Seminar Archives

2015


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 8, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago
Wednesday, December 9, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Soloway, the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.
 
After graduating from Knox College with a degree in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants for more than  30 years. 
 
Scott will bring you up to date with the ever-changing world of audio and video. He will discuss  “computer audio”, the revolution in audio streaming, and the new “video alphabet soup.”
 
 


Harmonic Resolution Systems Stands
Michael Latvis
Tuesday, November 10, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, November 11, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Mr. Latvis is President and Chief Engineer of Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS), a company he founded in 1999 in Buffalo, NY. Since then, HRS has become a leader for reference level audio stands, isolation systems, and audio resonance control products, all of which are manufactured in the US.
 
Mr. Latvis graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering. He has over thirty-five years of engineering and product development experience with a specialty in isolation systems for major aerospace and defense customers. He holds several patents related to the design of audio components and isolation systems.
 
Mr, Latvis will illustrate how isolation bases, stands, and other  isolation and damping devices can bring new naturalness and clarity to the sound of your audio system.


Ayre Acoustics
Alex Brinkman
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, October 14, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Alex Brinkman has worked in high-end audio for the last 15 years. He is now North American Sales Manager for Ayre Acoustics, based in Boulder, Colorado. The company hand-builds electronics with a single-minded dedication to performance and craftsmanship.

 
Mr. Brinkman will be showing Ayre’s latest product, the Codex. Building on the work Ayre did developing the audio section of Neil Young’  Pono Player, the Codex consists of a high-performance, high-value headphone amp, DAC, and digital preamp in a compact package.
 
He will also talk about Ayre’s design philosophy, their stunning twentieth anniversary products, and their unique update policy.
 


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 11, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios, (847) 864-9565

Thanks to Rich Warren this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

 
This year, Rich Warren will be joined by Jim White, WFMT’s Chief Engineer, to showcase the recently renovated WFMT facilities. They will guide you through the remodeled on-air room and the control rooms which have been upgraded and refurbished with state-of-the-art digital equipment.  They will highlight the new music production control room, an installation more likely to be found in a major recording studio than in a radio station. 
 
Rich Warren is celebrating his 41th anniversary with WFMT. For more than 30 years he has hosted the Midnight Special which has been on the air since 1953. He also presents the Folkstage live concert series and Sweet Folk Chicago.
 
Mr. Warren has covered audio and video consumer electronics for various  publications, including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Magazine, and Sound and Vision Magazine. 
 
Currently, he writes a technology column for the Champaign Urbana News Gazette.
 


Aerial Acoustics
Michael Kelly
Tuesday, September 1, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 2, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Michael Kelly is President of Aerial Acoustics, a company he co-founded near Boston in 1989. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from NC State University and a Master’s Degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has extensive experience in loudspeaker and electronic design, engineering, and production.

 
Aerial Acoustics loudspeakers have garnered many awards over the years. Their first product, the model 10T, was Stereophile magazine’s Speaker of the Year and more recently the models 6T and 7T were introduced to enthusiastic reviews .  The company continues to innovate guided by intelligent engineering and good design. 
 
This fall Aerial is presenting 3 new speakers, the 5T, the 7CC, and the on-wall 7LCR. An exciting new high-end model, the 12T, is due in 2016. 
 
Mr. Kelly will discuss his approach to speaker design and demonstrate his latest creations.

2014


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 2, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, December 3, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Soloway, the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.

After graduating  from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing.  He has been with Audio Consultants for more than 30 years.

Scott will bring you up to date with the ever-changing world of audio and video. He will discuss “computer audio”, digital audio management, 3D, the latest in display technology, and the analog video sunset.

 


Sonos
Cullen Harwood
Tuesday, November 11, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, November 12, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Mr. Harwood was a big fan of  Sonos long before he joined the company in 2013.  He is now their Midwest representative.

Sonos systems  allow you to stream music in every room in your home wirelessly with high-fidelity sound and control everything from your smartphone or tablet.

Mr. Harwood will demonstrate the versatility, quality, and ease of operation  of the Sonos product line.


Arcam
Scott Campbell
Tuesday, October 28, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Campbell has been Arcam’s Export Sales Manager for more than 15 years. He is also a member of Arcam’s product planning team.  

Established in 1976 just outside Cambridge, UK, Arcam manufactures a complete  line of hi-fidelity audio and video electronics.  Their components are technologically advanced, simple in design, and long-lasting.

