Linux music server to address all the DACs optimally wasted some time.
Any DAC that uses a proprietary USB implementation or expects the software to perform the functons of the hardware (remember winmodems) isn't worth considering, there's simply no valid excuse for it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 14, 2016, 09:50:30 AM
Both Ramsey and Lukas assumed that all the DACs would work straight from his Linux based media server, but we found this not to be the case.  Sure the Lampizator does, but few can afford R250k for one piece of kit.  A secondary purpose of the DAC shootout was to ascertain which of the cheaper DACs worked, and this was achieved

All of the DACs worked in that they produced an analogue signal from a digital music file, but some did it better than others.  A good test was a highly compressed 16 bit 44.1KHz recording, "Licence to Kill" sung by Gladys Knight.  Cheaper DACs showed the rough edges of the music to the point of being unpleasant, whereas the better ones smoothed it over.

Listening to the Lampizator, there does not appear to be a great deal of difference between a DSD file and a 24 bit 192KHz one.  Both are equally smooth and dynamic.  One such DSD recording, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson might have rendered the initial drum solo more accurately.  We did not have the time to do an A-B test.  It is quite evident that you need to have a very accurate system to reveal the differences between the more expensive DACs
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: gavinbirss on March 14, 2016, 10:00:57 AM
Some nice gear there,

@chrisc
Would you be able to get more details about the Linux based server. PC based, running what distribution/OS?
MPD or squeezelite/logitechmedia server?

Configuration settings for DSD and PCM?
DOP, Native DSD or PCM re-sampling?
PCM to DSD or BruteFIR?

USB chipset of the DAC's that could do USB?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 14, 2016, 10:10:01 AM
I'll ask Ramsey about his Linux based server.  I know he operates it using Gizmo from a tablet

All the DACs did USB, only the older Lampizator did not, and this is in for modification
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 14, 2016, 10:17:57 AM
Why would you want a fancy computer and make it complicated  .. ?
Use any old puter that can cope with delivering the music
or use HQplayer on a faster puter if you want dsd and all that
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: gavinbirss on March 14, 2016, 10:28:58 AM
Why would you want a fancy computer and make it complicated  .. ?
Use any old puter that can cope with delivering the music
or use HQplayer on a faster puter if you want dsd and all that

Driver support is a problem with USB chipsets on different OSes. (OS X, Windows and Linux)
Adding DSD and PCM playback can also add it's own challenges. One may need to spend time with the settings to get the best results.

The DAC may also yield unexpected results with the I2S information from the USB-to-I2S chipset.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 14, 2016, 11:05:05 AM
Both Ramsey and Lukas assumed that all the DACs would work straight from his Linux based media server, but we found this not to be the case.  Sure the Lampizator does, but few can afford R250k for one piece of kit.  A secondary purpose of the DAC shootout was to ascertain which of the cheaper DACs worked, and this was achieved

All of the DACs worked in that they produced an analogue signal from a digital music file, but some did it better than others.  A good test was a highly compressed 16 bit 44.1KHz recording, "Licence to Kill" sung by Gladys Knight.  Cheaper DACs showed the rough edges of the music to the point of being unpleasant, whereas the better ones smoothed it over.

Listening to the Lampizator, there does not appear to be a great deal of difference between a DSD file and a 24 bit 192KHz one.  Both are equally smooth and dynamic.  One such DSD recording, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson might have rendered the initial drum solo more accurately.  We did not have the time to do an A-B test.  It is quite evident that you need to have a very accurate system to reveal the differences between the more expensive DACs
Interesting....so the cheap dacs made a crappy recording sound crap and the expensive ones made it sound better?..... :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 14, 2016, 11:11:14 AM
So the Lampizator....gets the "The Patricia de Lille" "most coloured" award I assume....? :whistler:.....really wanted to be at the gathering but I was petrified that Jozua would reveal his digit to anal inserter.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 14, 2016, 11:22:02 AM
....rumour has it the tops get chopped off quite severely on the smaller units that were on offer?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Wolla on March 14, 2016, 11:41:40 AM
Some info from my 1 week experience with the Korg DS-DAC-100m

the Korg is extremely easy to setup in Windows. Just download the software, set it up and install the driver only if you have JRiver. Open the driver utility, change it over from PCM, to ASIO. then pic the preferred frequency, eg 2.8M. You do not need the Korg Player to get DSD from it.

Then in JRiver, choose output to the Korg. As easy as pie. With this setup it will up-sample everything to DSD or whatever you choose and no need to convert your files. It does it on the fly, even with a little Intel Atom processor like the Z3740 in my ASUS T100TA tablet, which then runs at about 35%, including VnC and JRiver. You do not need a super computer to run this stuff.

Only thing that irritates me with the Korg, is the LED's on the front. They are of the superbright variety and I'm certain a skilled surgeon can perform corrective eye surgery with these.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Francois on March 14, 2016, 11:09:42 PM
@Chrisc - Bloody nice DAC  :clap: -Which brings me to the question. How much better is a R1m DAC vs R100k DAC v R10k DAC ? That is something I already know but would rather be demonstrated in a DAC shootout here in JHB...but after June...Ill be overseas too much.

I just found that in a seriously resolving and open system the difference is very obvious. On a R50k system the differences are not obvious. I
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on March 15, 2016, 08:35:30 AM
How easy are xmos-based DAC's like the Breeze Audio to use in Linux? Windows alone is a mess by having to install dodgy drivers from dodgy Chinese sites - presumably because of licensing issues that should have gone to xmos.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2016, 09:10:43 AM
Nice range of opinions from those who were not there

In a nutshell, you get what you pay for.  Alas, the law of diminishing returns seems to fall most heavily on the more expensive devices in this category.  The top of the range DAC costs just 833 times more than the cheapest, but one costing (only) 35 times less than the top of the range unit acquitted itself well

According to Github, DSD playback is supported in certain xmos-based DACs, so this is getting attention from developers.  https://github.com/lintweaker/xmos-native-dsd
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on March 15, 2016, 09:20:38 AM
How easy are xmos-based DAC's like the Breeze Audio to use in Linux? Windows alone is a mess by having to install dodgy drivers from dodgy Chinese sites - presumably because of licensing issues that should have gone to xmos.
Mine worked on Linux & Windows, with LMS, no drivers. Drivers were only needed with e.g. Foobar, can't remember what happened with Jriver.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gramophone on March 15, 2016, 09:46:56 AM
@Chrisc - Bloody nice DAC  :clap: -Which brings me to the question. How much better is a R1m DAC vs R100k DAC v R10k DAC ? That is something I already know but would rather be demonstrated in a DAC shootout here in JHB...

Would also be very interesting to hear what listeners think how a good "old-school" dac like a ML 30.6, ML 360, Theta GenV etc compares against the latest "high-end" high resolution units in a good system....just to make the exercise more interesting :thinking:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on March 15, 2016, 10:06:21 AM
One of the best DACs for redbook I have heard is the GenVa etc
Old dacs work just as well .. the difference between dacs is subtle at best
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 15, 2016, 10:15:44 AM
You were not missed...
thanks jozua you are the man
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stereosane on March 15, 2016, 10:24:14 AM
I compared my Nad M51 to the Theta DS Pro Prime II, and all I can say is I could happily live with the Theta forever... The Nad had more air and was smoother, but the Dynamics of the Theta were just amazing, it gave the music some slam and body without been shouty. They both sound very natural, but I found the Nad more forgiving of poorer recordings.

If you look at the prices of second hand Theta Dacs they offer some serious value for money.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gramophone on March 15, 2016, 11:52:10 AM
One of the best DACs for redbook I have heard is the GenVa etc
Old dacs work just as well .. the difference between dacs is subtle at best

+1
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gramophone on March 15, 2016, 12:00:30 PM
If you look at the prices of second hand Theta Dacs they offer some serious value for money.

And with a professional re-cap of the electrolytics if 20 year and older, even more so
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 19, 2016, 08:20:04 AM
thanks jozua you are the man

You missed the Woolworths pizzas, Amstel Lite and Coke
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on March 19, 2016, 09:18:45 AM
....rumour has it the tops get chopped off quite severely on the smaller units that were on offer?

By Rodney or Jozua?
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire today 28th February
Post by: alternativeroute on March 20, 2016, 11:21:14 AM
(Probably) thanks to Facebook, which gives a tremendous boost to Hi-Fi Club affairs, a mention on Fine Music Radio, both on the air and in the Cape Town events page and of course the club's own advertising, today's vinyl faire was by far the best attended.  From 9.30 until 2.00, people poured in the door (we estimate between 250 and 280) and all dealers without exception took several thousand Rand home with them.
We sold out of beers at about 1.00 and had just enough hot dogs to go around.  There were a few Cokes left over, that is all
Starting at about 9.15, Ernesto starts setting up
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Andre supervises the pricing of Laurie's LPs for sale (Andre and Laurie can always be relied on to bring a vast selection of LPs and other gear)
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Some of the early birds start browsing

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Chris R supervises the table where we sold hot dogs with mustard, tomato sauce and hot chili, tea, coffee, beers and cokes

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Getting busy...

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Still more people.  We were pleased to see many young people and ladies along, some with prams

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Hardly room to move. Looks like the sidewalk in New York, chock a block with people

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When is the next one?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 20, 2016, 02:03:06 PM
Sunday 1st May.  It is in the car-park behind Pick n Pay Wynberg, just below The Ark Night Shelter.  We can all duck into The Ark for coffee should it rain
Title: Re: A Vinyl Faire with a difference - Saturday 23rd April
Post by: chrisc on March 23, 2016, 05:02:39 PM
On Saturday 23rd April, you are invited to a "Vinyl and Wine" session at the Lemberg Wine Estate just this side of Tulbagh.  The session will run from 10h00 to 17h00.  Entrance is free.

Wine tasting is available, for a small fee, which is refunded upon purchase of wine from their cellar

The idea is to listen and browse vinyl, enjoy nice wine, buy sell, swop records, and look at some new and used turntables. Refreshments will be available

There will be some exhibitions by E-piphany, Turntable Man (Jacques), and Kandi Records (Mark).

You can have look at Lemberg website and Facebook page: www.lemberg.co.za


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To get there:

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Enquiries:  Henk du Bruyn 021 3001130 & 0846716743.  We suggest dealers who would like to go please approach Henk for details
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Crashappy on March 23, 2016, 05:20:16 PM
Most awesome idea. Showed this to the wife and her first question?  Can we sleep over there that night, have not seen her this excited about a vinyl fair.

Well done also with the exhibitions. Note to self, start saving today.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 23, 2016, 05:25:52 PM
Yes, they have chalets.  Get the details from their website.  Maybe a good idea if you partake heavily with the wine-tasting.  Seeing its about 125km each way, you should allow about 2 hours
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on March 25, 2016, 02:45:51 PM
After that very infamous Oppo thread where the whole forum pretty much had a go..hmm - I would imagine most of you are in R's little black book.

Ramsey might be plotting revenge!  :whistler: :giggle:

The exchange rate has already plotted revenge, check what the new the current recommended retail price of the OPPO BDP-105D goes for (from the new distributor)? R34 000,00 +?  Just 4 weeks ago, I had a phone call from someone on this forum who told me they so badly regret not getting it from me when I was selling it for R19 000,00.  So the losers and tossers are?...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on March 25, 2016, 04:11:05 PM
Both Ramsey and Lukas assumed that all the DACs would work straight from his Linux based media server, but we found this not to be the case.  Sure the Lampizator does, but few can afford R250k for one piece of kit.  A secondary purpose of the DAC shootout was to ascertain which of the cheaper DACs worked, and this was achieved

All of the DACs worked in that they produced an analogue signal from a digital music file, but some did it better than others.  A good test was a highly compressed 16 bit 44.1KHz recording, "Licence to Kill" sung by Gladys Knight.  Cheaper DACs showed the rough edges of the music to the point of being unpleasant, whereas the better ones smoothed it over.

Listening to the Lampizator, there does not appear to be a great deal of difference between a DSD file and a 24 bit 192KHz one.  Both are equally smooth and dynamic.  One such DSD recording, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson might have rendered the initial drum solo more accurately.  We did not have the time to do an A-B test.  It is quite evident that you need to have a very accurate system to reveal the differences between the more expensive DACs

Indeed, for a proper A/B comparison between 24 bit PCM and DSD music, we would need a demo day or evening dedicated to that of which I am sure you will hear differences. Sometimes a remastered 24bit HDTracks download may sound better than a non-remastered DSD version, so it would still be tricky depending on the material. For instance, I prefer the recent remastered Led Zeppelin 24bit (HDTracks) stuff to some of the stock standard DSD ones, and some standard DSD Led Zeps to those 24bit high-res remasters, so it's a matter of choice at the end. In general, most DSD material do sound more fluid and grain-free, that's a lot of people's take on the medium by the way, not just my own.

Regarding the ease of plug'n play for Linux based servers with DACs, there is always some care to be taken to get things to sync before playing files. Linux is still far more tolerant and less glitchy than Windows as you may have noticed the endless drivers issues we initially did encountered with the Window's-based laptop. One of the reason why we now prefer to build our servers with Linux. Linux will in most cases not care to install drivers which is a huge plus.  Some will not be pre-installed which will require some workaround, but in general, it's still more of a breeze than Windows.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on March 25, 2016, 04:21:08 PM
Some nice gear there,

@chrisc
Would you be able to get more details about the Linux based server. PC based, running what distribution/OS?
MPD or squeezelite/logitechmedia server?

Configuration settings for DSD and PCM?
DOP, Native DSD or PCM re-sampling?
PCM to DSD or BruteFIR?

USB chipset of the DAC's that could do USB?

Hi Gavin, please inbox me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AudiotweakZA/ ? Will send email details from there. Thanks.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Hi-Phibian on March 25, 2016, 05:42:38 PM

I compared my Nad M51 to the Theta DS Pro Prime II, and all I can say is I could happily live with the Theta forever... The Nad had more air and was smoother, but the Dynamics of the Theta were just amazing, it gave the music some slam and body without been shouty. They both sound very natural, but I found the Nad more forgiving of poorer recordings.

If you look at the prices of second hand Theta Dacs they offer some serious value for money.

Yip. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on March 28, 2016, 11:49:57 AM
Indeed, for a proper A/B comparison between 24 bit PCM and DSD music, we would need a demo day or evening dedicated to that of which I am sure you will hear differences. Sometimes a remastered 24bit HDTracks download may sound better than a non-remastered DSD version, so it would still be tricky depending on the material. For instance, I prefer the recent remastered Led Zeppelin 24bit (HDTracks) stuff to some of the stock standard DSD ones, and some standard DSD Led Zeps to those 24bit high-res remasters, so it's a matter of choice at the end. In general, most DSD material do sound more fluid and grain-free, that's a lot of people's take on the medium by the way, not just my own.

Regarding the ease of plug'n play for Linux based servers with DACs, there is always the possibility of some care to be taken to get things to sync before playing files. Linux is still far more tolerant and less glitchy than Windows as you may have noticed the endless drivers issues we initially did encounter with the Window's-based laptop. One of the reason why we now prefer to build our servers with Linux. Linux will in most cases not care to install drivers which is a huge plus.  Some will not be pre-installed which will require some workaround, but in general, it's still more of a breeze than Windows.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 28, 2016, 05:18:25 PM
Listened to some 24 bit PCM and DSD tracks at Ramsey's yesterday. We played tracks familiar to me and did A/B comparisons. Personally I found the DSD tracks to sound more musical with better separation, good detail and a very clean but musical and engaging presentation. More involving. Take nothing away from the PCM versions but the DSD had the edge (not sharpness) on the tracks we listened to. I enjoyed the session overall as did my partner who seemed to echoed our opinions unsolicited. I found the Santana track sounded 10X better than  the live concert I attended but then most of that evening had poor sound overall.     
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on March 28, 2016, 07:24:41 PM
Listened to some 24 bit PCM and DSD tracks at Ramsey's yesterday. We played tracks familiar to me and did A/B comparisons. Personally I found the DSD tracks to sound more musical with better separation, good detail and a very clean but musical and engaging presentation. More involving. Take nothing away from the PCM versions but the DSD had the edge (not sharpness) on the tracks we listened to. I enjoyed the session overall as did my partner who seemed to echoed our opinions unsolicited. I found the Santana track sounded 10X better than  the live concert I attended but then most of that evening had poor sound overall.     

It was fun indeed Chris, thanks for coming along! I was very surprised that your partner actually had even the right descriptions that some of us audiophiles tend to use considering that she is a casual listener, describing sound with words like tonality and fullness! It definitely helps to compare 24bit tracks vs DSD files even if those DSD files aren't the highest rate quality-wise, but yes, more often than not, they do sound better, especially "to the discerning ears".
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - April meeting - newsletter sent to members
Post by: chrisc on March 31, 2016, 04:31:05 PM
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Want to be included in the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club's upcoming events?  Send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 07, 2016, 07:42:29 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on April 07, 2016, 06:26:25 PM
Love the idea of wine and music pairing:

Handl - A nice chardonnay
Wagner - a merlot
Rolling Stones - Tassies but add some laudunum
Sex Pistols - cheap red with a side of heroin
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 08, 2016, 08:30:27 AM
If you manage to sit through a whole session of Tannhauser, you may need a brandy to calm your nerves
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Peter Carpenter on April 11, 2016, 08:31:07 PM
 :dop:
Title: Re: Listen to a Devialet Phantom speaker system on 14th April
Post by: chrisc on April 13, 2016, 04:08:02 PM
Tomorrow, at Acoustic Solutions, you have the opportunity
to properly listen to a variety of selected recordings played
through this speaker system, plus listen to a digital turntable

Doors open at 7.30, it is 86 Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland

Members and friends most welcome



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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 14, 2016, 10:14:30 PM
Ok not impressed at all and at 50k each no thanks.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 14, 2016, 10:15:16 PM
A good turnout this evening to Matthew Carter's emporium, Acoustic Solutions in Paarden Eiland to listen to the Devialet Phantom active speaker

It became apparent that these speakers are capable of a very clean and detailed sound, provided the music is not too complex.  Solo female voice, a small jazz group, some Dire Straits and even a Beatles number were reproduced with outstanding clarity and detail.  A large orchestral recording and a choral work appeared to exhibit sounds of strain, particularly if the volume was increased somewhat.  Overall a satisfying sound, but you need to choose your material carefully

An app is available for Windows and Mac called "Spark".  This simultaneously connects via your wi-fi network and also provides a playlist.  Some artwork and meta-data is displayed for the music you are playing and there is a volume control, but nothing else.  The playlist, album and artist data may be controlled from an iPad.  This app needs some work as it does not offer nearly the same user experience as JRiver for instance.  However, future releases will no doubt see some improvements

Our thanks to Matthew for setting up these speakers and allowing us to play with them.  It was a worthwhile exercise for all who came, even those who stood at the back and talked while the music was playing
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 14, 2016, 10:16:45 PM
What are you smoking
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 14, 2016, 10:18:26 PM
Only the very best...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on April 14, 2016, 10:27:47 PM
After a poor initial experience with a single Phantom overseas I was keen to give it a second chance in stereo in a different environment, and it was equally disappointing.. marginally better than the 701's in the staff room. There was one track with a harmonica that was admittedly not bad, but I suspect it's one of those tracks that would sound good on anything.
Perhaps in a smaller, better damped room they would fare better but after a few tracks I lost interest.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 15, 2016, 08:17:17 AM
Not my cuppa I am afraid.....but having said that,I doubt it is aimed at neurotic farts like audiophiles in the first place.In a flat in Bantry Bay sitting out of view and making a noise it would be quite prized I reckon.Hi-fi it ain't! .....all I hear is spitty treble and beefy lows....hardly a good environment for the middle registers(best not discussed quite honestly)...Thanks to Matt,a true gent for having us......we were only talking during the classical stuff Chris at no point did we talk during proper music!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 15, 2016, 08:19:49 AM
On the printed sheet listing the tracks to be played. .....the writer classified Celine Dion as "rock music"......pray tell.....who wrote that Chris? :comfort:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on April 15, 2016, 08:29:26 AM
Agreed with most opinions above. They are OK, rather than good. Can churn out a fair amount of bass. Did well on pop, close-mic'ed vocal and other simple-structured music, but lost it completely on orchestral, piano... anything complex. This is decidedly not an audiophile product. A good small-footprint party speaker. But at the price...

Oh - I must give props to the concept, though: credit where it's due. The only thing I have against it is the plasticky appearance. I would like to see a metallic or composite finish version.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 15, 2016, 08:30:22 AM
No, it is most definitely not an audiophile loudspeaker.  One must assume that Devialet did their marketing homework before apparently spending some millions of € on R&D.  The guys in their labs must have heard dozens of loudspeakers and makes along with their superb dac/amplifier, so the Phantom must be aimed at a specific market.  Perhaps looking at the advertising method will provide a clue to who this is.  Is it a yuppie who can afford a 100m€ flat in Paris or Manhattan, certainly not Mr Average who would settle for something more conventional, even a Vivid or Giya and is a true music lover

We must judge the product not by its space in the audiophile sphere, but according to the customers it is aimed at.  In SA, a R50k speaker is a considerable sum, but translate this into £ or € and the figures become more realistic.  You have to admit that for the size of the package, it is capable of very good sound, within the criteria explained overleaf
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 15, 2016, 08:32:24 AM
On the printed sheet listing the tracks to be played. .....the writer classified Celine Dion as "rock music"......pray tell.....who wrote that Chris? :comfort:

Well classical it ain't, nor baroque, nor c&w.  Do you think "Easy listening" would fit the bill?  The selection of music was chosen to show up deficiencies in the system, and it did that, judging from the comments from listeners
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on April 15, 2016, 08:38:14 AM
Well classical it ain't, nor baroque, nor c&w.  Do you think "Easy listening" would fit the bill?  The selection of music was chosen to show up deficiencies in the system, and it did that, judging from the comments from listeners

Female vocal pop, is probably about as close as you can get.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 15, 2016, 08:41:32 AM
Yes, she is a pop singer.  A talented one for sure and her show in Las Vegas is amazing.  True that the audience was filled with devoted fans (about 3000 of them) but she held the audience spellbound for 90 mins.  One of the better stage shows I have been to, and a very professional group of musicians
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on April 15, 2016, 09:15:05 AM
2 tracks were enough for me .. quite one note bass and pretty much confused treble and mids.
Lifestyle product ... competitor to Bose or B&O at a huge price
Dancing bear syndrome strikes....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 15, 2016, 09:27:14 AM
Dancing Bear is still better than Dancing Dean!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 15, 2016, 10:17:57 AM
I dont dance
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on April 15, 2016, 10:33:46 AM
you jiggle..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 15, 2016, 10:54:23 AM
Lol
Title: Re: Next Vinyl Faire - Sunday 1st May at the WBJS
Post by: chrisc on April 21, 2016, 05:35:13 PM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/Vinyl%20Faire%2010_zps6hcwp0p0.png) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/Vinyl%20Faire%2010_zps6hcwp0p0.png.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 21, 2016, 07:06:14 PM
What food will be ave
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 22, 2016, 08:49:04 AM
We'll talk about it on Saturday.  We will be very pleased if you can offer some suggestions.  Hot dogs are boring, a braai using wood is a big palava with the smoke and all, and a gas braai is difficult to move about on account of its size.  We did get a quote from a fellow who does braais but he wanted R85 per person which is too much.  If you have, or can borrow a gas braai and have a tank full of gas, we will certainly manage the cooking and distribution.  There are a fair number of drinks and beers left over from our last event
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on April 22, 2016, 08:55:17 AM
We'll talk about it on Saturday.  We will be very pleased if you can offer some suggestions.  Hot dogs are boring, a braai using wood is a big palava with the smoke and all, and a gas braai is difficult to move about on account of its size.  We did get a quote from a fellow who does braais but he wanted R85 per person which is too much.  If you have, or can borrow a gas braai and have a tank full of gas, we will certainly manage the cooking and distribution.  There are a fair number of drinks and beers left over from our last event

Boerewors on an electric frying pan works great, and it's very portable. Easy to set up, clean and pack up. Obviously electricity would be needed though.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 22, 2016, 08:58:13 AM
Ok, I have a fairly large one.  Didn't think of that, thanks.  If we cook in the hall, the smell of cooking wors will make many people want to eat one.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on April 22, 2016, 08:59:19 AM
you need to establish a food and beverage committee .. you need a poll to nominate and elect members to this committee .. you need the latest copy of Excell to list pros and cons of various foods as well as establishing a pricing model.. you need to apportion and advertising budget for the food service.
You need to hire 3 ladies with hairnets and no e coli to make the food , once agian a spreadsheet will come in handy to establish quantities
Thereafter a working committee has once again to be established to research pricing on the ingredients

After that , one needs a quantity surveyour to map out the plot the food stall is taking , and of course a qualified electrician and gas engineer needs to hook up the stall to a 17mw diesel generator.
An elected safety officer has to be on duty from 2 hours before and after the event

Or you could just approach the boy scouts to set up a food stall and run it....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 22, 2016, 09:03:54 AM
Thanks, will start the hiring procedure

These ladies sent their CV along and have volunteered their services (for cooking)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/cook_zpsorsvzjhc.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/cook_zpsorsvzjhc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 22, 2016, 02:52:18 PM
I will be the tester
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 22, 2016, 03:19:20 PM
Rodney....i'm sorry. ....a line must be drawn!It is one thing to ask for 3 ladies in hair nets but requesting that they spreadsheet as well is just not on!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Peter Carpenter on April 22, 2016, 04:17:42 PM
Where have you been & what transpired in your interlude away from the forum that's made you so fussy?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 23, 2016, 07:39:08 PM
Thanks, will start the hiring procedure

These ladies sent their CV along and have volunteered their services (for cooking)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/cook_zpsorsvzjhc.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/cook_zpsorsvzjhc.jpg.html)
those racks are to small
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nirvana on April 23, 2016, 08:52:12 PM
But the buns look delicious...

And I LUV lean meat!  :drool:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 24, 2016, 02:01:38 PM
Is going to be wors on a skottle, onion rings on the side, and any relish and nibbly bits to be provided by KK

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/images_zpsllsoxmhv.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/images_zpsllsoxmhv.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Peter Carpenter on April 25, 2016, 11:35:25 PM
Tooo true Nirvana! Lean is so tasty.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 26, 2016, 08:14:13 AM
http://ayllonmedia.com/news/the-tape-rolls-on-a-new-digital-giant-a-candid-interview-with-the-lampizator-himself-lukasz-ficus
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 27, 2016, 09:06:56 AM
Karel Mars is bringing along some tube pre-amps, so the chance exists of quality sound so go along with the noise of chewing wors
Title: Re: Two gems appearing at the Vinyl Faire on Sunday, 1st May
Post by: chrisc on April 28, 2016, 09:12:14 PM
By special request, these two LPs are offered, both in pristine condition, and original

The Gunther Kallman Choir - Elizabeth Serenade has had an offer of R 150,00
The Bles Bridges - Laat my lewe, Laat my lifie has yet to receive any offers, but the seller is still hopeful and was thinking of a forumite who is known to be partial to Bles Bridges, South Africa's "Platinumplaat" singer.  He renders such hits as "Bloedrooi Rose" and "Ek sal by jou staan" plus other sentimental pieces

There are another 200 LPs of various semi-known and unknown musicians,
PLUS - Two boxes of individual 78 rpm records

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/DSC_0814_Fotor_zps8ui8xd5p.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/DSC_0814_Fotor_zps8ui8xd5p.jpg.html)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/DSC_0813_Fotor_zpsurdeajx0.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/DSC_0813_Fotor_zpsurdeajx0.jpg.html)

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on April 28, 2016, 11:43:50 PM
Chrisc

If mint I will up the offer for The Gunther Kallman Choir - Elizabeth Serenade.

