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I would like to see what level of interest there is in re-starting a Washington-DC area Audio Society. F2Audio held a meeting in Falls Church last summer that was well attended. Unfortunately, the attendance list no longer exists. F2Audio is closing and being replaced by Command Performance AV (same owner Jeff). I am willing to host an upcoming meeting at our location in Falls Church. I am sure we could get a manufacturer to speak to us. I was thinking of having a meeting towards the end of Sept. What might be fun for an October meeting is to have mini-trip reports of what was cool at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

I am open to suggestions as to topics or if someone else would rather host. My goals are to 1) try to get the Society going and 2) this time keep it going.

If anyone is interested in a meeting please post here AND email me at jeff@commandav.com so that I can send updates to everyone via email.

-- Jeff
commandav
Count me in, Jeff. I'm in Bethesda, Md. I have a few friends that would probably attend as well...

-RW-
I posted in your earlier post under Washington DC...
Live in Southern Maryland.
Please add me to your mailing list. I live on Capitol Hill.
Dear Jeff,

I am interested in joining. Please let me know when and where the meeting will take place. I am looking forward to meeting everyone. Kind regards.
ditto.
Live in Loudoun
Please add me to your list.

Herndon Va
Looks like we have enough people interested in having a meeting. Command Performance AV will host the first meeting on Saturday, September 22nd. We are a home-based dealer located at 7105 Marbury Court in Falls Church, VA 22046. Our phone number is 703-532-7239. Some have asked about Metro access. Command Performance is a couple miles from the East Falls Church metro. It is a short cab ride from there. Also, the #2 bus drops off near the bottom of our street (Lee Highway and Graham Road). We will also try to arrange rides from the East Falls Church Metro Station. If you plan to take the Metro and would like a lift, please email me at jeff@commandav.com and I will try to arrange for a pickup.

First meeting topic: There has been a lot of talk about the Usher Tiny Dancer (Be-718) speakers, so we will have the Usher Audio rep demonstrated the Tiny Dancer, as well as other Usher Audio models. Please feel free to bring some CDs. Command Performance will have a BBQ (burgers, dogs, sodas, and such) prior to the meeting for all of those who like to listen on a full stomach. At that meeting, it would be good if we can plan out the next couple of meetings (dates, topics, and locations).

The meeting will be at 7:00 pm. Cookout starts at 5 pm.

Please note that I will be away at CEDIA for the remainder of this week. I will reply to any messages when I return.
An update to the meeting. I was asked if only the Usher Tiny Dancers were being demoed at the meeting. The answer is no...other options available for demo are the following...S-520, V-601, V-604, X-719, CP-6381, BE-10. If any one has a preference, please let me know.

-- Jeff
I am interested in attending the Saturday, September 22, 2007, meeting. I live in Alexandria, Va. A friend, who lives in Falls Church, might also be interested.

This sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Thanks for organizing this affair.
I want to pass on a very big thank you to Jim for hosting the first meeting of what many of us hope is the beginning of an enthusiastic audio club in the Washington DC Metro area.

A big thank you also goes out to Rusty for his demonstration of the Usher speaker line.

Tom - Sugarbrie Audio
November 2007 Meeting News

The next DC Audio Club meeting is now scheduled for Saturday November 16th at 4 pm at Command Performance AV (7105 Marbury Court in Falls Church, VA 22046, www.commandav.com). There are two topics for this meeting:

1) Tom Burton will be bringing over the new Blue Circle DAC. There has been a lot of buzz about this DAC, so this should be an interesting demonstration. Bring your favorite CDs.
2) Trip reports from RMAF. We welcome anyone who went to RMAF and wants to show photos and / or talk about what they liked / disliked at the show. We can display pictures on the plasma in the meeting room.
If space is available, I'm all in. I just moved to Upper Marlboro, MD. If November or December meeting is scheduled, keep me posted.
See you there!

Earl
Hi, I am a bit confused. Is the meeting held on Nov. 17, Saturday (rather than Nov. 16)?
Thanks,
CHL
WRONG DATE!!!!!!!

The meeting is Saturday the 17th. Not the 16th. Sorry about that.
Is there any RSVP for this meeting, or just show up?

I am in the Baltimore area, but might drop down and see who all is around..

-HL
No need to RSVP for this meeting.
How did the meeting on 11-17 go?? I was very interested in showing up, but got shanghai'd at the last minute that very day and could not come and introduce myself.

Are any other future dates planned?

Thanks.

Rick
Please add me to your list. I'm in Fairfax. Thanks!
Dear DC Area Audiophiles,

I hope you all had a great holiday season. Sorry for the delay in setting up the next meeting. However, the wait will definitely be worthwhile.