Scott, whose love of film and music greatly enhance his presentations, will speak about Arcam’s design philosophy and introduce their new line of "made in the USA" amplifiers.


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 12, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios, (847) 864-9565

Thanks to Rich Warren this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren will showcase the recently renovated  WFMT facilities. He will guide you through the remodeled on-air room and the control rooms which have been upgraded and refurbished with state-of-the-art digital equipment. WFMT just installed a brand-new music production control room more likely to be found in a major recording studio than in a radio station.

Rich Warren is celebrating his 40th anniversary with WFMT. For more than 30 years he has hosted the famous Midnight Special which has been on the air since 1953. He also presents the Folkstage live concert series, Sweet Folk Chicago.

Mr. Warren has covered audio and video and consumer electronics for various publications, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Magazine. He has also reviewed folk music recording for Sing Out Magazine. At the moment he writes a technology column for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette.

For reservations, please call the Evanston store at 847-864-9565


Zanden Audio
Eric Phiels
Wednesday, August 6, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Thursday, August 7, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Hear Your LPs Played Correctly for the First Time 

The people at Audio Consultants and Eric Pheils of Zanden Audio Systems invite you to bring one or two of your favorite records to hear them played back according to how the LP was actually produced. It will be a revelation.

Eric Pheils is a dedicated audiophile and the North American Distributor for Zanden Audio Systems, an electronics company established in Japan in 1980. Since 1996, he has lived in Japan where he met Kazutoshi Yamada, owner, founder, and chief engineer of Zanden. Zanden is a product of Mr. Yamada's imagination and passion. Eric joined the company in 2005. 

Zanden manufactures very specialized, high performance, hand-crafted components. Eric will introduce you to the exciting range of Zanden electronics with a focus on phono stages, particularly the model 120, an innovative design featuring selectable equalization settings. He will also conduct individual demonstrations using your own records.

Eric will be at our Evanston store on Wednesday, August 6th, from 7-9 pm and at our Libertyville store on Thursday, August 7th from 7-9 pm. To make a reservation, please sign up online, call, or stop by any of our stores. Seating will be limited.


Wilson Audio
Peter McGrath
Thursday, July 31, 11am - 6pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950

Introducing the Sasha Series-2 Loudspeakers from Wilson Audio

Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio will introduce the Sasha Series-2 at our Chicago store. High performance in a relatively compact form was the greatest strength of the original Sasha. The Sasha Series-2 brings this quality to an entirely new level because of several important technological refinements, including a special configuration of the Wilson Convergent Synergy Tweeter. Peter is the Sales Director for Wilson Audio. He is also a distinguished recording engineer who has been recording orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera, and instrumental soloists for more than 30 years. Peter will be at our Chicago store on Thursday, July 31st, from 11am-6pm. To audition the exceptional Wilson Sasha Series-2, please call our Chicago store at 312 829 5950 to make an appointment.


Boulder/Transparent/Critical Mass Systems
Rich Maez, Bill Peugh, Joesph Laverencik
Friday, April 25, 10am - 5pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Saturday, April 26, 10am - 5pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Rich Maez, Boulder's Director of sales and Marketing, will be here to introduce and demonstrate the new 2100 series of amplifiers and preamplifers.

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Boulder Amplifiers manufactures some of the finest electronics components in the world. Their innovative and elegant designs have withstood the test of time and garnered worldwide acclaim.

Bill Peugh recently joined Transparent Audio as Managing Director. He has been working in high performance audio since 1976. His career has spanned retail, design, and manufacturing.

Transparent cables and related products have been praised worldwide for their musical quality. Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent Audio to achieve technical excellence.

Joseph Lavrencik is the owner and designer of Critical Mass Systems, a company that produces a line of versatile high-performance vibration mitigation stands exclusively for high-end audio.

Our presenters will answer questions and conduct demonstrations throughout the day

Please call the Evanston store at 857-864-9565 or register above for the day of your choice.

 

2013


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 3, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, December 4, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

 Scott Soloway, the resident scientist and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.

After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing.  This year marks his 30th anniversary with Audio Consultants.  

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever-changing world of audio and video. He will discuss “computer audio,” digital audio management, 3D, the latest in display technology, and the analog video sunset.

 


Wilson Audio
Peter McGrath
Tuesday, November 5, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, November 6, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Peter McGrath is Sales Director for Wilson Audio, the legendary American loudspeaker company.

He is also a distinguished recording engineer who has been recording orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera, and instrumental soloists for more than 30 years.