Just bring it along Sunday...

Thx

J
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 29, 2016, 06:19:56 AM
I have a mint issue of "Mrs Mills....How to play the piano and scare men off regardless of your personality"....also looking for offers.....she has a little bit of ringwear and is clearly warped but I'd take her over the "I am the Eagle so can't smell your wind" singer above every day of the week.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 29, 2016, 12:22:08 PM
Chrisc

If mint I will up the offer for The Gunther Kallman Choir - Elizabeth Serenade.

Just bring it along Sunday...

Thx

J

It is a condition of the sale that you take the Bles Bridges at the same time
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 29, 2016, 12:52:17 PM
And I have also got Kallman Choir by the same group.  This one is going for R100.  Also in mint condition
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 29, 2016, 04:56:42 PM
Ill take bless
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 29, 2016, 05:05:03 PM
Ok, your name is on his colourful jacket.  I believe that you can get similar jackets at Moosas in Harare

The Bles Bridges LP is only R20,00.  I played about 10 seconds of 2 tracks today and before he started singing, it was ok
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 29, 2016, 08:55:47 PM
Thanks ive been looking for that album for years.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 30, 2016, 04:52:30 PM
If Alty comes along, he might let you play some of it on his turntable
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 02, 2016, 08:30:42 AM
We had a dancer at this last vinyl faire  :dance:  :dance:  :dance: (click on the picture)

(http://s32.postimg.org/qv5o0cun9/Vinyl_Faire_Dance.jpg) (https://www.facebook.com/andre.vermeulen.31/posts/965429266845284)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 02, 2016, 08:36:37 AM
A good turnout, not as busy as the previous one but a lot of trading.  As usual, many new faces came through the door.  Our Audiophile Deli was a hit and we sold R800 worth of food

The next Vinyl Faire will be on Sunday 31st July.

For dealers who want to have a more frequent fair, I have asked the Vice Principal of WBJS about this, but you must bear in mind that the Ballet Club and Keep Fit Class also use the hall on a Sunday so we have to accommodate them.  Then the hall is protected by the Historical Society since it was built in 1892 so use is restricted to approved visitors
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 02, 2016, 08:40:29 AM
A good turnout, not as busy as the previous one but a lot of trading.  As usual, many new faces came through the door.  Our Audiophile Deli was a hit and we sold R800 worth of food

The next Vinyl Faire will be on Sunday 31st July.

For dealers who want to have a more frequent fair, I have asked the Vice Principal of WBJS about this, but you must bear in mind that the Ballet Club and Keep Fit Class also use the hall on a Sunday so we have to accommodate them.  Then the hall is protected by the Historical Society since it was built in 1892 so use is restricted to approved visitors

I think every second month is not bad. It's not great. But it's a good in-between...

As for the attendance. The long weekend played a role. Lots of the 'clientèle' were away for the long weekend...  The one before I had also punted on FMR and various 'what is happening in Cape Town' type websites... Was too busy this time...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 02, 2016, 08:42:22 AM
The dancer admitted that he got a bit of backache after doing his exercises. 

I can always ask my friend from the Belly Dancing Company to put on a show...

I put a notice on FMR but nobody else
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - next meeting 19th May 2016
Post by: chrisc on May 08, 2016, 01:36:01 PM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFi%20May%202016_zpsf0qwksui.png) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFi%20May%202016_zpsf0qwksui.png.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Red Baron on May 13, 2016, 03:43:00 PM
Good afternoon all,

I was driving on the R27/Marine Drive yesterday afternoon and I spotted this 1 speaker's top visible through the windows of Acoustic Solutions. Was white in colour....reminded me of the B&W Nautilus...what were those?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 13, 2016, 04:01:17 PM
Either Devialet phantoms (white round balls) or a vivid audio G series speaker (stubby  dick with an extra long floppy folded over foreskin)
Dick actually designed the Nautillus and the Vivid range
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Red Baron on May 13, 2016, 04:06:16 PM
Could have been the GIYA G3s....definitely not Balls....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 13, 2016, 04:16:46 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LLR07zOzqcQ/UjEBWWYf2HI/AAAAAAAEST4/Sypim2_9UNc/s379-p/Vivid%2BAudio%2BG3%2BGiya%2B1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Red Baron on May 13, 2016, 07:34:46 PM
Could have been them....
Title: Re: May meeting postponed - we wish Achim a speedy recovery from his flu
Post by: chrisc on May 18, 2016, 11:26:46 AM
(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/HiFi%20May%202016_zpsimvtibuw.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/HiFi%20May%202016_zpsimvtibuw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 19, 2016, 03:28:54 PM
There is a meeting this evening.  It will start at 8.00 so nobody need get withdrawal symptoms from missing a meeting.  Suitably upmarket equipment will be brought along, including some small r i b b o n s (similar to these - at least the wooden part...)

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/RAAL_Ribbon_zpsdp2z9bmw.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/RAAL_Ribbon_zpsdp2z9bmw.jpg.html)
 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 11:52:43 AM
May 19th saw the golden ears brigade evaluate some equipment.  The YouTube video will show how dedicated we are - it lasts 2 mins 47 seconds but the sound had to be changed.  Many of the audience kept popping into the kitchen for another spring roll, samoosa or cup of coffee.  Intense listening is hard work

https://youtu.be/RQiNIbXFbqE

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/golden%20ears_zpsakc4iy1j.png) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/golden%20ears_zpsakc4iy1j.png.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on May 20, 2016, 11:56:24 AM
 :facepalm:

Quote

This video previously contained a copyrighted audio track. Due to a claim by a copyright holder, the audio track has been muted.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 12:15:14 PM
:facepalm:


Fixed
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 20, 2016, 12:19:01 PM
The group seems so happy...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 12:21:09 PM
Jozua's ribbons were there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Jozua on May 20, 2016, 12:44:02 PM
The group seems so happy...

Rodney- you were missed - would have been nice to have had some of the Cape Town audio aristocracy there… 

The evening demonstrated that even with a small system, great fun is possible.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Family_Dog on May 20, 2016, 01:50:32 PM
Do Capies never smile?   :thinking:   :pleasant:


-F_D
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on May 20, 2016, 02:14:19 PM
Do Capies never smile?   :thinking:   :pleasant:


-F_D
Not when J is demoing his cracklestix
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 02:20:49 PM
Do Capies never smile?   :thinking:   :pleasant:
-F_D

You mistake the serious faces due to the intense concentration on the music.  One guy at the back realises there is a GoPro flashing away and waves.  Maybe I should have disabled the led
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on May 20, 2016, 02:35:48 PM
Not a single foot tapping.  Chris, did you check for pulse?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: colonel66 on May 20, 2016, 04:21:47 PM
And only one poor soul under 50

Can't fathom why it fails to appeal to a younger generation  :nfi: :nfi: :nfi:

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 04:25:20 PM
I watched the video and we are being conned.....all I see is a group of disgruntled pensioners seated outside Shoprite waiting for their Sassa payout....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 04:28:05 PM
I caught a glimpse of one pensioner twiddling his knob when he came.....to the front?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 04:31:10 PM
Missed you and your single-ended dongle thingy KK, usually have your bodyguards in tow
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 04:33:04 PM
This fine assembly of audiophiles have been on earth since the dawn of music. (.....yes that was before the Voortrekkers came.)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 04:36:09 PM
There was no electricity then.  It was all sitting round the camp fire singing Trance music

Don't laugh - see https://youtu.be/cdNModOz7kA
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 04:37:02 PM
....it won't be long before the CTHFCYL(youth league) hosts a memorial gathering in honour of our fallen elders..... (I reckon the meeting will be in two weeks maximum) :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 04:44:46 PM
Did Anthony bring his cd "Sounds from my Youth" with him?.....it starts off with rustling leaves and then a T-Rex climbing into a vegetarian leafeater.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on May 20, 2016, 05:00:51 PM
 :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on May 20, 2016, 05:01:27 PM
I believe J's cracklestix do the rustling nowadays
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 05:06:29 PM
If anybody is wondering what gear the gents in the video are using,I was sent a list by an attendee...
-Siemens Lotus e23sp (Sportpac) with add-on round the ear spring loaded "comfy adjust"
-Biotronik Eluna Pacemaker with cpu upgraded home monitoring kit (modified to work "off the grid" as per Chris Clark Kent design brief)
-Nascar Eesi-Pee disposable urine bags. (Never miss those dynamic crescendos in long classical pieces.....Mendelsohn's organ may work but ours certainly dont)
.... :angel:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 05:08:34 PM
You are not far off the mark about the music, but this was our best performing audiophile item last night

The disc being played is a 1929 hit -  Cliff Edwards aka Ukelele Ike, with Nick Lucas, crooning "Painting the clouds with sunshine as my stockbroker leaps out the 55th floor window"

(http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/maxresdefault_zpsajg0xhko.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/maxresdefault_zpsajg0xhko.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 05:16:42 PM
I was also informed via pm that "as much as we wanted to tap our feet,the gout was unbearably painful and not made any easier by the chilly night air."
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on May 20, 2016, 06:58:50 PM
When I looked at the group pic at first..I thought it was a huddle of bergies from skollies neck of the woods who had been bussed in to make up the numbers ..but then I started recognising faces....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on May 20, 2016, 07:02:14 PM
 :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 20, 2016, 07:06:53 PM
I did not attend as my ears are still sore from last cracking sticks session.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 07:14:15 PM
 :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 20, 2016, 07:20:16 PM
In future I'll be tacking measurements ,Heart ones.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 20, 2016, 07:21:26 PM
I wanted to join the clan but I had to collect rent from 24 of the 36 tenants living in the homes I own across the peninsula (not including my British country mansions I inherited from my coal mining magnate grandfather who rented an entire Concorde to cross the Atlantic in privacy once.....).....on my way to the meeting the fan belt snapped and I used my wife's stockings to manufacture one on sight using a solar powered torch I designed back when I was training to be a locksmith but ended up becoming a home security expert who just happened to travel to every country in the world whilst managing to hold down a job despite my daughter costing me a fortune with her own travels abroad and me having to spend months of my life fighting staff members at the CCMA because R60 a week in 2010 was below average wage, luckily I also make an income off farmers who purchase my "off the grid solar panels"....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 20, 2016, 07:25:16 PM
As Kent's bodyguard,I was scared the crackle sticks would resinate and fire my ammo off.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2016, 10:02:44 PM
We'll provide electric blankets and leg warmers for those who feel chill in winter.  A couple of drops of brandy in the coffee also warms the ears and helps to improve the sound.  Check in time at the OAP will be extended for those travelling past Plumstead
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - early notice of a speaker shootout
Post by: chrisc on May 21, 2016, 09:53:22 PM
Early notice!  On Thursday 8th September the club will have another speaker shootout.  This is not necessarily to determine which speaker brought along provides the most pleasing reproduction of the evening, but to determine what differences there are in various models.

You can bring a regular set of speakers you bought off the shelf, ones you have modified in some way, and ones you have built yourself


 :BANDW:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 22, 2016, 09:43:06 AM
I will be selling earplugs at the door
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 22, 2016, 09:50:56 AM
I have repaired my Vivids if people would like to hear them?....walk anywhere near the cones though and I slap hands with a stick!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on May 22, 2016, 09:51:19 AM
walk anywhere near the cones though and I slap hands with a stick!
a cracklestick?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 22, 2016, 09:53:29 AM
 :ROFLMAO:.....and I use my own amplifier!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 22, 2016, 09:55:15 AM
....and I hand select who can come.We need to raise the bar and get some performance out of a new breed of young stars.....out with the old and in with the new!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 22, 2016, 10:12:43 AM
I have repaired my Vivids if people would like to hear them?....walk anywhere near the cones though and I slap hands with a stick!

Yes please.  Dean can bring the Bles Bridges LP along for the ultimate test
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 22, 2016, 10:25:05 AM
He has "I am the eater and it causes wind" album
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 22, 2016, 10:36:28 AM
Crackle sticks need not apply
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 22, 2016, 01:01:45 PM
KK, are the Vivids for sale?  If so, can I pay them off over 12 months, interest-free?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 22, 2016, 01:12:07 PM
Chris they are yours
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 22, 2016, 01:45:16 PM
I have a plan for them that requires me to keep them.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 22, 2016, 04:25:07 PM
I have a plan for them that requires me to keep them.....

Which is it, option 1 (Reply 990), or option 2 (Reply 991)?  Maybe it would be a good idea to tell me the price, cash in a few Kruger Rands for the deposit, etc
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on May 22, 2016, 08:13:20 PM
Best thread on this forum.  :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
ChrisC is the perfect straight guy foil for KK et al.
Jozua's cable musings a distant second. He does NOT make such a good straight guy foil  :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 22, 2016, 08:50:41 PM
 :ROFLMAO: :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on May 23, 2016, 08:21:20 AM
CTHFC meetings, pics and gatherings certainly get the creative juices of some folk (are some of them members?)flowing. Some really good inputs which I enjoyed almost as much as the great meeting last Thursday. Kent we miss you there - hope your arthritis and incontinence is cured soon so you can be back at meetings and dealer gatherings

Rotten Jonny you're a popular man here in Cape Town. We'd love to have you as a guest at a meeting some time. The special meeting we arranging close to the airport, along the N2, for your convenience.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 23, 2016, 10:38:25 AM
Can't have KK along if he has incontinence.  What if he has an accident and there is an untoward discharge?  There is a fitted carpet in the staff room you know

On the other hand, here is a marketing opportunity - an essential accessory for excitable audiophiles

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 23, 2016, 05:40:13 PM
Coming soon to the Hi-Fi Club - Home Meetings - members will be invited into other members' homes to listen to music, or take part in a theme - Antique Japanese is one

Another reason to join the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club (not just be on the mailing list, but to have joined).  Email capetownhificlub@gmail.com

Not really like this, but you get the idea

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 23, 2016, 06:31:46 PM
When we going to jozua
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 23, 2016, 09:12:06 PM
When we going to jozua

The theme can be the Cosby show  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on May 23, 2016, 09:24:28 PM
Coming soon to the Hi-Fi Club - Home Meetings - members will be invited into other members' homes to listen to music, or take part in a theme - Antique Japanese is one

Another reason to join the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club (not just be on the mailing list, but to have joined).  Email capetownhificlub@gmail.com

Not really like this, but you get the idea

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Is that the Jonestown council meeting?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 24, 2016, 11:21:14 AM
^^ It might be.  It is a meeting to discuss Ebola

Dean, Jozua is remodelling his house so it has more audiophile qualities.  It is work in progress, as J has to divide his time between house alterations and audio. 

Jacques, Bill Cosby spent too much time fiddling with young children to have much interest or contribution in audio
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on May 24, 2016, 03:32:56 PM
^^^ apparently he mixed a mean cocktail  :teach:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 24, 2016, 09:44:44 PM
Cosby is up for trial now and fhe evidence against him appears solid, if selective.  So we won't base our program on the Cosby Show after all
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 29, 2016, 08:59:25 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - early notice of a speaker shootout
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 29, 2016, 09:15:33 PM
Early notice!  On Thursday 8th September the club will have another speaker shootout.  This is not necessarily to determine which speaker brought along provides the most pleasing reproduction of the evening, but to determine what differences there are in various models.

You can bring a regular set of speakers you bought off the shelf, ones you have modified in some way, and ones you have built yourself
What happened to this?....or are both happening at the same meet?

 :BANDW:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on May 29, 2016, 09:17:09 PM
Wait a minute.....September!....that is like lifetimes away!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on May 29, 2016, 09:39:23 PM
Riaan likes glue
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: entropyagent on May 30, 2016, 10:59:44 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 05, 2016, 09:36:40 AM
The club had its first home meeting of 2016 yesterday.  Hopefully there will be many more.  We already have had two offers to listen to music and systems
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 05, 2016, 06:39:24 PM
Thanks Chris

Interesting selection of music, nice refreshments and a well balanced system made for an enjoyable few hours. A good start to this idea.

Chris R 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on June 05, 2016, 08:22:25 PM
Why did we not know about this.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 06, 2016, 07:52:16 AM
A mail was sent to everyone on Monday 30th May.  Several people reported it was put straight into their SPAM folder.  Maybe the mail settings are too strict and it picked up on a word or two
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on June 06, 2016, 11:24:12 AM
Pity
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 06, 2016, 02:03:06 PM
Was expecting you and your assistant...  Never mind, we will have one soon in Kenilworth and also in Grassy Park
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 10, 2016, 01:37:38 PM
Last night's meeting with Riaan Low from Resonant Frequency speaker repairs.  A very good turnout - thanks guys

Riaan's talk was in Afrikaans, and was extremely interesting and he covered all aspects of repairing speakers, from foam surrounds, the dust cap, repairing magnet assemblies, voice coils and cable

Ons wil graag opreg bedank Riaan vir gee ons al hierdie inligting en die deel van sy herstel metodes. Sy kundigheid is bo verdenking en hy het 'n wonderlike "hand op" benadering tot herstelwerk

Edit:  The man himself  (http://i1145.photobucket.com/albums/o505/capecomputerclub/IMG_0150_Fotor_zps6vliwist.jpg) (http://s1145.photobucket.com/user/capecomputerclub/media/IMG_0150_Fotor_zps6vliwist.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nirvana on June 10, 2016, 02:54:30 PM
^^ Yip,got referred to Riaan a few years ago with a problem on my then Rogers Studio 7.
Sold to a friend, (I went back to planar),and the speakers are still singing happily!  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 10, 2016, 08:56:35 PM
Great talk by Riaan as ChrisC reported - Riaan is a remarkable individual. He has been able to make parts he was unable to find including cutting cones to fit, making baskets for speakers and even manufacturing of magnets for speakers. He has an 'encyclopaedic' knowledge of speaker designs, an understanding of the physics and maths associated with speakers as well as an in depth understanding of electronics for speakers and other applications. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 19, 2016, 04:42:04 PM
Riaan and the "enthralled" audience


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 19, 2016, 04:43:18 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on June 19, 2016, 09:03:43 PM
Well attended
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on June 19, 2016, 09:17:15 PM
We had delicious doughnuts and Romany Creams.....
Title: Re: HDMI cable offer from the CT Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 29, 2016, 01:22:09 PM
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Title: Re: July club meeting
Post by: chrisc on June 30, 2016, 10:18:45 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Vinyl Faire - 31st July 2016
Post by: chrisc on July 11, 2016, 05:11:30 PM
Visitors - free
Sellers - R50,00 per table or multiple tables (first come first served) - doors open for sellers at 9.00am

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on July 11, 2016, 07:36:05 PM
Looking forward to the meeting this Thursday. Great to have a high end dealer open his shop after hours for audio enthusiasts to sample some stuff one often reads about in mags and on the net but don't often have an opportunity to listen to in a demo set up. 

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 11, 2016, 08:03:46 PM
Myself and andre will be there in full demo mode.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - tonight's meeting
Post by: chrisc on July 14, 2016, 08:14:28 AM
 :Whoohoo:    This evening, its the July Hi-Fi Club meeting at e-Piphany just off Durban Road in Bellville.  To sweeten the event, we will provide drinks and snacks for visitors.  Suggest get there at about 7.45. 

There will be a demo of their audio equipment, home theatre.  There is also quite a lot of used equipment for sale, so in case of need bring your card along in case anything takes your fancy
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 14, 2016, 10:41:45 PM
Great eve
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 15, 2016, 08:14:21 AM
Our sincere thanks to Hein Vercuel who opened up his shop to accommodate a good turn-out of Hi-Fi Club members.  As can be seen from the array of pictures here, there is a great deal of superb audio equipment to look at and evaluate, and we probably only sampled less than 1/3 of what is available

The Sonus Faber range of speakers has incomparable finishes, the burgundy beauties (picture # 10) being just one of the range.  Sonus Faber have their own disctinctive sound, perhaps more laid back from B&W.

The small red device in the second picture is a Dragon fly USB DAC, most afforable at about R2000 and provided a crisp, detailed sound which was one of the better systems listened to this evening.  In picture no 6, Marcus Vietri can be seen holding an audio cable with a snake-oil container

As well as a large variety of state of the art equipment, Hein also has a large selection of used and trade-in equipment which is certainly worth a browse.  All these items may be found on E-Piphany's website under http://e-piphany.com/ - Preowned where you are directed to their Gumtree page where you can find descriptions, photos and prices of what is currently available.  Hein tells us that on Monday they will be adding a further 49 items of used gear to this list

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on July 15, 2016, 08:37:36 AM
802 d3's sounded very good , the rest was just ok .. but given the circumstances in the show room , it was difficult to really evaluate.

The synthesis amps sounded good too....

One problem.. the insistance of playing vinyl.. a lot of the records were in bad condition and on the big 800 system , the vinyl playback was distorted .. better to compare systems using a front end that actually sounds the same whatever system you put it in

Good food , good coffee , good company , quite a slick presentation..no fiddling around with unprepared equipment
Lots of eye candy...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on July 15, 2016, 05:36:25 PM
Thanks for a great evening Hein - lots of eye candy as mentioned and also lots of demos of TT's, speakers and amps. The "in- room" sound was the best for me in the stereo room - the synthesis amp drove the SF really well. That Dragon fly dac is a real show stopper.

Thanks for the loads of interesting info you shared with us about new products, manufacturers and characters in the hi fi scene. There seems to be a big "Italian" thrust in this field or have we just been denied their products over the years? Synthesis amps are cool - the big integrated designs are also unusual.

So all in all a good evening with fellow enthusiasts at a high end dealership - a good hi fi night for me. Thanks again   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 15, 2016, 08:56:31 PM
Hein did mention that, should you contemplate buying some audio gear and find a price at an on-line supplier, you ask Hein if he is able to meet or better the price.  You can be pleasantly surprised!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on July 15, 2016, 11:52:47 PM
Sorry I missed out....any pics of Rodney perhaps?I believe he wore something special to the occasion? :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 16, 2016, 12:06:17 PM
Sorry I missed out....any pics of Rodney perhaps?I believe he wore something special to the occasion? :whistler:

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 24, 2016, 09:35:50 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 30, 2016, 04:59:11 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 31, 2016, 02:36:28 PM
Big turnout, the greatest attendance so far.  Turnover by the dealers was down a bit, but didn't hear any grumbling.  The cooks ran out of food at 12h30 which was fortuitous.  The Hi-Fi Club did well financially

Next two Vinyl Faires are the last Sunday in the month of September and November.  We sent out an email to all 21 dealers on the mailing list and these were the preferred dates

Pictures to follow, after a bit of work in Photoshop
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 31, 2016, 03:37:55 PM
Pics as promised (Photoshop didn't improve matters)

The manne and ladies browsing (Andre and Jacques are holding up the wall on the left)

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More bargain (?) hunters

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The cooks and food dispensers

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The car-park outside the hall.  A sparkling winter's day in the Cape

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on July 31, 2016, 04:04:27 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - August 2016 meeting on 11th
Post by: chrisc on August 06, 2016, 09:39:16 AM
Members should read the private email for an additional music offer not mentioned here

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 20, 2016, 04:22:47 PM
A successful meeting on 14th August featuring mainly Yamaha equipment, including the famous NS series with their 12 inch bass driver which provided full range ans accurate sound throughout the evening

The equipment table showing the NS-4s

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The SACD player (thanks, Jozua for bringing this along)

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A Raspberry Pi with a DAC add-on (right hand box) worked very well and give astounding sound - very good value for money we thought

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The amplifier (with a hard drive resting on top)

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We did a bit of copying during the evening and our CSO was hard at work supervising

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on August 21, 2016, 03:08:06 PM
Speakers Yamaha NS 690 Mk 1 and amplifier Yamaha AS 500, CD player Yamaha CDS 2000  - nice synergy on the night
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: wanda on August 23, 2016, 09:02:15 AM
Hi all.

Please help.

I need a trusted forum meber to check kit for me at Salt River (Western Cape).

To be precise, it is a Yamaha A- S500

Anyone close, please help me out.

Kind regards,

Wanda

+268 7625 3794
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 23, 2016, 11:10:00 AM
We have a member or two in Salt River....perhaps I should nominate them... :ROFLMAO:....maybe Dean and I can take a drive for you pal....talk to me:)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 23, 2016, 11:11:58 AM
Sorry....I missed the part about "trusted forum member" :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: wanda on August 23, 2016, 02:47:51 PM
Hi KK.

I sadly had to pull out of the deal.

Otherwise, it was a Yamaha A-S500 advertised in OLX for 2.7k.

Seller here; 083 750 1109

Seems like some dealership/pawn shop.

Could not get a name....got skeptic



Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 23, 2016, 08:12:09 PM
The advertiser is a second-hand dealer, he has 17 ads on Gumtree.  The Hi-Fi Club considered it for 5 minutes.  It is an 80 watt amp and has a remote.  This does not mean he is a skelm. he might well be an upstanding citizen, trying to make a living
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: wanda on August 24, 2016, 04:49:49 AM
Thanks gentlemen.

I meant no offence. I appreciate the clarification.

 I will know better next time.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 24, 2016, 12:51:45 PM
Do you want one of us to have a look at it?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: wanda on August 24, 2016, 04:14:38 PM
Yes, please Chrisc.

Even as future reference, I would really appreciate if you checked out the place and more if the kitthry currently have.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on August 25, 2016, 09:07:37 PM
Any 'Spring has sprung' Vinyl Faires coming up?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 26, 2016, 12:02:07 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on August 27, 2016, 02:22:39 PM
Wont be attending
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 27, 2016, 05:49:00 PM
Never mind, I have your samoosa, spring roll, egg sandwich, slice of melktart and beers
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 29, 2016, 08:24:44 AM
Wanda, this (West African) fellow trades from a room in his house in Woodstock, in Roberts Road.  The house is one of those with multiple families with small children crawling about, on the for sale goods and up and down stairs.  Everything is crammed into one room and judging from the smell I'd say he sleeps there too, since there were the vestiges of several days dirty dishes lying about

Everything for sale looks tired and worn.  The Yamaha amplifier is still there but looks like someone may have stood on it since the lid is caved in.  He straight away came down in the price

Worthwhile giving a miss I would say.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on August 29, 2016, 08:58:44 PM
I must go visit....sounds like I have a brother I never knew about.... :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - next Vinyl Faire
Post by: chrisc on August 30, 2016, 08:49:20 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 18, 2016, 08:20:42 AM
A paragraph from our reporter on the spot

"A few of the performances made a real connection - can't really put it more objectively that that - ok, I'll try:  tremendous realism and sound-stage, very solid 3D images clearly defined and a sense of front to rear depth and spaciousness. 
Think the bass in the room needs some work - also I don't know if I was imagining it but the sound thickened on occasion and I wondered if there was some compression going on - might have been the recordings shortcomings being exposed though.  He (Ramsey) says he thinks going less powerful amplification is okay"

Here followeth the pictures of the faithful..

