The 2022 Society Calendar

Events
January

 

AudioConLA is being rescheduled.

Keep and eye on this space for new dates!

 

February

ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

 

HOLD THIS DATE

February 12

for a planned Zoom visit with Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwartz! Hear about how Patricia Barber’s Grammy nominated album “Clique” was recorded and then mixed at Skywalker Sound.

You are invited to the Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 12, 2022 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdOChrTwoH9EiSx9asDhtZTg2t5IMhAaa

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Our guests are the spectacular husband and wife recording team of  Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz, responsible for the latest Patricia Barber release Clique! on Impex Records SACD and various download and streaming sites. Clique! has been nominated for a GRAMMY this year for Best Immersive Audio Album. It has also been named NativeDSD’s Best Album of the Year with praise for the production team for their “Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound album that is easily one of the best of the year.” , and Clique! received honorable mention from the Society for Audiophile Recording of the Year Award (ARYA).

As partners in life and music, Jim and Ulrike have more than 60 years of combined audio experience earning 31 Grammy nominations, 2 Emmy nominations, 2 George Foster Peabody Awards, an Oscar win, and dozens of international honors between the two of them. Their brilliance is evident on many audiophile-approved records. Recently, PS Audio praised Jim and Ulrike as “unsung heroes of the audio world” in Copper’s latest issue, and that couldn’t be more accurate. Throughout their careers, Jim and Ulrike have continued to push the sound quality standards to the next level and developed their own technology to release brilliantly-recorded records in multiple formats, including their latest Grammy-nominated Clique!, which was recorded, mixed, and produced in Digital eXtreme Definition (352.8kHz/24bit).

Please join us to hear more about Jim and Ulrike’s perspectives on high-resolution and immersive audio recording and playback. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions to learn more from these insiders about the production of some of the great albums we, as audiophiles and music lovers, love and enjoy.

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February

On Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 2-5 pm, the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at Audeze (3412 S Susan St, Santa Ana, CA 92704 (Directions), Website: www.audeze.com Audeze is a pioneer in the Planar Magnetic technology that is known for its award winning headphones.

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate. Of course, wearing a mask and social distancing remain the basic rule.

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From humble beginnings making transducers and headphones by hand in Orange County, Audeze has pushed the envelope on what is possible with Planar Magnetic Designs. Factory Tour at Audeze! Dragoslav Colich (CTO) and Sankar Thiagasamudram (CEO) will take you behind the scenes tour of Audeze which will include how Audeze products are designed and manufactured. In addition to all the design, prototyping and testing Audeze manufactures a majority of its products at its Santa Ana Facility. All the new products for 2021 will be available for demo. The presenters will follow up the tour with a Q&A. Special pricing will be 25% Off on all Audeze products in person at the factory and the raffle will include the new LCD-5 planar magnetic headphone. You can look forward to an exceptional raffle and a great lunch.  Free parking is nearby. Guests, visitors and new members are invited. For more information visit www.laocas.com or call Mike Wechsberg at (714) 906-9780.

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March

On Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2-5 pm, the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at Manley Labs Address: 13880 Magnolia Ave, Chino, CA 91710 (Directions),

Website: www.Manley.com

Phone: (909) 627-4256

 

Visit Manley Labs in Chino with a personalized tour by EveAnna Manley herself. See for yourself the shop where most excellent hi-end equipment from microphones to headphone amplifiers are manufactured for your listening pleasure.

April

On Sunday,  April 24, 2022 from 2-5 pm, the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at Shelley’s Stereo & Video 
Address: 22102 Clarendon Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (Directions)
Website: shelleysstereo.com
Phone: 1-818-716-8500

Our host Alon Moscovitch, his staff and invited industry representatives will demonstrate the latest products from Linn. The upgradable Klimax LP12 outfitted with the newly released Ekstatik cartridge and Radikal power supply will be featured.  The Klimax 350 Ultimate Intelligent Loudspeaker, boasting the Organik DAC which has been referred to as The ULTIMATE DAC, includes the best of Linn’s in-house technologies designed to eliminate loss between you and the artist. For the places where cables can’t reach, Linn’s Series 3, which is an all-in-one wireless speaker, will be available to audition. Plus, the rack-mountable multi-zone Kustom DSM network music player will also be featured. Don’t miss this extraordinary event with this top-notch equipment for your listening pleasure.