In Libertyville, Mr. McGrath  will introduce the new Wilson Alexia loudspeaker.  In Hinsdale he will discuss the Sasha and other famous Wilson models.


Boulder
Rich Maez
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, October 23, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Rich Maez is Director of Sales and Marketing for North and South America  for Boulder Amplifiers. He has been involved with high-performance audio for nearly 20 years in both the retail and manufacturing sides of the industry.  He is an audiophile and a dedicated music lover.

Boulder manufactures some of the finest electronics components in the world. Their designs which have never bent to fads, have withstood the test of time and garnered  worldwide acclaim.

Mr. Maez will introduce two products from the new Boulder 2100 Series: the 2110 preamplifier and the 2160 stereo amplifier. He will discuss the numerous technical advancements that have taken place over nearly 2 decades and have been incorporated into these latest models.


Sumiko
Allan Haggar
Tuesday, October 8, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, October 9, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Allan Haggar joined Sumiko after completing a music degree in voice performance at the University of Michigan. He also studied piano and choral conducting.

Sumiko is a major importer of high fidelity audio products, such as REL subwoofers , SME turntables and tonearms from England, and Pro-Ject turntables from Austria.

Mr. Haggar will talk about the REL sub-bass systems. He will demonstrate how a subwoofer does more than just add bass to a system.


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 20, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios, (847) 864-9565

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events. 

Mr. Warren will showcase the important renovations just completed at the WFMT studios. The on-air room has been redone and the control rooms have been refurbished and upgraded with state–of-the-art digital equipment.  Tour attendees will be the first visitors to see the new facilities.

Rich Warren is celebrating his 39th anniversary with WFMT. For the last 30 years he has hosted the famous Midnight Special which has been on the air since 1953. He also presents the Folkstage live concert series, Sweet Folk Chicago.

Mr. Warren has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for the Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, the Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune and Sound and Vision.  He has also reviewed folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.  At the moment he writes a technology column for the Champaign -Urbana News-Gazette.

For reservations, please call the Evanston store at 847 864-9565. 


Innovations in High Fidelity
dCS, Musical Surroundings, Transparent Audio
Thursday, March 7, 10am - 5pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, March 8, 10am - 5pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

We are very pleased to invite you to our Evanston store on Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th to attend the unveiling of important innovations in high fidelity as representatives from dCS, Musical Surroundings, Transparent Audio, and others present an array of products, including the latest additions to their lines.

dCS

John Quick and Raveen Bawa will introduce the Vivaldi, an extraordinary 4-box digital playback system from dCS, a British company which has been at the forefront of digital audio technology for more than 20 years. dCS manufactures audiophile products that set the standard for audio transparency and the extraction of digital encoded music.

John Quick has worked in high-end audio since the 1990s and is now the US Sales Manager for dCS.  He often acknowledges that after 5 years with dCS, its spirit of innovation never ceases to amaze and inspire him.

Raveen Bawa is Export Sales Manager for dCS. Mr. Bawa joined dCS in 1998 as a Workshop Technician. He spent 6 years in the production department building and testing all types of dCS products. He moved to the Sales and Marketing department in 2004 and now travels the world representing dCS.

Musical Surroundings

Garth Leerer and Joe Wessling will present the Performance DC Clearaudio turntable and the AMG Viella 12 turntable which combines striking visual design, superb audio quality, and outstanding value. Based in Oakland, California, Musical Surroundings is a leader in analog technology. They develop, market, and distribute high-end artisanal audio products from US and European companies such as AMG, Clearaudio, Benz Micro, and Aesthetix.

Garth Leerer is President of Musical Surroundings. a company he founded in 1990. He holds a BA and MFA in electronic music and audio technology. Fascinated at an early age with both music and sound, he has worked in the industry since the age of 19.

Joe Wessling is the Sales Manager for Musical Surroundings. He has an extensive knowledge of analog setup and playback. In addition to being a musician and producer, he has been involved in sales, distribution, and manufacturing of high-end audio equipment for 15 years.

Transparent Audio

Brad O'Toole will showcase the new line of digital audio cables from Transparent Audio. Transparent Audio cables and related products have been praised worldwide for their musical quality. Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent Audio to achieve technical excellence.

Brad O'Toole, Director of marketing for Transparent Audio, has been a music lover and an audiophile all his life. He has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, and marketing of high-end audio.

The demonstrations will also feature Wilson Audio, Magnepan, and Amphion loudspeakers, including Wilson Maxx3s and Magnepan 20.7s.