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on September 18, 2016, 09:23:39 AM
A paragraph from our reporter on the spot

"A few of the performances made a real connection - can't really put it more objectively that that - ok, I'll try:  tremendous realism and sound-stage, very solid 3D images clearly defined and a sense of front to rear depth and spaciousness. 
Think the bass in the room needs some work - also I don't know if I was imagining it but the sound thickened on occasion and I wondered if there was some compression going on - might have been the recordings shortcomings being exposed though.  He (Ramsey) says he thinks going less powerful amplification is okay"

Here followeth the pictures of the faithful..

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Thanks for an absolutely fun session and the great compliments! My room is a bit small for these speakers, this is why I use bass traps behind the speakers on each of those corners (as seen on the pic), the UBIQ Audio Model 1 speakers deliver huge low-end out of their two 12" bass woofers and would be even more suitable in bigger rooms. Since our last session I have played more with the position of the speakers and I believe I have hit the jackpot, the bass is now much cleaner and way more articulate but without loosing the sense of naturalness and musicality. The sound is a lot more focused and propulsive now. I'd love to do one more session, maybe with less people this time (maybe even with some people who didn't come). So from me, take it as another invite.  :)

Interestingly here's a new review and it confirms what the guys heard at my place! https://www.cnet.com/news/ubiq-audios-remarkably-unique-speaker/
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 18, 2016, 09:37:07 AM
Chris.....what was the setup? Who wrote the review?Can those who attended give us some feedback?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on September 18, 2016, 09:51:41 AM
Chris.....what was the setup? Who wrote the review?Can those who attended give us some feedback?


I'll chip in for Chris on the system setup: ;)

1.   LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC with built-in preamp (going through Emission Labs 45 DHT)
2.   OPPO BDP-93 Lampisized (tube output stage)
3.   Ophelia music server (Audio Tweak’s own)
4.   Wells Innamorata power amp
5.   UBIQ Audio Model 1 (speakers)
6.   Isotek Orion mains filter
7.   Entreq earth station
8.   Entreq USB cable with separate earth station
9.   Triode Wire Lab cables
10.   Quadraspire Bamboo anti-vibration equipment rack
11.   Power cables by WireWorld
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on September 18, 2016, 10:33:46 AM
Some tasty pics of the system...

Complete system:

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LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC

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Wells Audio Innamorata Power Amp

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on September 18, 2016, 10:37:52 AM
For bass traps to be effective they need to span the full height of the room.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on September 18, 2016, 12:06:04 PM
Well, actually it wasn't a review as much as a few thoughts from me sent via Whatsapp to Chris. (Thanks for posting them anyway Chris to make up for that review I promised and didn't post.)

With the odd exception I generally felt drawn into the performance, wanted to listen. I mentioned that I thought I had heard Walk on the Wild Side before, but this was the first time I had really heard it.

On a mildly less airy-fairy note, there was an apparent front-rear depth to what I was hearing and individual parts of the audioscape were very 3-D, solid, like actual humans were performing.*

The sweet spot was narrow and I found that moving my head a little way changed the focus of the sound slightly, but then again I do have rather big ears, so I there was probably some shadowing going on...

* Weird, after I wrote that I went to check the link that Ramsey posted and it says the same thing. Oh, and the snacks and drinks were pretty 3-D and convincing, too, just like real food.



Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on September 18, 2016, 12:12:49 PM
For bass traps to be effective they need to span the full height of the room.
Yeh, I was thinking those traps are probably useless


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on September 18, 2016, 12:46:52 PM
Yeh, I was thinking those traps are probably useless
Nah, not as bad as running parametric EQ which can mess with timbers and nuances often rendering sound too clinical and artificial. ;)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 18, 2016, 01:01:03 PM
Oh, and the snacks and drinks were pretty 3-D and convincing, too, just like real food.


Do I detect a suggestion that the food from the hi-fi club is not of the usual gourmet standard?  After all, we have spring rolls, samoosas..?  What more would an audiophile want?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on September 20, 2016, 11:16:31 AM
The food was Michelin star standard but hardly touched as the folks had lunch at some "organic" restaurant in that area before the session started. The session was great and I endorse the comments made earlier. One can only get really good bass (without subs) from 10 or preferably 12" bass drivers and these did well.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 21, 2016, 04:29:10 PM
At Sunday's Vinyl Faire - to be held in the hall at the Wynberg Boys' Junior School in Oxford Road, Wynberg from 10h00, we will have a selection of the finest Cape boerewors courtesy of Werda Butchery, enclosed in a fluffy roll, with your choice of onions, tomato sauce, mustard or hot chili.  Should this make you thirsty, there are chilled beers (Castle Lite), Coke, Coke Zero and Coke Light.  There is also a small selection of wrapped sweets to finish off your repast before you come for a second helping.  Tea (Ceylon and Rooibos) and coffee are also available

We serve both the vinyl audiophile and the discerning gourmet
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - today
Post by: chrisc on September 25, 2016, 07:55:37 AM
Vinyl Faire - today

Today, Sunday from 10h00 to 14h00 in the hall at Wynberg Boys' Junior School, Oxfiord Road, Wynberg

Free entry for visirors, secure parking in the grounds
R50 fpr sellers, table included
Good food on sale
Bring your dog, mother in law, whatever
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 25, 2016, 03:07:01 PM
A good turnout today, about 80% of our usual crowd and 3 fewer dealers.  Nevertheless, the dealers to whom we spoke were enthusiastic about their turnover and the amount of records they sold.  We did notice that dealers who charge a premium on their LPs (over R100 per disc) did considerably less well than dealers who had records on offer from R20,00 and up.  Just goes to show, price is all important.  After all, its Cape Town

Jacques (Turntable Man) had his Nitty Gritty record cleaning machine along (4th picture, behind the bottles) which did an excellent job of cleaning debris, swarf, road kill and other nasties from LP record surfaces

You will see from the last picture (bottom, right) that there is another vinyl fair in Observatory towards the end of this month, in Nuttall Road, parallel with the Lower Main Road but towards the station.  Should be fun

The Hi-Fi Club is arranging another Vinyl Faire on 27th November but it will not be at the Gym Hall at WBJS, but somewhere else.  Look out for the notifications

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on September 25, 2016, 04:06:16 PM
Kent Kassler turned vinyl peddler! :faint:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 25, 2016, 06:02:36 PM
Kent Kassler turned vinyl peddler! :faint:

All Kent's stuff is hand selected, graded and priced according to how enthusiastic you look  :BWAHAHAH:

You should see the dealer scrum once he has setup  :BWAHAHAH: I have seen dealers buy and put it straight into their bin with a new price   :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 25, 2016, 06:10:30 PM
True bloody story that!....I am such a useless seller of vinyl.....they ride me hard them boys.....like a fool I have been known to sell 1k value lp's for R50! :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on September 26, 2016, 09:13:45 AM
I really am a ****... sold a Blondie & Papa "Together" for R50.....no man,somebody help me please....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 26, 2016, 03:44:47 PM
I really am a ****... sold a Blondie & Papa "Together" for R50.....no man,somebody help me please....

Did you just see them come up on a FB smous group for a whole lot more  :whip:  :whip:  :whip:
Title: Re: October meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on October 01, 2016, 08:31:42 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on October 12, 2016, 09:31:24 AM
Hey Guys. I guess this is the spot were the newbies post.  ^-^ New to the group (well, were scouting in the background for a while). I'm from Cape Town side. Grown up in a house with a father that loves 70/80/90s music and big Pioneer head  :groovy: My dream all the years was to own a decent A/V sound system, always help installing friends systems and helping other with there setups, till my luck strike me 2 weeks ago. My Next door neighbor upgrade his 2nd system with a new Nad and Klipsch system in his braai room I and ended getting the old stuff that was in the braai room.  :winkwink:

The Speaker is a Acoustic Research AR-900 series with side mounted woofers, and Kenwood KRF-V4060D amp. The stuff was really well look after ( i help him installing this stuff a thew years ago". Planning to change the amp and maybe add extra active sub "had a my eye on a Marantz sr6006 that i just must on a add over the weekend"  :Ooooooh: but i will find my rite one.

Just want to add, AWESOME info i found on the group so far and you guys are really nice.  :thumbs:

Title: Re: Speaker shootout - Saturday 15th October 2016 at 10h00
Post by: chrisc on October 13, 2016, 05:03:02 PM
In case you don't for some reason receive the Hi-Fi Club's mail shots, this Saturday 15th is the annual Speaker Shootout, where we play selected music excerpts through each speaker in turn

It is not restricted to home-built speakers, although last year's were of such a high standard that we are awaiting their offspring, but if you would like to bring your own (commercial) speakers to do a comparison, you are most welcome.  We have several sets coming already.  We will provide the amplification, music and cables

It is this Saturday in the staff room at Wynberg Boys' Junior School in Oxford Road, Wynberg, the doors will open from 9.00am.  Plenty of secure parking right outside the door
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 15, 2016, 03:09:28 PM
Good turnout and some interesting speakers along, notably from Brian and Tertius

Brian standing next to his latest creations, a stand incorporating a sub, which transformed the speaker into a brand new unit, with a full and detailed sound.  The drivers were matched and equalised optimally, giving a very detailed, smooth sound with total absence of fatigue.  The upper enclosure attaches to the stand/sub by means of polarised magnets, so you can only attach the correct top to its associated stand

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This is Tertius first build.  For a first attempt, built from a kit with plans supplied by the speaker manufacturer, they have turned out very neatly and we especially liked the chamfered front panels which gave it a professional look.  The sound from the 4 drivers was full and extremely detailed.  The high efficiency of the drivers translated into a very dynamic soundstage which emphasised loud passages effortlessly

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The audience concentrates on the music, attending to their score-sheets

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We displayed the music being played on the screen.  The source was 16 bit FLAC files being played from an iPad, using the App "Ampliflac"

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Tertius explains in detail how he built the speakers, prior to the audition

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Andre also brought along some speakers.  Sound did come out of both of them

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Brian's "unsquare" speakers are quite unique and reflect his dedication to quality of finish.  Some close-ups.  The bottom panel against the floor is a 3mm thick steel plate

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on October 15, 2016, 04:44:13 PM
Oh, man! Sadly, I had to work today. Still toiling. Sorry to have missed this.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on October 15, 2016, 09:04:42 PM
Oh, man! Sadly, I had to work today. Still toiling. Sorry to have missed this.

me too... had other stuff going on, looks like 2 great builds :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: blizzard on October 15, 2016, 10:12:01 PM
All credit to Tertius and his first build.
He really set thew benchmark for a first time builder  :notworthy:

Quick correction.
Although they are originally a Visaton build, this is an "advanced" version of the Alto 3 C that I had developed in 2006 with a revised cross over and a different tweeter (G20sc opposed to DT94)
The cabinet and baffle are also further development and tweeks (laminated baffle and better internal bracing) that I advised Tertius on.
Last but not least the amazing multiple slanted finish is all Tertius's own design.
Not bad for a 20 year old speaker design  :2thumbs: 
Hopefully we will be back with more in the near future  :rubhands:     
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Terra on October 16, 2016, 07:16:03 AM
Thanks Chris and team for arranging yesterday! Was great too also meet you all.
I'll be attempting a new build from my bookshelf AE's into Floorstanders in the hopefully soon future, so we should really have another shootout again.  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 16, 2016, 07:26:31 AM
I missed Jozua who sadly could not make it.....Dean did not pitch so we all got to sample some food for a change....thanks gents!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on October 16, 2016, 09:42:47 AM
Thanks to our hosts :)    some new faces,    and missing old friends...
In the end not so much a speaker shootout as a comparison between 2 amps (Class D Rotel and Accuphase ? Class AB)  on the Alto's of Tertius
(very nice)   and my Unsquare mini 3 way. Also different presentation of a 55 litre cab set   vs   15 + 5       drivers more or less  in the same value category
 
I also enjoyed the Picket (photo someone ?) a legacy design from way back
the original build ref here
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oc1vo9tjpyxgtr6/AADmtqTdP6jsGZ49ZCSXzeCsa?dl=0

...the Fountek needs some work but have potential for a nice bookshelf
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on October 16, 2016, 11:58:46 AM
DIY stuff really of a high standard - build quality and sound. Overall a great morning of music and "hi fi " chit chat. Thanks to all involved.   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 16, 2016, 02:19:56 PM

I also enjoyed the Picket (photo someone ?) a legacy design from way back

The Picket was hidden away behind someone's leg, but here is a portion of the same picture

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on October 16, 2016, 06:34:02 PM
I would of been there but my son had is mma grading .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on October 16, 2016, 07:23:38 PM
Thank the Heavenly Father it's not a written test!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Curlycat on October 16, 2016, 09:39:57 PM
I would have liked to attend as well, but sadly could not make it. Brian, your Unsquare speakers are totally rad! I love the unconventional lines. Bravo!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on October 17, 2016, 07:44:41 AM
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Title: Re: November 2016 meeting announcement - it is a Bring and Buy sale (on 3rd Nov)
Post by: chrisc on October 23, 2016, 09:15:24 AM
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Title: Next Cape Town Vinyl Faire is on 27th November in Wynberg
Post by: chrisc on October 26, 2016, 08:12:49 AM
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Title: Re: Friday is Black Friday but Sunday 27th is the Vinyl Faire
Post by: chrisc on November 23, 2016, 05:25:14 PM
Don't miss either event!   Boerewors rolls, beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee on sale

                      (http://i.imgur.com/g4WHBG3.jpg)
 
               At Wynberg Boys' Junior School, Oxford Road, Wynberg, from 10h00
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: El Sid on November 23, 2016, 05:44:21 PM
 :BWAHAHAH:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 27, 2016, 03:18:17 PM
Today's Vinyl Faire - 27th November

Thanks to the catering staff, the chair movers, the dealers who came along.  A blistering hot day (31 deg in the shade) made the beers go fast, luckily we had bought extra.   We heard that someone "only" made R3k for the day.  Times are tight

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Title: Re: A get together at the Bay in Constantia 16th December 2016
Post by: chrisc on December 16, 2016, 03:19:55 PM
Seen there, bottom to top. left row first - Anthony, Chris R, Andre, Dean, Ramsey, Stefan, Jacques

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on December 16, 2016, 11:07:40 PM
Fantastic day .had an awesome time .thanks to everyone. And nice catching up with ramsey again
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: audiotweaker on December 16, 2016, 11:25:18 PM
Fantastic day .had an awesome time .thanks to everyone. And nice catching up with ramsey again
Thanks Dean, enjoyed it so much too! Especially when the beer became a projectile when Andre went on about the lamb/black sheep reference, OMG, still have the giggles!  :ROFLMAO:
Thanks to Chris for getting me there.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Post by: chrisc on December 24, 2016, 08:12:06 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on December 24, 2016, 04:16:02 PM
Almost forgot to say Thank You to the club for a lovely lunch and a good laugh as well.....Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all! :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on December 24, 2016, 10:45:16 PM
That centre speaker is going to need some warm sounding fronts to balance the system - thanks Chris 
Title: Re: February 2017 meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on January 23, 2017, 01:09:52 PM
Mailing list - to get yourself added, send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: vleisman on January 23, 2017, 03:33:47 PM
Chris I see you had a drinking problem: 2 hands, only 1 mouth  :dop:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 23, 2017, 06:02:50 PM
We have a few up-country members.  The money is always welcome.  We also welcome contributions, like "my system" with photos
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - Sunday 26th February
Post by: chrisc on February 01, 2017, 10:00:39 PM
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Title: Re: Meeting on 9th February
Post by: chrisc on February 10, 2017, 08:06:30 AM
A well-attended meeting last night and most things went to plan.  The Marantz PM94 amplifier which was to have been presented it still awaiting some components for replacement by Rick Smuts, who has very kindly undertaken to restore it to its former glory

So we had:

Source - MacBook with a selection of hi-res music played via a Metrum HEX DAC
Amp 1 - The club's new TDA7294 amplifier.  All considered this to provide a sweet and musical sound, if perhaps a bit lacking on bass, unless we have become used to extended bass from modern amplifiers
Amp 2 - A modified iteration of the Quad 405, built by Rick.  This was assembled from boards and components obtained from eBay and is basically a more modern version of the Quad 405 Mk II using modern components.  The amplifier acquitted itself very well and provided a solid sound stage
Amp 3 - Andre brought along two EL34 based monoblock amplifiers.  Despite only having an output of 3 watts, they managed very well but in the very large (16m x 10m) room, ran out of steam
Amp 4 - Our donated Pioneer A209.  It worked, but does not have the clarity of the previous 3 amplifiers

The music (we didn't play all of it, but this is what was available)

1 – Gershwin Prelude no 1 - Charl du Plessis Trio         24 bit 44.1KHz
2 – Maggie Said – Natalie Merchant               24 bit 88.2KHz
3 – Money for Nothing – Dire Straits               DSD 2.8MHz
4 – Groven Undring, Harmonica and Church Organ      DSD 2.8MHz
5 – Don’t Smoke in Bed – Jacintha                DSD 2.8MHz
6 – We’ll never have Manhattan                       24 bit 192KHz
7 – Stolen Car – Sting                     DSD 2.8MHz
8 – Billie Jean – Michael Jackson / Thriller            DSD 2.8MHz
9 – Handel, Organ Concerto in G minor            DSD 2.8MHz
10 – Amamuseum / James Newton Howard (Sheffield Track)   24 bit 88.2KHz
11 – Geminiani – Sonata op 5                  24 bit 96KHz
12 – Vivaldi - Nuovo Stagione , Allegro            24 bit 88.2KHz
13 – Vivaldi – L’Estro Armonica                  24 bit 192KHz
14 – Brahms – String Quartet no 1               DSD 2.8MHz

After tea we ran the competition.  Despite being a multiple choice competition, it proved more difficult to manage.  Some people achieved 6/10

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on February 10, 2017, 08:13:43 AM
Couldn't make it sadly. Where's J?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 10, 2017, 08:28:41 AM
J was taking the pictures
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 10, 2017, 09:34:06 AM
Mine were 3watt sep el84 amps :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on February 10, 2017, 12:53:53 PM
Only managed to get there by 20h20 and gates were locked and no answer on intercom. Security could not raise anyone. Still not even sure about which gate to use and security did not know which hall. What r we supposed to do if we r late?

Anyway no prob. I renewed my membership via EFT. The State of the nation address was highly entertaining.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on February 10, 2017, 01:42:31 PM
Money received - thanks Spurge.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 10, 2017, 02:11:16 PM
Ag no man Spurge...would have been great to see you....you missed 6 of the miniature donuts cut into quarters so technically 24....and the samoosas so lovingly crafted into Dorito sized chips....the spring rolls were an extra special treat....they were the size of a Willards fling....it turns out that Dean's steak at the year end function has cleaned out the kitty....
Thanks to Chris H.D Reddy the budget cuts did not dampen spirits....I hereby officially offer the club R1500 for the donated pm94 Marantz to double the balance and allow us to move forward...don't think about it for too long....most of the management don't have much time left....in fact I have commissioned Dr John already to do a NOS "Chris Clark Kent Memorial Dac"  :giggle::giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 10, 2017, 03:11:49 PM
Spurge, my apologies.  I will post mine and Chris R's mobile numbers so that does not happen in future

When I open up the school, I place a blocker on the beam to inhibit the gate motor auto-close.  The (not very intelligent) security guard took it upon himself to remove it, after which the gate closed.  He has specific instructions to check the car-park for visitors and ascertain inside the school whether they want the gate to remain open for a period

Being lazy, he did not do that

Then, when we were to leave, we found the gate motor would not start.  This has been a known fault for 3 months, yet has not been fixed.  I eventually got hold of the alarm control, who chased down the guard who was at the Girls School and told him to manually open the gate

A problem might be that every time you go to the school, there is a different guard there.  They only absorb about 1/3 of their instructions.  Calling the guard control (different from the alarm) after hours gets you someone who sounds like he has just woken up and tells you he has no idea how to get hold of the guard
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on February 10, 2017, 11:24:50 PM
So, at the meeting last night there was the small matter of a musical quiz. Some classical and some classics; identify the composer/band/singer. A few scored 7 out of 10 and got to pick the choicest prizes. Three other people and I scored 6. Problem was that there were only 3 prizes left. Someone claimed the first one, then there were 2 left. I indicated that I wanted what looked like a DECT phone but - nah! I got the wallet!

It looked kinda nice, but I knew I would not be using it soon, as I have just gotten my current wallet worn in. A quick squiz inside and I saw a few coppers, looked like one-cent Euro coins (I couldn't tell, as I was wearing verkyker contact lenses). I got a warm feeling just then. I though it was a nice touch to put in those coins.  ^-^

I got home late, so I didn't get to tell my wife about my prize. This evening she came complaining that she hadn't bought me that wallet!  :angrywife: Well, she wasn't really angry; just curious. So I told the family about the quizz and prizes, while taking out the coins to brag about them. And _then_.... I opened the back zip and... CHA-CHING!!!! Actual Euros! Let's just say it was a tidy sum!

I'm still grinning  ;D. Anthony, was that you??!! Whoever it was: thanks a bunch, boet!

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: El Sid on February 11, 2017, 12:32:47 AM
So, at the meeting last night there was the small matter of a musical quiz. Some classical and some classics; identify the composer/band/singer. A few scored 7 out of 10 and got to pick the choicest prizes. Three other people and I scored 6. Problem was that there were only 3 prizes left. Someone claimed the first one, then there were 2 left. I indicated that I wanted what looked like a DECT phone but - nah! I got the wallet!

It looked kinda nice, but I knew I would not be using it soon, as I have just gotten my current wallet worn in. A quick squiz inside and I saw a few coppers, looked like one-cent Euro coins (I couldn't tell, as I was wearing verkyker contact lenses). I got a warm feeling just then. I though it was a nice touch to put in those coins.  ^-^

I got home late, so I didn't get to tell my wife about my prize. This evening she came complaining that she hadn't bought me that wallet!  :angrywife: Well, she wasn't really angryyi; just curious. So I told the family about the quizz and prizes, while taking out the coins to brag about them. And _then_.... I opened the back zip and... CHA-CHING!!!! Actual Euros! Let's just say it was a tidy sum!

I'm still grinning  ;D. Anthony, was that you??!! Whoever it was: thanks a bunch, boet!

I just hope you didn't make off with someone's wallet!  :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on February 11, 2017, 01:19:07 PM
Clearly not the club's wallet as Andre indicated. We need more members to pay their dues and we should manage even better. Andre's graphic descriptions of the food was classic prose - that guy has a real writer's imagination.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 11, 2017, 05:48:52 PM
It was Euro coins left over from our last trip to France.  Might buy you a coffee at a Boulangerie or Le Peleton Cafe
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on February 11, 2017, 08:22:09 PM
What's this about lingerie?Who got that?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 11, 2017, 08:28:20 PM
The knickers have been put to one side for your next visit, Andre.  Don't be embarassed, several guys like wearing women's clothes
Title: Re: Change of venue for the Vinyl Faire this Sunday 26th February
Post by: chrisc on February 20, 2017, 11:47:01 AM
The hall at Wynberg School is NOT available due to a school event

Instead, we have been invited to the Cape Town Cricket Club which is in Victoria Road in Plumstead (AKA Plumstead Cricket Club)

This venue offers

Parking inside the grounds for 25+ cars
A large room with an adequate number of tables
Toilets in the premises
A full bar (beers are R16,00)
The club will again be selling boerewors rolls for R25,00, with onion rings and your choice of relish
There is a swimming pool

The map is below.  The place is very easy to find.  If you are unable to find the place, you can call Chris Clarke at 0742392087 or Chris Reddy  at 0827711923

Doors will open at 8.30 and you can start trading from 9.00.  It is a private club so please be considerate of club members, who will be starting a cricket match at 12.00

We look forward to seeing you on the day.  Entrance is free for everyone, dealers and sellers should join the club for a once off annual fee of R130,00, plus R60,00 for a table (we need to pay the CCC for the use of their space)

One of our members, Karel Mars will be bringing some of his valve creations to display

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Title: Re: Today's Vinyl Fair opens in one hour at...
Post by: chrisc on February 26, 2017, 08:10:20 AM
Drive in, park and enjoy.  Cape Town Cricket Club, Victoria Road, Plumstead

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 26, 2017, 01:06:47 PM
Without a doubt our best Vinyl Faire ever.  Approximately 300 people through the door, all the dealers without exception said they are very pleased with the venue and response.  So much so that I doubt we could have fitted another dealer in.

Good vibe, good surroundings and environment.  Easy to find (compared with the school), ample parking (there were 38 cars in the car-park at any one time).  We sold out of boerewors rolls at about 12h00

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Karel Mars came along with a small selection of his amplifiers

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Title: Re: Vivid Audio and VTL presentation at the Park Inn, Newlands Cape Town
Post by: chrisc on March 03, 2017, 08:25:26 AM
An enlightening presentation by Philip Guttentag from Vivid Audio, Luke Manley and Bea Lam from VTL at the Park Inn Hotel in Newlands last night. 
Philip explained the improvement in the new Vivid G1 Spirit which encompasses many refinements to the drivers, the materials used in their construction and the fact that the newer speakers are shorter in height than their predecessor but have the same internal volume.  Luke Manley explained in great detail the design of their valve amplifiers and brought along two 400 watt monoblocks which provided a very smooth and integrated sound.  Bea is the quality control director at VTL and has a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University

Top L to R:  Stefan, Luke with wife Bea, Chris, Philip, Rodney

Middle - the imposing Giya G1 Spirit, finished in matt yellow, with electronics from VTL on the stands.  Not visible behind each speaker is an outboard crossover


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on March 03, 2017, 01:40:53 PM
ai, I didn't check the post off the Vivid Audio presentation. eintlik uit gemis op dit nou!!  :sd: looks like it was a really nice setup.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 03, 2017, 02:27:24 PM
Not the very best sound I have heard, there was a bass resonance in the room, which was almost square, but damn close.  The diction and presence of singers from the speakers was astonishing.  Words like "clean" and "clarity" do not do it justice.  On one Schubert vocal recording, you could detect the choir standing in a line behind the soloist, who herself was some distance from the microphone, with the piano some distance behind her
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on March 03, 2017, 05:18:42 PM
ai, I didn't check the post off the Vivid Audio presentation. eintlik uit gemis op dit nou!!  :sd: looks like it was a really nice setup.

Sies! Wie mis uit op Vivids?

skollie
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 05, 2017, 09:04:19 AM
New Hi-Fi Club safety officer shows his credentials

https://youtu.be/mpwFKgdDM1M

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 05, 2017, 04:37:36 PM
back t the drawing board for the mains conditioner - not dealing to well with Eskom dirty mains
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 05, 2017, 05:11:17 PM
The Vivid evening was great. The spirits certainly look the part (even in the canary yellow livery) and they sounded natural and musical even if a bit soft in the upper registers (for my liking). Good detail and separation and great imagery. The Puccini CD player was used for some of the demo and this component certainly played its role well. The whole system worked in synergy and provided some really good sound. The folks from VTL (the amplifier folk) mentioned that they actually prefer and support vinyl playback at their headquarters in California.

