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The Boston Audio Society
Meeting Notice for Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:00
Place: Boston University, Life
Science & Engineering Bldg, 24 Cummington Mall,
1st Floor Conference Rm. 103, Boston, MA 02215
Guest: Ken Wacks, Supplemented
by Alvin Foster
2017 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Report
The February meeting of the BAS
will feature the annual CES Report by
Ken Wacks. Alvin Foster will supply additional highlights
informed by researching the web. The CES Report remains
popular but the number of local members traveling
to CES in Las Vegas has declined. Known show attendees
this year included David Weinberg and Ken Wacks. Ken
will report on what's new and interesting at the largest
consumer technology show in the world. His report
will include videos, photos, and predictions on what's
hot for 2017.
The Consumer Electronics Show,
Las Vegas, is the official media event for home and
audio products. It was attended by more than 1,200
media outlets from around the world. Some 20,000 new
products and technologies were unveiled. It is the
global gathering place for all who thrive on the business
of consumer technology. Other than state of the art
audio, Ken and Alvin will talk about video, television,
home automation, and more.
Refreshments will be available
at 5:30 PM.
that parking is no longer allowed in the
block in front of our meeting place (temp
parking for unloading/loading is OK).
There is a gap in the BU buildings on
Commonwealth Ave. so you can walk through
directly to the meeting location.
At Boston University,
Cummington St. (Mall) is an east-west
street just south of Commonwealth Ave.
It is one-way going west. From Storrow
Drive going east, take the first BU exit.
At the stop sign turn right on Commonwealth
Ave (a left is not permitted). Bear left
and at the 3rd light take a u-turn, go
half a mile and turn right on Blandford
St.(Mall) (at a traffic light) and turn
right on Cummington St. (Mall) The entrance
is on your left, number 24.
Ave going west, after Kenmore Square,
after the tracks come up out of the tunnel,
there is a traffic light at Blandford.
You should turn left on Blandford, but
no left is permitted. Instead turn right
and make a U-turn. Continue on Blandford
and turn right on Cummington St. The entrance
is on your left, number 24.
MBTA Green line -
exit at Kenmore Square or the next stop,
Blandford St. & Commonwealth Ave.
Walk a short distance and make a left
turn onto Blandford Mall and then a right
onto Cummington Mall.
Parking is free on
Sundays and available on Commonwealth
Ave. and Beacon St. (take a hard right
at Kendall Square and park on the bridge
and take the stairs down) and Bay State
Rd (parallel to Commonwealth Ave next
to the river)
Use your GPS (!)
Webmaster's note: Google maps and Apple
maps show them as Blandford Mall
and Cummington Mall. Bing maps
shows them as Blandford Street
and Cummington Street. YMMV.
MICROPHONE CLINIC REPORT !
|In September 2009
the B A S held a microphone clinic, testing 37 different
microphone models. The ambitious nature of the clinic
effort, the extent of data collection, the number of
individuals involved in microphone testing and in writing
various sections of the report, and the complexity in
determining how to construct the clinic report and make
it available to members resulted it not being published
until now. The dataset is extensive.
Representative samples were included
in the abbreviated report in "The B A S Speaker"
(Fall 2015; v37n3)
Go to the MICROPHONE
CLINIC PAGE for more...
João Martins writes in Audioxpress about
the panel at the AES 137th convention Loudness
for and Steaming and Radio. The panel
members were supposed to discuss whether FM
radio is a lost cause. The experts
in the area of audio processing, Bob Orban (Orban)
and Frank Foti (Telos/Omnia), dismissed this
[I think generally it is
a lost cause. Orban and Foti are only making
the tools: the FM station managers should be
on the panel. FM and streaming are catering
to the lowest denominatorpeople casually
listening in noisy or distracted environments
such as cars and work place thus they
are heavily compressing the dynamic range. A
few classical stations like WCRB Boston have
a compression profile and compress less in the
evenings where presumably people will be listening
more intently. The real solution is to have
two feeds or some kind of reversible compression
scheme, which would satisfy both types of listeners
but no one has shown the slightest interest
in this. This also could apply to fixed media
such as Super Audio CD, DVD and Blu-ray, but
again no interest. (Actually it may already
be happening with SACD with a master quality
SACD layer and a reduced CD layer
with EQ and less dynamic range for lower quality
email me here
other meetings and notices which may be of interest
to BAS members
and plotting "noisy" data it is often
useful to have Microsoft Excel plot a Trend
Line through it. If that data is to be
used for further work, it may be necessary to
have an X-Y table of the Trend Line. That is
not easy to get and this paper will show how
to do it.
