HD-AUDIO — 23 July 2014


Gary Gill’s Capitol Audiofest is happening in Washington DC this weekend from July 25-27 at the Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring, MD…and once more I’m packing up a couple of suitcases and heading east. My Southwest flight departs at 10:05 am tomorrow, stops in New Orleans, Louisiana before arriving at Baltimore Washington International at around 8 pm. It would be a lot easier to fly directly to Washington DC but the cost of checked bags makes Southwest the airline of choice when I have to bring a complete Blu-ray playback setup AND all of the associated products. Thankfully, I don’t have to sprint back to Los Angeles on Sunday evening to make it home in time to teach a class on Monday morning, so things are a little more relaxed than usual. Summertime for a university professor is a great time.

The Capitol Audio Fest is one of the smaller shows that I attend but it attracts a good size crowd. If you’re an audiophile in DC or Mid Atlantic region of the country, it’s definitely worth making the trip to see the latest high-end audio gear, purchase the latest high-end software, attend a seminar or two AND hear live performances that have become a feature of the event. Gary and the rest of the musicians provide multiple live “mini concerts”. They are always interesting and showcase a wide variety of music types. Last year, my son was with me on the trip and that was his favorite part.

As usual, I will be presenting a couple of seminars. The online schedule is a little vague but I know that I’m speaking on Friday and Saturday…just not sure of the exact times. As soon as I find out the exact times and the location, I’ll post them. My topics this year are “2104: Is This The Year of High-Resolution Audio?” and “Definitions, Digital Downloads, Devices and A New Direction”, which will focus on the exciting (and some frustrating) things that are happening in the world of HRA or as I’ve renamed it “Ultra HD-Audio”. If you can make it to one of my sessions, I’d love to see you there. If you can’t make it…please make sure to come by the sales table and say hello.

I’ll have my usual setup in the Magnolia Ballroom. I always bring a rig to play my Blu-ray Samplers, which are available for only $10 at the show or free with a purchase (That’s 41 real Ultra HD-Audio tracks, three mixes, HD-Video and more!). I’m going to bring a couple of pairs of Oppo PM-1 headphones, a Benchmark DAC2 HGC and the Smyth Research “Room Realizer” as well as lots of great discs to sell. For those of you who haven’t heard what a real “Ultra HD-Audio” track sounds like, you’re in for a high fidelity treat. For those of you who already know our products, please come by and check out some of our latest offerings.

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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 iTrax.com. 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.

(2) Readers Comments

  1. Do you sometimes come over to Europe? Are your Blu-Ray discs available for sale in Europe?

    • I haven’t been to Europe in a few years…I used to go for trade shows or to give a paper. We do sell our products all over the world.

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