Kick off your AXPONA experience by networking with manufacturers, dealers, distributors and press. This exclusive reception is for members of the trade to network, make connections and set meetings for the next three days.
The reception is open to registered exhibitors staff, Media, and Industry Pass Holders.
The focus of the Seminar will be the speaker/room interface and optimizing system performance with proper placement and room treatments.
A slide presentation will demonstrate the frequency and phase response of speakers placed properly and improperly in a room. Integrating subwoofers with the main speaker system for both stereo and surrounds systems will be covered. There will be a discussion of what types of acoustic treatments to use a room and how to determine where those treatments will best serve the listener. Slide examples will be shown exhibiting results from proper use of acoustic treatments. Equalization techniques will also be included. Common misconceptions will be discussed.
Over the last year, a handful of eye-popping transactions happened on Discogs. Five records broke the $10,000 plateau, which occurred only once before in Discogs' history! Top-end prices are at an all-time high, and vinyl is as cool as ever. It's even led to some fear of vinyl being commodified the same way modern art has, functioning purely as a material to be bought and sold by investors. Discogs' Sean Cannon and Jeffrey Smith discuss the high-end vinyl market with experts in the field Michael Fremer of Analog Planet, Chad Kassem of Acoustic Sounds and Mat Weisfied of VPI
Every note played at a recording session is important and Paul Reed Smith has thought about how it will sound. So much thought and passion goes into the design of PRS Guitars, and that attention to detail has made PRS Guitars the third largest US manufacturer of electric guitars. Paul Reed Smith offers a unique perspective to appreciating music as a premier guitar builder, guitarist and audiophile.
Qobuz basics and how to get the most out of the service.
Has the appeal of High-End audio faded in recent years? Every generation finds their own path to connect with music, but in order to maximize the appeal of HiFi to new fans a shift in thinking might bring bigger numbers to the fold. The audio industry is at a critical point where we can still adapt to the ever-evolving consumption of media, without leaving the roots of fidelity behind. What changes could be made to make a recipe for success involving music selection, spokespeople, design, price point, and messaging? Join us for a lively, interactive discussion surrounding the passion that brings us all together, and will continue to do so for future generations to come.
A “current mode” (a.k.a. transimpedance) low output moving coil phono stage offers some surprising advantages. There is no fiddling around with load resistance settings because cartridge loading is automatic. Even better, a current mode phono stage can actually improve a cartridge’s tracking ability! The presentation will explore the benefits of current mode contrasted with (conventional) voltage mode phono stages. As a bonus, we’ll also learn how to interpret the seemingly arcane technical electrical information found in a phono cartridge spec sheet.
“Are You Open?” Seth Walker sings on his transfixing new album of the same title. More than just a question, it’s a challenge, an invitation, a dare. “To me, being open means being vulnerable and exposed,” explains Walker, “but that’s where the little nuggets of creative gold come from. I never planned an overall concept for this record, but each of these songs seemed to spin out from asking myself that one simple question.”
Produced by The Wood Brothers' Jano Rix, ‘Are You Open’ marks Seth Walker's tenth studio recording, and the music is undoubtedly his most inventive, exploring new sounds and textures as he examines what it means to truly be open, both as an artist and more broadly as a human in today's increasingly more complicated world. The songwriting here is bold and infectious, featuring melodies and rhythms drawn from Walker’s time spent in Havana and filtered through his split-screen life in New Orleans and Nashville. The result is a melting pot of sounds and perspectives, a soulful brew of roots music from the Americas and beyond. Songs frequently build off of a single chord, shifting in color and tone as they ebb and flow and stack layer upon layer over hypnotic bass lines and percussion grooves. The record features Walker’s guitar playing more heavily than ever before, and the new approach suits him well, showcasing a melodic prowess to match his prodigious lyrical gifts.
‘Are You Open?’ follows 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Gotta Get Back,’ a stunning collection that found Walker excavating the roots of his love affair with music by reuniting the family that first sparked his fire as a child. That album traced its origins back to Walker’s native North Carolina, where he grew up on a multi-family commune and studied classical violin and cello before ultimately discovering his passion for soul, jazz, blues, and folk. He’d go on to deftly mix all those genres and more in his work as a solo artist, organically building up a celebrated two-decade career that’s earned him praise everywhere from The Washington Post to NPR, who hailed his "hard-driving" songs and "sweet tenor," in addition to landing him dates with The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Learn More at: www.sethwalker.com
Andrew Jones is a complete speaker designer, for his ELAC speakers he designs the drivers, crossover networks, and the cabinet. This conversation with Steve Guttenberg will examine every aspect of the design process.
Charles Kirmuss founder of KirmussAudio will explain how to care for your records after explaining how they are made and how music is reproduced. The generic information presented will allow participants to appreciate better what the difference is between cleaning and restoring a record and how to preserve their collections.