Thanks Phillip, Luke and the rest of the team


Title: Re: Change of venue and date for March meeting
Post by: chrisc on March 06, 2017, 02:21:44 PM
The meeting scheduled for Achim's Loft this Thursday has been postponed for at least one month

Since our usual venue of the WBJS is no longer available, due to school commitments, the club is looking for an alternative venue to hold meetings

The requirements are:

Easy to find
Adequate, secure parking
Available when we need it
Not too expensive
Kitchen facilities
Quiet environment
Seating

A bonus would be:

Room with good proportions for audio reproduction
Free wi-fi

We are open to suggestions

However, in the meantime and since this Thursday's meeting is not going to happen, we have arranged a meeting to be held on:

Wednesday 8th March from 8.00 sharp
Cape Town Cricket Club in Victoria Road, Plumstead

We will experiment with placement of the equipment and speakers and play a variety of music, so your expertise in assisting us to do this would be greatly appreciated

How to get there:

The CTCC is in Victoria Road in Plumstead.  From the Main Road, turn into Victoria Road over the bridge and the CTCC is 500m down in the right hand side.  There is an adequate amount of parking inside the parking area

From the M5, you take the second Plumstead exit into Dick Burton Street, proceed right to the top and turn right into Victoria Road. 250m further on is the CTCC

On Google Maps the CTCC is adjacent to the Tennis Club

We look forward to your company this Wednesday
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 06, 2017, 09:52:01 PM
I will bring a bat and ball
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 07, 2017, 07:32:45 AM
A prize will be handed out by Professor Chris "HD" Reddy to one lucky person....a members hip(no strings attached) free to be used for one year from date of installation....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 07, 2017, 07:45:30 AM
We must put our heads together at this meeting and pray for tales...maybe invite a maiden over?(no short mid wickets allowed during the power play)Those members can come afterwards.Jozua will be attending and will take the silly mid off if things slide out of hand....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 07, 2017, 07:51:38 AM
For those who don't know where the meeting place is....the CTHFC will be at the CTCC adjacent to the CTTC and in the vicinity of the the CTBC....which is right next to the PC (Plumstead Cemetary) (soon to be resting place of most of management.)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 07, 2017, 08:00:01 AM
We can always rely on Andre for accurate and concise instructions.  Andre will stand in Victoria Road waving an ISIS flag.  That should garner some attention
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 07, 2017, 08:02:42 AM
Chris....please forward Dean's account to him....I was the only one to receive free lifetime membership....he just wants to eat for free!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 07, 2017, 08:07:01 AM
I have dug up Rosie the Malpiet drinking girl Dean loves so much....so just to confirm.....I will be bringing the Kookiburrowed. ...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 07, 2017, 08:11:13 AM
We will make sure Dean eats all the silly-mid-off snacks. That way he is sure to get runs. Can you imagine if Jozua was an umpire. He would never raise his finger when the batsman nicks it to the keeper.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 07, 2017, 08:42:03 AM
 :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 07, 2017, 01:41:39 PM
We need to change the venue I think - too many no balls and too close to consecrated ground next door.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 07, 2017, 01:48:38 PM
One of the tracks we will play on Wed is Leonard Cohens "You want it darker" released 3 weeks before his death in November 2016
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on March 07, 2017, 06:29:49 PM
We need to change the venue I think - too many no balls and too close to consecrated ground next door.

6 and out!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 08, 2017, 10:08:29 PM
A small attendance at our 8th Feb meeting, to try out a different venue.  In a word, not really suitable.  A small room was too boomy, the large room too live.  We had the opportunity to listen to a new valve pre-amp built by John Gilmore which Andre brought along

(http://i.imgur.com/nQU21Wt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZQSIWh8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eGweedN.jpg?1)

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 09, 2017, 12:09:31 PM
Agree with views on the rooms. Valve pre-amp (with remote) sounded really nice and "matched" well with the club's "chip amp". Looks and sounds like a winner Andre. Thanks for a nice selection of cookies and good music Chris Clarke.

   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on March 15, 2017, 11:21:46 AM
Soooo.... that's the thank-you I get after (being tricked into) supporting the morally bankrupt unholy institution called "CT HiFi Club"... tsk, tsk, tsk... :whip:

... an all-male gathering that KK visits only to sleep during the sessions in the warmth between the but-cheeks of others... and Dean frequents for free food and the opportunity to flog his snake oil lubed cable at unsuspecting newbies ... and the one who-won't-be-named uses to terrorise the audience with his spitzen-crackle ...
Poor Anthony... how do you cope...

Yes, there is photographic evidence for all these claims, nothing is being alleged nor fabricated - no fake news here! :tongue:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2017, 01:05:45 PM
There is no trickery here as far as I can determine.  This TT was donated to one of our members (Anthony) who paid for it to be repaired.  He in turn gave it to me to dispose of as I thought fit, and I duly placed an advert to sell it at considerably less than the going rate

If you give me your banking details, I will gladly refund you the R1600 you paid me. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2017, 01:39:49 PM
Further to the above, since the Hi-Fi Club guys all live in a commune, we share tasks as well as mistresses and in this case, asked KK, with his superior package handling abilities, to pack the TT securely and have it ready for collection

Hence it is a collaborative effort, Anthony did the scrounging, Jacques did the maintenance, I did the advertising and KK is doing the packaging.  Now no-one can argue that this is a true socialist sharing of efforts. Even our illustrious uncle Julius of EFF fame could not have shared out this task better

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on March 15, 2017, 01:44:28 PM
Even I had a hand in doing a cursory inspection.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2017, 01:51:32 PM
There you go.  Done and dusted.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2017, 01:54:15 PM
Want a preview of the club's proposed new venue?  The audio fidelity in these august surroundings will never sound better

(http://i.imgur.com/ZJvhE8s.jpg)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on March 15, 2017, 02:58:32 PM
There is no trickery here as far as I can determine.  This TT was donated to one of our members (Anthony) who paid for it to be repaired.  He in turn gave it to me to dispose of as I thought fit, and I duly placed an advert to sell it at considerably less than the going rate

If you give me your banking details, I will gladly refund you the R1600 you paid me.
:facepalm: You actually took me seriously!?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on March 15, 2017, 02:59:57 PM
... KK, with his superior package handling abilities ...
Yeah, even us up-north have heard of that... :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on March 15, 2017, 03:32:57 PM
That symbol on the NG Kerk hall looks a little too close to Mussolini's fasces with the twigs missing!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on March 15, 2017, 03:57:16 PM
 :ROFLMAO: and  :ROFLMAO:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2017, 04:29:04 PM
We will start off meetings with a new audiophile's prayer (facing east, your knees on the prayer mat, holding your beads (or is that Catholic?)).  Kent will tell us what to hold I am sure, be it a knob or a ball

Dear Eskom, through whom all signals must start
Give us this day our daily DAC
And forgive us the distortion
Lead the needle into the correct groove
And deliver the sound into our ears
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 15, 2017, 06:26:08 PM
And a warm meal should be served from now on.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2017, 08:00:37 PM
We'll get the leftovers from The Ark night shelter in Piers Road.  Gristly meat, stale bread smothered with hot ketchup to disguise the taste, black bananas.  Put the whole lot into a microwave for 5 mins until it smokes
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: fdlsys on March 15, 2017, 08:23:39 PM
And a warm meal should be served from now on.
:clap: :clap: :clap:  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on March 15, 2017, 08:33:01 PM
We'll get the leftovers from The Ark night shelter in Piers Road.  Gristly meat, stale bread smothered with hot ketchup to disguise the taste, black bananas.  Put the whole lot into a microwave for 5 mins until it smokes

Now that was a good  :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: !!!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 16, 2017, 03:48:08 PM
If you buy the biscuits, we will eat them
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 18, 2017, 07:50:47 PM
Woolies ready made meals will be fine.ill be donating a tdk noise reducer to the hifi club .i expect a certificate of appreciation.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 18, 2017, 09:54:30 PM
Certificate no problem, can also organise a kiss on the *** from KK, will take pics.  Thank you
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 20, 2017, 11:30:02 AM
Dean where are you? - have not seen you in the flesh for a long time.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 20, 2017, 02:04:37 PM
Here is the certificate.  You will see we got some of our friends to sign it.  The one died in 1955, but no bother

(http://i.imgur.com/eQrh4O3.png)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on March 20, 2017, 05:20:27 PM
Please print that i realy eant that for my wall
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 21, 2017, 11:39:36 AM
Dean's abscence from the meetings has reduced the noise in the room considerably - thanks Dean you deserve the award. You will join an illustrious group of awardees notably your friend and colleague Leander Van ....   
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire in April - Saturday 29th
Post by: chrisc on March 22, 2017, 11:23:11 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/JBJEY5p.png)

Directions to the venue and dealer table prices to follow.  Boerewors rolls, beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee available.  We are sharing this very large hall with a dance class so must be completely away by 14h00

Vinyl Faire dates for the rest of the year - all to be held at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Victoria Road

Sunday 25th June
Sunday 24th September
Sunday 26th November
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 23, 2017, 09:09:03 AM
There is a lot of information in this months newsletter.  To join the distribution list, send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com

Join us in May for live concerts at the Endler Hall at Stellenbosch University - details inside

(http://i.imgur.com/A3TNQSL.jpg)
Title: Re: Visit to Waldman Jordaan in St Helena Bay, 1st April 2017
Post by: chrisc on April 01, 2017, 05:36:43 PM
A small contingent of the club visited Waldman and his wife Debora in St Helena Bay.  Waldman made us very welcome, we were able to listen to his 5 Volt single chip amp and a bit more listening to his Linn speakers.  Waldman provided us with a braai, kebabs, wors and salad. 

On the way.  It is about 140km from Cape Town all told and the trip took about 100 minutes each way

(http://i.imgur.com/G4l4SeR.jpg)

The view from Waldman's balcony

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The 5 volt chip amp

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Inside the house

(http://i.imgur.com/rPX54OX.jpg)

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Over lunch

(http://i.imgur.com/bkZdPus.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Wolla on April 01, 2017, 07:17:56 PM
Thanks Chris, Jason, Jozua and Stefan for taking the trip.
It was an absolute pleasure having you visit and thanks so much for taking the time to travel all this way to St Helena Bay.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 10, 2017, 07:38:04 AM
There is a lot of information in this months newsletter.  To join the distribution list, send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com

Join us in May for live concerts at the Endler Hall at Stellenbosch University - details inside

(http://i.imgur.com/A3TNQSL.jpg)

Chrisc, I will be joining you guys on Thursday night the 13th. 
Title: Re: Reminder - Thursday's meeting at Achim's Loft, c/r Castle & St George's Mall
Post by: chrisc on April 12, 2017, 01:18:49 PM
Meet at 8.00pm to sample audio delicacies from Achim.  Sure to be enough to whet your appetite for more

Selection of snacks and drinks for attendees
Title: Re: Reminder - Thursday's meeting at Achim's Loft, c/r Castle & St George's Mall
Post by: Gerlach on April 12, 2017, 08:38:22 PM
Meet at 8.00pm to sample audio delicacies from Achim.  Sure to be enough to whet your appetite for more

Selection of snacks and drinks for attendees

Thanks Chris  :2thumbs: Need to collect my 2 oceans entry after work and then i'm there  :groovy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on April 12, 2017, 08:51:48 PM
Can't miss this! So you guys there!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 13, 2017, 02:32:37 PM
Sounds like a sizeable crowd coming.  No doubt Achim will pull out all the stops

And as a bonus, you can have tomorrow off....

(http://i.imgur.com/O9IQsf3.jpg)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 13, 2017, 10:49:46 PM
The wee-wee in beef was devine
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 13, 2017, 11:36:59 PM
Many thanks to Achim yet again for a great time...it was great seeing some friends I have not seen in a while....awesome as always!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on April 13, 2017, 11:47:18 PM
Some truly awe-inspiring aesthetics, music that ranged from Mahler to Modern and sound quality that was visceral and, er, vivid: around 15 guests spent a memorable couple of hours at Achim's Loft. It's a perspective-changing experience and a rare privilege to be able to encounter the likes of flagship models from Clearaudio turntables, Avantgarde horns and Gryphon amplification in surroundings that to a large extent do them justice.
On a personal level, Although the massive Avantgarde Trio/basshorn combination provides an almost other-worldly realism, at a more real-world price level those Martion Bullfrogs remain a favourite.
The unusual skeletal design from Eden Acoustics was a talking point, with enviable midrange clarity and room-filling ability perhaps not quite matched, in this setup, by a sufficiently solid bass region.
Thanks to our genial host Achim for hosting our visit in typical relaxed vibe.

Eden Acoustics speaker...

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Listening panel...

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Our genial host preparing the Clearaudio...

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Enjoying Martion Bullfrogs against an Avantgarde backdrop.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 14, 2017, 08:31:22 AM
Pictures courtesy Jozua

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on April 14, 2017, 09:09:11 AM
(https://fb-s-c-a.akamaihd.net/h-ak-xat1/v/t1.0-9/17951820_10155112448141678_2928069403908793522_n.jpg?oh=c7e82320d58b05b855080519be93e34e&oe=598F8D53&__gda__=1502919807_21b3b0eceb41b88426122d7155768945)

Kent Kassler with domestic sex aid
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 14, 2017, 09:19:56 AM
My position is that some prefer Mission Cyrus......I will stick with Miley Cyrus thank you very much!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 14, 2017, 09:21:57 AM
...and just to get the facts straight....that most certainly is not my domestics sex aid.....Ursh has her own!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on April 14, 2017, 09:59:50 AM
Was great fun thanks achim
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: deonk2000 on April 14, 2017, 10:19:24 AM
Thanks for the ear-inspiring evening Achim.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on April 14, 2017, 10:23:35 AM
Thanks for that, Achim. It was very different from the normal stuff. Highlight for me was how you managed to silence the normally rowdy bunch! Those horns are awesome! And the Martion "subs" made a great impression.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 14, 2017, 11:45:34 AM
Nice meeting some of the guys last night. Had some good laugh and some of you are classic!!   ;D Then thanks to Achim for hosting us in a really nice place and the listening experience  some really awesome High-End audio! :2thumbs:

(https://scontent.fjnb4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17884077_10155210140467265_7954684025973700150_n.jpg?oh=8acd8ce0a62195815d245b4332bd49a9&oe=59528808)

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 14, 2017, 11:54:23 AM
Ooooo yes!! The Listening Room presents- Record Store Day 2017. Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 AM - 2 PM

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on April 14, 2017, 02:25:06 PM
Thanks for a great evening Achim and to all present - Anthony summed it up beautifully and all the folks present made it a great evening. See link I stumbled on for the horny crowd https://www.facebook.com/groups/759337297515821/

Its a pity Adult world closed as we ended the session - would have liked to see their selection of horns  :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 14, 2017, 02:47:01 PM
Dean and I popped in at Adult World prior to going upstairs....he bought a cantilever straightener and ginseng for his floppy cable....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 14, 2017, 02:50:25 PM
^^^^^ :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :point: :point: :point:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 14, 2017, 02:59:22 PM
He thought the booth in the shop was for listening to the latest "Bose Noise Reduction Headphones".....he came storming out after 5 minutes when it was in fact a booth for "Boys Introduction by Headbones"....he never was a good reader.....or listener for that matter!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 14, 2017, 04:20:14 PM
I cannot figure whether having a sex shop adjacent to an upmarket audio emporium is a bonus or a disadvantage.  I'm sure if you'd asked them, Chris, they would have stayed open late
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Albertronics on April 15, 2017, 01:08:53 AM
Hi Achim. Thank you so much for an outstanding presentation of the audio equipment that you had on show on Thursday evening. some of those turntables on display was totally mind boggling. The best of part of the SHOW for me was the realistic sound of the Chinese drums produced by those massive horns. I was standing at the back of the couch in line with the center of those huge bass horns, and thus between the two main horn speakers. The sound of the drums was absolutely mind blowing. It sounded as if those drummers were present with those huge drums.

Secondly, it was nice meeting the guys on the forum face to face; although some was not too friendly.

Achim, I spoke with you regarding to listen to some of the Tannoy of which I am a huge fan. You said I was most welcome. Please let to know  when and time. Is it ok to bring some of my audiophile cds by Mark Livinson plus other some Jazz cds. Kind regards. Shamil
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 15, 2017, 08:51:29 AM
Unfriendly faces?  That is disappointing to hear

You are most welcome to our next event, which is a Vinyl Faire to be held on Saturday 29th April from 10h00 in the large hall at the N G Kerk in Ophir Road in Plumstead.  You can have a free boerewors roll and cup of coffee or tea
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on April 16, 2017, 11:34:00 AM
It was a pleasure to have you guys at The Loft and I am glad that you seem to like it  ;)

Of course the sound and impression is far far better during individual listening sessions... so whoever has an interest to listen to this or that - you are welcome to make an appointment.

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 16, 2017, 03:26:03 PM
Achim  :whistler: The guys that was there on Thursday , will remember this one  ;D

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: achim on April 16, 2017, 03:34:12 PM
...that looks funny... who did the shot with the headphone or is it your own bottle...?

Louis XIII doesnt sound great but taste amazing...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 16, 2017, 03:55:39 PM
Found the photo on a Audiophile group.

I see there is Remy Martin Cognac Black Pearl Louis XIII up for sale for R412 500
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 16, 2017, 04:30:23 PM
Would go well with Diana Krall or Patricia Barber
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 16, 2017, 06:08:00 PM
.....and even Trance or Jinder.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Albertronics on April 18, 2017, 04:02:00 PM
Secondly, it was nice meeting the guys on the forum face to face; although some was not too friendly.
Unfriendly faces?  That is disappointing to hear

You are most welcome to our next event, which is a Vinyl Faire to be held on Saturday 29th April from 10h00 in the large hall at the N G Kerk in Ophir Road in Plumstead.  You can have a free boerewors roll and cup of coffee or tea

Hi Guys,

I just saw this post now.

I am so sorry. What I actually meant was a lot of sad, maybe unhappy etc. faces; but definitely not unfriendly. I know most of you who were present at the presentation. I had a great time. I am sure most of us wanted to buy, but due to the prices of those fantastic pieces of electronic art, it was out reach for most of us, hence the sad faces. I am sure you know what I am trying to say. I just chose the wrong words to express my observation. I feel like a real d.........s. I really apologise if I offended anyone.  :-[ :-[

Chris, thank you so much for the invitation. I actually would like to officially join the club, if you guys will let me. Just send me the account details.

Kind regards.

Shamil





Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 18, 2017, 04:06:42 PM
Unhappy!  Yes, more than likely from being unable to afford the equipment as you correctly point out  :sd:

We would love to have you as a member, please send an email to: capetownhificlub@gmail.com and I will add you to the mailing list and send you a copy of the last newsletter.  The account details are in there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Albertronics on April 18, 2017, 06:16:22 PM
Thank you for your positive response Chris. Sent you an email.

Have a great evening.

Shamil
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - April and May events
Post by: chrisc on April 26, 2017, 01:38:31 PM
It is the VINYL FAIRE on Saturday 29th, from 09h00 to 13h00 at the NGK Hall, Ophir Road, Plumstead.  LP records, CDs, DVDs, Andre's selected electronics, coke, beers, coffee, boerewors rolls

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Instructions to attend concert:

Details for the concert on 19th May at 8:00  (Doors open at 7.00)
The tickets are R140,00 and the club will make a block booking.  We need to have your confirmation and payment by 12h00 on Friday 5th May.  The booking will be made that day.  Any number of people can come, so you are most welcome to bring a friend
We would like you to join us, so please remit the money to our bank account and send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com showing…
If there is sufficient response for the concert, there will be a partial refund due to you.  The club will spring for a Pizza after the event for members, in Stellenbosch
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 29, 2017, 01:57:10 PM
Our Vinyl Faire - Saturday 29th April at the N G Kerk Hall in Plumstead, a very large hall, some 55m x 30m (hence the gaps in the middle)

A good turnout on a hot, very dry day with the temperature reaching an unseasonable 31 deg

Thanks to the 14 dealers who came along and supported the club, the sales or boerwors rolls, beers, cokes and coffee went well

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Title: Re: Join the Hi-Fi Club at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on 19th May
Post by: chrisc on April 30, 2017, 09:19:09 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Stephan on May 02, 2017, 12:33:56 PM
Always great fun at the Vinyl Fair!!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 02, 2017, 06:55:01 PM
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Title: Re: Last chance to join us for a classical music concert
Post by: chrisc on May 05, 2017, 05:57:53 PM
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Booking will be done first thing tomorrow (Saturday 6th May)

Concert:

A string quartet playing Beethoven compositions

Friday 19th May from 20h00 to 21h30
Endler Hall, Stellenbosch
Free Pizza in Stellenbosch for club members afterwards

Ticket price - R140,00

Send your POP and your name to us* and we will confirm it and send you a map

Pay:  CT Hi-Fi Club - Capitec Bank (470010) acc 1380502320

capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Stephan on May 08, 2017, 03:23:05 PM
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Sounds like a Fun event!!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 20, 2017, 08:41:47 AM
Our visit to the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch gave us a clear and unambiguous message that we have quite a bit further to go to reproduce sound as easily as a string quartet did this evening on 19th May.  A small club contingent attended the concert in the superb Endler hall to listen to three Beethoven string quartets.  Following the concert we visited a local Pizza place and filled ourselves with their excellent offerings

The acoustics in the Endler Hall are really good.   David Juritz gave a short talk about feelings related to music and he was able to stand on the stage and his unamplified voice could be heard throughout the whole auditorium

We were fortunately sitting right in the middle, 4 rows from the stage and were not more than 5 metres from the musicians

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on May 20, 2017, 04:09:37 PM
Great evening of music and also great socially. I want my system to have that kind of "presence" and tonality. We could even hear the main violinist breathe (no other bodily functions and noises noted or observed for the record). 

Amazing how much "sound" 4 instruments create in a hall that size. More pics to follow
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc 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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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: El Sid 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:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on May 21, 2017, 10:26:03 AM
You mean stringing the bows with Van Den Hul the first or Audioquest silver? 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc 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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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - Sunday 25th June at the Cape Town Cricket Club
Post by: chrisc on May 25, 2017, 05:16:38 PM
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Title: Re: Club events in June and July 2017
Post by: chrisc 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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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc 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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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc 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
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc 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. 

Learn about how to achieve better sound at home
Title: Re: Home meeting at Rodney Gold's 16th June 2017
Post by: chrisc 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

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

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A supplementary attraction

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp 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.

   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Adagio 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.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on June 16, 2017, 09:06:28 PM
Thanks again, Rodney!

https://youtu.be/E-DT51owvng (https://youtu.be/E-DT51owvng)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 17, 2017, 01:19:02 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 23, 2017, 02:59:20 PM
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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - 25th June 2017
Post by: chrisc on June 25, 2017, 01:52:49 PM
Our club Vinyl Faires are all different and seem to attract a mixture of old faces (buyers) and new ones.  Today's VF at the Cape Town Cricket Club on an absolutely magnificent Cape winter's day, started off at about 10 deg and warmed up as the day progressed, along with moderate sales of boerewors rolls (Werda Butchery Kameeldoring wors, a pure beef sausage on the dry side), tea and coffee while the bar in the club took care of stronger stuff

Attendance seemed to tail off at about 11.00 but then there was a resurgence of visitors and at this moment, there are still about 30 buyers and viewers there

We met several new dealers who are all keen to participate in our next event, which will be on Sunday 3rd September also at the Cape Town Cricket Club

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on June 27, 2017, 10:01:27 AM
Morning gents....anybody perhaps pick up my silver snakeoil blue rca cables and hand them in on Sunday?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on June 27, 2017, 12:52:12 PM
ONLY A PAIR OF RED CABLES WITH CUSTOM PUFF ADDER PLUGS. They in safe keeping with the Chairman of the club. Please contact him and produce ID if you stake any claim to it
 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on June 27, 2017, 04:54:49 PM
My apologies.....I found them.....the air and space is back again...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on June 27, 2017, 09:12:40 PM
Just a suggestion. How about asking some of the happy customers to pose with their vinyl purchases to advertise the next one.  I can never get an idea of whether there are some gems that may facilitate a flight to CT and overnight to buy some sought after vinyl.  I have been known to drop a large amount on new and S/H in visits to shops and a trip to CT is a nice option if bargains are to be had.

I once cleared 150 Euros at a shop in one go, then another 200 at a market. Total value of the vinyl bought - priceless to me (try finding Witthuser and Westrupp, Ash Ra Tempel, Colosseum, Can, Floh de Cologne, Culture, Ramases, Felix Laband, Gore, Six Organs, Alice Donut, Selma and Conrad Schnitzler and more originals in a 1km radius)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 29, 2017, 05:24:07 PM
Ok, good idea.  We will choose the prettier ones.  Like the third picture above
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on June 29, 2017, 07:20:26 PM
Hey, cant u count? Picture 8
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 30, 2017, 08:17:04 AM
A small club contingent attended a City Hall concert list night to listen to Simon - Seeing Stars, a world premiere, Prokofiev Piano Conerto no 2 and the glorious Frank Symphony in D minor

The sound - what can I say?  We were sitting on the balcony, 40 metres from the 52-piece orchestra.  Every single instrument could be easily heard, the delicate touch of the triangle, the lush sounds of the harp.  This makes you realise that many recordings are very close-miked

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on June 30, 2017, 09:38:37 AM
The white oval is where we were sat, up in the cheap seats. Although as it turned out not the cheap seats and in fact very good. Intriguing how once the set-up had changed for the symphony the sound seemed much more central where in the first half with eyes closed I could pick where particular instruments were located. Maybe they overheard our half time discussion on the merits of Cat 6 vs Cat 5 cable, whether the bass drum sounded better struck more forcefully or less, and whether on the night harpist, tuba player or cymbal dude was the best job on a rand per note basis.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 01, 2017, 10:51:39 AM
Ever on the quest to hear better and better sound, we ventured out to Rick's in Somerset West to pick up a Marantz amp that was donated to the club but needed some TLC to get it working (and still need a little more work, we hope the little part is true) so we prevailed on Rick to play us some music in his beautifully-set up listening room. 

