The 6th annual California Audio Show is being held this weekend just south of San Francisco in Burlingame, CA. It begins on Friday, August 14 at 10 am and ends on Sunday, August 16 at 4 pm. And AIX Records will be there. The venue is the Westin Hotel just south of the airport. I’ve participated in the CAS for at least the past three years and am always impressed by the local audio enthusiasts. Constantine has offered me a seminar slot on Friday afternoon between 2-3 pm. Here’s the blurb that I sent him:
“The Myth of High-Resolution Audio/Music”
There has been a lot of press and buzz in our industry about high-resolution audio/music. But what are the realities of this new marketing push by the music trade organizations and labels? This seminar will peel back the curtain on this emerging audio initiative from someone that has been on the inside of the process for 15 years. What’s the truth behind “hi-res transfers” and how are they different than new high-resolution productions? Why are there two “hi-res” logos, each with its own set of specifications and requirements? Are the 19 million CD rips offered on PonoMusic really capable of delivering us the “soul of music”? Come and listen to Mark Waldrep, founder of AIX Records and blogger at RealHD-Audio.com give you the cold hard facts about the world of high-resolution audio and music.
All attendees will be given some free high-resolution music recordings from the AIX Records catalog.
He wrote me back and informed me, “Pono will also be at the show showcasing its PonoPlayer in the ‘MP3 Challenge’ demonstrations.” I haven’t run into the guys from Pono at any of the trade shows this year with the exception of Neil’s presentation at the CES Hi-Res TechZone. I looked online and couldn’t find much about the “MP3 Challenge”. Pono did tweet an announcement to their 12.8K followers, “#PonoMusic is exciting to be attending our first California Audio Show this weekend from Friday August 14th”.
I’ll be providing full show reports on the show and as many seminars as I can attend. Here are a few that sound interesting:
High Fidelity Cables: Secrets of Magnetism
For years, the accepted common knowledge among audiophiles has been to demagnetize everything. Impossible. Magnetism is a fundamental truth in the flow of an audio signal. Any audio system depends upon it to actually work. So, your choice is to either work with Mother Nature or against her (which rarely works out well). This openness to discovery led inventor Rick Schultz to rethink the presence of magnetic materials within a music system. This new scientific exploration inspired the invention of “Magnetic Conduction” – a patented way to actively conduct a music signal at the highest level of fidelity possible without signal loss.
And my friend Bob Hodas (he tunes my room) will be presenting a master class, “Room/Speaker interface issues. Optimizing the listening environment.” Bob is based in Oakland but travels a lot to tune studios, audiophiles, artists, and demo rooms. He’s very interesting and knows his stuff.
See you on Friday.