Seminars

SEMINARS
Friday, April 21, 2017
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

What does 2017 mean for audio?

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Chris Martens
Publisher, Hi-Fi+
SPEAKERS
 
Conor Cawley
Senior Writer, Tech.co
 
Steve Guttenberg
Writer, The Audiophiliac blog for CNET.com
 
Steven R. Rochlin
Creative Director, Enjoy the Music.com
 
Jason Victor Serinus
Contributing Editor, Stereophile
It is an exciting time for audio! Record pressing plants are opening, even more artists are issuing albums on vinyl, and Millenials are heading back to the record store. The world is streaming and high fidelity playback is making even more headway this year. What trends are we seeing in product development and introductions? And what favorites will continue to stand the test of time? Are we finally seeing the broader consumer base who is ready to embrace audio? Join some of high-end audio’s favorite editors and tech journalists to discuss what is hot in audio, what trends we will take shape for the rest of the year.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Getting Personal - HRA Goes Mobile

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Oliver “OMas” Masciarotte
Principal, Seneschal Professional Services
From DAPs and HRA streaming to amazing headphones and über–connected streamers, it’s easier than ever to have your music wherever you are without any loss in fidelity. We’ll talk about mobile DACs, DAPs, and all manners of headphones, along with a passel of library and playback choices. Just to mix it up a bit, let’s throw in some TIDAL/Roon/MQA streaming to powered Bluetooth speakers and lifestyle gear to keep your better half happy as well. Be advised: the death-by-powerpoint part of this presentation will be brief, so don’t forget to bring your caffeine and questions.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKER
 
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.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Jazz Artist Lyn Stanley’s Secrets to Recording Albums For Sonic Excellence

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
Lyn Stanley
, International Recording Artist
Andreas Koch
Founder, CEO, Engineer, Playback Designs
Major audio critics worldwide give their highest marks for sonic excellence to award winning International Recording Artist and Producer, Lyn Stanley. In this seminar, you will get the inside story as Lyn reveals secrets and state-of-the-art techniques greatest music engineers in the music business and how they work together to give you the finest reference recordings available on the market. Hear what really makes a true reference recording and why setting up your system with one is critical to the highest level of your sound performance. Lyn will share the process she goes through to create her dynamic sound and musical excellence with her top rated jazz musicians, arrangers and song selections. Lyn Stanley hires the same musicians used by Bill Evans, Peggy Lee, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald in her recordings and you will get an interesting insider look at what working with this level of talent is like. After attending this seminar you will have a new perspective on recording high quality albums and how it impacts your system’s sonics.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Tape Renaissance

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Myles B. Astor
Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback, Founder, www.audionirvana.org
SPEAKERS
 
Chad Kassem
Owner, Acoustic Sounds, Inc, Quality Record Pressings and Super HiRez
 
Dan Labrie
, ATR Service and ATR Magnetics
 
Chris Mara
Owner, Welcome To 1979, and Mara Machines
Hear from the pros who are involved in the Tape Renaissance. See how easy it can be to have a studio quality tape machine playing back Master tape copies in your living room. Learn how to get the most out of the format, and how to make sure your tape machine is operating at its best.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Going from wax to the max: Everything YOU need to know about Vinyl Ripping

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKER
 
Dr. Rob Robinson
Director of Engineering, Channel D
Linking analog vinyl playback with digital audio has never been easier, and the combination delivers the convenience of computer audio coupled with stunning, transparent playback quality. Featuring a live, step by step hands-on demonstration this seminar will cover everything you need (and want) to know about transferring vinyl LPs to high resolution digital audio files: hardware, digital recording, ripping and storage strategies, editing, and much, much more.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis - Optimizing the Room/Speaker Interface

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKER
 
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 and there will be a period for attendee questions.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Michael Fremer's Internationally Renowned Turntable Set-up Seminar

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKER
 
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.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Legends of High End Audio

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Jonathan Valin
Executive Editor, The Absolute Sound
Julie Mullins
Managing Editor, The Absolute Sound
SPEAKERS
Dan D’Agostino
Founder, Krell and Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems
Kevin Hayes
Founder, Valve Amplification Company (VAC)
Richard Vandersteen
Founder, Vandersteen Audio
Dave Wilson
Founder, Wilson Audio
Sheryl Lee Wilson
Vice Chair, Wilson Audio's Board of Directors
Four of high-end audio's greatest designers and company founders will talk about how they started their companies, invented new technologies, and created their iconic products. This panel is a rare gathering of the industry's most legendary figures.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Why you should give a FLAC: What do you really know about digital audio?

Open to All Attendees!

MODERATOR
 
Besflores Nievera Jr.
Trade Show Coordinator, Senior Audio Consultant, musicdirect®
SPEAKERS
 
Rafe Arnott
Editor at Large, Part-Time Audiophile
 
Ken Christianson
Owner, Pro Musica, Recording Enginer, Producer of True Stereo Recordings
 
Marc Finer
Senior Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Attaining amazing audio sound quality has never been easier, but so many consumers are settling for something that is just good enough. We may all know MP3; but there are new ways to bring you closer to studio quality sound. When you decide to make the jump to better quality audio, what do you need to know? From lossless and lossy, to high resolution and streaming, what is the real difference in audio delivery? And more importantly, how do you decide what will work best for you and what to look for? During this seminar, experts will map out which format and investment is the best fit for you to hear what you have been missing.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Cartridge Building Live with AJ van den Hul

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKER
 
A.J. van den Hul
Founder, Van Den Hul

Based on 43 years of cartridge design and repair, A.J. van den Hul will be building a cartridge from start to finish live! The step- by-step process will be magnified on the screen, so you can see the detail and precision that goes into building a cartridge by hand.

Attention AXPONA attendees! Bring you cartridge to this seminar, a few lucky attendees will be selected to have their cartridges evaluated live.  (time permitting)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Networked Audio for the Analog Native

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
Rob Darling
Directory of Strategy, Roon Labs
Steve Silberman
VP of Sales and Marketing, Roon Labs
How to make computer audio fun, easy, and beautiful, and how to use your network to get even more enjoyment and better sound from your system.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Reviewer's View Live and Raffle presented by AVShowrooms

Open to All Attendees!

SPEAKERS
 
Terry Eringi
Publisher and Reviewer, AVShowrooms
 
Peter Breuninger
Editor, AVShowrooms
 
Kemper Holt
Sr Reviewer, AVShowrooms

Join us to hear the show wrap up from AVShowrooms!  We will have snacks, a live "must be present" raffle that includes over $2,200 of equipment including (2) FOZ XTRs, (2) FOZ SSX, from Jolida and a Core Power Technologies EQUI=CORE 300! 

Plus, we will be announcing the winner of the $8,000 Von Schweikert E-3 MkII loudspeaker raffle!  You must get your raffle ticket from registration and have it validated at the Von Schweikert Endeavor exhibit- Lobby Dearborn Room.  

We will give you a sneak preview of our favorite highlights of the show and will be taking questions from the audience!  Don’t miss out on this fun way to wrap up your AXPONA 2017 experience.