• Join Computer Audiophile At RMAF 2010

    It's finally October and almost time for my favorite show of the year Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. As a colleague of mine said, "This is our show." This is the big one, the high-end audio show for beginners, enthusiasts, audiophiles, wives, husbands, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, etc… without any of the pretentiousness, distractions, or headaches of CES. RMAF 2010 will be no exception, but it may be exceptional. I've talked to exhibitors who've been working for months staging audio systems in the exact configuration as the show in order to fine tune every last detail. Some exhibitors have hired world-renown acousticians to help with the hardest uncontrollable variable, the room. Other exhibitors will be at RMAF for the first time debuting a new product and trying to make a name for themselves. Both ends of the high-end audio continuum will be represented along with every performance level and price range in between. Exhibitor use of music servers this year will increase to never before seen levels. The show will be an excellent opportunity for Computer Audiophile readers to see and listen to more music servers than they can imagine and attend several computer audio related seminars. In addition, the first ever Computer Audiophile meet and greet will take place at RMAF 2010!


    Meet and Greet

    I've wanted to get the Computer Audiophile readers together for the longest time, but never was able to work out the details satisfactorily. This year is a different story. The first ever Computer Audiophile meet and greet will take place Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 5 PM To 6 PM. Thanks to David Solomon and Peachtree Audio the meet and greet will take place in Evergreen Ballroom Salon A. This is Peachtree's suite for RMAF but they've been gracious enough to allow us to commandeer it during the last hour of the show on Saturday.

    I can't wait to meet everyone and put faces to the sometimes funny monikers and avatars (myself included). Even more I can't wait for the CA readers to meet and greet each other and share their computer audio experiences!


    Computer Audio Seminars

    This year I'll be taking part in two computer audio seminars in addition to attending a few other highly anticipated seminars. Here is a LINK to the seminar list o the RMAF site. The two seminars I'll take part in are High-End Digital on a Budget and a two hour Computer Audio Q&A to close the show on Sunday. Make sure to bring all your questions as I'll have my Mac/Windows laptop up on the big screen and I'll be able to walk through or discuss anything related to computer audio.

    I can't wait to see you guys at the show. Invite everyone you know :~)


    High-End Digital on a Budget…

    Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
    Aspen Amphitheater
    2:00 p.m.
    60 min
    Moderated By:
    Chris Connaker, Founder, Computer Audiophile and David Solomon, Peachtree Audio/era acoustics
    This description is a bit inaccurate and will change.
    Basics on getting high-end performance from any computer
    A. CD Ripping
    B. Bit Perfect Output
    C. Mac OS X
    D. Windows 7


    Computer Audio Q&A

    Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010
    Aspen Amphitheater
    1:45 p.m.
    120 MIN
    Moderated By:
    Chris Connaker, Founder, Computer Audiophile
    Please join Chris for an open discussion about everything audio. Feel free to take the discussion in any direction you want - from the most remedial to the most advanced concepts. Chris' goal is to help you enjoy this wonderful hobby even more!


    Comments 9 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Excellent Gordon.
    1. ted_b's Avatar
      ted_b -
      advice in the seminars. Funny how the bar is so near the seminar room. <br />
      <br />
      Actually, that's a great room cuz it's away from the maddening front area, and away from the crowded hallways of the mezzanine and regular floors too.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Guys - I've added one more session to my schedule. I'll be speaking in room 9022 at 11:00 AM Sunday 10/17/2010. Here are details about the presentation. Also, I've attached the press release that includes this added session as well as many more sessions that will be of interest to CA readers. A few of them are not on the main RMAF schedule as they take place in room 9022.<br />
      <br />
      <i>Sunday, October 17 at 11:00 AM in Tower Room 9022: A representative from Meridian-Sooloos, Chris Connaker of ComputerAudiophile.com, and Tim Marutani of Marutani Consulting discuss the future direction of the Meridian Sooloos digital music server, advanced networking, and real world applications of technology.</i>
    1. Wavelength's Avatar
      Wavelength -
      Gang,<br />
      <br />
      Actually we are in room 9007... working crazy hours these days.<br />
      <br />
      See you there.<br />
      <br />
      Thanks<br />
    1. Hifiguy's Avatar
      Hifiguy -
      Booked a ticket and I'm looking forward to the show.
    1. VT Skier's Avatar
      VT Skier -
      Chris, I can only make one day (Saturday) of the show. For those of us who won't make your "High End Digital on a Budget" presentation, could you post your talking points or presentation materials? Thank you<br />
      <br />
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Jon - The whole presentation will be recorded and video published on the RMAF site.
    1. VT Skier's Avatar
      VT Skier -
      Thanks Chris. I didn't know these were available, and I'm listening to last year's iPod iTunes seminar now.
    1. barrypike@yahoo.com's Avatar
      barrypike@yahoo.com -
      Hi Chris, I am glad you added the Sunday afternoon session. I will be there and look forward to meeting you. I was travelling with two friends but one had a recent medical emergency and cannot make it. He has given me some questions as he is soon to be delving into computer audio. I do not expect you to answer all these on the day but if there is a lull in the questions from the house you can always fall back on these. <br />
      Regards, Barry<br />
      <br />
      - How is the music industry planning on preventing mass copying of high resolution FLAC files?<br />
      - Is there any type of currently known copy protection that will not negatively affect music playback?<br />
      - What are the essential music server physical components to achieve the best high resolution playback of 24-bit files (e.g.; silent operation, solid state RAM, solid state data storage)?<br />
      - How important is up-sampling to high resolution music playback and how high must the sampling be to achieve the best sounding music playback?<br />
      - Is there any advantage to using both solid state RAM and solid state data storage? Why couldn’t one use only solid state RAM to achieve optimum results since an entire album could be buffered into RAM for playback from much larger and less expensive SATA drives?<br />
      - how likely is it that the physical connectivity between music servers to DAC to preamp will continue to significantly improve over the next several years (e.g.; asynchronous USB, Ethernet, Firewire)?<br />
      - Will high resolution downloads likely ever be more than just another niche product given the complexities of server hardware, O/S software, data redundancy/backup, and mass market disinterest in high resolution music?<br />