The event will take place on Thurday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th, from 10am-5pm at our Evanston location at 1014 Davis Street, Evanston IL 60201.

Our presenters will answer questions and conduct demonstrations every half hour for a small group of people. Please register here or call the Evanston store at 847-864-9565 to make an appointment.

 

2012


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 11, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, December 12, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Soloway, the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.

After graduating from Knox College with BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio /video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever-changing world of audio and video. He will discuss “computer audio, “ digital audio management, 3D, the latest in display technology, and the analog video sunset.

 


The Ultimate High Fidelity Event
Alex Brinkman, Peter McGrath, Brad O'Toole
Friday, November 16, 10am - 5pm, Evanston
Saturday, November 17, 10am - 5pm, Evanston

Experience the sound of a state-of-the-art audio system composed of Ayre electonics, Wilson Audio loudspeakers and Transparent Audio cables.

Alex Brinkman has worked in high-end audio for the last twelve years. He is now North American Sales Manager for Ayre Acoustics, based in Boulder, Colorado. The company hand-builds electronics with a single-minded dedication to performance and craftsmanship.

Peter McGrath is sales Director for Wilson Audio, the legendary American speaker company. A well-known recording engineer, he has been recording orchestras, chamber music ensembles, opera and instrumental soloists for 30 years.

Brad O’Toole, Director of Marketing for Transparent Audio, has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, and marketing of high-end audio. Transparent cables and related products have been praised worldwide for their musical quality. Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent to achieve technical excellence.

Our three presenters will answer questions and conduct demonstrations every half-hour for a small group of people. Please call the Evanston store at (847) 864-9565 to set up an appointment.

 


Sumiko
Allan Haggar
Tuesday, September 11, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Allan Haggar joined Sumiko after completing a music degree in voice performance at the University of Michigan. He also studied choral conducting and piano performance.

Sumiko is a major importer of high fidelity audio products, among them: REL subwoofers, SME turntables and tonearms from England, and Pro-Ject turntables from Austria.

Mr. Haggar will talk about Pro-Ject turntables and REL sub-bass systems. He will demonstrate how a subwoofer does more than just add bass to a system.


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 7, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios, (847) 864-9565

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for more than 40 years and is celebrating his 38th anniversary with WFMT. Mr. Warrent hosts the Folkstage live concert series, Sweet Folk Chicago, Saturday nights at 7pm, and the famous Midnight Special, which has been on the air since 1953.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and attended the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for the Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. He wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune for 12 years. He has also been a contributor to Sound and Vision and other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.


Peachtree Audio
Jonathan Derda
Tuesday, August 14, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, August 15, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Jonathan Derda was exposed to the world of audio at an early age, cutting his teeth in his father’s Hi Fi shop in South Bend, Indiana. He is now North American Director of Training and Communications for Peachtree Audio.

Founded in 2004, Peachtree manufactures affordable, high performance amplifiers and digital to analog converters that enhance the sound of the digital audio files stored on your computer,ipod, and other digital devices.

Mr.Derda will demonstrate how Peachtree Audio design their components to turn computers and digital audio streamers into high performance music players. 

2011


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 6, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, December 7, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Soloway, the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.

After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing.  He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.   

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever-changing world of audio and video.  He will discuss "computer audio", digital audio management, 3D, the latest in display technology and the analog video sunset.


The Ultimate High Fidelity Event
Rich Maez, Peter McGrath, Brad O'Toole
Friday, November 11, 10am - 5pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Saturday, November 12, 10am - 5pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Experience the sound of a state-of-the-art audio system composed of Boulder electronics, Wilson Audio loudspeakers and Transparent Audio cables.

Our three presenters will answer questions and conduct demonstrations every half hour for a small group of people.  Please call the Evanston store to set up an appointment.

Rich Maez is Director of North American Sales and Marketing for Boulder Amplifers and a dedicated audiophile.  Boulder manufactures some of the finest electronics components in the world.  Their designs, which have never bent to fads, have withstood the test of time and garnered worldwide acclaim.

Peter Mcgrath is Sales Director for Wilson Audio, the legendary American speaker company.  A well-known engineer, he has been recording orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera and instrumental soloists for thirty years.

Brad O'Toole, Director of Marketing for Transparent Audio, has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales and marketing of high-end audio.  Transparent cables and related products have been praised worldwide for their musical quality.  Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent to achieve technical excellence.  


