SMR - AES 109th Convention

The 109th AES Convention ~ a Report by

An Audio Engineering Society gathering is not your typical consumer electronics or audiophile trade show, and the differences were obvious at the 109th AES Convention held from September 22-25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The lofty emphasis on theory, research, and the science of audio permeates the event, and the presentation of technical papers, workshops, and panel discussions remain the raison d'etre of the Convention. Manufacturers exhibit and demo products, but their primary focus is on professional studio gear and applications rather than home A/V equipment.

Nevertheless, because so much of this technology shapesand is shaped bythe consumer A/V experience, your plucky SMR Home Theater correspondent donned a pocket protector and spent two days covering this year's AES Convention, exploring areas of common interest.

Multichannel Comes of Age

This year's theme"Surrounded by Sound"was a particularly relevant topic for home A/V enthusiasts, who are currently at the forefront of the transition to multichannel sound. Led by the movie industry, the consumer A/V industry has leapfrogged much of the traditional pro audio world in multichannel playback implementation and deployment. Assimilating and building on this emerging technology, and understanding its differences and repercussions for traditional audio engineering, were the goals of the 109th AES Convention.

LA Convention Center
The Los Angeles Convention Center lobby.

AES Report Index

First Page

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles Convention Center

AES 109th Convention Report ~ Page Index
Page One - The Venue . Page Nine - Loudspeakers
Las Vegas Convention Center, exhibit floor, cafeteria, convention guides. Dynaudio BM15A, TC Electronic's TC Helicon voice processing, PMC/Bryston AML 1, Stage Accompany S26 & B&W Nautilus 805
Page Two - Presentations Page Ten - Super Audio CD (SACD)
Dr. Floyd E. Toole [Harman], Laurence Fincham [LucasFilm THX], Mitsukazu Kuze [Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.] Sony/Philips Super Audio CD, Philips SCD2000.
Page Three - Mixing Consoles Page Eleven - SACD Players
AMEK Division 9098I, Harrison MPC2, Digidesign Pro-Control workstation. Super Audio CD players - Sony TTX-1416, SACD changer, Philips SACD1000 and Sony DVP9000ES.
Page Four - Lexicon Page Twelve - SACD Prpduction

Los Angeles Convention Center west entrance
Los Angeles Convention Center west entrance.



Lexicon 960L multi-channel effects processor, LARC2 controller, Chief Scientist Dr. David Griesinger and Marketing Manager Andrew Clark. SACD Production and the state of the market - Sonoma, Dan Anagnos, David Kawakami, Stanley P. Lipshitz and John Vanderkooy.
Page Five - Loudspeakers Page Thirteen - Dolby Labs. and DTS
Genelec and JBL Professional LSR25P Studio Monitors. Dolby Laboratories, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Dolby Headphone, DTS music and David Delgrosso.
Page Six - Loudspeakers Page Fourteen - 96/24 and DVD-Audio
Tannoy - Jennifer Schause, i5 MP Active, T-100 Super-tweeter - and Mackie Designs SRM 450. Sony CDR-W33 CD burner, AKM Semiconductor 192kHz 24bit DACs, Pioneer DV-AX10 DVD-Audio player and RPG Diffusor Systems acoustic treatments.
Page Seven - Loudspeakers Page Fifteen - Dimension Audio 45.3
Miller & Kriesel Sound Corp. - Charles Back, MPS-2510P, MPS-2525 tripoles - and NXT flat panel technology. Dimension Audio's 45.3 discrete system demonstrated by Alan Howarth.
Page Eight - Loudspeakers

Vergence Technology - Jack Hidley, A-20 loudspeakers, C-20 center loudspeaker and B-20 subwoofer.


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