CE Week In NYC and Hi-Res Audio

CE Week, New York City’s biggest technology event, is planned for the week of June 22-26 this summer. It’s a chance for CE companies to show off their latest gadgets, apps, and hardware to the press and consumers that can’t wait for the annual International CES Show staged in Las Vegas. And this year, High-Resolution Audio will feature prominently during the week.

On Tuesday the 23rd, a series of presentations and panels titled, “Your Next Audio Conference” will be take place in the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street. This event is chaired by a very experienced panel including Geoff Tully, formerly of THX and Pioneer and member of SMPTE, HPA and MESA, Scott Wilkinson, Director of Content AVS Forum, Host Home Theater Geeks, TWiT, and Bob Moses, Executive Director, Audio Engineering Society (AES). The gentlemen understand…like no other organization or group…the realities of high-resolution and surround music and have organized a series of sessions including:

Audio By the Numbers: Setting the stage for the conference, several leading analysts will review the state of sound — from headphones, to music streaming services, to surround, wireless systems, what are the numbers saying about what (and how) consumers want to hear

Surround 2.0: Several new immersive-audio formats are vying for a slice of the audio pie; how do they stack up? Can multiple codecs coexist? How are musicians, TV and film sound designers using the new capabilities. And about mobile surround?

A Flood of Streams: Subscription streaming services are delivering a endless catalog of music to audio devices. They’re even starting to deliver immersive audio to the home; and now broadcasters and satellite providers are looking at getting into the game. What’s going on in high resolution streaming?

Better than MP3: We’re all given up quality for convenience but are they now mutually exclusive? High-resolution audio is here —what exactly is it, and how much does it enhance the music-listening experience?

MAX (The Mobile Audio Experience): From high-end headphones to new mobile device audio codecs to personal surround, the mobile audio experience doesn’t need to be compromised. Here’s what’s new.

Music Unplugged: A range of new, WiFI connected, multi-room systems are vying for growing consumer demand. How do the systems differ and what’s the impact on the installed home theater market.

Analog Lives!: Like fine watches, audio also remains a purist’s domain where analog continues to appeal to upscale consumers who can afford the finest.

This promises to be a well attended and well covered series. As one of the strongest advocates for high-resolution, surround music, I’m looking forward to being involved in the event.


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.

One thought on “CE Week In NYC and Hi-Res Audio

  • I would love to be able to attend. Sounds interesting.


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