Turntables and Vinyl
Joe Wessling
Tuesday, October 18, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, October 19, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Joe Wessling is Sales Manager for Musical Surroundings in Oakland, California, an industry leader in analog playback technology since 1990.

Musical Surroundings represents a comprehensive range of high-end product lines, among them: Clearaudio, Benz-Micro, Graham Engineering and Aesthetix.

Joe has an extensive knowledge of analog setup and playback.  In addition to being a musician and producer, he had been involved in sales, distribution and manufacturing of high-end audio equipment for 14 years.

He will discuss the continuing interest that people of all ages have in vinyl records.  He will also show how a well-designed, relatively inexpensive turntable, matched with suitable components, can provide a superb musical performance.  The demonstration will feature some of the latest products from the Musical Surroundings family.


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 9, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

 

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for more than 40 years and is celebrating his 37th anniversary with WFMT. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, which has been on the air since 1953. Last year he inaugurated a new program on WFMT: Sweet Folk Chicago, airing Saturday nights at 7pm.

Mr. Warren has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. He wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune for 12 years. He has also been a contributor to Sound and Vision. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine. 

 

2010


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 14, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, December 15, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Soloway, the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.

After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing.  He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.   

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever-changing world of audio and video.  He will discuss hard drive media storage, digital audio management, 3D, and the latest in display technology.


Transparent Audio
Brad O'Toole
Tuesday, November 9, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, November 10, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Brad O’Toole has been with Transparent Audio for 16 years and is now Vice President of Marketing for the company. He started his career in audio in 1981 and, since then, has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, and marketing of high end audio.

A leader in its field, Transparent designs and manufactures cables and related products praised worldwide by customers and critics for their musical quality. Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent to achieve technical excellence.

Mr. O’Toole will demonstrate two areas of system improvements: the impact of HDMI cables on audio and video and the importance of power conditioning in any system


dCS
David Steven and John Quick
Tuesday, October 19, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, October 20, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

A leader in digital audio, this British company manufactures audiophile products that set the standard for audio transparency and the extraction of digitally encoded music.

David Steven, Managing Director of dCS, began his marketing career with a firm providing intelligence software to Fortune 500 companies and intelligence agencies across the globe. David is also a lifelong audiophile and draws on his knowledge of music and technology to ensure that dCS products remain the best in the world.

 

John R. Quick is US Sales Manager. He has worked in high-end audio since the 1990s  in both retail and management. Two years ago, he joined dCS  whose spirit of innovation  is a constant source of inspiration  to him.

 

David and John will discuss dCS products, including the new Debussy digital to analog converter.

 


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 24, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for more than 40 years and is celebrating his 36th anniversary with WFMT. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, which has been on the air since 1953. This year he inaugurates a new program on WFMT: Sweet Folk Chicago, Saturday nights at 7pm.

Mr. Warren has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for the Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. He wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune for 12 years. He has also been a contributor to Sound and Vision.Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.


Bryston
Chris Russell
Tuesday, August 10, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, August 11, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Chris Russell is CEO and Chief Engineer of Bryston, LTD. Founded in 1968, this Canadian company designs and manufactures consumer and professional state-of-the-art specialty electronics, such as amplifiers, preamplifiers, and electronic crossovers.

Over the years, Mr. Russell has contributed to the development of several famous components, among them, the Bryston 4B amplifier, one of our industry’s most respected products.

Mr. Russell will discuss the Bryston SST2 series amplifiers, the CD player, the brand-new BDP-1 digital music player, and other digital products, which in the past few years have received world-wide acclaim. He will also talk about the company’s long-term commitment to excellence and how that has affected their marketing, design, service, and warranty policy.  Bryston amplifiers carry a 20-year warranty.

 

2009


Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, November 17, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, November 18, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Scott Soloway, the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and Manager of the Evanston store, is back by popular demand.

After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/ video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever-changing world of audio and video. He will discuss hard drive media storage, digital audio management, and the latest in display technology.


Crestron Control Systems
Dave Koller
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, October 14, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Dave Koller, Regional Sales Manager for Crestron, has more than 17 years of experience in custom installation and professional design and is an expert in home automation.

The high-tech equipment that fills our homes is often difficult to operate. A world leader in its field, Crestron manufactures advanced control devices, systems, and networks that streamline and simplify the operation of all the technology in your home. A customized, easy to use Crestron system allows you to control your entire home, including your audio/video equipment, draperies, lights, and HVAC system.

Mr. Koller will describe the creative solutions that Crestron offers and answer your questions.