More than 30% of our perception of good sound comes from low frequencies. Further, most of the remaining aspects of our perception comes from that of the steady-state frequency response accuracy and acoustics of the room. This class will provide an overview of how Room EQ Wizard (REW) can be used to both assess a room’s acoustics and optimize the low frequency reproduction from the system. This free tool is a tweakers dream, giving you the power and ability to optimize your system and objectively assess the improvements made by various upgrades. In addition, it is an invaluable tool for integrating subwoofers into your system, helping to ensure the best possible sound. Following this Master Class, Matthew Poes, a staff writer for AV Nirvana, will be providing an in person live demonstration of REW at the Saturday JTR Speakers after-party.
Giveaway! AV Nirvana will be doing a giveaway for Gik Acoustics Alpha series corner bass trap at the conclustion of the session!
Shelby Lynne Moorer was born in Quantico, Virginia, on October 22, 1968, and raised in Frankville, Alabama. She came from a musical family and her house was filled with the sounds of classic country music as well as The Beatles and Elvis. Her mother was a natural singer, and her father began teaching her to play guitar around age seven. Lynne once said in an interview, “I was singing before I could talk.”
After high school, Lynne decided to leave her Alabama life behind, for Nashville in 1989, so she could pursue her musical dreams. Once in Tennessee, Lynne met veteran songwriter Bob Tubert, and she gave him her demo tape. Tubert liked it and played it for the TV producer of Nashville Network's Nashville Now, who invited Lynne to perform on the show. The performance caught the attention of CBS Records, and Lynne was offered a contract with the label.
Over the next three years, Lynne produced an album a year: Sunrise (1989), Tough All Over (1990) and Soft Talk (1991), landing a few hits along the way. In 1991, she won the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist award.
Never complacent, after two more albums, Lynne became hungry for a change from the Nashville system, and for her next album she enlisted producer Bill Bottrell, who had worked with such artists as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Sheryl Crow. The resulting album, I Am Shelby Lynne (1999), recorded far away from Nashville on the Northern California coast, earned Lynne the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2000—which was especially poignant as she had been in the music business nearly 13 years.
Love, Shelby was released in 2001, followed by two self-produced albums:Identity Crisis (2003) and Suit Yourself (2005). Just a Little Lovin’, her critically acclaimed tribute to Dusty Springfield, was released in 2008. And the same year Suit Yourself came out, Lynne made her acting debut in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, playing Cash's mother. She has also appeared on the TV shows Head Case (2007) and Army Wives(2009).
Again showcasing her need to take a different path, Lynne founded her own label, Everso Records, and its first release, Tears, Lies, and Alibis, debuted at No. 16 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart in April 2010. The album resonated with critics as well, and Newsday called it “her strongest album in a decade.” After this critical success, Lynne released her first-ever holiday collection, Merry Christmas, in time for 2010's holiday season.
In 2011, Everso released Revelation Road, and Lynne headed out on a year-long solo acoustic tour. In 2013, a five-song EP, Thanks, came out to rave reviews from the likes of Mother Jones and The New York Times. Lynne said of the album: “These songs are a way to express my love and gratitude to the universe and to all of the music appreciating souls out there for the friendship and fellowship that music brings us.”
In 2014, I Am Shelby Lynne got the deluxe reissue treatment.
I Can't Imagine was released in the spring of 2015, it was her first album for Rounder. The tour that followed included complete concert performances of the new recording and I Am Shelby Lynne in a single set.
Lynne and sister Moorer teamed for the Side by Side tour, and considered recording an album together. The plan was shelved until 2017 when they got together in Los Angeles with producer Teddy Thompson and a small group of invited guest musicians including Benmont Tench, Erik Deutsch, Doug Pettibone, and Val McCallum. The sisters chose to record a host of covers from the classic country canon, alongside contemporary fare by pop and Americana songwriters. Their lone co-written original was the set closer "Is It Too Much?" Titled Not Dark Yet, the album was released by Thirty Tigers in August. They sold out venues across the U.S. And U.K. Lynne recently wrapped her first starring film role called Here I Am, a rock and Roll saga, directed by Cynthia Mort (Nina, Tell Me You Love Me). Lynne co-wrote the music and film score. The new single Off My Mind is currently available online.
No one wants to live in an anechoic chamber and there is only so much that physical adaptations to a room can do to compensate for sound distortions. And that's where room correction comes in. Learn from the experts at Dirac Research as they walk through what room correction is, how it works, and how common features in a room can distort your listening enjoyment and how to optimize your listening environment.
Thomas Mulready dissects The White Album and peels back the curtain to show how the album was recorded, the stories behind the songs, and what was happening in The Beatles’ lives at time. Using rare video, photos and needle drops, the presentation includes Q&A, trivia and many surprising insights.