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

May

On Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 2-5 pm, the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at Sunny Components
Address: 1370 E. Cypress St, Covina, CA 917249  (Directions)
Website: http://sunnyaudiovideo.com/
Phone: 1-626-966-6259

Our host will be Sunil Merchant -audio component impresario.

Sunny’s will feature a new product line by Vinnie Rossi called Brama, and will also feature affordable systems by Hegel Music Systems and Technics.

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

 

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On demonstration will be CH Precision’s 1 Series and 10 Series, as well as the Wadax Reference DAC and Streamer. Consultation will be available regarding Brinkmann Audio’s full line of turntables and electronics, plus NEODIO Audio, EMM Labs, Meitner Audio, Jeff Rowland, Bryston Audio, Audible Illusions, NAD, Bluesound, and Meridian DACs, speakers, amplifiers, and streamers. Hear speakers from Vandersteen, Stenheim, Egglestonworks, Martin Logan, Marten, Vivid Audio, KEF, Aerial Acoustics, DALI, Avantgarde, and REL and view audio stands by Harmonic Resolution Systems, Salamander, Target, and Quadraspire. Industry representatives will include Vinnie Rossi, as well as John Woo of Bluebird Music and John McDonald from Audience Cables.

Sunny’s has some great new AudioQuest Mythical Creatures Thunderbird, Firebird, and Dragon interconnects to show the society.
The new Vinnie Rossi Brama Series products will be available for this event.
The Wadax Reference DAC, Reference Server and a complete 10 series CH Precision system with Stenheim Reference Ultime 2 Loudspeakers will be displayed.
We have a special promotion on Stenheim Reference Ultime 3 with CH Precision made Crossover.

A NUMBER OF ITEMS WILL BE ON SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR THIS WEEKEND ONLY.

1. Martin Logan Motion 60 XTi — 1 pair only New in box Piano Black.
2. Martin Logan Motion 40i — 1 pair only
3. Martin Logan Motion 20i — 1 Pair only Motion 35XTi and Motion 15 1 pair
4. Bowers and Wilkins 702 S2, 704 S2, 702S2, HTM S2
5. Bowers and Wilkins 702 Signature series in Midnight blue…All sold out now !
6. Bowers and Wilkins 801D4, 802D4, 803D4, 804D4 and 805D4 in stock Lead times are 60-120 days…Secure your speakers now.
7. Bowers and Wilkins in-Ceiling and In-wall speakers, beautiful sub-woofers and more products for custom applications.
8. Marten Oscar Trio Store Demo on special promotion.
9. Technics Sl-1210GR, SL-1200GR, SU-G700M2 Integrated Amplifier, SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier, SL-1000R Store Demo,
10. Brinkmann Bardo with 10.0 Tonearm New in Box, Brinkmann Taurus, Brinkmann Spyder with Acoustical systems tonearm.
11. Several Cartridges under $1000.00 on special promotion.
12. HRS RXR Store Demo audio stands at 35% discount
13. HRS SXR Silver in store Demo on promotion.
14. HRS Isolation Demo bases at 20% discount
15. CH Precision promotion on 10 series and 1 series.
16. CH Precision factory certified with 2 year warranty : L1 Pre-amplifier, M 1.1 Amplifier, A 1.5 Amplifier,
17. Stenheim STOCK instant delivery on Alumine 2, Alumine 3, Limited edition sold out Alumine 3 Special edition, Alumine 5 Special Edition
18. Hegel Demo H95, H120 in white ( Match this with B&W 704S2 ) Hegel H-190, Hegel H-390, Hegel H-590, Hegel Mohican CD Player. — Some store Demos available….Price hike coming ! Do not Delay.
19. NAD M10 — New in box at 30% off.
20. Krell Duo 300XD Current Amplifier at $6995.00 for our club
21. Bryston Amplifier, Pre-amps, DAC’s in stock. We even have the BR20 on display.
22. Egglestonworks amazing speakers are available in any automotive color.
23. We have a few specials on Vivid Audio G2 Series 2, G1 Series 2 factory demos with 5 year warranty.
We also have Vivid Audio Kaya S12, S25, S90
24. Special promotion on Rega tables, Phono stages, Integrateds etc….
25. Meridian DSP7200SE in White finish. Get a DSP3300 Center for free with purchase.
26. Vandersteen VLR CT, Quatro CT, Kento CT and a NEW pair of M5 HPA Amplifiers.
27. Definitive Technology BP9060 Towers $749.00 each 4 in stock. Matching CS9080 for only $495 with purchase of towers.
28. Vienna Acoustics Haydn Grand $895.00
29. Dynaudio Focus 340 Towers only 2500.00 per pair. Trade-in.
30. Martin Logan 2 each Balanced Force 210 Dark Cherry Store Demos $5000.00 for the pair.
31. Technics SBC700 White $995.00 1 pair left DEMO
32. Martin Logan Helos 100 in ceiling 1 pair.
33. Several DEMO Subs etc for sale…30% to 50% off….
34. Revel C32 Center channel —– MSRP $1995.00 Sale at $649.00
35. Dali Mentor Menuet. Only 795.00