I would like to schedule the next club meeting for February 23rd. Vinh Vu from Norvinz will be the presenter. Vin will be demonstrating products from Sanders Sound Systems, Merrill-Sciliia Research, and Ginkgo audio. The format of the meeting will be one hour demonstrating the Sanders amp and preamp and the exciting new Merrill-Sciliia Research’s MS2 turntable. If we can get enough attendees, Vihn will also bring down a working prototype of the Sanders new electrostatic hybrid speakers. This will be a new smaller version of the model shown at CES. Thus, I encourage all of you who can attend the meeting, to please do so. To get a headcount, please RSVP to me as soon as possible if you plan to attend. Please send me an email so that I can put you on the club list and send you any necessary updates.

After the Sanders demonstrations, there will be a break. Following the break, Vinh will perform a demonstration of the ginkgo audio vibration products. This should be very educational for anyone interested in isolating their gear.

If people want to bring snacks to share at the break, that would be great.

The time and date: 4 p.m. on the Feb. 23rd. Again, please RSVP as soon as you can so that we can convince Vinh to bring down the new speakers. Personally, I am dying to hear them.

-- Jeff
February Meeting will be at Command Performance AV:

Command Performance AV
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239

See above for details.
CHANGE OF MEETING DATE FOR FEBRUARY DC AUDIO CLUB.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the DC audio club meeting has been rescheduled to February 16th from the 23rd. We apologize for this change. The meeting time on the 16th will be the same at 4 p.m. and the meeting still will be held at Command Performance AV at 7105 Marbury Court, Falls Church, VA 22046, 703-532-7239.

We would appreciate it if you could RSVP for this new date.

Again, we are sorry for having to reschedule.

Jeff
UPDATE ON FEBRURAY MEETING GEAR AND AGENDA
Here is an update as to what Vinh Vu of Norvinz (http://www.norvinz.com/) will be bringing to the meeting:

1) Merrill-Scillia MS2 TT

2) Sanders ESL amp and line preamp, Sanders phono preamp

3) TBI new entry-level system

4) Innersound Isis with an active crossover/bass amp ( the old Isis was passive). As the new Sanders models 10a and 11a are still in production for second quarter release, he will not be able to bring either of those speakers. The 11a is based on Innersound Isis and according to Vinh, “You will get the essence of the sound but not quite the same speakers. There are two differences: the 11a will have a remote crossover amp with which you can adjust the mid range AND bass while the old Innersound does not have a remote and only has the bass control. The second difference is the looks, with the 11a having a modular construction with wood finish sides and laminated aluminum backs.” According to Vinh, “I think these are not major differences and if they like the Isis the 11a will only be better.”

5) Vibration demo w/ Gingko products. “The Gingko vibration demo will have 2 identical accelerometers mounted on the shelf and the platform to show the difference in vibration on and off the platform in real time.” If anyone has a VPI Scout or Scoutmaster and wants to bring it to the meeting, then Vinh will demonstrate the new Cloud Nine product. If you have a VPI and are willing to bring it, please email me at jeff@commandav.com.

This should be a great meeting.

Jeff
Reminder: Next DC Club meeting is Saturday February 16th at 4 pm.
If anyone who plans to attending the meeting and as a VPI Scout or Scoutmaster that he/she is willing to bring to the meeting, please let me know. Vihn Vu has a new vibration platform for those turntables and will bring it if there is a turntable available.

Also, someone asked if they could bring alcohol (wine) to share. The answer is yes (except for moonshine) because Command Performance will not be providing liquor. At this meeting, I would like to see if people are willing to pay some nominal initial dues to cover food and drinks for future meetings.
Dear DC Area Audiophiles,

We have scheduled the next DC Club meeting for May 31st at 4 pm at Command Performance AV. New members are welcome. It is been a while since the last meeting, but this meeting will be well worth the wait.

Chris Sommovigo from Signals SuperFi will be our presenter. Chris will be demonstrating some of Signal SuperFi’s top products. Chris will be showing:

• German Physiks PQS-202 Mk. II in all carbon
• Vitus SS-101 amplifier
• Vitus SCD-010 CD player
• Stereovox cabling.

If people want to bring snacks / drinks to share, that would be great.

The address and contact info for Command Performance AV is below:
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
jeff@commandav.com

-- Jeff
EXCITING UPDATE!!!

First a reminder…the Club meeting will be this Saturday May 31st. See the original meeting notice below.

Second, we have an added bonus! David Berning will be joining us and will be bringing his latest masterful creations.

ORIGINAL MEETING NOTICE.
We have scheduled the next DC Club meeting for May 31st at 4 pm at Command Performance AV. New members are always welcome. It is been a while since the last meeting, but this meeting will be well worth the wait.

