Info on the meeting that was held:
Kara Chaffee of Dehavilland Electric, Randy Bankert of Sonist Loudspeakers, and Chip Winston of Cable Research Lab, with demos of their latest products!
Many felt that their CES suite had some of the best sound.
Tuesday nite, 5-26-09, 7 PM!
The following is lifted from the latest Arizona Audio Video Club newsletter:
by Steve Sanders
This month's meeting will be hosted by Bill Coomes, founder and owner of Sweet Spot Home Theaters in Goodyear, AZ. Bill is an electronics engineer and lifelong audiophile who is ISF/HAA certified to perform professional audio/video setups, alignments, and calibrations. Sweet Spot Home Theaters offers consultations, repairs, design of home theater and audiophile rooms, and a complete line of high-end audio and video products (most of which are available nowhere else in the Valley). Please review the Sweet Spot electronic flyer attached to this month's newsletter for a complete listing of product lines available, and visit www.sweetspothometheaters.com
for more information.
Bill has arranged for the club to audition an exceptional two-channel system which includes the Dehavilland Electric Model 50A vacuum tube monoblock amplifiers, the Sonist Concerto 3 loudspeakers, and a variety of Cable Research Lab (CRL) interconnects and loudspeaker cables. But to make this audition even more interesting, also attending our meeting will be the three individuals who actually designed the equipment that we'll be listening to: Kara Chaffee of Dehavilland Electric, Randy Bankert of Sonist Loudspeakers, and Chip Winston of CRL. Club members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the design of these components in particular, or about audio equipment design in general.
You can preview the audio system we'll be listening to by perusing the manufacturer's websites: www.deHavillandhifi.com
Also, the Sonist Concerto 3 loudspeakers were reviewed in the April, 2009 issue of Stereophile magazine.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at 7 P.M. at the Estrella Professional Center, 15655 W. Roosevelt Street in Goodyear. Driving Directions: Take Interstate 10 west to exit 126 (Estrella Parkway/Pebble Creek Parkway). Turn left (South) off the Interstate, and go through the first traffic light (which is W. Roosevelt Street) to the very next right turn, perhaps 200 feet past the traffic light. Turn right here and drive past the Comfort Inn on the left. The next building on the left is the Estrella Professional Center. Ample parking is available on three sides of the building. Upon entering the building, take the elevator to the 2nd floor. The Conference Room (our meeting site) is next to the elevator.
Please bring your favorite CDs and invite your friends as well as other interested parties to the meeting - they may become your friends after this meeting! Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away.
Many thanks to Bill Coomes and Sweet Spot Home Theaters for sponsoring what promises to be an interesting and fun-filled evening."
A note from Dean Love of our Club re the upcoming meeting:
"Our May club meeting is unique in that we will have the Designers and Principals of 3 noteworthy high-end companies presenting their wares. These same three companies shared a suite at CES this past January, and numerous attendees that we spoke with felt that deHavilland, Sonist, CRL suite was producing some of the best sound at CES, so I'm hopeful that everyone of you will attend on that basis alone. However, there are other compelling reasons to attend.
All three companies are effectively one-man/woman operations, and each of them is coming to Phoenix from remote states at their own expense. The greatest way I know of for us to show our appreciation for their efforts and commitment to us is for us to attend. Better yet, attend and bring a friend. This month's meeting facility is capable, I'm told, of accommodating upwards of 50 attendees, so sufficient room shouldn't be an issue. Additionally, there are other benefits that accrue to the club when we have a strong turnout for out-of-town guestsit makes us look good.
Believe it or not, manufacturers and distributors of high-end audio/video equipment do talk to one another, and our ability to attract industry leaders to come to Phoenix is often affected by the experiences of our guests. Imagine the difference in the impression that might accrue to a meeting with 50 people vs. 15 people in attendance? A poorly attended meeting where there are 3 manufacturers represented will lead to 3 manufacturers who would likely feel that coming to Phoenix was a waste of their time and an unwarranted expense, and sooner or later that sentiment would likely be expressed to others in the industry. Of course, the opposite is also truea strong attendance will have the effect of making them feel as though they are highly welcomed and valued, and they would likely tell others it was a valuable experience.
I realize that the location of this meeting is somewhat out-of-the-way for any number of our members, but if you value your club and the efforts of those who put major events like this one together, please take the initiative and expend the effort to go a little out of your waycarpool, and bring a friend. I think you'll be glad you did!
See you all there!!