You can see the wannabe audiophiles admiring the setup

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Title: Re: Speaker and amplifier shoot-out - Saturday 8th July in Plumstead
Post by: chrisc on July 03, 2017, 11:31:16 AM
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Join us for an evaluation session, where you do the evaluating and record your scores on a sheet

Home built and modified loudspeakers
Home built and modified amplifiers

We'll play music (10 timed tracks) through each speaker in turn and ascertain which one we like the best

Then we'll change power amplifiers and play a shorter selection through each in turn

Source:  Computer, ARES DAC.  The music being played will be projected on a screen

The session begins at 10h00 and seeing it will take a few hours, we are offering free refreshments and lunch as well.  It will probably be done by 14h00

Venue:  The Boardroom at the N G Kerk in Ophir Road in Plumstead.  GPS:   -34.0219191,18.4762112,17.75   Parking available inside the church grounds.  We will open up at 09h30

You are welcome to bring along a set of speakers to have evaluated.  The club has all the necessary interconnect and cables
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on July 03, 2017, 09:38:49 PM
Chris, date of this session?  :)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on July 03, 2017, 09:51:45 PM
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Re: Speaker and amplifier shoot-out - Saturday 8th July in Plumstead
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on July 03, 2017, 09:59:02 PM


Shot Shonver :thumbs: Missed that part. Ai, Will be missing out on it   :-\
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 08, 2017, 04:10:19 PM
The third Speaker and Amplifier shootout was held this morning at our new venue, the Boardroom at the NGK in Plumstead.  We had 4 sets of speaker, two kindly brought along by Andre, a set of Jordan powered floor standers, another set "found" at an auction, and two from Brian, a new one, finished in blue and an older pair with a sloping front bezel.  Brian's were judged the best by a substantial margin.  We then went along to disconnect the club's power amplifier and first tried the low-voltage single chip stereo amplifier that was donated to the club by Wolla.  This provided excellent sound, but ran out of headroom with loud bass passages.  At about 5 watts, it acquitted itself well.  Another pleasant surprise was Stefan's new build  - a 60 watt/channel amplifier which sounded sounded open and dynamic.  This is the Elliot Sound Products P3a. This uses ON Semiconductor output transistors. 60 to 80 wpc class AB. Designed by Rod Elliot (Australia)

Brian brought along a new selection of music for the evaluation and the pieces chosen were the right combination of solo instrument, voice and bass to test the equipment

We had a lunch break with pizzza's from a local Pizzeria and finished up just before 3.00

The pictures show the seating and equipment layout, and we view and select the music on the screen

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Title: Re: More pics from the 8th July shootout
Post by: chrisc on July 08, 2017, 05:34:10 PM
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How we score the speakers - taken from score sheets

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on July 08, 2017, 08:32:44 PM
A good morning of sound and music and some critical listening - thanks to all who brought equipment and attended. Its amazing how much "sound" those "small" drivers produce. The full ranges in particular had a really big sound for its size, 6" I think. All the other speakers were 2 way designs. Its all about cabinet and crossover design as we all know I think. I was amazed by this as most of my speakers are three way designs with 12" woofers. Good to hear mostly "home grown stuff" sound so good. 

Another positive is that one gets to know about so many artists and genre's of music that we don't normally listen to. So that in itself is also enriching and a real positive spinoff of these club activities for me. The folks at home appreciate that the most because they have grown tired of my 6 test songs I use that they have had to endure for years. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 08, 2017, 09:46:11 PM
Where is my pizza
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on July 09, 2017, 09:09:29 AM
Thanks for comprehensive report ChrisC

Dean we gave it to Andre - we missed you as we do at the other meetings
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 09, 2017, 09:29:31 AM
No, the pizza is in the microwave at the church.  They are open for services today so you can pop into the kitchen to look, it might be there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dean on July 09, 2017, 11:28:13 AM
I will attend next meeting
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on July 09, 2017, 08:26:30 PM
Thanks to all at the DIY meet on Saturday, had a nice time :)
Regards
Brian
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rodney_gold on July 09, 2017, 08:55:51 PM
I will attend next eating
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on July 09, 2017, 09:15:29 PM
Thanks to all at the DIY meet on Saturday, had a nice time :)

You guys won't believe the sound Brian got out of some very budget drivers! But that is not the best part of this speaker. The finish was very arty. The pic shows an earlier speaker using the Infinity Dynamics yellow cone in the background (as usual: very nicely made!), and the brand new (less than a week old!) Blues. Pictures don't do it justice!

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 10, 2017, 12:17:55 PM
The next meeting is at a Recording Studio in Cape Town on Wednesday 2nd August.  Will post the announcement soon
Title: Re: August 2017 meeting - Wednesday 2nd
Post by: chrisc on July 19, 2017, 04:35:00 PM
The August meeting is early, as we have to accommodate bookings at the Recording Studio we are visiting

Bloem street is parallel with Wale Street and 4 street closer to Table Mountain.  The studio is at 21 which is between Long Street and Loop Street

One of our members has a pair of transmission line speakers for sale.  These contain a KEF B139 unit, a mid-range and a tweeter.  Getting on for 50 years old but efficient and with a clear sound.  Asking R2000 for them.  Contact Huntly Jay in Fish Hoek at 021-7851588 / 0839480900.  A bargain for someone. 

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on July 19, 2017, 08:33:07 PM
Chris, count me in, i will be joining. Sounds really nice this one.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 21, 2017, 04:47:56 PM
It will be better than Karaeoke and if the engineer thinks you have talent and good boobs, you might get a job  (boobs are more important than a singing voice) unless you are a Justin Bieber clone
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - 3rd September 2017
Post by: chrisc on August 01, 2017, 09:11:45 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 03, 2017, 08:46:10 AM
The Club's visit to the Milestone Recording Studio in Bloem Street, Cape Town was one of the more interesting ones we have attended

The chief engineer, Murray explained the concepts surrounding the design of his main studio - the floor consists of two layers of reinforced concrete, the top layer decoupled from the wall and resting on rubber blocks, the walls are 3 layers, separated by insulation and none of the walls, floor and ceiling are parallel.  This results in a large room almost devoid of reflections and totally isolated from the outside world, such that a jackhammer crew in the street outside is inaudible in the studio

Many microphones are used and fed into a 48 channel mixer.  This allows individual tailoring of level, adjusting the frequency, de-ssing in the case of voice and creating an effect so that one instrument's frequency range does nor impinge on another

We listened to a selection of recordings, and it works.  The first playback is done using 4, 12" bass units to determine the level of bass energy present, which while not being reproduced on narrower bandwidth equipment, would affect the overall level of the recording

Sound is recorded at 24 bit 48KHz, the 24 bit aspect allowing a much greater dynamic range

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on August 03, 2017, 04:58:07 PM
Chris
Thanks for setting up the evening and for the concise yet detailed report. Some interesting new information and new learning for me last night. I now understand why the NS 10's are found in almost every studio. Listening to recordings in the control room was really interesting when he switched between monitors. Also to know that the engineer / producer is able to influence space and positioning of instruments in the final mix was revealing to me (maybe not so to many others). Most recordings are done on separate tracks with the musicians in separate booths but the final mix puts them together musically and spatially so when we listen it seems like they are in one room and maybe ib different places on / in the soundstage.   

Anyway the lasting impression is that good recordings and productions cost money - so different levels of recording quality exist something we all experience. Lastly the engineer and producer can insert subjective influence on the final mix as there no real industry standards and flat response, does it exist?   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 03, 2017, 05:08:10 PM
Lastly the engineer and producer can insert subjective influence on the final mix as there no real industry standards and flat response, does it exist?   

So, not really info that audiophiles care to hear about?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on August 03, 2017, 08:34:54 PM
Did anyone complain about the recordings being 48kHz only? Perhaps that should help confirm that the whole 96/192k thing is mostly BS and that HD recordings sound better because of the higher bit depth, not the higher sample rate.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on August 03, 2017, 09:14:57 PM
"Sounds" like an interesting evening, even though the other Capetonians (not Shonver at any rate) aren't raving about it. Well done Chris!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on August 03, 2017, 09:17:58 PM
Also to know that the engineer / producer is able to influence space and positioning of instruments in the final mix was revealing to me (maybe not so to many others). Most recordings are done on separate tracks with the musicians in separate booths but the final mix puts them together musically and spatially so when we listen it seems like they are in one room and maybe ib different places on / in the soundstage.   

I have one recording where the American pastor and composer William Smith had this done, even to the point where some his artists were not even in the same country! The LP sounds quite acceptable, but ambience appears to be somewhat 'funny', or knowing how the recording was made, subject to expectation bias.

SO:

It is well known that a large part of the stereo effect of a concert hall performance depends not merely on instrument position but on the ambience of the locale where the 'orchestra' plays. With this type of segregated recording, what happens to that? How does the 'conductor' then proportion the instruments to do justice, as he sees it, to what the composer wanted?

Does the mixing engineer now become the 'conductor'? What is his musical training? I am not familiar with what role this ambience plays in say rock concerts, but I can certainly not picture popular classics or classics yielding a satisfactory result under such 'segregated' conditions, being in reality the sum of twenty or so mono recordings.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on August 03, 2017, 09:37:45 PM
Does the mixing engineer now become the 'conductor'? What is his musical training? I am not familiar with what role this ambience plays in say rock concerts, but I can certainly not picture popular classics or classics yielding a satisfactory result under such 'segregated' conditions, being in reality the sum of twenty or so mono recordings.

Well, you also need to consider that the engineer, having placed those twenty or so mics, has set the levels of each mono channel- so has considerable influence. I worked with (well watched) one such engineer and I was mighty impressed with his skills. Massively expensive desk and latest amps with independent ip addresses etc etc.
Shame. It was an outdoor orchestral event and the wind picked up after the orchestra began in perfectly still conditions. You could hear it whistling down them microphones.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on August 04, 2017, 12:15:34 AM
Choirs and small classical units doing strings as part of other songs or small orchestras are recorded in the larger central room. The engineer indicated that they use a stereo pair of mikes in the front and do in fact attempt to "include" some of the room signature in the recording and the mix. He also indicated that they do have mikes all round the room and close to instrument cluster for monitoring purposes but that the main recorded materials will come via the stereo pair. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 04, 2017, 08:25:56 AM
The only time you are going to hear "natural" recordings where no more than 2 or 3 microphones were used is in the Mercury recordings made between 1958 and 1962.  Example below.  However, Murray did play us the take from two microphones above the musicians at the front of the studio, and to me they sounded quite natural

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Title: Re:Home visit to an audiophile in the country
Post by: chrisc on August 09, 2017, 04:57:49 PM
A most interesting visit at an Audiophile in Stellenbosch on Women's Day 2017.  We were treated to an array of beautiful equipment that would not look out of place in a dealer's showroom, apart from a home in Stellenbosch.

Thanks to our host for a welcome day out, to listen to a better-than-average system, with a beautiful Predator integrated amplifier (made in South Africa) which drove the speakers effortlessly (see last picture)

We even discovered a box of audio cassettes, snug in their box

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on August 11, 2017, 08:44:01 AM
Thanks for hosting Christopher. I really enjoyed the clean open sound of the main system and thought there was good synergy between the Apogees and the Predator. The Theta transport / dac combination sound pretty good as well. I would prefer a bit more bass - but that is personal taste.   

Enjoy
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - 3rd September 2017
Post by: chrisc on August 20, 2017, 06:25:39 PM
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This event is only two weeks away

We would like to add a few extra features

The Venue is Child-Friendly and dog friendly.  There is a large cricket field right outside the clubhouse which will not be in use for most of the event

New refreshments on sale (apart from the CTCC's bar) will be boerewors rolls with onion rings and a choice of sauces for R25,00, tea, coffee and a doughnut for R10,00.

A special note for dealers only:

There is limited parking within the car-park at the Cape Town Cricket Club.  Please in future enter via the Tennis Club, which is immediately adjacent to the CTCC clubhouse on the left.  There is a large empty area where you can park and walking through the passage linking the two areas, it is actually closer to transport your record stacks to the clubhouse

Please do not park in the CTCC parking area, leave this for visitors

We received several complaints about the lack of parking and some people just drove off instead of parking in the street

Look forward to an enjoyable day
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - September 2017 meetings
Post by: chrisc on August 28, 2017, 06:21:33 PM
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Want to get on the mailing list?  Send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com or WhatsApp to 0742392087

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 29, 2017, 06:05:45 PM
Non-members wishing to join us for this outing can write an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 03, 2017, 01:24:37 PM
Despite there now being a Vinyl Faire once a month in Cape Town, today's event on a hot Sunday morning was a resounding success.  Our Facebook page recorded the highest ever response rate for "likes" and "coming" and the people coming through the door certainly proved it

We are now able to use the Tennis Club parking immediately adjacent to the Cape Town Cricket club and by 1.00, there were a further 30 cars parked there

A first for us this session was a LP record cleaning machine brought along by Rouan Bester.  This consists of a tank of distilled water to which has been added a surfacant and small quantity of detergent.  The water in the container is agitated at 8000Hz, thereby allowing the water to penetrate the grooves and literally shake out the dirt and debris.  The records are mounted on a spindle, with separators and rotated.  After about 10-12 minutes the records are taken out and allowed to dry

The photos attached here show the procedure in assembling the machine and in operation.  Click on an image to enlarge it

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on September 03, 2017, 01:44:44 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Saturday away event, 23rd September
Post by: chrisc on September 17, 2017, 04:35:34 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on September 17, 2017, 06:34:08 PM
Be sure to pop into Charles Withington's shop just down from the brewery. He stocks all the local wines and his Voorkamer brandy is tops in my book (and I'm not a brandy drinker- or wasn't...).
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on September 17, 2017, 07:51:29 PM
Brewery now in  the industrial area 5 min away - but there is a nice cheese shop in the smaller premises now, and the famous Darling butchery in the next block down, all in the main road. (https://www.avforums.co.za/Smileys/default/drinks.gif)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on September 17, 2017, 07:53:48 PM
 :dop: indeed- and thanks for the update. Been a year or three...
I do enjoy the Darling wines.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 18, 2017, 04:25:23 PM
Looking forward to the cheese shop too.  These small country towns have the most attractive local produce.  It is the same in Montagu, where I go often.  An excellent new cheese shop with amazing flavours in their range of cheeses
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 23, 2017, 05:48:06 PM
A marvellous spring day saw us at Brian Bester's lovely home (with 4 friendly dogs) in Darling.  Brian went over the methodology used in measuring speaker characteristics and the way crossover components can be chosen, relative to the combination of speakers used in an enclosure.  We then went down to his listening room and spent an hour or so listening to the two pairs of speakers you can see in pictures 9, 10 and 11 below.

After this, we all went to the Darling Brewery restaurant, amazingly busy (but it is of course a long-weekend) and had a beer tasting (14 varities of beer served in 0,1 litre glasses) followed by some very good value and well-presented food.  Due to the place being busy, we only got our food at 2.45 and by the end, were not in a condition except to relax a bit

Thanks to Brian, a really interesting day

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on September 24, 2017, 11:53:44 PM
THIS IS IMMORAL!!

I will seriously call a meeting of the Moderation Team!  Ruthlessly splashing a good day in Darling, in total disregard of a fellow Bolander 'stranded' here on the wrong side of the boerewors curtain.  :boxing:

Seriously, hope you guys enjoyed an outing away from Table Hill. Kudos to all!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 26, 2017, 11:59:42 AM
It was lekker.  Plus, the DB is changing their beer bottles from 500ml to 350ml and were selling their 500ml bottles for R12,00 a pop, so I bought 8.  They have 16 different varieties of beer, ranging through a Weiss, Pale Ale to Dark Beer (a bit like Guinness).  I just came from Ultra in Wynberg, they only sell 2 type of DB beer, I suggested to the man that they explore increasing the range
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on September 26, 2017, 12:14:39 PM
Good people , nice company,  thanks to all who made the trip ....... Ampdog you would have been right at home
beers here      https://www.darlingbrew.co.za/beers.html        I am partial to the darker black mist and silver back,  but they have  good variety
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 02, 2017, 03:43:10 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on October 03, 2017, 10:08:47 PM
I will seriously call a meeting of the Moderation Team!  Ruthlessly splashing a good day in Darling, in total disregard of a fellow Bolander 'stranded' here on the wrong side of the boerewors curtain.  :boxing:

Oom Amp, here's a little consolation prize for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5g80pX4HkM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5g80pX4HkM)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To2thZNzkUA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To2thZNzkUA)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Next Vinyl Faire
Post by: chrisc on October 07, 2017, 12:39:41 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 12, 2017, 08:06:51 AM
Our Capacitor review meeting was instructive.   Jozua presented an illustrated explanation of the various types of capacitors available and discussed their effect on loudspeaker performance.  The presentation file is available from this link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By22-wi-jaVZQXR6ZW5OYi03N2c/view?usp=sharing

After this we listened to various music tracks, swopping the crossover capacitors from an inexpensive set to the most expensive set.  Each time there was a difference in the sound, most often apparent in the impact and cleanliness of the music

After tea we listened to a series of recordings using Brian Bester's speakers, the drivers of which we are considering building into a set of speakers for club use

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on October 12, 2017, 11:22:05 AM
Informative and interesting talk well illustrated with pictures / real components and backed by actual listening evidence

Thanks Jozua
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Ampdog on October 13, 2017, 01:29:35 AM
Thanks Shonver!

(No sea, no beer shown --- oh well .......)

Some news I would have whispered quietly in Mr Bester's ear: 40 years ago places one in 1977 .... By that time the Swedish firm Brühl and Kjaer had everything sophistidated enough to measure and draw those graphs. Was used by the CSIR to model the later Aula Tukkies Auditorium. He seems to have some sophisticated measuring stuff at his disposal though!  It was also a long time since I have seen a trapezium form bass enclosure. Used a lot by the SABC in the fifties.

[And depending on the name of Mr Bester's farm, I probably helped calculating the season's wheat crop yield in the 50's - probably his fathers farm then! The name Diemerskraal comes to mind, but rather a long time ago ....   
(We students augmented the Corporation's staff during the season height to help calculating the crop money and getting the farmers paid.]
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: amirm on October 22, 2017, 08:39:04 PM
Our Capacitor review meeting was instructive.   Jozua presented an illustrated explanation of the various types of capacitors available and discussed their effect on loudspeaker performance.  The presentation file is available from this link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By22-wi-jaVZQXR6ZW5OYi03N2c/view?usp=sharing
That was a well-done presentation.  Thanks for sharing.

Alas, the comments about audibility are badly in need of controlled testing.  Higher end capacitors always "look like they will sound better" more than they can or do.  :)  In addition, capacitors are not precise components so when you swap them, you may actually be changing the circuit transfer function more than any impact from the "betterness" of the capacitor.

I know of one published controlled testing on capacitors at AES.  I did a write-up on it.  See here: https://audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/aes-paper-digest-audio-capacitors-myth-or-reality.176/

And this key part:

"The initial ABX tests involved a panel of fourteen volunteer listeners comprising students and staff in the University. The listeners generally found the tests to be very difficult and quite tiring, and in general, the results from the initial ABX tests gave no usable outcome.

One surprising feature of the tests was that during the initial training part of the tests where the electrolytic capacitor was compared with a film capacitor, and the difference was fairly audible, many of the listeners were unable to correctly identify A or B. In the second part of the tests, where the differences in audio delivery from the two film capacitors was much more subtle, the panel was unable to correctly identify A or B and no useful results were obtained.

Translating that into English, the "easy" case turned out not to be so. What was obvious to the people who created the test, was not to the people taking the test blind. Difficulty of telling the caps apart went through the roof when the two capacitors were of the same kind, i.e. purpose of this test. The testers failed to tell the capacitors apart in double blind ABX test.
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There is a second part to the test which is too complicated to summarize here.  I will go ahead to quote my summary:

Conclusion
My personal conclusion is that they proved one and only one thing: that when blind tested properly using ABX listeners failed to hear a difference between generic and fancy film capacitor. Maybe a different test would be more revealing. But for now, that is the only valid part of the paper. Preference tests are not appropriate and defensible when not backed by statistical analysis that can demonstrate if listeners were randomly voting or not.

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Bottom line, do some controlled testing to confirm assumptions.  Have someone randomly switch the caps and run 8-10 trials to see if you can tell something has changed.  No sense in spending so much more money for spendy capacitors if your ears and your ears alone can't confirm anything has improved.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: rogvel on October 23, 2017, 01:16:37 PM
Hi. Is this club up and running? I am new to this forum. Thanks .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 23, 2017, 03:04:24 PM
Yes, its been going since 2014.  If you email capetownhificlub@gmail.com I'll add you to the distribution list

The next meeting is on Wednesday 8th November at a dealer in Bellville and a notification will be sent out soon
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on October 23, 2017, 03:15:44 PM
Yes, its been going since 2014.  If you email capetownhificlub@gmail.com I'll add you to the distribution list

The next meeting is on Wednesday 8th November at a dealer in Bellville and a notification will be sent out soon

AAAAaaaa nice!! my side of the world. Remember to bring your passports and to put your phone on roaming when you enter BELLVVILLEEEEE guys!!!  :tongue: and red robots means full speed ahead!! ooo what, that's for the taxi's..... hhmmmmm  :giggle:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on October 23, 2017, 04:07:53 PM
Is that why they say that the CY numberplate means come to Belville and See Why?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: 2wice on October 23, 2017, 05:02:40 PM
Is that why they say that the CY numberplate means come to Belville and See Why?
The arrow goes to Parow.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on October 23, 2017, 05:32:29 PM
Sounds better than ‘the myCiti bus goes to Parow’.  Always found public transport in Cape Town and the surroundings much more easy to use than here in Durban although you take your life in your hands with either sets of taxis (I haven’t taken the trains for years but did use CT metro rail out to Stellenbosch a few times on the commuter run - very easy and quicker than my colleague who chickened out and hired a car last minute.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on October 23, 2017, 10:02:29 PM
Is that why they say that the CY numberplate means come to Belville and See Why?

hahahahaha!! Jip!!! just like that!! :rubhands:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 24, 2017, 08:04:25 AM
We drive in convoy and the lead car has a flashing blue light.  Seems to work

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: jeinnor on October 24, 2017, 08:05:43 AM
Is that why they say that the CY numberplate means come to Belville and See Why?

Haha
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 24, 2017, 08:08:06 AM
Sounds better than ‘the myCiti bus goes to Parow’.  Always found public transport in Cape Town and the surroundings much more easy to use than here in Durban although you take your life in your hands with either sets of taxis (I haven’t taken the trains for years but did use CT metro rail out to Stellenbosch a few times on the commuter run - very easy and quicker than my colleague who chickened out and hired a car last minute.

The trains are terrible now.  If they run at all, then you battle to get on, the carriage is infested with pickpockets and the train often stops for 10 mins for no reason at all
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on October 24, 2017, 08:42:20 AM
We drive in convoy and the lead car has a flashing blue light.  Seems to work

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We will have welcome party when you guys enter the Boere wors carton.  :tongue:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on October 24, 2017, 08:45:25 AM
The trains are terrible now.  If they run at all, then you battle to get on, the carriage is infested with pickpockets and the train often stops for 10 mins for no reason at all

It's super bad now!!!!!!!!!! Seen a video last week and a day later I seen it with my eyes. People hanging out the windows, sitting on top and an the front of the train, and the train is moving with them.  :o

(https://www.groundup.org.za/media/uploads/images/photographers/Mandla%20Mnyakama/PRASA-2017051805-MandlaMnyakam.jpg)

(http://www.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2999.1189886400.jpg)

(https://southerncourier.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/07/Train-Picture.jpg)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: jeinnor on October 24, 2017, 02:27:31 PM
It's super bad now!!!!!!!!!! Seen a video last week and a day later I seen it with my eyes. People hanging out the windows, sitting on top and an the front of the train, and the train is moving with them.  :o

(https://www.groundup.org.za/media/uploads/images/photographers/Mandla%20Mnyakama/PRASA-2017051805-MandlaMnyakam.jpg)

(http://www.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2999.1189886400.jpg)

(https://southerncourier.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/07/Train-Picture.jpg)

WTF
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 25, 2017, 08:18:45 AM
Anything to avoid paying the fare it seems.  Why does the driver not refuse to go?  In Europe the driver would be prosecuted
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on October 25, 2017, 11:48:57 AM
Anything to avoid paying the fare it seems.  Why does the driver not refuse to go?  In Europe the driver would be prosecuted

Nope, that's how bad it's because sometimes there is more then 60+ plus cancelled trains for the day, and there is no other way fro transport then. Seen it last week how the train arrived at station as I drive past and people were hanging like this.   
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: jeinnor on October 26, 2017, 10:15:16 AM
Nope, that's how bad it's because sometimes there is more then 60+ plus cancelled trains for the day, and there is no other way fro transport then. Seen it last week how the train arrived at station as I drive past and people were hanging like this.

Its almost like India :-(
Title: Re: November away meeting is at e-Piphany in Bellville
Post by: chrisc on October 30, 2017, 02:09:48 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on November 06, 2017, 10:51:17 AM
Me and the  :angrywife: will join you guys at e-Piphany this Wednesday. She like's that shop. See you guys  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on November 06, 2017, 12:43:59 PM
Right, so you can choose your Christmas gift or maybe she can buy on Wednesday already
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on November 06, 2017, 12:45:35 PM
I'll be there as well. So may or may not join depending on workload/travel.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on November 06, 2017, 12:47:25 PM
Right, so you can choose your Christmas gift or maybe she can buy on Wednesday already

Jip!! Now you talking!!! And she had her eye on that 85' Sharp led tv, so she can buy that for me because i'm in the market for a 65' so that can work  :tongue: 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 09, 2017, 08:25:27 AM
The highlight of the year is always a visit to E-Piphany in Bellville where Hein shows his fantastic (looking and sounding) variety of stunning audio and video toys.  New to us are some valve amplifiers, offering very good value for money.  In the Home Theatre room we were able to view some 4K projected video with sound that rivets you your seat.  There are some new streaming network amplifiers available as well

Our thanks once again to Hein Vercuiel for hosting this meeting.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on November 09, 2017, 09:02:58 AM
A good evening - some really good sounding systems from the new "small" B&W speakers to the big daddy Synthesis amps and Sonas Faber speakers. Vinyl featured in two systems and sounded great. A refurbished AR legend turntable sounded very good coupled to a Project Phonobox a Synthesis amp and B&W speakers (not sure of model).  Thanks Hein and to all who attended
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on November 09, 2017, 11:27:06 AM
Thanks Chris and for the guys that organize last night. Nice to see everyone. Still feel like a fish tank after that 4k video  :tongue: heheheheh!!  Sorry for leaving so early,  :angrywife: was so bietjie aan die moeg kant gewees. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: frikkie on November 09, 2017, 12:05:54 PM
Sadly had to give it a miss due to work commitments... Estate agents work at night... :headbanger:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 09, 2017, 04:40:57 PM
I really fancied these Sonus Faber Olympica 1 speakers (seen at e-Piphany), since a late good friend (Norbert Rozendal) had such a pair, which were hooked up to his Krell

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on November 12, 2017, 11:49:10 AM
Thanks to the Hi-Fi Club for organising the Epiphany visit. The Epson 4K projector was superb. Colours !! WoW. 3x models. R29k & R39k & R110k if I remember correctly.

Gaye was so impressed that she almost agreed that we brick up a lounge window enabling the fitting of a 3m screen !! I should be so lucky.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 12, 2017, 05:35:04 PM
Spurge, I have the latest Plug-in for mini DSP which includes a firmware upgrade to ver 1.11, so if you need it, send me a mail (price - one beer and a listen)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on November 13, 2017, 02:05:42 PM
Thanks to the Hi-Fi Club for organising the Epiphany visit. The Epson 4K projector was superb. Colours !! WoW. 3x models. R29k & R39k & R110k if I remember correctly.

Gaye was so impressed that she almost agreed that we brick up a lounge window enabling the fitting of a 3m screen !! I should be so lucky.

