Are there any audio topics you'd particularly like to address in the live seminars and forums at the upcoming Home Entertainment Expo in New York?

Are there any audio topics you'd particularly like to address in the live seminars and forums at the upcoming Home Entertainment Expo in New York?
Yes, here it is
87% (34 votes)
Can't think of one
13% (5 votes)
Total votes: 39

The next <A HREF="">Home Entertainment Expo</A> (formerly the Hi-Fi Show) will be in New York May 11-13. We usually run several live forums covering the gamut of audiophile topics, including the popular "grill the editors" sessions. Are there any audio topics you'd particularly like to see covered this year?

al marcy's picture

Please demonstrate proper speaker placement and explain what different placement schemes accomplish.

Tony P., Washington, DC's picture

Why is the high-end audio industry so fragmented? Do you think there would be any value in having some of the smallest companies consolidate into slightly larger ones so they can offer equipment at lower prices while still maintaining the attention to detail and choice of "ingredients" they do today? Or are the individual designers' egos just too large and their belief in the correctness of their designs too strong for something like this ever to happen?

I.M.  Outthere's picture

Once and for all, step up to the mike and answer the question that has plagued audiodom for too long -- "Who's your daddy?"

James's picture

1) A Speaker Designers Forum 2) A Discussion on Digital Formats -- should we buy or wait? Will the new formats survive?

Joe Hartmann's picture

I have been looking into D-to-A converters and realized that I do not understand the uses or benefits of the various connections on this equipment. I just spent several hours at a showroom with the Levinson 360S. There are two AES/EBU on XLR; one S/PDIF on RCA; one S/PDIF on BNC; one S/PDIF on ST optical; one S/PDIF on EIAJ optical; one IEC mains; one 3.5 mm external IR input jack; and one RJ communications port. Now I am in the early phase of my review but the sound of this product appears to be a major step forward from my current CD player and much is made of the upgradeable software system, but I really don't understand what all this is. I will not make a purchase until I understand what I'm paying for, so your discussion could be a help.

Arnel Enero's picture

How many more years will the CD last as the standard medium for digital consumer audio, considering the current state of the SACD and DVD-A?

mikenificent1's picture

How close are we really to the "absolute sound," and are we ever going to get there anytime soon?

Frank Sabella's picture

Resolving digital format wars and ensuring that all high end gear is backward compatible and upgradeable. Format inconsistency is one of the great scams foisted on the consumer by the industry. Also, I believe it is time for a serious discussion of forcing the labels to allow us to upgrade our music collections without paying again for copyrights and so on. We need trade in policies - forcing us to re-purchase our collections at full cost every time a new format emerges is a huge rip-off. A discussion of these issues would be very much appreciated.

Mario's picture

Can someone produce a universal CD/SACD/DVD-A/DVD-V with the sound of the Sony SCD-1, and the best picture around, for $1000????

Scott Veirs's picture

I belive people feel their system sounds worse due to themselves being more critdal of it

Jim Merrill's picture

What are the relative merits of adding more channels to a surround system, eg, 5.1 versus 6.1 versus 7.1?

Greg Weckerly's picture

I want to hear an honest demonstration of Ray Kimber's Diaural crossover.

David Berkman's picture

What drives audiophiles in our endless quest to reproduce live music in our living rooms, and what role, if any, do magazines such as STEREOPHILE play in perpetuating such an obsession?

earl b manley's picture

I'd like to take part in double-blind tests of speaker cables.

lord_coz's picture

It seams like most sunjects have been beaten and butchered to death, but that's no reason to stop . . . :)

Joe Espo's picture

I have four suggestions for practical sessions: A Primer on How Digital Audio Works -- with practical, not theoretical demos; How To Set Up a Turntable and Cartidge -- with a live demo projected on a screen; How to Align an FM tuner; and A Seminar and Demonstration of the pitfalls of ABX.

J.  Arcana's picture

Every day about a million people die of all causes in this planet. In view of this fact, how about a forum on the relevance of these inane audio topics?

K.Rich U.T.Film Dept Austin,TX's picture

Full industry support for TMH 10.2 -- when can we expect to see it? :)

Yasser I.  Byeeng's picture

Let's cover the evaluation of speakers.

MNeal's picture

When is the album of those elephants playing instruments going to be reviewed in your hallowed magazine, and could you set up a forum for its discussion at HEE?

Dave W.'s picture

Live music performance and its impact, or lack of impact, on audio system users.

Larry Solomon's picture

Why isn't the show being held in Los Angeles?

Gregor Klemencic's picture

PC/MAC amplifier for headfons buil in hi quality. Many audio lovers need one during the work time. It's a market for it! I use external amp. musical fidelity x-cam and I enjoy. A proper hi-end noice canceling wire less Grado wil siut to a user needs and office space too.

Richard H, in Charlotte, NC's picture

I would like to have a controlled environment where one could listen to various sampling/bit rates (16/44,24/96,24,192)of digital recordings on a single system. We could hear for ourselves the differences. You could use Stax headphones to eliminate interference and other noises. This should be easy to do with the right software. I'll be there!!!!

Ron's picture

SACD vs. DVD-A vs. CD vs. vinyl.

William Tsai's picture

How fast do you think the advances in audio and video components will come in the next few years? What I have in mind is a comparision with computers. Most of us have heard of "Moore's Law," which predicts that semiconductor performance doubles every 18 months for the same price (or the same performance can be had for half the price in 18 months.) Can you estimate the rate of progress in the recent past and the near future for each component of home entertainment?

Redi Kilowatt's picture

AC Power. Some of the power conditioner companies seem to know what they're talking about and some seem to be selling snake oil. I have a 1951 house with screw-in fuses. I'd like to change to breakers and in the process install dedicated A/V circuits. What should I do? Some say the dedicated circuits should all come from one phase, some use two sides of 240V for balanced AC, some use star grounds, some use filters, some people say power amps and sources need to be dealt with differently. Who is correct? I don't trust the average electrician to know the best approach for A/V. Could you get someone who specializes in studio construction?

Ole-Bjorn Lerum's picture

If it posssible to get any "tubes" in home entertainment equipment?

John C.  Shaw's picture

Knowing that SACD is a much better format than Red Book CD why are not more industry media supporting it?

Lee Sherwood McDonald's picture

PCM and us, whats an audiophile to do ?