A raffle is planned and an extraordinary lunch will be served. Free parking is nearby. Guests, visitors and new members are invited. For more information, visit www.laocas.com or call Allen Taylor at (714) 299-1509.

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June

June 10-12

LA&OC Audio Society Enjoys T.H.E. Show at the Hilton Long Beach!!

The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society invites everyone to enjoy T.H.E. Show on June 10-12! When you order your tickets, all Society Members receive an additional $5 discount when you use the code: LAOCAS5. This Society code is applicable in addition to any other pre-sale discounts you may receive in advance or at the door. Please go to T.H.E. Show’s website noted below for your best deal on tickets and information on events and exhibitors.

http://thehomeentertainmentshow.com

Please feel free to identify yourself or wear your Lifetime Badge and enjoy T.H.E. Show’s Hospitality Suite to which members are invited. Use the code to enter.

Enjoy to the max,

Bob Levi

Chairman, Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society

 

T.H.E. Show health and safety protocols are on the ticketing page if folks need details Additionally, T.H. E. Show asks and encourages people to please wear masks (extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available on site), to continue to socially distance, and for those who are vaccinated, if they wish to bring a copy of their vaccine records, that is most welcome.  T H E Show is in compliance with county and state guidelines, and as such we do strongly encourage everyone to act safely and responsibly so a wonderful time can be enjoyed by all present.

 

 

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Message to the Society from T.H.E. Show!

“We are delighted to welcome LAOCAS members to T.H.E. Show, Long Beach, CA 2022, this coming June 10-12 at the Hilton Long Beach as we do annually. With 190 brands and exhibitors, a full marketplace, our new Headphonium™, as well a packed seminar and evening events schedule there will be plenty to experience. As always, we will have T.H.E. Lounge, our special room for society members, with refreshments to enjoy. Please visit our website at thehomeentertainmentshow.com to learn more.
We look forward to seeing all of you next week! ”

 

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July

NEW NEW NEW

SATURDAY JULY 9 

NEW NEW NEW – an immersive audio listening event in Los Angeles / Highland Park on Saturday, July 9th. The event is an exclusive, pre-release celebration of Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz’s latest Immersive Audio recording called Gardenview (Immersive Edition). The audiophile husband-wife duo worked with Pomplamoose vocalist (global YouTube sensation) Nataly Dawn to create a captivating collection of flawless 5.1.4 mixes of standout singles from Nataly’s latest solo record Gardenview (album press release here). The tracks were recorded mostly live to create an unpolished feel, and the new immersive 3D mixes highlight every element throughout the vast soundscape. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy an all-encompassing listening experience in LemonTree Studios’s premiere PMC/Dolby Atmos Mix Room, which has an LCR of MB3-XBD-A monitoring, twotwoSub.2 for LFE channels and a selection of our Wafer on-wall monitors for all the surround and height channels, similar to the systems at Capitol Studios. The event will start around 4pm on July 9th (details to be shared upon confirmation).

Very limited event – respond immediatly to be added to the guest list!