Chris Sommovigo from Signals SuperFi will be our presenter. Chris will be demonstrating some of Signal SuperFi’s top products. Chris will be showing:

• German Physiks PQS-202 Mk. II in all carbon
• Vitus SS-101 amplifier
• Vitus SCD-010 CD player
• Stereovox cabling.

If people want to bring snacks / drinks to share, that would be great.

The address and contact info for Command Performance AV is below:
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
www.commandav.com
jeff@commandav.com
Looks like I'm a little late to the party, but I'm in Rosslyn and would be interested in participating in DC Area audio club events.
Hi Jeff, Cary SLP-03 is sounding good, add me to the list, for future get meetings
Next DC Area Audiophile Club Meeting-
December 20th, 2008 at 2PM


Take a break from holiday shopping and check out some cool gear!

The next DC Audiophile Club meeting is happening Saturday, December 20, at 2 pm at Command Performance AV in Falls Church, VA. As always, these meetings are open to current members, new members, and anyone who is interested in listening to and learning about great audio equipment.

New members are always welcome, so bring a friend.


This meeting will feature some exciting gear from Art Audio (http://www.artaudio.com) and Laufer Teknik (http://lauferteknik.com). We happened to see this combination at the recent RMAF show in Denver and were very impressed. Bring your own music and see what YOU think.

Representatives of both Art Audio and Laufer Teknik will be on hand to demonstrate:

ART AUDIO

· Jota Monoblocks

· Gill Elise DAC



LAUFER TEKNIK

· Podium 0.5 Speakers

· Nova Physics Memory Player

Command Performance will be providing chips and salsa, but you are welcome to bring other snacks / drinks to share.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jeff@commandav.com.

Command Performance AV
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
www.commandav.com

jeff@commandav.com
Hi. How could I join the club? Moved here recently, and I live in Rockville now. Thank you
Roc_doc,

All are welcome. Just come on by to the meeting at:
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
www.commandav.com

-- Jeff
Just a reminder that the DC Metro Audiophile meeting is being held on Saturday, December 20th at 2PM at Command Performance AV in Falls Church, VA. It will be featuring the following gear from Art Audio and Laufer Teknik.

ART AUDIO

· Jota Monoblocks

· Gill Elise DAC

· Adagio Monoblocks



LAUFER TEKNIK

· Podium 0.5 Speakers

· Memory Player

· Music First Passive Magnetic Preamp



Representatives of both Art Audio and Laufer Teknik will be on hand to demonstrate.

Command Performance AV

7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
www.commandav.com
jeff@commandav.com

Hope to see you there. It should be a fun meeting.

Jeff - thanks for the great meeting this past Saturday. You're a great host and the demos were excellent. Have a great Christmas; let's talk in the New Year!

Steve
** Washington, D.C. Area Audiophile Club April Meeting Notice **

The next Metro-DC Audiophile Club meeting will be on Saturday, April 4th at 2 pm at Command Performance AV in Falls Church, VA.

New members are always welcome!

The topic of this meeting will be an amplifier shoot-out. The shootout will be three amplifiers in the $5,500-$6,500 price range. The lineup is as follows:
• Spectron Musician III Mk2 Class D amp
• Moscode 402Au tube hybrid amp
• TBD Tube Amp

If someone would like to volunteer to bring a solid state amp in that approximate price range for the meeting, please let us know.

You are welcome to bring your favorite CDs, snacks, and beverages.

The address and contact info for Command Performance AV is below:
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
www.commandav.com
info@commandav.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at: info@commandav.com.
Just wanted to let your members know that the 1st annual Capital Audiofest is planned for June 11-13, 2010 at the Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD. The Website is minimal at the moment but is WWW.Capitalaudiofest.com

Is there any reason you are setting shoot out limitations on pricing? What about age of the gear?
After too long of a break, the next DC Audio Society meeting will be held on 10/17 at Command Performance AV in Falls Church, VA. The topic for the meeting will be DACs for PC audio. I will have additional details next week.

-- Jeff
Join us at the October meeting of the Metro DC Audiophile Society.

The next meeting is happening on Saturday, October 17, at 2 pm at Jeff Fox’s house in Falls Church, VA:
7105 Marbury Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-532-7239
info@commandav.com

As always, these meetings are open to current members, new members, and anyone who is interested in listening to and learning about great audio equipment.

The topic for the meeting will be low-cost USB DACs. The following DACs will be demonstrated at the meeting:

HRT MusicStreamer+
DevilSound V2.1 (new cryo version)
Music Hall dac25.2

Feel free to bring a laptop if you want to hear some of your own tracks.

We anticipate this to be the first of a two-part set of meetings focusing on computer-based audio. The second meeting (date TBD) will look at higher-end offerings such as the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC.

Chips and water/soft drinks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring other snacks / drinks to share.

