WHAT/WHY: Happy New Year With Norm Donaldson!
HOST: Norm Donaldson

Happy New Year 2018 to All!

This month we have a special meeting planned at the home of Norm Donaldson. Norm is fairly new to the CAS, but certainly not new to the industry having owned his own high-end store in Malibu, California for more than thirty years, he is an audio video veteran. Norm will wow us with his system(s) on Saturday January 27th, 2018. Below is just some of the goodies he will have on demo.

Music System:

Basis Inspiration Turntable with Super 9 Arm, and Lyra Atlas Cartridge.

Aesthetix Rhea Signature Phono Stage. 1800 Vinyl Albums. All Catalogued in Collectorz Music Database.


Aesthetix Romulus Signature CD Player & DAC w/ PCM & DSD capability.

Computer Playback

Homemade i7 Music Server with Core Audio Linear Power Supply, SoTM USB Card, Intel MB, and a Samsung Pro SSD in a Fanless Case. Windows 8.1 with Fidelizer.

2 External Drives with a total of 8 TB Storage. PCM files on one & DSD files on another. About 6TB of Music, all uncompressed, includes Hi-Res & DSD Files. OWC 4 TB HD with Firewire Output & Western Digital My Book 4 TB USB Hard Drive.

Roon, jRiver, and Tidal Music playback/streaming software with iPad Remote(s).


Aesthetix Calypso Signature Line Stage & Aesthetix Atlas Mono Block Power Amps.


Vandersteen Model 7 Custom Color

Video System


Oppo UDP-203 4K BD Player, Onkyo DV-HD805 HD-DVD Player, & Dish Hopper DVR.

Control and Amplification

Theta Digital Casablanca IV w/ Dirac Live & Theta Digital Dreadnaught II Power Amp for Center and Surround.

Loudspeakers – Vandersteen VCC-5 Center & VSM Surrounds. 2 EA. SVS PB Ultra 13 Subwoofers.

Projection System

Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Projector with Anamorphic Lens System – Panamorph UH-480 Lens & AT-H1 Servo Carrier to a Stewart Luxus Deluxe 140” Studio Tech 1.3, 2.40:1 Cinemascope Screen. Anamorphic Lens System – Panamorph UH-480 Lens & AT-H1 Servo Carrier. Makita Auto Drapery System, Custom Theater Curtains.