The final day of the 2015 edition of the AXPONA audio was busy and VERY long. I didn’t get back to Los Angeles until about 9:30 pm and then spent another 90 minutes creeping my way back to long term parking on the LAX shuttle. After another 30 minutes, I arrived home to a very happy border collie…Charlie was so glad to see me! Unfortunately, I was wiped out and he was ready for an extended game of tug-o-war. I went to bed.
Traffic in the room was less than Saturday but I noticed that I lot of people were making repeat visits and bringing their friends with them. One visitor came up to me and called the whole experience “magnificent”. And I got the following email from Dave, the guy I mentioned in yesterday’s post. He wrote:
First of all, I want to thank you for the most memorable musical experience that I have ever heard at the recent Axpona show. To enjoy and appreciate your superb recordings, in the proper room, with extraordinary speakers and components, (which can do them justice) was beyond my expectations. If you aren’t mentioned as the best or one of the best sound rooms at the show then there is something wrong with the major audio publications.
I know you met so many people at the show that it would be impossible to remember everyone but I was the two channel tube diehard who could never envision myself with a multichannel system before going to your demonstration. Well…..hearing is believing!!! Nothing in my 50+ years in audio reproduction has impacted me the way your recordings did. For the first time ever, I felt like I was in the CENTER of the performance. Perhaps this is what a performer experiences!
In summary, I just wanted to express my appreciation for all the time, talent and energy that you put into your recordings. You have the rare ability to truly bring us into the recording venue and let us feel the music.
With grateful thanks,
What can I say? I told you the room sounded amazing.
I was also a member of a three-person panel called, “Everything You Need to Know about High Resolution Audio” with Chad Kassem and Jared Sacks moderated by Besflores Nievera, Jr. of Music Direct. The session went about as you might figure. Jared extolled the virtues of DSD, Chad talked about making good recordings, and I did my usual thing about provenance and the fact that most high-resolution recordings aren’t. It was also interesting that each of the panelists had a different definition for high-res. I like to think I’m right but it just goes to show you that the issue hasn’t been settled…even among professionals.
We pulled the plug on the Lakeshore B Ballroom at around 3:30 pm. Gary from JVC, Rory from Benchmark, my wife Mona, and I torn down all of the equipment and carefully put it back in the appropriate boxes. It was hard to tear down what was the best demo room I’ve ever assembled. In spite of the few hiccups along the way, the signal path in this room really did meet or exceed the capabilities of human hearing. We did it.
I want to express my special thanks to John Siau from Benchmark, Jason Liao from Oppo Digital, Craig Eggers from Dolby Labs, Greg Hovsepian of DH Labs, Gary Klasmeier from JVC, and Kevin Voecks from Harman for partnering with AIX Records at this year’s AXPONA Show. I couldn’t have done it without their involvement, trust, support, and equipment contributions. Everything was perfect!
Photo credit Chris Connaker…thanks Chris!