HAHAHAh!! Nice! Verona was the same, she want to skip the 65' tv and want to go the same way, big ass screen on the wall  :cool:
Title: Re: Its our Vinyl Faire on Sunday week, 26th November
Post by: chrisc on November 17, 2017, 03:22:05 PM
When - Sunday 26th November from 09h00 to 14h00
Where - Cape Town Cricket Club, Victoria Road, Plumstead
What's on offer - Vinyl (lots of it), CDs, DVDs, books on musicians, audio electronics
Food - Boerewors rolls, hamburgers, coffee, tea, doughnuts.  Full bar at the clubhouse
Parking - Room for 22 cars, if full go next door to Tennis Club, 30 metres walk
Bring - Some money, your friends, your dog, your kids
Additional attraction - The Computer Club will be there, with tables of bargains

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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire dates for 2018 - The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 18, 2017, 05:20:35 PM
Vinyl Faire Dealers:

All VFs will be held at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Plumstead and be advertised on Facebook

The dates for 2018 are:

25th February
27th May
29th July
30th September
25th November (this last date to be confirmed)

The table fee for 2018 is R80,00 per table.

As you know, the Cricket Club has a bar and we will be selling boerewors rolls, hamburgers, tea, coffee and doughnuts.  Parking for 22 cars in the CC and a further 40 cars at the Tennis Club next door
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 26, 2017, 01:25:53 PM
The club's 14th Vinyl Faire was held on a sunny, if windy day at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Plumstead
Changes today were that we are now selling hamburgers as well as boerewors rolls, and doughnuts with coffee.  Plus we were joined by the Cape Computer Club who had 3 large tables of items for sale

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 25, 2017, 08:02:09 AM
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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - 4th February 2018
Post by: chrisc on January 03, 2018, 08:39:11 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Rotten Johnny on January 03, 2018, 08:58:04 AM
^^^ fake picture ... no clouds in CT.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 03, 2018, 10:41:24 AM
It rained on New Year's Day for about 15 mins.  Recorded 3mm in my rain gauge
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on January 03, 2018, 11:25:50 AM
RJ you have become too accustomed to permanent overcast conditions in the UK - there are clouds in CPT all the time - not necessarily dark and gloomy Nimbus
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on January 03, 2018, 11:30:14 AM
^^^ Yup. And walking starfish, too! Believe it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 03, 2018, 12:25:03 PM
A little bit of artistic licence there.  Nice pic all the same, although Cape Town's beaches have whiter sand

We are a bit worried about vinyl faire visitors not having any money to buy records and thought of suggesting Credit Card machines to dealers.  Simon accepts Snapscan payments, so maybe RCS Credit would be next to offer their services

I mean you don't want to miss out on a bargain or a collector's item?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Red Baron on January 04, 2018, 04:38:37 PM
A little bit of artistic licence there.  Nice pic all the same, although Cape Town's beaches have whiter sand

We are a bit worried about vinyl faire visitors not having any money to buy records and thought of suggesting Credit Card machines to dealers.  Simon accepts Snapscan payments, so maybe RCS Credit would be next to offer their services

I mean you don't want to miss out on a bargain or a collector's item?

...And of course there is ZAPPER too....easy set-up and works like a charm...and I can refer ZAPPER staff to whoever is interested... :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on January 04, 2018, 06:28:41 PM
A little bit of artistic licence there.  Nice pic all the same, although Cape Town's beaches have whiter sand

We are a bit worried about vinyl faire visitors not having any money to buy records and thought of suggesting Credit Card machines to dealers.  Simon accepts Snapscan payments, so maybe RCS Credit would be next to offer their services

I mean you don't want to miss out on a bargain or a collector's item?

I bring my Yoco machine with....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 05, 2018, 03:11:57 PM
Jacques, can we prevail on you to talk about TTs again, or any facet of them, some time this year please?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 09, 2018, 01:53:43 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: alternativeroute on January 12, 2018, 11:27:51 AM
You coming to the shop?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 12, 2018, 02:52:41 PM
You coming to the shop?

That would be nice, thank you
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 14, 2018, 01:11:55 PM
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Do we have a social content - Most definitely yes.  The 5 times a year Vinyl Faires, usually held at the Cape Town Cricket Club on a Sunday (next one 4th Feb) are an excellent opportunity to meet club members, enjoy a beer, have a boerewors roll (we make them ourselves) and browse what is on offer

In addition, we hold monthly meetings in our listening room which has been our home for the past 14 months - The Board Room in the N G Kerk in Ophir Road in Plumstead.  This is a very quiet, carpeted, 12m x 14m room with curtains on one side in the rear of the church grounds.  There is ample parking all around the building and off the street.  The meetings are casual affairs, you can help yourself to a coffee or tea and a doughnut and come inside to see what is on

This month we are screening the Michael Fremer video, an intensely interesting report on the capabilities of modern sound equipment.  We have obtained copies of all 3 recording versions that feature in this talk and the differences will astound you

In March we will probably visit a turntable manufacturer whose product is the best we have even seen, and he will share his experience with us

Meeting topics are pencilled in for a good portion of the year.  However, we are always open to suggestions and invites from our dealers in and around Cape Town

We live up to our motto - "Listen with your ears".  Equipment, source and cable is just one part of the journey, music is at its heart
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Drifter on January 14, 2018, 07:12:56 PM
Can we not do a Cape Town head phone thing?
 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 15, 2018, 07:49:28 AM
Had thought of that, but how to organise it?  We don't want people sitting patiently in silence while headphones are passed around.   Good ideas like this always welcome, practical ideas even more.  Have to give it some more thought
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: capetownwatches on January 16, 2018, 12:19:31 PM
Can we not do a Cape Town head phone thing?

I hope it's OK for me to mention here that I am in the process of organising just such a "Head-Fi" evening for Cape enthusiasts.

It is still very much in the planning stage, but is tentatively scheduled for late February/early March.
It will take place at a City dealer's store, and we hope to have lots of exciting gear on hand.

The idea is simply to have some fun listening to some great gear, and to socialise with like-minded head-fiers.

I will post further details in the appropriate forums closer to the time!

 :groovy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: capetownwatches on January 16, 2018, 12:22:24 PM
Had thought of that, but how to organise it?  We don't want people sitting patiently in silence while headphones are passed around.   Good ideas like this always welcome, practical ideas even more.  Have to give it some more thought

Hi Chris - very happy to chat about this with you directly.
It would not be under the auspices of the club, but I'm sure some members would be interested to attend.

I absolutely do not want to "tread on the toes" of the club in any way shape or form.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 24, 2018, 03:25:28 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on January 25, 2018, 08:12:20 PM
Coventry looks impressive in that picture, in my experience it is a place Trump would describe non-Norwegian immigrants as coming from (but the people are great and the Craic at the pub I frequent when there is excellent)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 28, 2018, 02:56:13 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on January 28, 2018, 03:23:30 PM
I hope there will at least be a rose waiting for me...
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: capetownwatches on January 31, 2018, 10:03:27 AM
I'd love to attend, but it might well be grounds for divorce if I do... :angrywife:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 04, 2018, 01:43:32 PM
A windy (but not wet since it hasn't rained properly for weeks) day for the 19th Hi-Fi Club Vinyl Faire.   We moved the date to the first Sunday since there is a monthly VF in Observatory

Dealers expressed satisfaction regarding the turnover.  We have had bigger crowds in the past

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: skollie on February 04, 2018, 09:01:13 PM
A windy (but not wet since it hasn't rained properly for weeks) day for the 19th Hi-Fi Club Vinyl Faire.   We moved the date to the first Sunday since there is a monthly VF in Observatory

Dealers expressed satisfaction regarding the turnover.  We have had bigger crowds in the past

(https://i.imgur.com/QjE3VZX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EoWC1DR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qBcYG5y.jpg)

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Is that a Micro MR-711 I spyin one of your pics?. If so, very rare, very desireable (Writing about the tt with a touch of blue).

skollie
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: dogears on February 04, 2018, 09:09:57 PM
I think that is one of Alty/JQ's turntables so he should be able to confirm.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 05, 2018, 07:31:12 AM
It is a SANYO direct drive turntable.  The resolution of the picture is insufficient to read the model number
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 09, 2018, 02:09:05 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: JonnyP on February 09, 2018, 06:30:22 PM
The TT playing PIL’s ‘The Flowers of Romance’ is the Sanyo, the wood-look one is a Lenco L90 and someone was presumably buying the classic ‘Headhunters’ by Herbie Hancock
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 14, 2018, 01:56:15 PM
See the audiophile and beginner-audiophile guys and girls tonight - 8.00 at the NGK Plumstead


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on February 16, 2018, 01:54:41 PM
Thanks for the Valentines Hi-fi Club meeting. The eg of the more compressed recording as illustrated in the Quincy Jones court case was clear to hear. Well illustrated. Thanks.
Title: Re: Meeting - Saturday 17th March
Post by: chrisc on February 28, 2018, 07:56:40 AM
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If you are not on the club's mailing list, you can send an email to: capetownhificlub@gmail.com and we'll include you.  You don't need to live in Cape Town!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 12, 2018, 07:59:37 AM
The meeting at Lance Dixon's house has been postponed one week, to Saturday 24th March, also from 1.30pm

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 15, 2018, 04:00:41 PM
April meeting advance notice

We will be giving some serious listening to:

SOtM SMS200 streamer
ZOTL40-MK-II amplifier
UBIQ Audio Model 1 speakers
LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on March 23, 2018, 08:43:46 AM
Guys, I was so looking forward to joining you at Lance's. It's been many years since I'd seen him last. Sadly, I have to work. I know you chaps will enjoy it.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 24, 2018, 11:56:11 AM
What you WON'T be seeing or listening to if you come to the Cape Town Hi-Fi Club's meeting this afternoon.

I can guarantee it

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 24, 2018, 06:13:50 PM
An amazing afternoon at Lance Dixon's home in Capri Village (close to Fish Hoek).  A good crowd of enthusiastic people were introduced to the "Revolve" turntable, fitted with a Graham arm and van den Hull cartridge.  Expensive stuff to be sure, the turntable sells for R350k, the arm for a further R100k and the cartridge yet a further R100k

But what definition and accuracy!  We heard music and sounds from recordings that had not been heard before.  Words cannot satisfactorily express the nuance of sound we heard, except to say it was quite stunning

Lance's home is on the side of a mountain and thus has a marvellous view over Noordhoek.

The club would like to sincerely thank Lance for his hospitality and introducing us to a fine array of products

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 25, 2018, 03:34:03 PM
The Hi-Fi Club's listening panel concentrate on aspects of the music

During this period, we were listening to Dire Straits "Private Investigations", always an essential recording for serious evaluation.  Many of us there present can say this is the best reproduction of this song heard

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on March 25, 2018, 07:51:56 PM
Thanks for the invite and for the show. Was really good and love the setup!!

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Nirvana on March 26, 2018, 05:50:34 PM
Fantastic,all Home Brew set-up,with a highly impressive tt there Lance!   :notworthy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Lance on March 28, 2018, 08:46:18 AM
Hi Guys and Gals, you have finally got me onto the forum! 

I would like to thank Chris, Jozua and the Hi-Hi club for honoring me with the visit, I really enjoyed having you around for a listen to the turntable etc., it was a pleasant afternoon, good (slightly rainy)weather, good company, and good music!

Thank you all for the feedback and enthusiastic comments.

This project, as many of you have realized, has been and continues to be an absolute delight. The latest of which was listening to it with the Graham/VDH at the sharp end (kindly lent to me by Francois). This has elevated the quality of sound to the level that I initially dreamed of when the project began.

If anyone who missed the session would like to come over for a listen, please feel free to give me a call, you are all welcome.

Enjoy your music!

Lance.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Schalk on March 28, 2018, 10:03:38 PM
Well helloooo Lance, have we met before? :thinking: Oh YES, Simonstown at that lovely dockside restaurant, and Blouberg Hotel and.. at your house of course, and at your factory down in Lekkerwater Road, Kommetjie. Welcome to AV Forums, at last!

I've just been thinking about the roaring welcome you have received since this morning. And the healthy debate/feedback by two individuals who out of a pretty crowd (judging by the photos) seems to accentuate the SLAAPSTAD part of the Cape Town area in General. Of course the comments by two individuals who could not make it are taken into account as a bit of a redeeming effort.

Ah well, to us unfortunate ones elsewhere who could not be there, let me break the ice from us "elsewhere". Well done Boet, you have researched, calculated, traced the best materials, machined and split your nails. Really learned how to swear in intergalactic terms, picked up the pieces after countless dissapointments and forged ahead. Guys, this took a while, really. We all need to be extremely proud of what Lance has managed to do here.

Thank you Chris, for putting together this visit and for your enthusiasm in supporting Lance. I know Gerlach was there too because he also chimed in with a report. And then of course the ever elusive but precious one who cannot be named on this forum was there too, with a glowing report back to me. Many thanks oh Nameless One  :2thumbs: I respect your accurate feedback.

Now guys, anyone else with a view of your own about this achievement by Lance? We all "up here" and elsewhere would love to hear more..

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Francois on March 29, 2018, 03:28:24 PM
dont worry about feedback. ;D ..we will have Lance here in May for a shootout: SME30/Graham vs Revolve/Phantom.  Actually, no, its to proof how bloody good the Revolve is that we pitch it agains the best.


Dates to follow later....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 29, 2018, 03:44:14 PM
I missed this one but will get to hear the system and TT in particular at another time. Just glad its not called a Dixon
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 31, 2018, 04:47:04 PM
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Title: Re: Meeting - 14th April 2018 at 1.30pm
Post by: chrisc on April 01, 2018, 10:27:20 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on April 01, 2018, 02:45:10 PM
Allsorts. Ramsey Raad and Lance Dixon on the page.  :whistler:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 07, 2018, 06:29:49 PM
Live music event advance notice for June

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Saturday 2nd June (not sure about time but probably 8.00pm) at the Baxter Theatre in Rosebank, Cape Town

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival

THE LITTLE GIANTS, BERGVLIET HIGH SCHOOL  BIG BAND, HEATHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, BEAU SOLEIL MUSIC CENTRE, WYNBERG GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND, ALUMNI BIG BAND  (Led by Mike Campbell)

The club will organise discounted tickets for the event.  We also plan to visit a restaurant nearby before the concert and are making up our minds about a suitable place.  Currently it is Mike's Kitchen at 88 Camp Ground Road, but we will confirm it.  Partners are also most welcome and we promise not to talk shop the whole evening

Early in May we will send out a notification about this event

This will be in addition to our regular May meeting, which is currently being planned - watch this space
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 13, 2018, 08:35:37 AM
Want to hear one of these in action tomorrow, Saturday 14th?  Audio Tweak in Capri Village is having a demo.
Want to go?  Email ramsey@audiotweak.co.za or WhatsApp to 0836761250

The club will provide refreshments

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Meeting 14th April
Post by: chrisc on April 14, 2018, 06:28:29 PM
Another very successful meeting at the home of AudioTweak - Ramsey Raad in Capri Village, on the slopes of Elsies Peak in Fish Hoek.  The room was just full enough for us to swap about and listen via the "hot" seat, which is the way the system is organised

The equipment consisted of a SOtM SMS200 streamer,  ZOTL40-MK-II amplifier which is a transformerless (output transformer that is)(pic 9), UBIQ Audio Model 1 speakers (made in Slovenia).  The signal from the music server is fed via audiophile grade LAN cable to a LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC

The detail, sweetness, clarity and dynamic sound are outstanding

We noticed a gadget on the top of the speakers which turned out to be a Taket Batpro piezo super-tweeter (see last picture).  This unit has a variable attenuator and it was found that with the level set to the first position, the clarity of voice and attack of musical notes was immediately improved

Our thanks for our host, Ramsey for a most interesting afternoon, listening to a variety of music

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Lance on April 16, 2018, 04:45:57 PM
Thanks Ramsey for the demo, lots of 'audio tweaks'

I agree with Chris, interesting to chat about each of our respective systems, and enjoyed listening to Mark Knopfer and Louis Armstrong and thank you for introducing us to the 'Juri Honing Trio', just got to get some of that!

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 18, 2018, 12:18:24 PM
Some better pictures of the current audio gear on hand at AudioTweak

Taket Batpro 2 super tweeters
SOtM sMS-200 NAA (streamer) + SOtM Battery PSU.
LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC.
UBIQ Audio Model 1 speakers
Linear Tube Audio ZOTL 40 MK2 power amp (40W P/Ch)
Quadraspire Bamboo rack
Isotek mains filter

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 18, 2018, 01:02:59 PM
Is that a separate earth wire on the Isotek? Wish i have joins you guys last Saturday, but we were busy painting.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 18, 2018, 02:18:26 PM
Yes, that green tag goes to an "earthing box".  All the devices that need to be earthed go to this box.  I don't know if this in turn goes to the house earth spike

If you look at the bottom row of pictures in the post dated 14th April when I reported on the meeting, the middle picture shows a wooden box.  This is the earthing box.  We were not permitted to look inside, so for further details, you need to ask Ramsey

How can painting supercede listening to audio?  Something not right there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on April 18, 2018, 09:04:28 PM
Thanks for the info. Something that i must look into.

Oooooo no, the music was playing in the house from 8am the morning till late that evening. Deezer pulled some really good oldies out to play. Just wishing i joined you guy's that side.
Title: Re: May 2018 meeting announcement
Post by: chrisc on April 23, 2018, 03:44:18 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 27, 2018, 10:21:06 AM
I see what you did there Chris!
"...a satisfying audio experience."
I will have to call Ramsey and tell him you gave him the polite S.A. suburban slang equivalent of 3 out of 5 What Hi-Fi stars..
.!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 27, 2018, 10:26:06 AM
Well, rather satisfying than unsatisfying, don't you think?  I did say "very" as opposed to "quite"

Btw, you and your chommie Dean have been absent for many months.  Why not come along on 9th May, it will be even more satisfying?  In the meantime, see you at the Vinyl Faire on Sunday week.  Bring along some of your bargains, especially electronic ones
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Kent Kassler on April 27, 2018, 06:21:45 PM
 ;D...Will do Chris...
Title: Re: May 6th Cape Town Vinyl Faire
Post by: chrisc on May 05, 2018, 11:21:30 AM
Its tomorrow!


Enjoy a warm late autumn day browsing LP records, CDs, DVDs, books, some audio electronics at our May 6th Vinyl Faire at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Victoria Road in Plumstead

We suggest that DEALERS park in the adjacent TENNIS club, which is less than 30 metres from the clubhouse.  This will leave the Cricket Club parking which is limited, for visitors

We have freshly prepared boerewors rolls, tea, coffee and dohnuts and the club has a full bar

We look forward to seeing you tomrrow
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 06, 2018, 01:01:58 PM
Without a doubt our best Vinyl Faire ever

A fantastic Cape autumn day, plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the mid 200, no wind.  There were 19 dealers along and a surge of visitors coming in steadily right from 8.30 until we left at 12.30

Future Cape Town vinyl faires on 8th July, 9th September, 4th November and possibly 9th December

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2018, 02:56:39 PM
Club meeting this evening at 7.30

Tonight we are visiting Andrew Hooper at 10 Muir Road in Rondebosch
This is the first time the club has been there, so we will first determine suitable speaker positions for the listening audience
We'll then go on to listen to a selection of music and compare 3 different Digital to Analogue Converters, an Arcam ir DAC, a Denafrips ARES and a Viviere
You can select the music to be played from a list of 31 pieces

Refreshments are on hand
Title: Re: June event - food and jazz - book by Sunday 13th May for discount tickets
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2018, 04:01:19 PM
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To book

Please send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com and tell us

How many tickets you would like
Do you want to join us at Mike's Kitchen at 6.00pm for supper (average main course is R118,00)
We will email you back when the booking window has closed on Sunday 13th May and we have booked and paid for the tickets
You then remit via EFT into the club's account, the number of tickets @ R100,00
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2018, 10:37:34 PM
An evening at Andrew Hooper's home.  Lovely large room with a vaulted ceiling.  We tried our new Rogers LS/3A speakers and after some adjustment with position and height, got them sounding wonderful. Our sincere thanks to our host

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Baseline on May 10, 2018, 07:51:21 AM
Indeed a most enjoyable evening in a special room dating back to 1937. One minor correction, the speakers are Rogers LS4a/2 and most impressive for their size. They produced a big, bold sound with serious bottom end when fed by well recorded tracks. I am sure the size and volume of the room allowed the speakers to blossom. Thank you to Andrew for his hospitality and to Chris and the Hi-Fi Club for arranging the evening. Also good to finally meet Jozua with whom I had only communicated via text thus far.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: PapaH on May 10, 2018, 11:27:46 AM
It was indeed a very enjoyable evening, and a most unusual and interesting room - visually almost a medieval feel, one almost expected to see a knight in armour appear - and acoustically the size, shape and volume gave the speakers great possibility to bloom which they did very well, a great acquisition by the club.

It was also interesting that with good speakers in a complementary room acoustic, how well it revealed the difference in good and bad recordings.  For example, to my ears, the Saint Saens Symphony 3 extract seemed dead, dry and lifeless, it gave no senese at all of a large symphony orchestra and pipe organ in full cry in a large hall, it sounded like a dry studio recording to me.

Many thanks to our host Andrew for his hospitality, and to Chris and crew for all the arrangements and setup etc.  It was good meeting you Deon, thanks for the interesting chat.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Louisek on May 27, 2018, 04:13:52 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 03, 2018, 09:06:58 AM
The club's foray into Live Music continued with a visit to the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday 2nd June to attend the last concert of the Big Band Jazz Festival.    On the stage were several Cape Town school big bands, the Beau Soleil Music Centre and a professional group of musicians, the Almuni Big Band lead by Mike Campbell with a visiting musician from Georgia State University

An outstanding concert in all respects and it is marvellous to see such young talent being coached into what is for us a wonderful medium of big band jazz

Bands included: The Little Giants, Heathfield High School, Wynberg Girls' High School, Beau Soleil Music Centre and the Alumni Big Band

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on June 03, 2018, 09:33:01 AM
You missed Bergvliet High.

Chris and the gang, thank you for arranging this. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time, I am planning to bring my sons and their friends along.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 03, 2018, 02:08:12 PM
Yes, Bergvliet High were one of the better bands.  They appeared just after the interval and I was most impressed by the lady teacher who took great care to lead the musicians through their repertoire.  One of the other music teachers simply vaguely waved her hands about and did not seem to offer direction, which IMO is essential when leading a music group

The leader of Beau Soleil and also Mike Campbell were outstanding in this respect.  Sitting in the third row, we had a marvellous view of what the band conductor was doing.  As well as hand gestures, he rolled his eyes when someone played a bum note or missed a cue
Title: Re: July 2018 Vinyl Faire in Cape Town southern suburbs
Post by: chrisc on June 10, 2018, 12:22:53 PM
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Title: Re: A big THANK YOU to all our donors
Post by: chrisc on June 16, 2018, 04:32:36 PM
During the last few months, the club has been very fortunate to receive some excellent and useful donations, from participants of this forum

We don't want your gifts to us to go unrecognised, so a big thank you to:

Waldman, for a pair of Rogers LS/3A large bookshelf speakers.  These have already produced most satisfying sound at our June house meeting

thenoizeguy for the donation of a Shure V88 stereo microphone.  This is something we have been after for some time, and seeing we have talented members who are adept on musical imstruments, we want to record them, if not for posterity, but as a learning exercise

Waldman (again) for a Rotel speaker switch box.  Since many of our meetings involve switching from one component to another, this will enable us to do it cleanly and easily, instead of fumbling around on the floor

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Title: Re: A big THANK YOU to all our donors
Post by: Wolla on June 16, 2018, 04:52:35 PM
During the last few months, the club has been very fortunate to receive some excellent and useful donations, from participants of this forum

We don't want your gifts to us to go unrecognised, so a big thank you to:

Waldman, for a pair of Rogers LS/3A large bookshelf speakers.  These have already produced most satisfying sound at our June house meeting

thenoizeguy for the donation of a Shure V88 stereo microphone.  This is something we have been after for some time, and seeing we have talented members who are adept on musical imstruments, we want to record them, if not for posterity, but as a learning exercise

Waldman (again) for a Rotel speaker switch box.  Since many of our meetings involve switching from one component to another, this will enable us to do it cleanly and easily, instead of fumbling around on the floor


Thanks Chris for your kind words and I’m glad the kit is getting some proper use. Cheers guys.
Title: Re: July 2018 meeting
Post by: chrisc on June 23, 2018, 10:24:19 AM
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Full details in the newsletter. 

Want one?  Send an email to: capetownhificlub@gmail.com
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 23, 2018, 10:26:04 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 01, 2018, 11:29:38 AM
Five of us visited Ramsey Raad (Audiotweak) in Capri Village on a wet and windy Cape Town Saturday afternoon.  Ramsey not only treated us to lunch, but let us listen to his much improved system, not so much different equipment (I don't think there was anything new) but some minor alterations (low-gain valves on the Lampizator DAC) and general tweaks

A stunning track was "Walking On The Moon" by the Yuri Honing Trio, from their album "Star Tracks".  Amazing clarity, depth of field and presence.  Audio has certainly matured listening to the selection of music

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A very firm Thank You to Ramsey for providing a superlative listening session
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Adagio on July 01, 2018, 05:50:07 PM
Looking forward to the Head-Fi gig.  >>  :groovy:

Hopefully will be better attended :thinking: - although those who miss out on these events truely do.

The Afrikaaners have a wonderful saying: Jammer oor jou    k  :cr@p: k   te hoor.

I guess the english equivalent would be : You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink


Either way folks are missing out, - though it is squarely their loss.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on July 02, 2018, 01:36:31 PM
Thanks Ramsey for the invite and thanks to the Club that arrange the meeting. Had a lekker chat after the demonstration.
Title: Re: 2018 Speaker shootout, 11th August
Post by: chrisc on July 04, 2018, 12:14:34 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 12, 2018, 08:56:58 AM
Our meeting at Jacques' emporium, The Turntable Guy, in Durban Road was very well attended.  A most interesting shop, with many audio items from the past on display, plus some of Rega's latest turntables

Jacques went over the many improvements that have been made to the design and construction of Rega glass platter turntables from their heyday up to the mid-1980's until the vinyl resurgence today which has enabled Rega to spend more time and effort into improving the build of their flagship products today

A big thank you to Jacques for hosting this meeting, which was most interesting and a great success

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The model from the 1980's

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2018's iteration

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on July 12, 2018, 09:08:49 AM
iNTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE EVENING. tHERE IS STILL A LOT TO BE SAID FOR VINYL AND NOT ONLY AT STRATOSPHERIC PRICES OF SOME OF THE NEW HARDWARE OFFERINGS (SORRY CAPS LOCK ON AND NO TIME TO RETYPE). Rega stuff (TT's, amps and phono stages) gave a really good account of themselves as did the other favourites like the Linn LP12 coupled to a Mission Cyrus.

Thanks Jacques and all who attended for the interaction - for the record (no pun intended) KK (Kent Kassler) was there too and you know what that means: wow but no flutter due to extra tolerences and machining techniques for the bearings
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 23, 2018, 08:56:27 AM
We had another home visit to Ramsey (of Audiotweak fame).  He has replaced the Golden Dragon valves in the ZOTL 40 Mk 2 power amplifier

Any trace of muddied bass had totally disappeared.  Every note was perfectly articulated and precise.