has a new article here: Extracting
Numerical Data from an Excel Trend Line
Test Bench !
by Alvin Foster ! Click
the logo: >
BAS Headphone Test Article is now available
in the BASS VOLUME 25, ISSUE 4,
on Page 17, available HERE
The LIVE video podcast of our meetings,
Archived video of past meetings (only one so far!),
and Audio Podcast interviews by Alvin Foster
|There is a supplemental and further
explanation addendum paper to the E. Brad Meyer / David
Moran paper published in the September, 2007 issue of
the AES Journal. That page, which documents
the experimental protocol and audio systems/source material
|There is a Power
Point Presentation of the lecture given by Dr. Barry
Blesser at the March 2007 Meeting. The Meeting page
synopsis is HERE;
the Power Point Presentation (as a web page) is HERE
Some earlier BASS
issues, previously available only directly by mail,
are now available online, on the BAS SPEAKER page,
Show your appreciation
for the immense amount of dedicated work that went
into both the original writing, gathering, editing
and printing, PLUS the more recent scanning
and conversion to PDF format, by joining the Society,
L L O F F S I T E L I N K S O
P E N I N T O A N E W W
I N D O W
- AND FOR CONVENIENCE
There is a posting of an ABX article, The
Digital Challenge by Stanley P. Lipshitz HERE
( A new section! Watch for a full
page coming soon ! )
NOTE: offsite links open into a new page.
BAS Members may SELL items here; anyone may BUY.
The Boston Audio Society needs individuals
who will write summaries of BAS meetings into *.pages, *.doc, or *.txt
files. We usually have audio recordings of the meetings. We pay for
your work. Ask about our bonus program for meeting-writers! Contact
David B. Hadaway (603-899-5121; email@example.com).
Does anyone have a schematic (or any other
info!) for any Dunlop-Clarke Dreadnaught amplifier? Email Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org
For sale: Audio Precision System
1 audio test system. SYS-322A, s/n SYS1-31968, IMD, BUR, W&F options,
A-weighting filter, PCI interface card, rackmounts; asking $5000. Contact
Mark Chambers email@example.com
For sale: Several CD storage racks,
some made by Bostonwood (www.BostonWood.com/cd.html):
Two four-shelf units (25.5"Hx17"Wx5.5"D); One four-shelf
unit (25.5"Hx24"Wx5.5"D); Two three-shelf units (19.5"Hx17"Wx6.5"D);
one home-made three-shelf unit (18"Hx14"Wx6"D). I have
attached a handle and chains to several units, making them convenient
open-top carriers. David J. Weinberg (Maryland; 301-593-3230).
Seeking a two-channel preamplifier
such as an Apt Holman, an early Hafler, or an early NAD. Must work properly.
Fred Ampel (FAmpel@KC.RR.com).
Seeking prereceord Advent cassettes,
especially Russell Sherman Beethoven and Liszt recordings, and Handel's
Messiah performed by the Handel & Haydn Society under Thomas Dunn.
David R. Moran (DRMoran@aol.com).
I am disposing of all my old copies of the
BAS Speaker, which go back to 1978, more or less complete. I am going
to recycle these with waste paper unless somebody wants them for free.
I'll even pay shipping. Doug Pomeroy Audio Restoration & Mastering
Discography of Test Records. I am
compiling a list of technical test records from all recording eras and
would like to exchange information in order to confirm, expand, correct
and add entries. Send me your list and/or other information about test
records and I will send you my discography, which has nearly 200 entries
to date. I am interested in commercially released records, as well as
discs intended primarily for in-house use by audio engineers, broadcasters
and for other special applications. I am generally excluding demonstration
discs of the "Super Stereo bouncing ping-pong ball" type unless
they include at least some tracks of a technical nature, such as frequency
response and tracking tests, etc. Nicholas Starin, Portland Oregon,
Nashville AES Test CD. (www.AESNashville.org;
click the small round symbol where it says "Click here for more
info:" to download the four-page description and track list. Use
the link on the website under <Products> to send an email for
pricing and availability.) From the website: "Assembled 'by engineers,
for engineers' after a survey of the needs of a broad cross-section
of working audio pros, the disc features 71 tracks of test signals ranging
from level calibration tones, noise signals, third-octave tones, polarity
and digital meter calibration pulses, bandpassed noise and swept sinewaves.
