Seminars

Seminar Room Sponsored by: 

The Seminar Track takes place in the Seminar Room/Schaumburg East near registration.

The Master Class theater is located in the Expo Hall.

SEMINARS
Friday, April 12, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Optimizing the Room/Speaker Interface

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Bob Hodas
, Bob Hodas - Acoustic Analysis

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.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Sound Investment: What We Know About The High-End Vinyl Market

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Jeffrey Smith
Director of Partnerships and Business Development, Discogs
SPEAKERS
Sean Cannon
, Discogs
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
 
Chad Kassem
Owner, Acoustic Sounds, Inc, Quality Record Pressings and Super HiRez
Mat Weisfeld
President, VPI Industries

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

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1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Sound Matters: Stories from Behind Music Gear with Paul Reed Smith

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKER
 
Paul Reed Smith
Founder and Managing General Partner, Paul Reed Smith Guitars

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.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Finding The Next Generation of HiFi Listeners

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Carol Clark
Managing Editor and Partner, Positive Feedback
 
Dave Clark
Managing Editor and Partner, Positive Feedback
SPEAKERS
 
Nick Mandara
Content Manager, Emotiva
 
Bevin Mehrbach
Co-Founder, ZMF Headphones

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.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Real and Raw: The Art of Making a Great Direct to Disc Recording

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Allen Sides
Owner, Engineer & Producer, Ocean Way Audio
 
Lyn Stanley
, International Recording Artist
World renown audio engineer and audiophile, Allen Sides, joins Lyn Stanley to discuss the art involved in making a Direct To Disc (D2D) recording. Allen and Lyn completed a D2D recording (London With A Twist) on January 19 & 20, 2019 at Bernie Grundman's Mastering Studio in Hollywood California and will use this as a case study to describe the history, process and expectations of this challenging recording technique to achieve an ultimate audiophile "real" and unaltered live recording. You will not want to miss the technical information Allen Sides will present, his equipment decisions and his technique description and his work with Bernie Grundman in the making of D2Ds and their importance in the recording world amid the over processed recordings and expectations of perfection in today's sound recordings. Lyn will offer a performer's perspective of the demands D2D place on the artist and musicians during these sessions with no overdubs, tuning or ProTools edits possible. Your appreciation for these rare recordings will be enhanced by this insightful presentation from two experienced professionals.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Steve Guttenberg, the Audiophiliac in conversation with ELAC's Andrew Jones

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Steve Guttenberg
Writer, The Audiophiliac blog for CNET.com
 
Andrew Jones
VP of Engineering, ELAC

 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.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Michael Fremer
Editor, Analogplanet
In this one hour "hands on" seminar you will learn how to correctly set-up a turntable, install a cartridge and optimize its performance. A question and answer period follows, time permitting.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Expanding Your Music Appreciation: Critical Listening

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Herb Reichert
, Stereophile
SPEAKERS
Irv Gross
VP of Sales, Constellation Audio
 
Jonathan Valin
Executive Editor, The Absolute Sound
Hearing and listening are not the same thing. As we strive to improve our audio systems and deepen our appreciation of the music we enjoy, critical listening becomes increasingly important. There are many tools, viewpoints, approaches, and strategies to critical listening. In this discussion led by several industry veterans with unique perspectives, we will explore some of their methods that will offer you some tools and tips designed to help you improve your personal critical listening process. You may never listen to music the same way again!
Sunday, April 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

What's New with Audio Streaming?

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
Chris Connaker
Founder, Audiophile Style
SPEAKERS
 
David Solomon
Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist, Qobuz
It's no secret that digital audio streaming has officially taken a foothold in music playback. With not one, but two high fidelity music services officially launched in the US, it appears that perhaps the new playback option is growing from a stream to a waterfall in the audiophile consciousness. Qobuz, Tidal and many more subscription companies offer countless ways to listen to music without ever storing a single track. Find out how it all shakes out, what happening in the space and how to optimize your time when it comes to the new format on the block.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

"(secrets of the white album)": Behind The Beatles' Masterpiece

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Thomas Mulready
, CoolCleveland.com

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.

