New York - Free educational seminars are planned for next week's New York Audio & AV Show, a consumer show that will feature 70 exhibitors, more than 100 A/V brands and live musical performances.
The April 13-15 show, targeted to audiophiles and videophiles, will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in midtown Manhattan.
The show producers are U.K.-based Chester Group Exhibitions and Richard Beers. Chester Group operates shows in England, Sweden and Sydney, Australia. Beers is owner of T.H.E. Show Las Vegas and T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show in Newport Beach, Calif.
Each of the following seminars will be held at the same times on Saturday and Sunday in the same location, the Starlight Ballroom on the 18
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ask the Editors
Moderator: John Atkinson
The audience quizzes editors about a variety of subjects.
Panelists: Michael Fremer (Stereophile), Alan Taffel (The Absolute Sound), Alan Sircom (Hi-Fi+), Jeff Dorgay (Tone Audio), Stephen Mejias (Stereophile, Saturday only), Art Dudley (Stereophile), Grant Clauser (Electronic House).
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Michael Fremer's World-Famous Turntable Set-Up Seminar
Consumers learn how to set up a turntable in this hour-long, hands-on "how to" seminar presented by Stereophile magazines Analog Corner columnist Michael Fremer.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
I Want To Take You Higher - The Present and Future of Digital Music Delivery and Playback
Moderated by AudioStream editor Michael Lavorgna (Saturday) and David Chesky of HDtracks & Chesky Records (Sun.)
Panelists: Rob Robinson (Channel D), Larry Ho (Light Harmonic), David Hyman (MOG), David Chesky (HDtracks & Chesky Records), and Andreas Koch (Playback Designs) will discuss the present and future of music acquisition and playback followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The State We're In - Rebooting High-End Audio
Moderator: Alan Sircom, editor, Hi-fi+ magazine
Good sound has never been cheaper or more freely available. So where does that leave high-end audio? Is it just a collection of highly polished, expensive things, or is there more to high-end than that? It's time to re-evaluate what constitutes good audio and rediscover how to make a new generation excited by music once more.