We listened to a variety of recordings, ranging from Rimsky-Korsakov to the Beatles.  A well-worth visit.  Thank you Ramsey
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Meeting 11th August 2018
Post by: chrisc on July 25, 2018, 10:33:04 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 29, 2018, 09:40:33 AM
A visit to an audiophile

Tucked away in a most interesting house in Newlands, in the forest with a stream at the bottom of the garden, is this dedicated audiophile who has applied many gadgets and exotic cables to augment the listening experience

We saw for the first time, a CD trimming machine which planes less than 1mm off the edge of a CD, making it accurately circular and cuts off the trim at a 45 deg angle.  You then apply an optical sealer to this fresh edge

What looked most interesting but we were unable to try it, were a set of gold ribbon interconnect which came in a solid box with an attractive gold material inlay

Top row, left to right:   The equipment rack.  A Manley DAC.  A Jungson Class A integrated amplifier
Middle row:  Speakers with ribbon tweeters.  A Statmat.   The CD edge trimmer
Next row:  Some cable lifters.   The box with the gold ribbon cables.   The lid of the box
Bottom:  Some silver mains cables which possibly might be offered for sale at some stage

The sound - very good voice and imaging,  The bass was not extended, due to the small boxes, but was adequate


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 11, 2018, 02:58:31 PM
Our fifth Speaker Shootout took place this morning in the Board Room at the NGK in Plumstead

Equipment to hand included the club's music server, a Devialet DAC/amp, the club's Marantz amp, our new speaker selector switch which enabled several speakers to be wired at once, thereby saving time connecting and disconneting

People who brought speakers were Brian Bester (his new Unsquares with a tweeter enclosed in a 3D printed small enclosure, his blue boxes, Jozua's ribbons, Andrew's reconed Missions, Stefans 2.1 way column speaker

The levels were measured using a calibrated microphone with a pink noise tone to make sure each speaker was played at an equal volume.  We spent a good 3 hours listening to a selection of music, with a break for tea and doughnuts and pizzas at lunchtime

Brian's modified Unsquares were voted the best by far

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on August 12, 2018, 10:02:21 AM
looks like good fun was had.. I was planning to come with my speakers but OX changes meant the day was spent in the garage redoing things.. I had planned to finish Friday but it never happened :(
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Michon on August 12, 2018, 07:40:24 PM
Sorry boys, if the tests weren't blind the results aren't valid.
(Just kidding, of course).


Are those the same Unsquares, simply with an added tweeter, that I listened to at Francois' home at the DIY showcase? I was enthralled by them that day. I recall them being a smaller two way. If these are an entirely new version is there a build thread that I missed?

I would enjoy attending events like these. Ones where you actually listen in the same space, to the same music at the same level whilst changing a single component.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on August 12, 2018, 09:03:29 PM
Hi Michon

where you actually listen in the same space, to the same music at the same level whilst changing a single component

this Chris and Jason did  for us -  thanks guys  -      ..... only changed the speakers    ............... and then one one set of speakers,  listened to  three amps.............. 

The Unsquares here were the the (original)  larger set , done before the ones (Unsquare mini) you listened to in JHB. They started as a 2 way now upgraded to a 3 way....
(  build thread to folllow soon )

(https://i.imgur.com/yX0KHIF.jpg)

mini set got a dedicated stand  in the mean time ( adding a bass tucked away in the back , making it a 3 way if you want , external Xover)

(http://i.imgur.com/xPQWotu.jpg) (https://imgur.com/xPQWotu)

3D printed tweeter pod

(http://i.imgur.com/wSAUY8V.jpg) (https://imgur.com/wSAUY8V)

and this shot  - in almost done condition (mid flange also 3d printed)

(http://i.imgur.com/fPnUJue.jpg) (https://imgur.com/fPnUJue)

mid nude not pretty , needs a flange

(http://i.imgur.com/6ggBfVP.jpg) (https://imgur.com/6ggBfVP)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Michon on August 12, 2018, 09:53:24 PM
The Unsquares are so impressive. Thank you for sharing the photos and congratulations on the achievements of this design.

What was the result of the amplifier comparison? Was this level matched and done with the same music too?


...his blue boxes ... Stefans 2.1 way column speaker

What are the blue boxes and where can we see Stefan's column speaker?

Are these Jozua's ribbons?
(https://i.imgur.com/7Qjb3kL.jpg)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 13, 2018, 12:34:04 PM
Yes, they are.  We considered them to be very close to the Unsquiares
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 13, 2018, 01:06:43 PM
My thoughts about some of the speakers on demo:

The Club's reference Rogers LS3(?) and the 3-way Unsquares were to my ears the most neutral. These two speakers, for me, reproduced Norah Jones' Don't Know Why the best and in - my opinion - the most accurately. The Unsquares produced very low bass, but otherwise did not draw attention to itself.

To me, on the day, The Blues were the better all-round speaker. I was surprised that The Blues' tweeter sounded particularly sparkly, in a pleasant way. That, of course, doesn't make it the best speaker. But, subjectively, that's what I heard.

Jozua's ribbons had hands-down the best treble. Sound from the ribbons was effortless and airy. And the bass was also pleasant. It is in the handover between the drivers that they lack. I suspect that some crossover re-thinking will go some way to fixing that.

We didn't hear tracks that challenged the lower extremes of the speakers, so most of them did OK here, besides some that to me had a bit of resonance (looseness, wooliness) at the lower end.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on August 13, 2018, 01:48:39 PM
to recap for Michon    the Blues   presented previously

https://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,65178.msg793584.html#msg793584

only made the trip because I wanted to hear them in the same sitting as the rest , did not have time for that at home, before the event , and they happen to fit in my car with the other set and stands  :)  ..............

I believe Josha's ribbons are from Newform Research and then 2 x 5 inch Vifa drivers in a sealed cab
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Wolla on August 13, 2018, 03:15:35 PM
My thoughts about some of the speakers on demo:

The Club's reference Rogers LS3(?) and the 3-way Unsquares were to my ears the most neutral. These two speakers, for me, reproduced Norah Jones' Don't Know Why the best and in - my opinion - the most accurately. The Unsquares produced very low bass, but otherwise did not draw attention to itself.

For clarification, the club's reference speakers are: Rogers LS4a/2. They are larger than the famous LS3, but also a 2-way monitor.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 13, 2018, 03:16:55 PM
For clarification, the club's reference speakers are: Rogers LS4a/2. They are larger than the famous LS3, but also a 2-way monitor.

Thanks for the correction.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: ron g on August 13, 2018, 06:48:22 PM


those unsquares in jhb are what started me down the dap rabbithole.
after hearing the difference between the dap that was driving them (fiio x? iirc) & my cellphone sound (sony z5iirc) i appreciated just how bad the sony sounded.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 18, 2018, 06:32:42 PM
What the club does in its spare time  :)

Jason has built a 4 channel amplifier in which the frequency profile of each amp can be adjusted on the fly and wirelessly from a script.   We were playing with it this afternoon and its capabilities were amazing.  In all likelyhood this will be the subject of the meeting we have planned for October

The black device on the left is a Xonar DAC

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on August 19, 2018, 05:16:01 PM
Would b interesting to hear what the 4 channels can disclose when compared.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 19, 2018, 09:33:44 PM
Its more of an active crossover.  Jason is always putting together these projects.  The aim is to have a system using multiple speakers, each driven by its own amplifier and each speaker to be tailored by a computer to achieve the optimum result.

This was a prototype, to see if the concept would operate, and it did.  At the moment it is command-line driven, but the aim is to have 16 channels, each of which can be adjusted on the fly

We are planning to have it operational for the November meeting, but will let you know
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Louisek on August 22, 2018, 08:30:57 PM
The Xonar DAC you used - this is an inexpensive device - below £90 is it not?   I have one about 5 years old in my apartment in Amsterdam and was astonished at the clarity.  Not as sweet and inspiring as a Devialet, but all the detail is there
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting 12th September 2018
Post by: chrisc on August 25, 2018, 08:52:01 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 25, 2018, 08:56:07 AM
The Xonar DAC you used - this is an inexpensive device - below £90 is it not?   I have one about 5 years old in my apartment in Amsterdam and was astonished at the clarity.  Not as sweet and inspiring as a Devialet, but all the detail is there

The Xonar DAC goes for about R1300 here.   It has lots of facilities, the design appears to be about 5 years old.  It will handle up to 24bit 192KHz but not DSD

I thought you lived in France?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - Vinyl Faire today
Post by: chrisc on September 02, 2018, 01:14:15 PM
A rainy start to the day meant (we think) that the LP collectors arrived early.  By 9.45 we had sold out of donuts and had to buy extra supplies and wors for the boerewors rolls, which we sold all 30 by 12.15

Thanks to Ernesto who also advertised the event on Facebook, the turnout was the highest ever, with over 350 people passing through the doors.  Many dealers took several thousand Rand in sales.  We spotted a visitor leaving with crate of LPs.  He said he had come to refurbish his vinyl collection and brought R10 000 to spend, and spent it all

Please come back again sir

We have asked the Cricket Club if we can hire it again on 2nd December
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 13, 2018, 08:11:17 AM
Our event on 12th September was sparsely attended but we had an interesting time none the less.  There were two slightly modified power amps present, playing via the club's peripherals. 

Jason presented a taste of his idea of development of speakers, all individually driven with its own amplifier, controlled by a digital crossover which can tailor the frequency presented to each speaker but can also time-align each driver

This became immediately apparent when listening to music, whereupon the soundstage became wide and deep

Our thanks to our host, Andrew at his home in Rondebosch

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on September 13, 2018, 08:34:59 AM
I would have loved this, but was not able to attend. Looks rather cosy!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 13, 2018, 09:31:22 AM
Our host for last night's meeting, Dr Andrew Hooper

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on October 04, 2018, 10:32:29 PM
Great venue. Large open volume.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 06, 2018, 04:20:15 PM
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Title: Vinyl Faire in Cape Town - December 2018
Post by: chrisc on October 11, 2018, 04:23:28 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 19, 2018, 09:09:03 AM
On 17th October we had a brief demo of REW, using an UMIK and showed the assembled members the frequency response graph and a waterfall graph.   It was enlightening that the waterfall graph displayed different anomolies from the frequency response graph.   But we are not experts at this, and the idea was just to show the principles of operation

The UMIK is available for loan to club members to help with their setup and REW can be downloaded free of charge

The next part of the meeting dealt with JRiver.  As well as providing various tips about adding music to the database and DSP studio, we spent some time on correcting errors

It is frequently found that the meta-data on CDs is lacking in information.   This might apply to a compilation, where you find that instead of the music appearing in one album, all tracks are shown in separate albums.  JRiver's primary sorting criteria is contained in the "Album Artist" heading which you access by right-clicking on the album and choosing Tag

In the demo, which showed 16 copies of the same album art, with one track in each, we clicked and highlighted all 16 pictures.   Then right-clicked on one and chose Tag.   The Album Artist heading showed [varied].   We typed in Audiophile Female Singers and pressed enter.   Clicking on the Refresh button (just above the "E" in the alphabet list above the album cover) showed that all 16 tracks were now correctly assigned to the one album.  The name shown under the artwork is that contained in the Album Artist heading

Another error is duplication.   You add a ripped CD, only to find you already had it.   You thus have 2 track 1s, 2 track 2s and so on.   Click on the heading "Filename" and choose Sort inside groups by Filename.   This sorts the album appear as two separate collections.   You then highlight one set of duplicates, right-click, choose Delete and Delete from disk


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on October 19, 2018, 01:35:11 PM
Great meeting on 17th. Great demo & explanations. Also great music from the clubs "test track playlist"

Really worth the visit.  :clap:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Drifter on October 19, 2018, 03:26:43 PM
It's a pity the club meetings are in the Southern Suburbs.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 19, 2018, 03:49:28 PM
Our advertising manager, Anthony lives in Van Riebeeckshof which is way past the Boerewors Curtain.   You might manage a lift with him.  He reckons a 30 minute drive each way

We don't mind having the occasional meeting in the northern suburbs. 

The venue should have:

Seating for at least 20
The room must not be too live and too large.  About 6 x 10m is fine, carpet, curtains
Safe parking off the street
A wall we can project an image on
Reliable electricity supply
Kitchen - a bonus is cups and saucers, an urn.  (We wash and tidy up)
Reasonably priced  (the NGK costs the club R230,00 per evening, so less is ideal)
Easy access (the NGK give me the keys and the alarm code)

So if something comes to mind and is available on the second Wednesday of the month, we will certainly come and have a look
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: adie on October 21, 2018, 10:44:11 AM
On 17th October we had a brief demo of REW, using an UMIK and showed the assembled members the frequency response graph and a waterfall graph.   It was enlightening that the waterfall graph displayed different anomolies from the frequency response graph.   But we are not experts at this, and the idea was just to show the principles of operation

The UMIK is available for loan to club members to help with their setup and REW can be downloaded free of charge

The next part of the meeting dealt with JRiver.  As well as providing various tips about adding music to the database and DSP studio, we spent some time on correcting errors

It is frequently found that the meta-data on CDs is lacking in information.   This might apply to a compilation, where you find that instead of the music appearing in one album, all tracks are shown in separate albums.  JRiver's primary sorting criteria is contained in the "Album Artist" heading which you access by right-clicking on the album and choosing Tag

In the demo, which showed 16 copies of the same album art, with one track in each, we clicked and highlighted all 16 pictures.   Then right-clicked on one and chose Tag.   The Album Artist heading showed [varied].   We typed in Audiophile Female Singers and pressed enter.   Clicking on the Refresh button (just above the "E" in the alphabet list above the album cover) showed that all 16 tracks were now correctly assigned to the one album.  The name shown under the artwork is that contained in the Album Artist heading

Another error is duplication.   You add a ripped CD, only to find you already had it.   You thus have 2 track 1s, 2 track 2s and so on.   Click on the heading "Filename" and choose Sort inside groups by Filename.   This sorts the album appear as two separate collections.   You then highlight one set of duplicates, right-click, choose Delete and Delete from disk


(https://i.imgur.com/2MyQb1N.png)

Thanks Chris. Very helpful!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on October 27, 2018, 08:49:13 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 08, 2018, 03:30:02 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 09, 2018, 11:41:05 AM
Our 8th November at The Listening Room, courtesy of Rodney was an outstanding success

Rodney described the philosophy of the British design of Harbeth Loudspeakers, and the sound from the two models auditioned proved this beyond doubt.  A polite "English" sound, not unlike Mordaunt-Short from a few years back, but a much cleaner and transparent tweeter

Our sincere thanks to Rodney for hosting us, the wine and whisky (!) and being able to look around a most interesting shop

The Listening Room is on the second floor at Cape Quarter in Somerset Road and there is very convenient parking inside the building

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 09, 2018, 12:06:04 PM
Seeing this forum heading is "Social Clubs and events" we neglected to show you what the Hi-Fi Club sometimes do after an exhausting audition

Last night we went along to Hudson's Burger House after the event at the Listening Room.   Chock a block full and really loud.   The food is cheap though (Hudson Burger for R60 and well prepared)

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And to show that we were where we said we were...

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: gavinbirss on November 09, 2018, 12:17:59 PM
@chrisc,

Just 2 questions,

 2 models being P3ESR and Monitor 40.2 ?
 The sound was the same before the wine and whisky and after ?
 :dop:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on November 09, 2018, 12:52:57 PM
Rodney is a really nice person, let you always feel Welcome. Love to pop in there.

Some more Photos that was posted on there FB page:

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on November 09, 2018, 12:58:36 PM
@chrisc,

Just 2 questions,

 2 models being P3ESR and Monitor 40.2 ?
 The sound was the same before the wine and whisky and after ?
 :dop:
P3ESR and 30.1
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on November 09, 2018, 03:09:45 PM
No sound before wine and whiskey - pre-show drinks.

Two different animals the speakers demo-ed last night. Both have strengths in their own right. The 30.2 bigger and 'beefier' but still clean and detailed with a great midrange and the P3ESR  clean, detailed, excellent mid range, good presence for its size. Less bass obviously

 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on November 09, 2018, 03:50:02 PM
@chrisc,

Just 2 questions,

 2 models being P3ESR and Monitor 40.2 ?
 The sound was the same before the wine and whisky and after ?
 :dop:

I'd say the sound became more fuzzy, after we went back for refills

You can see in the 3rd from the top pic that Spurge is hitting his head since he realised what it was he had been missing since coming to the shop.   Just goes to show, Vivids are not everything
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: capetownwatches on November 10, 2018, 06:01:45 PM
Looks like a great evening all round!

I had a brief listen to the small Harbeths and they were simply sublime.
Beautifully made as well - real heirloom stuff.

If I were a speaker guy... :groovy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on November 14, 2018, 01:24:24 AM
Thanks for trying to ween me off my Vivid addiction.

I loved the small Harbeth's. What they offer sound & price wise at +/-R30k is great. They paired well with the 20W Cary amp.

Thanks to the Listening Room & Club committee for organising.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Spurge on November 18, 2018, 08:27:41 PM
Thanks to the CT Hi-Fi Club and ChrisC for connecting up my stereo system for me.

Music at last. WAF is happy.  :groovy:

Title: Re: Today's Vinyl Fair - 2nd December 2018
Post by: chrisc on December 02, 2018, 02:23:53 PM
We're really getting experienced hosting these events now.  This is the 19th such VF and today's event was the best attended yet.  In summer in Cape Town, with the sun coming up at 5.30am, folks like to start early and by 8.30 it was like a Black Friday rush

Next one is Sunday 3rd February 2019


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on December 02, 2018, 03:05:03 PM
It was a good one!! Thanks guys!!

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Lance on December 03, 2018, 07:42:38 AM
Thanks again to the Hi-Fi club guys for organizing.  :clap: I picked up a few albums, had a coffee and a boerie roll in first class company! had a great morning at the Faire.
Really good vibe, I can recommend to all vinyl music lovers :thumbs:
I noticed Gerlach eagerly clutching a pile of albums under his arm, and....getting his wife to pay for some extras nogal!, how'd you do it???
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on December 03, 2018, 12:34:14 PM
Thanks again to the Hi-Fi club guys for organizing.  :clap: I picked up a few albums, had a coffee and a boerie roll in first class company! had a great morning at the Faire.
Really good vibe, I can recommend to all vinyl music lovers :thumbs:
I noticed Gerlach eagerly clutching a pile of albums under his arm, and....getting his wife to pay for some extras nogal!, how'd you do it???

Nice seeing you Lance and catching up. 18 albums under the arm and that excluding the new one you and I where eyeing that my wife grab. How do I do that?  ;D My wife know I love music and after Pink Floyd albums and Christmas is around the corner. So my Christmas box is sorted.  :groovy: :rubhands:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Bruce M on December 05, 2018, 01:03:25 PM
I too, was sucked in.

Popped in to have a quick look, left with 7 records. I only had half an hour!

Good variety.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 17, 2018, 06:30:43 PM
The club had a braai today.  Pity some invited guests could not come

We left space for this

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on December 17, 2018, 09:15:45 PM
Sounds like something I might have enjoyed.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on December 24, 2018, 11:28:53 AM
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings

May your audio system continue to provide many hours of satisfying music, and the tweaks you apply achieve the desired result


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Title: Re: First Vinyl Faire in Cape Town for 2019 - Sunday 3rd February
Post by: chrisc on January 05, 2019, 09:18:02 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Mars on January 07, 2019, 10:21:31 AM
Excellent!

The flight of the Cosmic Hippo? Cosmic solution... sounds promising :drool:

Thanks Chris
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 19, 2019, 05:37:57 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Louisek on January 21, 2019, 10:16:27 PM
What kind of music or instruments will feature at your meeting?

I can pay you from an account in France, what is the SWIFT code of the bank?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 22, 2019, 07:48:09 AM
Anthony plays the acoustic guitar very well.  We will experiment with microphone placement, also recording the instrument directly, then from its amplifier and also using one channel of the mixer to blend the amplifier line out with the ambience from the microphone

I will PM you the SWIFT code, as the general enquiries number did not know it.  I suggest that 12€ will be fine and will allow for any exchange fees

Do you have a Devialet Reactor now?
Title: Re: First Vinyl Faire in Cape Town for 2019 - Sunday 3rd February
Post by: stereoholic on January 23, 2019, 11:58:37 AM
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Is this open to all ? I'd like to pop around.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on January 25, 2019, 08:47:56 PM
Yes, always free for visitors

Apart from the main attraction, which are the hundreds of LPs, CDs, DVDs and books, we kare having a professional barista along to supply some decent coffee.  The club sell boerewors rolls (kameeldoring wors and crusty rolls) and from 11.00 the bar is open. 

There are usually 200-250 visitors over a 5 hour period

Parking for 22 cars in the grounds and the adjacent tennis club opens their car park after 9.45
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 01, 2019, 08:20:49 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Lance on February 02, 2019, 07:42:28 AM
Looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 02, 2019, 08:04:33 AM
Elvis will have left the building
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - 3rd February 2019
Post by: chrisc on February 03, 2019, 01:22:23 PM
A new addition today was a professional Barista.   Some delicious coffee and a welcome addition to the range of items

It drizzled a bit until 10.30 but this did not stop the cricket match taking place on the field


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting 13/02/2019
Post by: chrisc on February 13, 2019, 10:08:48 PM
We had a well-attended meeting on 13th February at Andrew's home in Rondebosch.  Anthony spoke to us about differences in guitar construction and amplified and acoustic guitars

We then recorded a series of renditions played by Anthony on two guitars, adjusting the microphone to guitar distance.  Each subsequent recording was quite different from the other.  The technical aspects were:  Shure V88 microphone into a NIO mixer, USB into a Windows computer running Audacity at 48KHz 24 bit

Our thanks to Jason for bringing his Honda generator which provided electricity during the meeting

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on February 13, 2019, 10:17:13 PM
Promised myself to be there, but made another commitment before realisig the date. Any chance those recordings can be shared with other forumites? Soundcloud or even YouTube.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on February 14, 2019, 02:25:56 PM
Thanks @chrisc and the guys for arranging last night. Nice to see some old faces. When i got my stuff sorted on my side, then i will invite over.

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I think she was enjoying her new place.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 15, 2019, 08:09:53 AM
Promised myself to be there, but made another commitment before realisig the date. Any chance those recordings can be shared with other forumites? Soundcloud or even YouTube.


I will tidy them up a bit and ask Anthony.  Good idea I think.  Last time YouTube got antsy about copyright, so will have to try it
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 16, 2019, 03:18:25 PM
Uploaded them to SoundCloud.  URL as hereunder.   We used Audacity and used 24 bit 48KHz and they are WAV files

https://soundcloud.com/capetownhificlub/sets/hi-fi-club-recording-session-13th-february-2019


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on February 17, 2019, 06:24:53 AM
Thanks, Chris and Anthony.

Better than the very best hi-fi is hearing a live performance. The real deal. And da dude got skilz!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 25, 2019, 09:28:17 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: El Sid on February 26, 2019, 04:28:15 PM
 :sd: :sd: I wanna go!  :sd:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on February 27, 2019, 07:50:11 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on February 28, 2019, 08:26:27 AM
Wow! It just keeps getting better!

@chrisc : Is "Speaker Driver Shootout" meant to relate to the previous seminar invitation? To my thinking, they are different things.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 01, 2019, 11:09:42 AM
No, its the same event.  I posted the newsletter this morning, all is explained in there

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - March 2019 event
Post by: chrisc on March 01, 2019, 11:11:38 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 01, 2019, 03:04:25 PM
Progress with assembling cabinets and drivers

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 01, 2019, 05:28:41 PM
More - calibration tests this week-end

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 06, 2019, 03:57:51 PM
Getting there.  Working every evening, building boxes, inserting speakers, measuring and recording their attributes

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on March 09, 2019, 02:42:19 PM
looking really good gentlemen. Preparations really thorough so this is clearly a bumper event. Looking forward to next Saturday - sorting some good snacks & donuts for morning tea and then Pizza for lunch
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 09, 2019, 06:16:41 PM
Last of the 20 odd dedicated enclosures being prepared. 

We also have a scoresheet for the tweeter evaluation, another for the mid-woofer and when these have been scored, we will combine the best tweeter with the mid-woofers in turn, so you will be easily able to determine the optimum combination and then you will use the scoresheet above



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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: HB on March 09, 2019, 08:15:05 PM
Glad to see the kitchen is being put to good use.
Best work bench.....ever!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on March 10, 2019, 09:53:24 PM
whats the approach around XO frequency and slope choices, time alignment etc... was there a common denominator as you could spend a day trying those with one combo  of drivers.

Hoping to be there.. can probably discuss there.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on March 11, 2019, 07:38:44 AM
.................   looking forward to Chris and Jason filling us in on those and other aspects , I am planning to go , hope to see u there ......
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on March 11, 2019, 06:11:01 PM
.................   looking forward to Chris and Jason filling us in on those and other aspects , I am planning to go , hope to see u there ......

Yes I'll definitely be there..
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 13, 2019, 08:22:08 AM
More details of the upcoming event on Saturday 16th March

Have you ever wanted to construct your own speakers and didn't know which drivers to choose? Or wonder what difference the size of a driver makes? Or what effect the radiation pattern of a driver has? What about the modern proliferation of full-range transducers, or the claims behind coaxial arrangements and phase alignment?

We would like to invite you to a special kind of speaker shootout on Saturday 16 March.  32 tweeter and mid-woofer drivers have been procured for the sole purpose of conducting listening tests, to evaluate their performance. We will spend the day listening to the various combinations of stereo pairs, with the ultimate goal of determining the best combination tweeter and midrange driver for use in a future reference speaker.

Drivers from manufacturers like Aurasound, Dayton Audio, Eminence, FatalPRO, Peerless and SB Acoustics will be on offer for evaluation, with tweeters ranging from 3/4" to 1-1/8" and mid-range drivers from 3" to 6.5". There is even a coaxial option, as well as a model claiming full-range coverage from a single driver.

In selecting the drivers, focus was placed on obtaining the best performance for the money. Club members spent months reading reviews and pouring over datasheets to shortlist possible models, which were then imported at significant expense. Narrowband drivers, or those with features in their phase response or non-smooth group delay curves were eliminated from the mix. The requirements for the mid-woofers were particularly challenging, as we desired a flat, smooth response over more than four octaves

For the tweeter selection, focus was placed on obtaining a smooth-sounding response without tinny resonances or harshness. When taken together with budget limitations, this steered the tweeter selection towards soft fabric/silk tweeters. We will have dome types and ring radiators on offer, which offer very different radiation patterns.

For the Saturday listening tests, the transducers have been individually boxed. 20 different enclosures have been designed and constructed, individually optimised for each driver, with cabinets dimensioned to avoid resonances in the excited frequency bands of the driver. Each transducer will be driven with separate, custom, individual amplifiers and digital electronic active crossovers that will be readjusted and optimised for each tweeter/woofer pair. This presents the club with the unique opportunity to mix and match any combinations of mid-woofer and tweeter on the fly.

The day will consist of a series of two rounds of blind listening tests, with speakers only being identified by number.

The make, model and price will only disclosed at the end of the day.

During the first "elimination" round, we will evaluate all the mid-woofers using a reference tweeter and subwoofer, and short-list the three highest-ranked ones. Likewise, we will evaluate all the tweeters using a reference mid-woofer and subwoofer and shortlist the three highest-ranked ones. During the second "final" round, we will listen to every combination of the three shortlisted tweeters and midrange drivers to select an overall winning combination.