Saturday, July 9th @ LemonTree Studio in Highland Park

 

 

More about Nataly Dawn: https://shorefire.com/roster/nataly-dawn
More about Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz: http://andersonaudiony.com/
More about LemonTree Studios: https://www.lemontreestudios.la/

 

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

 

August

Sunday, August 21, 2-5 pm: The Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at The Source Audio/Video Design Group in Torrance (3035 Kashiwa St, Torrance, CA 90505).
As they have many times before for the society, our hosts, Steven and Jason Lord, will demonstrate top-of-the-line equipment in spaces custom designed to maximize your musical (and visual) enjoyment.
Listen to McIntosh, Audio Research, Michi, Sonus Faber, B&W, Focal, Moon by SimAudio, Naim, Marantz, Denon, JL Audio, ATC , HEDD Audio, Wisdom Audio, SAE, Rotel, Sony, Grado, Sennheiser, Audeze, Dan Clark Audio, Headamp, Woo Audio, Empire Ear, Ultimate Ear, Meze and other fine examples of high-end equipment that will allow those attending to make comparisons and/or just enjoy the music.
Well-known speaker designer and Society member Andrew Jones will handle the meeting’s seminar component, covering his professional experience with several manufacturers over the years. Learn what to look for (and listen for) in purchasing your next set of speakers.
Three systems have been set up which will allow participants to compare B&W, Sonus Farber and Focal speakers. A Brand Ambassador from each of these three brands will be available to answer your questions.
Personally selected CDs/SACDs will be part of a planned raffle and an extraordinary lunch will be served. Free parking is nearby. Guests, visitors, and new members are invited. For more information visit www.laocas.com or call LAOCAS President Allen Taylor at 1-714-299-150

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

September

 

CanJam Socal

September 17-18

 

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Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

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October

On Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 2-5 pm, the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at Common Wave HiFi
Address: 1451 E 4th St #106, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (Directions)
Website: commonwave.net
Phone: 1-213-277-4434

Parking is available and free. Guests, visitors, and members alike are invited.

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

Space will be limited and demos will be scheduled throughout the day. To reserve your spot, please contact Common Wave Hi-Fi at (213) 277-4434 or info@commonwave.net

 

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Our host Wesley Katzir and staff will present Common Wave’s private reference listening suite featuring Nagra Audio, YG Acoustics, Innuos, Kuzma Analog Systems, and Koetsu. Representatives from many of the manufacturers will be in attendance to answer any questions about their newest technologies. Other systems on demonstration will include equipment from several manufacturers.

For more information, call President Allen Taylor at (714) 299-1509.

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

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November

On Sunday, November 12, 2022 from 2-5 pm, the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society will hold its monthly meeting at Excel Audio
Address: 4678 Campus Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (Directions)
Website:excelaudio.com
Phone:
(919) 933-1599

Mike Rose will be our host.

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate.

 

December

29th Annual Society Gala

Sunday December 4, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. until we’re done!

At our 29th Annual Gala, the LAOCAS will present  with the Founders Award, our highest honor!

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The Fifth Annual Audiophile Recordings of the Year Awards (ARIA), chaired by Dr. David Robinson,  and the Fouth Annual presentation of the Carolyn and George Counnas Innovation Award will be announced!  Of course, the President’s Award will be given to an outstanding member.

Join us at the Double Tree by Hilton Buena Park!      7000 Beach Blvd  Buena Park, CA 90620

Plan on showing a current Covid-19 vaccination record or a testing record that was completed within the prior 3 days to participate. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
29th Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society Founders Award Goes To John Atkinson, Technical Editor, Stereophile Magazine

It is with great pleasure that the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the world’s largest, awards its 29th Founders Award to John Atkinson. The Founders Award is the highest honor the Society annually bestows in our industry on those extraordinary individuals who have advanced audio and audiophile enjoyment worldwide.

John Atkinson was born in Hitchin, England in June 1948. At the age of 15, he was faced with a difficult decision. Academically, his grades in science subjects were excellent but his passion was for music. He played violin in school and youth orchestras and bass guitar with a local pop group. But for his final three years at grammar school, he had to choose between the sciences and the arts. The sciences it had to be, and he ended up getting his B.Sc in physics and chemistry from the University of London, followed by a post-graduate qualification as a high-school science teacher. Early jobs included working in a government research lab on developing higher-  efficiency LEDs – he is probably the only audio journalist who has made his own transistors, using a vapor-epitaxy oven and gallium-phosphide substrates – then working in another lab on mining chemistry. His passion for music was kept alive by playing bass guitar in rock bands and getting involved in making recordings. When, in June 1972, JA was offered the opportunity to join a band led by Matthew Ellis, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who had just signed a record contract with Warner Bros, record an album at Abbey Road Studio, and tour the US, he abandoned his scientific career without hesitation. The album was recorded at Abbey Road, but the band’s manager did a runner with the record company’s advance, the US tour was canceled, Abbey Road didn’t get paid, the album was never released, and three months after leaving the lab, JA was out of a job.