Be sure to visit our new website for updated information and directions: www.metrodcaudiosociety.blogspot.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@commandav.com.
Just found this thread yesterday after years of browsing A'gon. I will check back for future meetings. Great idea!
This is only tangentially related, but if anybody is interested, a few of us Head-Fi folks have organized a headphone meet this weekend at the Clarendon Myer-Emco in Arlington - tons of headphone gear if anyone is curious to hear what the best of the best in headphones has to offer.
On December 5th Paul Stubblebine from The Tape Project will be in Maryland visiting UHA (United Home Audio). I spoke with the people from UHA today and there is interest from people in various states on the east coast. Anyone can attend if interested.
Wow! Great to see some movement with audio in the DC area. Two events on the same day! Sorry that I can only make one, so will be at the Tape Show. www.capitalaudiofest.com
Went to the Tape Project at United Home Audio in Anapolis Junction, MD today and am happy to say its the real deal! The system sounded great and look forward to the next event!
December Meeting of the Metro DC Audio Society

The next Metro-DC Audio Society meeting will be on Saturday, January 30th in Falls Church, VA. The time is TBD at this point, so please check the Society’s Website (http://metrodcaudiosociety.blogspot.com/) for an update. The meeting will be at Jeff Fox’s house at 7105 Maybury Court, Falls Church, VA 22046.

For the January meeting, our host will be Zu Audio (www.zuaudio.com). This promises to be a fun day of music listening to the Essence loudspeaker. This speaker has received a lot of great press and should be interesting to listen to. Ron, from Zu, hopes to provide a sneak peak/listen to some other Zu goodies in the works. Who knows…this meeting may be a premiere from something new and exciting from the folks at Zu.

Zu’s preferred format is to have an extended “open house” on the 30th during which we will swap out solid state and tube gear to really get a feel for the Essence speakers. Also, there will also be a more “formal” regular club type meeting. Again, stayed tuned for an update on times.

Finally, we were thinking about catching a live show at a local club on the 29th or 30th if people are interested. Because the Zu “sound” is all about a live performance, this could be the ultimate A-B test. Again, stay-tuned.

Please contact either Jeff (jeff@commandav.com) or Ron (ron@zuaudio.com) to reserve a space.
Update...
Last post should have said January Meeting, not December.
Update on Metro Washington DC Audio Society January 30th Meeting

Per the previous notice, Zu Audio will be the feature presenter on the January 30th meeting of the Metro Washington DC Audio Society at Jeff Fox’s house at 7105 Maybury Court, Falls Church, VA 22046. Ron, from Zu will be demonstrating Zu’s new Essence speaker, plus some other TBD goodies.

The formal meeting will take place at 3:00 pm. Also, at the start of the meeting, Gary Gill will give a short address on the upcoming local audio show called the Capital Audiofest (http://capitalaudiofest.com/).

In addition to the formal meeting, Ron will provide a more informal on-going demonstration of the Zu’s Essence speaker from 1 pm to 5 pm on the 20th. So if you cannot make it at 3 pm, come on by at another time. Ron, will be here early if you want to schedule a one-on-one session in the morning.

Also, there will be a BONUS event! Since Zu Audio’s approach to speaker design is to replicate the sound of a live event, we thought it would be fun to go to a local concert on the evening of January 29th. The concert is The Kennedy’s at Jammin Java in Vienna (http://jamminjava.com/home/events/the-kennedys-maura-kennedys-solo-cd-release). The concert is at 7 pm and advanced tickets can be purchased at the above website.

We want to expand the music loving community, so please bring a newbie if you can – significant other, son, daughter, nephew, or a neighbor.

Please note that we are asking anyone who wants to attend the Audio Society meeting to RSVP to jeff@commandav.com.
Jeff - I am interested in joining, please add me to your list, I live in McLean
Hey guys,

I wanted to give a heads up - the Head-Fi community is planning another meet on March 21 for anybody who is interested - the relevant link is here http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f24/va-md-washington-dc-march-21-2010-a-464433/.

Cheers,
Aman
Reminder....DC Audio Society meeting is this Saturday, Jan 30th. Check the Society Website for more info: http://www.metrodcaudiosociety.blogspot.com/.
To all of our Washington DC Audio Society members...

If you did not already know, the Capital Audiofest (http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/p1.html) is being held in Rockville, MD from 6/11 - 6/13. This is the first show in the DC area in a long time and it would be great to have this as an annual event. So if you can make it, please try to attend. This should be a fun event. Besides the product demonstrations, there will be live music and a swap meet.

If anyone wants to take picture and blog about this, we can post this to the club website (http://metrodcaudiosociety.blogspot.com/).

-- Jeff
Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Long time over due. A little hot upstairs, but looking forward to next year. Where’s the photos??