Electronics Designer's Roundtable

July 7, 2021
5:00 PM EST, 4:00 PM CST, 2:00 PM PST

Julie Mullins talks to four acclaimed amplifier designers about their diverse approaches in a part-personal, part-technical session. We’ll discuss the merits of transistors and tubes, what got them into electronics design, plus essential audiophile considerations—and music.

Moderator: Julie Mullins, freelance Contributing Editor, Stereophile, former Managing and Digital (Web) Editor at The Absolute Sound

Kevin Hayes,  Owner/President, VAC / Valve Amplification Company
Dave Goodman, Director of Product Development, Krell
Nelson Pass, Pass Laboratories 
Gordon Rankin, Owner & Chief Scientist, Wavelength Audio

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The Journey from Your Speakers to Your Ears: How to Optimize Speakers and Acoustics

June 22, 2021
8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 5:00 PM PST

From the musical source to our ears, a series of events must take place in a specific way to perceive that musical event as sounding real.  How well that journey happens, the role of the speaker, its dispersion, its interaction with the room, and the rooms acoustics are critical to how we can be transported out of our listening room and into the symphony, club, or even studio.  Without attention to the role of the speakers you choose, the room, and the way sound reflects off surfaces to influence our ability to recognize it as a small listening room or a large concert hall, we are not fooled.  This session will explain the journey that take place to help our audience better understand the importance of speaker choice and how to make educated speaker buying decisions, the importance of placement and how we point the speaker to get at the real event, the importance of the room and how it interacts with those speakers, and finally, how and why we treat a room to do a believable job teleporting us into the musical event.

Anthony Grimani, PMI Engineering, Dimension4, Grimani Systems

Matthew Poes, Audioholics and Poes Acoustics

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The Ultimate Digital Audio Source 

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June 9, 2021
7:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM CST, 4:00 PM PST

As digital audio comes of age, many audiophiles consider the vast array of possibilities when deciding on their digital source. The task can quickly become daunting. Andrew Gillis from Small Green Computer breaks down what to look for when choosing your digital source as well as best practices when creating the ultimate digital source that best suits your needs.

Speaker: Andrew Gillis, Owner, Small Green Computer

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Get Reel!

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March 11, 2021
7:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM CST, 4:00 PM PST

What's the last time you heard live music? You have to pull out last year's calendar to find the date. As audiophiles, we often spend our time discussing gear, but recordings have never had more power to offer an experience otherwise inaccessible. High-quality record pressings and higher-resolution streaming often captures our attention. But we're about to get even reeler.
Reel-to-reel is how all the legendary recordings were made and there is a growing market for faithful reproductions of these master recordings in their original format. This AXPONA webinar will introduce you to the minds who have embarked on the journey to present original tapes in their truly analog format. Like their product, uncompressed, these individuals will answer questions on the process of making tapes, the equipment needed to best listen to them, and the kinds of music that benefit from their reproductions. Join us to unearth a deeper way to hear your favorite recordings!

Moderator: Nan Pincus, Part-Time Audiophile

Myles Astor, Positive-Feedback, www.audionirvana.org
Chris Mara, Mara Machines
Paul Stubblebine, The Tape Project
Maria Kazantseva, Zavalinka Records

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Networking for Audiophiles 

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February 25, 2021
7:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM CST, 4:00 PM PST

With ubiquitous music streaming and locally stored digital music, today’s home network is one of the most important pieces of audio gear. Learn how to setup a low latency low noise network that will help your digital source operate with high reliability and amazing sound.

Speaker: Andrew Gillis, Owner, Small Green Computer

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Reviewers on Reviewing

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February 10, 2021
7:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM CST, 4:00 PM PST

Audio Reviews!  We rely on them, not only for entertainment, but to assist in purchasing decisions, and to learn about what’s new. At their best, audio reviews can do even more: they can provoke us to examine our own personal audio experiences by comparing them to those of the reviewer’s. Over time, reviewer-reader relationships can become quite intimate: morphing into powerful tools that assist us with refining our understanding while developing our own personal audio aesthetic. 

Fortunately, reviewers are all different. Their personalities, methods, and viewpoints, are as personal as their fingerprint. As readers we naturally connect with some more than others. 

This AXPONA webinar will provide an opportunity for a range of audio reviewer’s to explain a little about who they are as people, how they do their job, and what they wish consumers knew. Most importantly, it will present an opportunity for audiophiles to ask those questions they wish they could have asked while reading the reviews. You are invited!

Moderator: Herb Reichert, Stereophile

Panel Members:
Steve Guttenberg, The Audiophiliac Daily Show
Maurice Jeffries, Enjoy the Music, Positive Feedback
Nan Pincus, Part-Time Audiophile
Greg Weaver, the audio analyst (c)Enjoy the Music, Positive Feedback

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Designers Roundtable

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January 13, 2021
7:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM CST, 4:00 PM PST

Mark your calendar and get ready to gather round your screens to join us for an engrossing and lively panel discussion by some of the most iconic and gifted loudspeaker designers in the industry today! Enjoy a front row seat as they share the challenges they face and how they work to accomplish their ever-advancing design goals in today’s market, with ever improving materials, technologies, and design approaches. Find out why they make the choices they make, and what drives those decisions. We are setting aside time for Q&A, so bring your burning loudspeaker questions and be prepared to learn something new!

Moderator:  Greg Weaver, The Audio Analyst
Gayle Sanders – Eikon Audio
Andrew Jones – ELAC USA
Leif Swanson – Von Schweikert Audio
David MacPherson – Studio Electric

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The State of the Vinyl Industry with Michael Fremer

December 17, 2020
5:00 PM EST, 4:00 PM CST, 2:00 PM PST

From the Apollo Masters fire to the pandemic, 2020 has taken some vicious shots at the Vinyl Industry. However, this year vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the US for the first time since the 1980s. What has contributed to the industry’s resiliency in 2020 and how does the future look as we head into 2021?

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