For the next four years, JA played bass guitar with various bands, worked in cabaret clubs, toured with the 1960s “teen singing sensation” Helen Shapiro, and made other albums and singles, but it eventually became clear that he would need a steadier source of income. JA had been what we now call an “audiophile” since the end of the 1960s and was an avid reader of the British magazine Hi-Fi News & Record Review.

In September 1976 he joined that magazine as an editorial assistant. Six years later, at the age of 34, he became Hi-Fi News’s editor-in-chief. By the end of 1985, he had almost doubled the British magazine’s circulation when then-Stereophile owner and publisher Larry Archibald invited him to take over from the magazine’s founder, J. Gordon Holt, as the American magazine’s editor.

JA joined Stereophile in May 1986 and increased its circulation from around 20,000 to a peak of 92,000 15 years later. He remained editor until April 2019, when approaching his 71st birthday and having published 390 issues, he handed over Stereophile’s editorial reins to Jim Austin. JA took up the new position of Technical Editor and continues to provide the measurements to accompany the magazine’s reviews. To date, he has measured more than 900 loudspeakers, 600 amplification components, and 400 digital products, all with a standardized test regime for each category.

John Atkinson is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and until recently was an associate member of the IEEE and a member of NARAS, Producers and Engineers Wing. In 2011 he was invited by the Technical Council of the AES to present the Richard C. Heyser Memorial lecture at its 131st Convention in New York. JA continued to be involved in recording music after joining Hi-Fi News – to date he has produced, engineered, mastered, or played musical instruments on more than 40 commercially released recordings, half of which were on the Stereophile label. The album Translations, performed by the Portland State Chamber Choir, which JA co-engineered and mastered, was released by Naxos in 2020. It was chosen as one of Gramophone magazine’s Critics’ Choices for that year. Recently honored by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society now celebrates its 29th year serving top audiophiles in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The largest audio society in the world with over 2700 members, the non-profit organization provides up to 14 major events per year in Greater Los Angeles and showcases and promotes the very best in great gear and recordings worldwide. Though the majority of members hail from Southern California, the Society boasts members from 14 states and nine countries.

The Society’s Board of Directors awards the Founder’s Award annually to those professionals in the high end who continue to advance fine musical reproduction in the home and distinguish themselves as the best in their profession.

The 2021 Founders Award went to George Cardas, founder of Cardas Audio. The 2019 Founders Award went to Andrew Jones, VP and Chief Speaker Designer for ELAC
The 2018 Founders Award went to Michael Fremer, The Absolute Sound.
The 2017 Founders Award went to John Grado, President of Grado Labs.
The 2016 Founder’s Award went to Bob Carver, President of Bob Carver Audio.
The 2015 Founder’s Award went to Harry Weisfeld, founder of VPI Industries.
The 2014 Founder’s Award went to Chad Kassem, President of Acoustic Sounds.
The 2013 Founder’s Award went to Robert Harley, Editor-in-Chief of The Absolute Sound.
The 2012 Founder’s Award went to Tim de Paravicini, President of E.A.R. of Great Britain.
The 2011 Founder’s Award went to Richard Vandersteen, President of Vandersteen Audio. The 2010 Founder’s Award went to Keith Johnson, Executive Producer of Reference Recordings,
and the 2009 Founder’s Award went to EveAnna Manley, President of Manley Labs.

Other previous winners include Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound, Dave Clark, Managing Editor of Positive Feedback, Dennis Had, founder of Cary Audio, David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback, and Ray Kimber, President of Kimber Kable, and our most-honored member.

The Founder’s Award will be awarded at the 29th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony in John Atkinson’s honor in Los Angeles on December 4, 2022. The trophy that will be awarded to John Atkinson is specially produced by the same company that created the Oscar for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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