MASTER CLASS THEATER
Friday, April 12, 2019
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Understanding how records are made, How to care for your prized vinyl.

Open to All Attendees!

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.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

AMA with a Legend: Paul Barton Talks About His Lifetime as a Speaker Designer

Open to All Attendees!

For over 45 years, Paul Barton has been at the forefront of speaker design and research, taking part in groundbreaking studies in psychoacoustics and using those findings to create products with a cult following for his eponymous speaker brand, PSB Speakers. Join Paul as he reflects on his career, taking questions from interviewer, John Atkinson from Stereophile, and Axpona audience members.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Science of Record Cleaning - Chemistry, Physics and Process

Open to All Attendees!

Steve Evans, founder of Perfect Vinyl Forever, will discuss various record cleaning equipment, techniques and the ideal process so you can hear what you've been missing.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

An introduction to Qobuz and Hi Res Streaming

Open to All Attendees!

Qobuz basics and how to get the most out of the service.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Achieving Authentic Studio Quality Sound

Open to All Attendees!

The Holy Grail of audio is to listen to the studio master of your favorite songs. Join MQA as they lead us through an end-to-end solution for capturing the original studio master recording, authenticating its bit perfect playback, and delivering the ultimate listening experience direct from the source to your home.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

What is a "Current Mode" phono stage? Understanding phono cartridge electrical specifications.

Open to All Attendees!

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.

Saturday, April 13, 2019
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Q&A with Bob Hodas

Open to All Attendees!

Join us for a follow-up to the Seminar "Optimizing the Room/Speaker Interface". Come with questions to Friday's seminar!
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Future of High Resolution Audio

Open to All Attendees!

Is there a future for high resolution audio in a world that values the ephemeral over the physical, and quantity over quality? What are the demographic and industry trends that will drive demand for high resolution audio and are we at a turning point where consumers will value audio quality as much as they do video quality? Join industry experts as they weigh in on these questions and many more, in a panel discussion that is sure to be as controversial as it will be entertaining.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Science of Record Cleaning - Chemistry, Physics and Process

Open to All Attendees!

Steve Evans, founder of Perfect Vinyl Forever, will discuss various record cleaning equipment, techniques and the ideal process so you can hear what you've been missing.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Future Dream of Crystal Cable

Open to All Attendees!

Crystal Cable's Gabi Rijnveld will introduce the 15th anniversary limited edition series, Future Dream. Gabi will also explain the new hybrid technology which combines two proprietary materials: mono crystal silver and silver-gold alloy.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Amplifier Myth Busting: Making Sense of Amplifier Technologies and Specifications

Open to All Attendees!

What do specs mean and why do they matter? Do specs correlate to what we hear? There are a lot of myths and misinformation around amplifier technology. Join Greg Stidsen, Chief Technology Officer for NAD Electronics, as he breaks down the myths, half-truths, and misconceptions behind amplifier and amplification technologies in a session that is sure to be enlightening to both beginner and advanced audiophiles.
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Understanding how records are made, How to care for your prized vinyl.

Open to All Attendees!

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.

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Room EQ Wizard: Your Path to Bass Nirvana

Open to All Attendees!

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!

Sunday, April 14, 2019
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Ins and Outs of Room Correction

Open to All Attendees!

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.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Future Dream of Crystal Cable

Open to All Attendees!

Crystal Cable's Gabi Rijnveld will introduce the 15th anniversary limited edition series, Future Dream. Gabi will also explain the new hybrid technology which combines two proprietary materials: mono crystal silver and silver-gold alloy.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Audiophile Trivia Face Off

Open to All Attendees!

Three teams, comprised of a mix of industry experts and enthusiastic audience members, will face off against each other for the illustrious and inaugural NAD Sherlock Ohms Award for Deductive Trivia! Join us for loads of trivia, friendly competition, prizes, and bragging rights!