Additional tracks include dry-recorded kick and snare drums, acoustic
guitar and piano along with spoken word and a cappella male and female
vocals. A data area on the disc features BPM charts, Excel-based calculators
and other bonus material. The CD booklet includes tutorial information
on using the test disc."
For sale: Three Denon DR-M34HR cassette
decks ($500srp) with three heads and live monitoring of the recording,
dual Dolby B/C and Dolby HX Pro circuitry. Handles normal, chrome and
metal-tape cassettes. Highly regarded in 1988. Gasparo Records used
them as duplicators. In good shape. Data at www.VintageCassette.com/denon/dr-m34hr.
$125 ea+shipping. Contact David B. Hadaway. firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sale: Arcam Solo Movie 5.1 (www.Arcam.co.uk/products,solo,Movie-Systems,SoloMovie51.htm;
$4500srp) The manual is downloadable from the Arcam website. I do not
have original packaging. $1000+shipping, which will be calculated once
destination is determined. Funds transfer or cash only; no checks. Fred
For sale. Two Tannoy HPD 315 speakers,
made in the mid-1970s, woofers might need refoaming. Steven Weiner (SDWeiner@ATT.net;
818-865-0601; Thousand Oaks, CA) is asking $500+s/h. [I have seen a
photo; the cabinets and grill look to be close to mint condition. This
ad was placed at the request of member Randy Hoffner. DJW]
Seeking: Soundfield Mark IV microphone.
Jim Mastracco (James.Mastracco@Verizon.net).
Laserdiscs for sale by David J.
Weinberg (301-593-3230; WeinbergDJ@BostonAudioSociety.org)
Four have Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Nine have DTS5.1 soundtrack.
Make offer for all or selected items.
||CLV / CAV?
|Blade Runner (Director's
Anniversary Director's Cut)
|The Hunt for Red
|In The Mouth Of
|Raiders of the Lost
|Raiders of the Lost
|Star Wars: Episode
1 - A Phantom Menace
|Who Framed Roger
Own a movie theater sound system! For sale,
top-of-the-line High Performance Stereo HPS-4000-XL screen speaker systems.
Three (left, center, right) HPS model 545-4 speaker systems (www.HPS4000.com/pages/fivefortyfive_.html)
and two HPS model 545-W subwoofer speaker systems (www.HPS4000.com/pages/545_w_.html).
All in perfect working order. The speakers are not light, but consist
of modules that can be lifted by two moderately strong men. Truck delivery
only, or come pick up. Make me an offer. David J. Weinberg (301-593-3230;
Most units come with user manuals (some also
with service manuals), remotes and cartons, as applicable. Make offer:
- ReplayTV 2020 with aftermarket larger
disk drive. Includes lifetime electronic program guide service.
- Faroudja VP400A video quadrupler. Upscales
NTSC video to 960 progressively scanned lines for a front or rear
CRT projector. Generates great image on my big screen. I don't need
it because I'm modifying my video system.
- Runco 980Ultra CRT projector (original
packing, user and service manuals).
- Vutec concave high-gain silvered screen.
8' wide, 16:9 aspect ratio, with wallmount brackets. Silvered surface
makes it appropriate for 3D projection, as the high gain overcomes
the substantial light loss caused by the various consumer 3D projection
technologies, and the curved shape can deliver a wide viewing angle
with little hotspotting.
- Lexicon DC1 surround processor, with all
- Panasonic RP-91D DVD player with JVB Digital
- Sony DVP-NS755V SACD (multichannel and
stereo), DVD, etc., progressive-scan output. $250srp.
- Tektronix D11 rackmount single-beam storage
oscilloscope with 5A15N vertical amp and 5B10N time-base/amplifier.
- Tektronix 5111 rackmount single-beam storage
oscilloscope with two 5A18 vertical amps and 5B10N time-base/amplifier.
- Teac AN-180 external dual Dolby B processor.
Simultaneous stereo record and playback.
- Pioneer CT-F4242 cassette deck, in excellent
- Garrard RC88 turntable with Shure M3D cartridge,
in excellent condition.
- Sony XM-5046 car audio amp, 4x50W into
again, for 2017 - and on through 2020 (!) here is THE useful
industry calendar of audio/related events, with kudos to any
and all who put this list together: www.stiernberg.com/industry-calendar