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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Audio Society

The Pacific Northwest Audio Society has been dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine music and electronics since its founding in 1978. We're audiophiles and music lovers with diverse backgrounds and a range of interests in music and audio reproduction. Although the Society is based in the Seattle area we serve the entire Northwest region and draw enthusiasts from as far as Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, for new and exciting audio adventures.

Our membership network includes a number of top audio experts from the Northwest and around the world. Check out our Membership page to learn how you can become a member. For about the price of a latte each month you'll support the Audio Society's ongoing efforts and gain a plethora of benefits for yourself in the process. If you’re in the area, drop in for a meeting and see for yourself what the club is all about.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - New Meeting Location - Kirkland Woman's Club

Location Change
From now on, our meetings will be held at the Kirkland Woman's Club. Also we are moving our meetings to the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

407 1st Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

Our November 11th meeting (yes, that’s a Tuesday night), promises to be entertaining and educational.

As part of our settling in to our new digs at the Women’s Club in Kirkland, we will be investigating the effects of acoustic treatments deployed in various configurations. To do this, our own Joe Pittman will be facilitating and orchestrating the placement of acoustic treatments around the room, then all of us will listen and judge the results. We need your help to do this. We need your ears and your opinions, and we need your arms and legs to help move things around.

Don’t worry (be happy), it won’t be all work. Joe will be providing tunes from his server with playback through parts of the club’s reference system with some notable guest equipment appearances. The club’s stock Oppo BDP-95 DAC/disc spinner will be replaced for this meeting with Joe’s, John Tucker-modified Exemplar/Oppo BDP-105 with tube output stage. The club’s new Coffman preamp will be paired with club prez Jay’s Roland 112 amp to provide the musical muscle.

But wait, there’s more, a lot more. Our listening room at the Women’s Club is a much larger room than our old venue at the church. In our last meeting, the club’s reference Genesis 7.2f speakers, driven by the club’s Genesis I-60 integrated, were pushed to the limit to provide decent sound. We’re looking for much better sound in the future, and to get us started on that path, we’ll be employing, the 7.2f’s older and bigger brother, insert drum roll here… the Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award-winning Genesis 6.1!

For those of you not familiar with the 6.1, I’ll replay the highlights. 5-way, open baffle midrange, with front and rear-firing tweeters, two 12” woofers per channel, each powered by a 500 watt bass servo amp. You wanted more bass, we heard you; you won’t be disappointed. Members of the club’s Executive Committee auditioned this speaker at Joe’s place and came away mightily impressed.

Looking ahead to December, we’re planning our annual holiday social event. This is a light-hearted event that emphasizes conversation and interaction between club members. As background music, we’ll be encouraging all of you to bring MTDS (music that doesn’t suck), holiday music or otherwise. An added benefit of our new venue is that the Women’s Club has a full kitchen, which opens up new food and beverage possibilities. To take advantage of this, we’re trying to decide on whether to make it a pot-luck or provide snack trays as in previous years. We’ll ask your opinion on this subject at the November meeting.

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