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  • It's Been One Week Since We Went Live

    And I am simply gobsmacked and want to thank all the members.

    But perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised. For ages, I had with say the exception of one or audio clubs in the US (the LAOC and Atlanta clubs come to mind), been bemoaning the demise of the high-end audio club. I really missed the club's comraderie and being able to share war stories with fellow audiobuddies. It boggles my mind that there's not one real high-end audio club in a city of 8 million people? But then again, perhaps I'm just showing my age. After all back in the '80s and '90s, the Westchester Audio Club in New York set the standard for audio clubs attracting manufacturers, reviewers and audiophiles far and wide before eventually fading into obscurity in the late '90s.

    But the answer was right in front of me. Audio bulletin boards. The new, 21st century version of the high-end audio club in the clouds. While certainly it's nice to be able to listen to equipment at audio clubs, the audio bulletin board allows us to do so many other things. Pictures, videos and in depth conversations with audiobuddies around the world. Meeting people with like equipment. Meeting with manufacturers. .Meeting with reviewers. Talking about music that sometimes gets lost at audio club meetings.

    For those into stats, our numbers have been off the charts. On Friday, we had over 3000 page views. Over 400 unique visits. We are averaging 170 posts a day (on Friday we came within a whiskers length of 200). Almost 1000 posts in less than a week. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to have 130 members after just 6 days. Simply mind boggling numbers. Thank you all!

    So where do I see going? To keep expanding the membership while maintaining the warm, friendly and collegial atmosphere we've created. It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility to have 200 members on by the end of February. To be the place audiophiles go to find out information on the latest and greatest in audio gear and music. To be the place where manufacturers, reviewers and audiophiles can all interact and exchange in safety. To that end, we've already had close to a dozen reviewers sign up from PF, TAS and The Audio Beat. (pardon me if I left anyone out!) We've also had six or seven manufacturers register with more on the way.

    I can't tell you how much enjoyment I get every day when I wake up and read the board!!! Give yourself all a pat on the back, keep up the good work and spread the word to your fellow audiobuddies. Together, we will all make the place on the net for high-end audio and music. The best is yet to come!
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor,

    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 440 and 1000 Nextgen mono amps
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, vdh Colibri Master Signature, Mutech Hayabusa,
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Skogrand, Kubala-Sosna, Audience FrontRow; Audience FrontRow, Genesis Advanced Technologies , Goldmund and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.3+ platforms.

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    Myles I believe you have a winner winner chicken dinner here. Thanks for bringing the forum to life.


    • #3
      I agree Marty ! Great start Myles! I really enjoy coming here and visiting with you all!
      Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables


      • #4
        Congrats, Myles. I don't know that there is any secret sauce to this, but having been around the block, as many others here have, there are a number of areas that deserve attention and you seem to be serving them. First, getting out of the traditional "audiophile" mold- people in the industry and around it have been bitching for years about how to attract newer, younger and different audiences, but they seem to put off by a combination of things- one is the "big wallet" aspect- where it seems you have to be in a Ferrari league to play (nothing against Ferraris, for those that know me). Sometimes, and I've seen this happen, someone who starts modestly will get bitten by the bug and before you know it, they are fully engaged. So, focusing on entry level, tweaks, room set-up, power and vintage hi-fi that can be bought cheaply as an entry point all are probably worth exploring.
        Apart from the gear, music is key, obviously. Sometimes, the traditional audiophile warhorses are not what grabs younger audiences- sure, they'll listen to some classical or jazz, but just as often they do want to talk about how some newer band sounds, even though it may not be "audiophile approved." I think the emphasis on a diverse range of music is attractive to non-traditional audiophiles.
        Like I said, I don't have the "answers" but I know what attracts me.