AUDIO SHOWS Dr. AIX's POSTS — 25 May 2014


This is Memorial Day weekend. It’s the official start of summer (sorry to my readers in Australia). While everyone is out at the beach or taking their kids to the latest summer blockbuster, I’ve been moving our label fulfillment room out of one space and into a bigger space in the front of the building. One of my tenants (a singer/songwriter AND movie set painter who’s going to Michigan and Illinois to work on the new Superman vs. Batman movie…for six months) moved out of the front office and my wife told me she’d love to have the space. It’s small but has windows and is away from the craziness associated with the studios. So while she paints, I’m dismantling a cluttered room and reassembling it in the big room in the front. It’s a chance to get organized…finally.

Next weekend Richard Beers and the Los Angeles and Orange County Audiophile Society holds T.H.E. Show Newport Beach. I didn’t attend this one for many years in spite of the fact that Newport Beach is only 50 miles away…I can come home at night and sleep in my own bed. But last year I changed my mind.

T.H.E. Show Newport Beach occupies two separate hotels. The main hotel is the Hilton but last year I was on the porch of the Atrium, which is next door. It was less than ideal because attendees have their wallets out in the “Marketplace” ballrooms at the Hilton. AIX Records will be set up in the Marketplace II Ballroom. Please come by.

I can only afford to do a big demonstration room once a year (and that was the AXPONA show). At T.H.E. Show Newport Beach, I’ll set up my sales table with a small but very impressive playback system. I’ll have my Oppo BDP-95. Unlike the BDP-83 that I usually travel with…the 95 has 2 HDMI outputs (remember this is the only way to get Real HD-Audio digitally out of the units). As a result, I’ll be able to get true 96 kHz/24-bit stereo audio out of my Benchmark DAC2 HGC AND the new Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier. As far as I know, this will be the first public demonstration of the HA-1.

I’m going to use the Kanex Pro HDMI de-embedder to get past the downconversion that occurs from virtually all BD machine digital outputs. See the diagram below for the routing:


Figure 1 – The AIX Records sales table equipment and signal routing. The Kanex Pro allows the 96 kHz/24-bit audio to play in the Oppo HA-1 and Benchmark DAC2. [Click to enlarge]

I would be willing to bet that the music played back at our table will rival anything happening in the Headphonium section of the ballroom. Come be and check it out.

I’ll have plenty of my HD-Audio 2013 samplers on special for $20 each OR FREE with any purchase at the T.H.E. Show Newport Beach. It’s the perfect disc to check out high-resolution music AND multiple mixes. And the disc has 41 tracks with HD-Video.

Please come by and pick up some discs, attend my seminar on Friday at 11:30 am and say hello.

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About Author


Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, has been producing and engineering music for over 40 years. He learned electronics as a teenager from his HAM radio father while learning to play the guitar. Mark received the first doctorate in music composition from UCLA in 1986 for a "binaural" electronic music composition. Other advanced degrees include an MS in computer science, an MFA/MA in music, BM in music and a BA in art. As an engineer and producer, Mark has worked on projects for the Rolling Stones, 311, Tool, KISS, Blink 182, Blues Traveler, Britney Spears, the San Francisco Symphony, The Dover Quartet, Willie Nelson, Paul Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company and many more. Dr. Waldrep has been an innovator when it comes to multimedia and music. He created the first enhanced CDs in the 90s, the first DVD-Videos released in the U.S., the first web-connected DVD, the first DVD-Audio title, the first music Blu-ray disc and the first 3D Music Album. Additionally, he launched the first High Definition Music Download site in 2007 called A frequency speaker at audio events, author of numerous articles, Dr. Waldrep is currently writing a book on the production and reproduction of high-end music called, "High-End Audio: A Practical Guide to Production and Playback". The book should be completed in the fall of 2013.

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