This year marks the tenth time I've written an introduction to Stereophile's venerable annual feature "Records To Die For." Looking back, I'm proud that readers always find it useful and entertaining. I'm also amazed, on some levels, that our writers—hardware or software, deadline-phobic or not—manage to find something worthwhile to say, year in and year out, about music—which, after all, is why we became audiophiles in the first place.
Back in 1992, Stereophile got into the business of concert promotion when it booked Canadian pianist Robert Silverman for two evenings of recitals in order to record his performances for a live double CD, Concert (STPH005-2). We don't believe in rushing to repeat a success, so 15 years later, on February 10, we're promoting another concert, this time featuring Attention Screen, the quartet led by Stereophile reviewer and jazz pianist Bob Reina.
PS Audio's Paul McGowan is a man with a mission: He wants to teach audiophiles about AC power, from the creation of the universe to its final destination in our contemporary electronics components. Toward that end, McGowan wrote, produced, and narrated a one-hour documentary DVD called From Coal to Coltrane, which provides a lively look at a subject many of us take for granted.
For 2007, Home Entertainment Show makes a return engagement to New York City—one of the most popular destinations ever for this event! The venue is the elegant and gracious Grand Hyatt New York Hotel, where the consumer-electronics industry and music lovers alike will descend on May 11–13, 2007 to see and hear the latest high-end home audio and video entertainment products, gaming consoles, imaging products, and more.
We are seeking a seasoned sales professional to sell both print and online advertising in west coast territory for 2 leading enthusiast magazines and 3 websites in the home entertainment/consumer electronics industry.
Strong sales, presentation and negotiating skills
Develop new and cultivate existing business within the region (consultative sales skills a must!)
Ability to develop key client, agency and industry relationships at all levels.
Innovative and creative sales approach with strong business acumen
Must be well organized and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Promote and sell high-profile special projects (i.e. single-sponsored special sections, supplements, online events)
Travel for in-person client meetings and tradeshows
Prospect within territory for all potential advertisers
Maintain and grow substantial existing advertising base
Maintain database of all advertisers and prospects within territory
Plan and execute strategy to communicate features/benefits of all products to prospects and advertisers
Know all products and how to best present them
Follow through on sales and commitments with advertisers, prospects and peers
Submit thorough, accurate, timely reports and paperwork
Research prospects and advertisers to be familiar with their businesses
Revenue growth for online, print, events, sponsorships and custom publishing
Experience in making sales calls and closing business is a MUST
A highlight of recent Home Entertainment Shows has been the Sunday afternoon "Analog Clinic" presented by Stereophile senior editor Michael Fremer. Michael, who writes about vinyl playback every month in his "Analog Corner" column, spends an hour showing Show attendees how to set up a turntable and how to optimize the tonearm geometry. To judge by the attendance at Home Entertainment 2006, held last month in Los Angeles, this is a popular subject these days.
Home Entertainment 2006 is only days away, taking place June 1–4 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Attendees will find a wide variety of special events, product demonstrations, and entertainment options throughout the show.
The Home Entertainment Show 2006, running June 1–4 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, is only weeks away. Here is a sampling of some of the giveaways and special events that will take place at the Show. Several of these should be of particular interest to home-theater enthusiasts.