Greetings from Portland, OR

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Mike-48, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Mike-48

    Mike-48 New Member

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    Hello, all! I've been interested in audio for about 50 years, including an original AR turntable bought during college years. About 15 years ago, when I had few records left after many moves, I decided to concentrate on a digital system as nice sounding as my budget would allow. My current system is file-based digital. It sounds good to me and can play the many new releases that will never appear on LP.

    My musical interests are mostly classical, jazz, and bluegrass/old time. If I were into pop/rock/etc., I'd be ready to shoot myself, given the overcompression in wide use today and resulting dynamic range of about 3 dB.

    In audio, I seem to be a bit of a contrarian. I prefer solid-state gear (but not every piece made); I don't find fundamental flaws in digital sound; I think recording and mastering techniques are way more important than file format; and I'd rather spend my effort on improving room acoustics than on expensive cables, footers, crystals, etc. Despite that, I have heard systems of all kinds that have been quite engaging: whether tube, SS, vinyl, optical disc, streaming, or whatever. There are different ways to find audio satisfaction.

    I'm the current lead organizer of the Portland Audio Club, open to all who care to join.

    Mike
     
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  2. DeeCee

    DeeCee Super Member

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    Welcome aboard! Wish there was a Portland Audio Club when I lived there years ago...
     
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  3. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    Welcome to AK from Hillsboro!
     
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  4. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    Welcome from the Black Forest to Portland! :)
     
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  5. Hyperion

    Hyperion Roobarb & Custard Subscriber

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    Welcome to AK Mike! - nice intro.
     
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    Marine0811 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Welcome to AK from the other side of the country
     
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    Welcome
     
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    Rome Holsum Honey Buns Subscriber

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    Greetings to ya!

    Rome
     
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    electronjohn Plug it in & see!! Subscriber

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    Welcome!
     
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    MarZutra Addicted Member

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    Welcome. There always seems to be good gear on the used out your neck of the woods... Best from WAY out to the North East....lol
     
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    Welcome to AK!
     
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  12. Fitero

    Fitero Active Member

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    Welcome aboard.

    First I've read about a local Audio club other than the Oregon Triode Society.
     
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    Dave_1962 Lunatic Member

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    Welcome!
     
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  14. w1jim

    w1jim I can fix it but good... Subscriber

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    Welcome Mike.
    You can publicize your Portland Audio Club events here in the "Events & Happenings" forum.
     
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  15. darkblue94

    darkblue94 It wasn't me. Subscriber

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    Welcome Mike, I'm also in Portland and would be interested in your club get togethers. :)
     
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    Bucky Badger AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Welcome to the AK neighbor.
     
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    Kevin D AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Welcome!
     
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  18. Mike-48

    Mike-48 New Member

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    Thanks to all for the warm welcomes! And happy new year! I am glad to have found AK, which seems like a really congenial forum.

    @darkblue94 @Fitero @Yamaki @Bucky Badger : No pressure or expectations, but here's the link for the Portland Audio Club . When I get caught up, I'll post more information in the "Events and Happenings" forum. Until then, if you're interested, please click to read about our scheduled programs, and if they sound good, please join us. We are an extremely friendly and welcoming group, with interests ranging from LPs played on 1970s gear to high-res digital played on the latest DACs -- and a corresponding range in member systems.

    Need I say, PAC is a volunteer organization -- no one makes any money from it. We do it for the love of audio and music and the opportunity to socialize.
     
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  19. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    I checked out PAC, Mike, and I'll see if I can't come to the swap meet next weekend. I'll bring a friend if he's interested.
     
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  20. Mike-48

    Mike-48 New Member

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    I expect to be there. If you are, be sure to find me and say hi. I'll probably open the meeting before turning it over to Richard.
     

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