Perched on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains at a height of 1600m, the city of Denver and its mountainous surrounds have become the backdrop for one of the USAs leading audio events, the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival. Established in 2004 by the late Al Stiefel, this year will be the 11th Edition of the show.
A popular theme of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has been the seminar series. Taking place over the duration of the weekend, the RMAF seminar series is designed to impart a deeper knowledge of the audio industry to those attending the show, with discussions moderated by designers, engineers, company owners and a variety of industry experts. This year, Roy Gregory and Marc Mickleson from online publication, www.audiobeat.com, will contribute to the seminar series with two presentations.
Cartridge Optimization For Musical Performance – Roy Gregory
This lecture will aim to address the intricacies of cartridge alignment and how it affects sonic presentation. The lecture will be heavily reliant on live demonstrations and to quote, will define “not just the difference between approximate and ultra-precise alignment, but the musical difference between different geometries; the affect of tiny shifts in VTF, VTA/SRA and azimuth and how they each affect the sound. In other words, we’ll be demonstrating how to step beyond setting your cartridge by eye and instead set it by ear”.
Are All Discs Created Equal? – Marc Mickleson
The lecture will aim to address the physical differences between optical discs. The demonstration will play different versions of the same recording and asking for the audience to rate/rank them. Asking, can you hear the difference between a standard CD and a gold disc? Are SACDs taken from analog or 16 bit/44.1K tapes really better than the originals?
Both Marc and Roy’s presentations will be conducted on a carefully selected high-end audio system using the Wilson Benesch Square Five Loudspeakers throughout.
There will be multiple opportunities to see each of the lectures, but they will be conducted in the same room each time, Marriott Room 9022, 9th Floor Tower.
The full seminar schedule can be found here:
RMAF 2014 Seminar Schedule