We will use the club's standard reference audio tracks and scoresheets that many of you have seen at other speaker shootouts. At the end of the day, we will announce the winning scores and the model and cost of each driver... and who knows?... there may be a few surprises!

This is a unique opportunity, unlikely to be repeated again any time soon, as club members have donated a lot of their personal money and time to make this happen. Please join us in Rondebosch on Saturday 16 March at 09h00 for this first, and possibly only, shootout of its kind!

The agenda is as follows:

   09h00 start of elimination round (18 sets; 8 min listening, 2 min swap time each for 3 hr total)
   12h00 1 hour lunch break
   13h00 "finals" round (9 sets, 15 min each)
   15h15 tea break while we capture results.
   15h30 award ceremony and announcement of makes/models.
   16h00 teardown.

Lunch is included and some drinks.  There is no charge for club members.  For visitors there is a R100 fee to help cover our costs

You can also pay an annual subscription of R150,00 which will include all the club events scheduled for 2019 at no extra charge

The address is 10 Muir Road, Rondebosch.   Please be sure to arrive on time, as we have a lot to do and interruptions slow us down.  Thanks

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 14, 2019, 03:18:57 PM
Load shedding to Stage 2 has been implemented and Area 5, where our meeting is to be held, may be off from 10h00 to 12h30 on Saturday 15th

One of our members has a Honda inverter he will bring along and this can provide 2Kw of power, so all is well
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: What on March 14, 2019, 05:39:23 PM
EskomSePush! And before you guys floek me - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ashwhale.sepush.eskom&hl=en_ZA Sounds better if you are a Capie  :giggle:

Whish I could attend  :(
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: The Godfather on March 14, 2019, 09:04:51 PM
There like a bear.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 16, 2019, 07:22:03 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 16, 2019, 09:49:57 AM
Session under way, 22 visitors
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on March 16, 2019, 07:17:47 PM
Man! That was a legendary event! Once-in-a-lifetime kinda thing. Highlight was some opinionated and knowledgeable guests who engaged throughout the meeting. But only made possible by one man's curiosity and the collaboration of other club members. Lots of work went into making this a memorable exercise.

Thanks, guys!

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on March 16, 2019, 07:19:48 PM
I just have this photo.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: SeanS on March 16, 2019, 09:05:36 PM
Excellent event.. thanks everyone who was involved in setting up and hosting  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: The Godfather on March 16, 2019, 10:22:05 PM
Absolutely.

Was a marvelous event, generous individuals who gave of their time and resources.

Thanks Chris for organisng, Andrew for hosting, Joshua and Jason for putting in all the prep work and for being so patient with all the requests for changes. And then to apl the members who attended and gave input.

This was such a unique experience.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: pwatts on March 16, 2019, 11:28:46 PM
I was unable to attend.. is there a writeup of some of the outcomes pending?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: AlleyCat on March 16, 2019, 11:34:52 PM
^^ As a newbie, couldn't have said it better Ross ( The Godfather). Thank you guys for a wonderful day.

To Jason the instrument struck at he beginning of Allan Taylor's 'Colour The Moon' is a Chime, played by Hans-Jörg Maucksch
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: bbe22 on March 17, 2019, 07:54:54 AM
I want to seriously agree with all the comments posted. Nice to meet up with friends and also put some faces to forum names :)
The technical accomplishment of what went down on the day cannot be underestimated and it surely is a SA first if not universally so.
The hardware setup performed admirably and I cannot imagine the time and effort that went into the prep side , apart from all the box construction .
Presentation was first class and the tolerant and friendly demeanor, of all,  suited the day perfectly ............
Really, really well done (https://www.avforums.co.za/Smileys/default/thumbsup1.gif)
As someone who dabbles a bit in loudspeaker building, it is special to have been in a position to have listened to all  the various combos in one session.


Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 17, 2019, 08:31:23 AM
First we must thank Jozua and Jason for the lengthy preparation to make this event a success.  Many hours of cutting MDF, gluing and clamping it together, routing out the holes with precision and inserting the drivers.

Then Jason measured each driver in turn and prepared a computer program to adjust the driver for its relative level and response and the crossover frequency

Each driver, when connected into circuit, was supplied with the above parameters from Jason's computer wirelessly to the Raspberry pi that controlled the signal.  The music was selected by Jason's phone and again transmitted wirelessly to the Pi

The meeting started off with an explanation of how the system was configured, the physical layout.  Each set of tweeters and mid-woofers were run through a short selection of music and the audience were asked to score each unit, comparing these to the reference system, which is a Wharfedale bookshelf unit and its associated sub-woofer

We stopped for tea when the power went off and started Jason's Honda inverter which supplied electricity for the rest of the day

We also need to thank Andrew Hooper for sharing his amazing house and stunning living room to host our meeting.

The amplifier, Pi and DAC

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The results after the scoresheets were captured

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An example of one of the drivers used

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After the scoresheets were discussed, Jason presented his conclusions.   You may get a copy of this by clicking on this link - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZpxaYpkWfaD-LqSvOsIgpObjyva9vJMmh9kPRaUfsMI/


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Pizzas for lunch, all gone

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: HB on March 17, 2019, 09:39:30 AM
Wow. Thanks for sharing Chris. :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Katji on March 20, 2019, 12:38:01 PM
Wow, is that a 19th century bread oven in the yard? I was already impressed by the brick walls and the fireplace, blackened bricks in the lounge.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 22, 2019, 10:41:32 AM
Wow, is that a 19th century bread oven in the yard? I was already impressed by the brick walls and the fireplace, blackened bricks in the lounge.

The house was built in 1923 by the then owner of Leith Roofing.  He was on holiday in France and saw this house design that he fancied.  He got a local architect to draw up something similar and built it.   It is a stunning house and thankfully, apart from the kitchen, is entirely original, so has not been spoiled by a modern addition

The owner is Dr Andrew Hooper and he is a long-term member of the Hi-Fi Club from the 1980s.  When we started to use the house for meetings, we found the electrics to be decidedly dodgy.  I have a reasonable electrician friend and he sorted it out so it is 100% reliable
Title: Re: April 2019 club event
Post by: chrisc on March 22, 2019, 10:52:02 AM
After depending on your ears to evaluate speakers in March, its time for an Ear-Refresher course, and here is a wonderful example of music from three famous classical composers

This will be a symphony concert in the newly refurbished Cape Town City Hall, on Thursday 4th April at 8.00pm

We intend to get the cheaper seats in what is called "Platform Seats" which is behind the orchestra.   You are in fact quite close to the musicians and are seated in front of the organ

The seats are R135,00 each (as opposed to R350,00 for regular seats)

The Platform has limited capacity, so we need to know by tomorrow, Saturday 23rd March at 12h00 if you would like to join us, so we can make a block booking thereafter.  You can pay on the day, we will confirm

Please will you reply to this email address - capetownhificlub@gmail.com

Thank you

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on March 30, 2019, 05:04:08 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 05, 2019, 08:35:56 AM
On a fresh autumn evening, a select few of us attended a Symphony Concert in the City Hall in Cape Town

On the bill was the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernhard Gueller and the visiting pianist Alvaro Siviero

Works played were:  Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, Bach Piano Concerto in D minor 1 and Brahms Symphony no 1 in C minor.  All extremely familiar compositions and most excellently presented by the musicians

This is what the CTSO has to say about the event:  "The CPO’s Principal Guest Conductor and Conductor Laureate of Symphony Nova Scotia Bernhard Gueller is a favourite with audiences, is lauded for the passion he brings to the podium and carefully prepared and always musically rewarding performances"

One of Brazil’s leading pianists,  Alvaro Siviero is a widely acclaimed soloist and chamber musician across the world. He has been praised for the ‘full sound, intense romanticism and great communication with the audience”, demonstrating “ elegant lyricism and flawless technique”.


We noticed that there were 4 microphones above the stage to allow FMR to do a live broadcast of the event.   The entire City Hall was full to the brim, not one empty seat

Below the pictures of the attendees, are samples of the music that the Hi-Fi Club has stored on its server.  I can recommend the "Brubeck meets Bach" as being very similar to the rendition we heard last night

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And the music.....

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 07, 2019, 08:18:43 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: capetownwatches on April 18, 2019, 10:18:23 AM
On a fresh autumn evening, a select few of us attended a Symphony Concert in the City Hall in Cape Town


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Thanks for the report back on what must have been a wonderful evening of music the way it should be heard.
Nice to see you guys lowering the average age as well...  :point:
It concerns me that I notice very few young people in attendance.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on April 20, 2019, 08:06:53 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 02, 2019, 02:44:52 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 05, 2019, 03:37:33 PM
Another successful Vinyl Faire, today 5th May.  A brilliant Cape autumn day, started at 12 deg at 8.00am and warmed up to 20 deg by lunch time.  No wind at all

16 dealers
350 people through the doors
Many dealers were very pleased at the sales and the good vibe of the occasion.  Plenty of easily available and accessible free parking helps a lot as well

New attractions this time

A record cleaning machine, at R20 a pop
A kitchen with a large variety of food at rock bottom prices (last picture)
Johan selling record cleaning fluid, Linn Sondek oil, inner record sleeves

We are pleased to note that despite there being more and more vinyl fairs in Cape Town (at least one a week now) the popularity of this one remains very good and our advertising bears fruit

The club benefits financially as well


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 05, 2019, 04:04:48 PM
A short demo of the record cleaning machine in action

https://youtu.be/skXpMV77tiw

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Louisek on May 08, 2019, 09:36:10 AM
I see one of your members is here in Paris on holiday and is enthusiastic on the Vinyl Record

There are frequent Billets LP to be held throughout Paris and in other European centres, as follows

18 événements dans tous les lieux

MER.
15 MAI
Biglietti LP Milano
21:00 - Fabrique, Milano, Lombardia, IT à partir de 65 €

VEN.
17 MAI
LP
19:00 - The Roundhouse, London, London, GB à partir de 85 £GB
Il reste 16 billets sur notre site

SAM.
18 MAI
LP
18:00 - O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchester, LAN, GB à partir de 70 £GB
Il reste 12 billets sur notre site

DIM.
19 MAI
LP
19:00 - O2 Institute Birmingham, Birmingham, WMD, GB à partir de 41 £GB
Il reste 18 billets sur notre site

MAR.
21 MAI
LP Dublin
20:00 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, , IE à partir de 150 €
Il reste 7 billets sur notre site

JEU.
23 MAI
LP
19:00 - SWG3, Glasgow, GLG, GB Il reste 0 billet

SAM.
15 JUIN
Billets LP Istanbul 16:00 - UNIQ Hall Istanbul, İstanbul, İstanbul, TR

LUN.
17 JUIN
Billets LP Izmir
19:30 - Izmir Arena, Izmir, Denizli, TR

MAR.
18 JUIN
Billets LP Ankara
19:30 - ODTU MD Visnelik, Ankara, Ankara, TR

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on May 09, 2019, 09:27:09 PM
Wednesday 8th May 2019

Nine enthusiasts (including one from Australia)
One computer
One Raspberry Pi
One DAC
Two speakers
Three power amplifiers
One (valve) pre-amp
One buffer stage
Forty-five pieces of music
All the cables and connectors

Allowed us to go through a careful listening session, at the end we decided the valve pre-amp really did shine

The cat went to sleep, but that is cats


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: The Godfather on May 25, 2019, 10:41:37 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - June 2019 meeting
Post by: chrisc on May 29, 2019, 08:49:15 AM
The June meeting is for hi-fi club members

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please send an email to capetownhificlub@gmail.com expressing your interest


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 18, 2019, 01:06:48 PM
Monday 17th June.  A brilliant winter's day.  Having a braai, a couple of dops and listening to Ramsey's undoubtedly advanced system

Thanks to Ramsey (Row 1, left picture in the centre)

Thanks to all who came

Row 3 on the right is a teflon cone or amplifier support filled with concentrated oil

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: funcrusha76 on June 18, 2019, 07:46:34 PM
Was a good afternoon, in the company of Ramsey, the Chrises and some new acquaintances. The system at Audio Tweak sounds quite remarkable. The improvements I heard since I was last there were nothing short of astonishing.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on June 18, 2019, 08:02:56 PM
Thanks for the arrangement guys. Nice to see everyone again. Quick question, what software is Ramsey using for streaming his audio?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: funcrusha76 on June 18, 2019, 08:11:57 PM
Quick question, what software is Ramsey using for streaming his audio?

Hardware is by SOtM, and the software is based around Logitech Media Server / Squeezelite.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on June 19, 2019, 01:29:16 PM
Hardware is by SOtM, and the software is based around Logitech Media Server / Squeezelite.

Thanks, got it, it's called squeezelite-x .
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 27, 2019, 08:50:35 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Trompie67 on June 27, 2019, 09:13:59 AM
Monday 17th June.  A brilliant winter's day.  Having a braai, a couple of dops and listening to Ramsey's undoubtedly advanced system

Thanks to Ramsey (Row 1, left picture in the centre)

Thanks to all who came

Row 3 on the right is a teflon cone or amplifier support filled with concentrated oil

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wh9dyNgH/IMG-0171-Copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Wh9dyNgH) (https://i.postimg.cc/hXzt39SX/IMG-0173-Copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hXzt39SX) (https://i.postimg.cc/tnqgrwTb/IMG-0176-Copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tnqgrwTb)

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Any feedback from the members in attendance with regards to Ramsey's "remastering" of audio files?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on June 30, 2019, 03:35:32 PM
Well, after all the hype and promotion about this exercise, we did not get round to listening to any of it.  I mentioned it on leaving, to find there was no time, etc.   Another day perhaps

The system there is very revealing and would I imagine clearly display some differences.  If it can resolve substituting brass feet with teflon cones, then I expect something profound
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 02, 2019, 08:35:59 AM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on July 10, 2019, 05:41:22 PM
Facebook reminder says that tonight's meeting is at NG Kerk.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Capetowntracks on July 10, 2019, 06:42:45 PM
Hmmm... need to fix that. Thanks for the heads-up.
Address is as shown in the meeting notice above.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on July 11, 2019, 09:06:16 AM
A select few (ie, not many turned up) listened to an interesting talk delivered by Pierre Watts

(I shall assume that any inaccuracies will be remedied by whoever was there, including Pierre himself)

Pierre explained the concept, very popular with suppliers wishing to distribute audio via an Ethernet link, where errors could develop along the signal chain, with the signal going through multiple switches, being subject to interference from other network traffic.  Various attempts have been made to address this problem, one of the successful ones being to add a time signal to the data stream that could be read at the destination to ensure the signal was recompiled in an accurate fashion

Ethernet is extremely popular since the basic infrastructure is readily available, the hardware is easy to set up and it is inexpensive.  Ethernet was not originally designed to carry audio signals and these work-arounds are needed to correct these deficiencies

Pierre then touched on the design of Class D amplification, which, he said, only became a meaningful alternative to traditional Class A and Class A-B after about 2000 when improvements in filter design were able to remove the inherent problems of this design.  A lot of expensive research has been done by manufacturers like Devialet who are supported by the French Govt to improve Class D.   One huge benefit of Class D is that the amplifier will be above 85% efficient, thereby not wasting resources (a better "green" concept)

After this interesting but intense scientific discourse, we retired to the dining room and partook of dohnuts, samoosas, some red wine and managed to finish off a bottle of Old Brown Sherry. 

After all, its winter in the Cape and you gotta keep yourself warm


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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - 8th August 2019 meeting - note early start
Post by: chrisc on August 01, 2019, 05:58:26 PM
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Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - Cape Town on 4th August 2019
Post by: chrisc on August 04, 2019, 01:15:44 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/XjNt6hK.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stereoholic on August 05, 2019, 10:24:46 AM
I bought some nice records there yesterday  :groovy:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on August 05, 2019, 01:38:02 PM
Lekker guys!! Looking good ek se!! wanted to come pop in but went to Paarl side to go collect over 70 records that side, best of all, the  :angrywife: bought them.

@chrisc i'm planning to join the 8th this week.

Title: Re: Thursday 8th August 2019 meeting
Post by: chrisc on August 08, 2019, 08:33:34 AM
Got some spare time this evening?

Join us from 7.00pm at e-Piphany in Bellville for an audition of some new audio items.  Refreshments served

Directions: 

   Turn off the N1 onto Willie van Schoor/Durban Road (exit 23). 
   Drive past Tygervalley Centre on your left, over Old Oak Road, past SMG BMW on the right. 
   Turn right at the next intersection to Rosen Park Shopping village. 
   E-PIPHANY is on the corner.  You can’t miss it.

   Shop tel 021-9140956
Title: Re: at e-Piphany, 8th August 2019
Post by: chrisc on August 08, 2019, 09:54:40 PM
A successful meeting and a very warm welcome from Hein Vercueil at his well-stocked shop in Bellville.   Hein told us about a batch of new vinyl on its way from England, these will be sold locally for £17.50 and will arrive early next week

The emphasis today is on streaming and there are numerous products available, example:  SONOS Audio, which provide an excellent experience and can be managed from your smartphone of tablet

There were some new turntables on show, notably one from Cambridge Audio (see the second picture) which produced a clarity of sound seldom heard before

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on August 12, 2019, 07:33:04 AM
Thanks for arranging it guys. Nice as always and some really nice stuff to on the floor.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 12, 2019, 07:57:14 AM
All you need is deep pockets and the willingness to say "I'll take it"

Hein's prices are very keen, and the LPs (called Vinyl today) arrives this week
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: vleisman on August 12, 2019, 08:14:21 AM
Great pictures Chris. Would be nice to put some names to faces - the only person I recognise is Bryson de Chambeau on the TV behind the red speakers. Also some impressions of the equipment, like those baby blue Focal? speakers and the red focals? and the big white boxes - are they subwoofers? The beautiful valve amp between the white woofers, the Macintosh stuff, etc, etc.

Drool.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on August 12, 2019, 08:17:58 AM
All you need is deep pockets and the willingness to say "I'll take it"

Hein's prices are very keen, and the LPs (called Vinyl today) arrives this week

Jip, and a wife that will not mind it when you roll out that money  ;D I'm definitely going to pop in by him when his stock of LP's arrive and planning to get some of the Kimber Speaker cable. Got my one on the Classe CP500 to. 
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on August 12, 2019, 08:26:25 AM
The cable looks interesting.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190812/6cadb9d860dba529a01f7c5599d0520a.jpg)

Sent from my LG-H870 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Prich_Legend84 on August 18, 2019, 07:02:02 PM
My email is rjclarke84@gmail.co.za
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kamikazi on August 18, 2019, 08:20:18 PM
The cable looks interesting.

Sent from my LG-H870 using Tapatalk

I believe they are making their own speaker cables if I remember correctly from my last visit there.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 21, 2019, 09:07:20 PM
My email is rjclarke84@gmail.co.za

I'm assuming you want to be put on the Hi-Fi Club's mailing list?  If so, its already done

Edit:   I assume it is Gmail.com.  co.za does not exist
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 21, 2019, 09:19:13 PM
Great pictures Chris. Would be nice to put some names to faces - the only person I recognise is Bryson de Chambeau on the TV behind the red speakers. Also some impressions of the equipment, like those baby blue Focal? speakers and the red focals? and the big white boxes - are they subwoofers? The beautiful valve amp between the white woofers, the Macintosh stuff, etc, etc.

Drool.

Yes, can organise it.  I don't know all the names

Top two pics are Hein Vercuiel
(https://i.imgur.com/KsNEOvB.png)
(1) TBA, (2) Alex, (3) Stefan, (4) Gerlach, (5) Jozua, (6) Shaun
3rd pic from bottom ChrisR
2nd from bottom, Anthony
Bottom, Stefan
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 21, 2019, 09:20:17 PM
The cable looks interesting.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190812/6cadb9d860dba529a01f7c5599d0520a.jpg)


The sales guy at e-Phiphany said its Kimber cable and is R175,00 per metre
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kenvanraas on August 21, 2019, 09:29:04 PM
(1) TBA, (2) Alex, (3) Stefan, (4) Gerlach, (5) Jozua, (6) Shaun)
Howdy guys  :dop: (is nr1 a traditional birth attendant?)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stuartc on August 22, 2019, 05:42:29 AM
Yes, can organise it.  I don't know all the names

Top two pics are Hein Vercuiel
(https://i.imgur.com/KsNEOvB.png)
(1) TBA, (2) Alex, (3) Stefan, (4) Gerlach, (5) Jozua, (6) Shaun
3rd pic from bottom ChrisR
2nd from bottom, Anthony
Bottom, Stefan
No. 1 is me. Stuart.

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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stuartc on August 22, 2019, 07:20:05 AM
Howdy guys  :dop: (is nr1 a traditional birth attendant?)

Completely unnecessary.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: kenvanraas on August 22, 2019, 07:27:14 AM
^^^ I apologize Stuart,welcome to the forum sir.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stuartc on August 22, 2019, 07:33:22 AM
 :mates:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on August 22, 2019, 07:48:50 AM
We still need to take Stuart to @achim man-cave that he can see what sort of audio Achim is working with.  ;)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: stuartc on August 22, 2019, 08:07:07 AM
We still need to take Stuart to @achim man-cave that he can see what sort of audio Achim is working with.  ;)
That would be awesome!

Sent from my LYA-L09 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 22, 2019, 08:08:40 AM
Many of us have man-caves.  Some darker than others.  Gerlach, I will let you know when we have a listening session here at home
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Gerlach on August 22, 2019, 10:09:47 AM
Many of us have man-caves.  Some darker than others.  Gerlach, I will let you know when we have a listening session here at home

Hahahaha!!! ""Some darker than others""  :giggle: :giggle:

""I will let you know when we have a listening session here at home"" Great stuff  :thumbs:
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 25, 2019, 12:07:25 PM
If I close the curtains, then its quite gloomy

One of our dealers makes us listen in the dark.  I think its to make us stop talking
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - September 2019
Post by: chrisc on August 30, 2019, 02:29:18 PM
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Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: capetownwatches on August 31, 2019, 07:25:34 AM
@chrisc when is the highly anticipated USB cable shootout happening?
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on August 31, 2019, 09:05:23 AM
We are awaiting the arrival of a silver USB cable from France

The Lampizator USB cable was sent from Paris on 6th August and arrived here on 12th
The silver cable was actually sent on 17th July and seems to have disappeared.   The courier's tracking states "In transit" and they do not have a South African agent

I am using the Lampizator cable and lets just say I am happy with it.  Don't want to tread on any more toes
Title: Re: Vinyl Faire - 6th October 2019 - summer event no 1
Post by: chrisc on September 01, 2019, 08:34:35 AM
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Title: Re: Visit to the BOSE shop, 11th September 2019
Post by: chrisc on September 11, 2019, 09:43:02 PM
An interesting visit to the BOSE Lifestyle Shop today.  Our host, Paul showed us a video about the history and philosophy of the BOSE Corporation, founded by Dr Amar Bose in the early 1960s.  Today much of BOSE technology is tied up with MIT in Harvard, to whom Dr Bose donated much of the company

These are not audiophile products and appeal to the consumer who wants a product that can be set up and played with the minimum of fuss and positioning.   Having said this, there is a very good BOSE app that lets you control any music source to any device in your home and connected to your wifi network

Most amazing were the noise-cancelling headphones.  A demo simulates the sound you hear in a jet aircraft and the absence of background noise when these are operating in "full" mode is quite uncanny


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Title: Re: Visit to the BOSE shop, 11th September 2019
Post by: BJ on September 12, 2019, 07:19:18 AM
An interesting visit to the BOSE Lifestyle Shop today.  Our host, Paul showed us a video about the history and philosophy of the BOSE Corporation, founded by Dr Amar Bose in the early 1960s.  Today much of BOSE technology is tied up with MIT in Harvard, to whom Dr Bose donated much of the company

These are not audiophile products and appeal to the consumer who wants a product that can be set up and played with the minimum of fuss and positioning.   Having said this, there is a very good BOSE app that lets you control any music source to any device in your home and connected to your wifi network

Most amazing were the noise-cancelling headphones.  A demo simulates the sound you hear in a jet aircraft and the absence of background noise when these are operating in "full" mode is quite uncanny


(https://i.imgur.com/hAGg5Vc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rYcM1Q9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/76JV9e9.jpg)

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(https://i.imgur.com/0TlqnLV.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oMX04Eu.jpg)

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I miss Joshua on the Forum...

New Moderation team should reconsider.....
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 12, 2019, 08:10:53 AM
I think Jozua is rehabilitated now.   

He certainly got carried away by some comments he made in the past and a moderator I know fairly well was incensed by his untoward comments

If you also feel he has served his sentence, I can approach some mods, one of whom I know personally since he lives here in Cape Town with a view to reinstate him
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: chrisc on September 12, 2019, 08:22:17 AM
Some more pics from the BOSE visit.  These were taken by Jozua with his new Samsung phone

1 - Our host, Paul holding an iPad with Clive behind

(https://i.imgur.com/6C6hqdd.jpg)


2 - The manne listening to Paul's talk about BOSE

(https://i.imgur.com/V1st35w.jpg)


3 - Myself looking a bit skeptical

(https://i.imgur.com/hm1WmuT.jpg)


4 - Myself, Andrew and Stefan

(https://i.imgur.com/rJs9JgK.jpg)


5 - Admiring the goods on display

(https://i.imgur.com/NDtL3ys.jpg)
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Shonver on September 12, 2019, 08:24:01 AM
If you also feel he has served his sentence, I can approach some mods, one of whom I know personally since he lives here in Cape Town with a view to reinstate him

Without details it is difficult to make a value judgement, Chris. I do appreciate your effort to outline the events. I think it is best you simply ask the mod team to review the status of the matter. I imagine that it would involve inputs from those involved. In any case, if there is a process to ban a member, there must a process for reinstatement.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: christowp on September 13, 2019, 01:23:18 PM
A big thank you to Paul for hosting and interesting and entertaining evening. Bose products in a different category as explained by Chris C but still high quality and innovative. Suits well organised apartment type living and modern "minimalistly" furnished  homes. Some of the Bose products will disappear in the audio equipment and other clutter I have in my home.

Thanks for setting up the visit Jozua. Yes I also miss Jozua on the forum. He has been a committed audiophile for most of his adult life and is still as enthusiastic to day as he ever was. Any way we can make an application for a "presidential pardon" or some other form of parole with the view to full reinstatement? Shaun's point important here - there has to be some banning / unbanning procedure in the constitution. If not lets set it up.
Title: Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
Post by: Curlycat on September 16, 2019, 04:56:20 PM
He gets an admin pardon.
 
Title: Re: Visit to the BOSE shop, 11th September 2019
Post by: Jozua_2019 on September 16, 2019, 10:59:48 PM
I miss Joshua on the Forum...

New Moderation team should reconsider.....

Ben

The "pardon" is most unexpected but look what you have triggered !

I do appreciate your loyalty and support through the years.


Chris Reddy, Chris Clarke and especially Curlycat.


Many thanks !!


Jozua

Title: Re: Visit to the BOSE shop, 11th September 2019
Post by: BJ on September 17, 2019, 07:54:55 AM <