Boulder Amplifiers
Rich Maez
Tuesday, September 22, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 23, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Rich Maez is Director of North American Sales and Marketing for Boulder Amplifiers and a dedicated audiophile.

The people at Boulder Amplifiers manufacture some of the finest electronics components in the world. Their designs, which have never bent to fads, have withstood the test of time and garnered worldwide acclaim.

Mr. Maez will introduce the 1021 disc player and highlight the design features that make Boulder products so distinctive.


Tour of WFMT
Rich Warren
Friday, August 28, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for more than 40 years and is celebrating his 35th anniversary with WFMT. Currently, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, which has been on the air since 1953.

Mr. Warren reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine and has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for several publications, including the Chicago Magazine and Sound and Vision


Room Acoustics
Richard Rives Bird
Tuesday, August 11, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, August 12, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Richard Rives Bird is founder and President of Rives Audio, an international consulting firm specializing in small room acoustics.

An audio system assembled with the finest components will not perform to its full potential if no account is given to the listening environment. Mr. Bird will discuss methods for designing new rooms and treating existing rooms to provide the best possible sound quality and insure isolation from external noise. He will demonstrate how some simple acoustic changes can dramatically improve the sound of any system.

2008


Video Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 2, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, December 3, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Scott Soloway is the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and the manager of the Evanston store. After graduating from Knox college with a degree in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever changing world of video technology, from the state of Blu-ray to the latest advancements in display technology. Scott will discuss where things are, where they are going, and what it all means to you.


Transparent Audio, Inc.
Brad O'Toole
Wednesday, November 5, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Thursday, November 6, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Brad O’Toole, who is Director of Marketing for Transparent Audio, started his career in audio in 1981 building crossovers at Wilson Audio. Since then, he has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, and marketing of high end audio.

Transparent cables and related products have been praised worldwide by customers and critics for their musical quality. Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent to achieve technical excellence.

Mr. O’Toole will highlight the MM2 cable and show how it represents an improvement over the MM, its predecessor. He will also demonstrate how cables and power conditioning affect the performance of audio and video systems.


Ayre Acoustics
Steve Silberman, Adam Center, Ariel Brown
Tuesday, October 21, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, October 22, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Steve Silberman, National Sales Manager for Ayre Acoustics, has been with Ayre for 5 years. His interest in the company, however, dates back to 1994 when, while working in retail, he heard a demonstration of the V-3 amplifier given by Charles Hansen.

Adam Center is the newest member of the Ayre Acoustic Design team. Since joining Ayre, he has greatly contributed to improving quality control, production protocols, and development procedures. His first lead design project is the newly introduced DPS/Ayre three-phase analog power supply.

Ariel Brown began his career with Ayre as a college intern. He is now Senior Development Engineer and is considered Charles Hansen’s “right-hand man.” He co-designed and co-developed practically every Ayre product since the K-1xe.

The dynamic trio will discuss the KX-R Preamplifier, the DPS Turntable and new ideas about digital audio technology.


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 5, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios, (847) 864-9565

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for 40 years and is celebrating his 34th anniversary with WFMT. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT’s longest running programs which turned 55 this year.

Mr. Warren is a University of Illinois graduate. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. Currently he is a contributor to Sound and Vision and he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.


Wilson Audio
Peter McGrath
Tuesday, August 26, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, August 27, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Peter McGrath, whose career in audio spans four decades, is Sales Director for Wilson Audio. A well known and respected recording engineer, he travels the country recording a diversity of orchestras and artists such as Renée Fleming and Martha Argerich. He has recorded for many labels, including Harmonia Mundi and Audiofon (his own company). He is presently the stringer for NPR in the southeastern US. Never at a loss for words when it comes to his passions, he can talk eloquently about classical music, multichannel sound, and Wilson speakers.

Mr. McGrath will discuss Wilson speakers and recording techniques.

2007


Video Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, November 13, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, November 14, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Scott Soloway is the resident scientist at Audio Consultants and the manager of the Evanston store. After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a career in audio/video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Scott will bring you up to date on the ever-changing world of video technology. From the upcoming transition to all digital broadcasting to the latest advancements in display technology, Scott will discuss where things are, where things are going, and what it all means for you.


Sumiko
Kevin Wolff
Tuesday, October 16, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, October 17, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950

Sumiko is a major importer of high fidelity audio products, among them: REL subwoofers, SME turntables and tonearms from England, and Pro-Ject turntables from Austria.

Kevin Wolff is Sumiko’s Director of Analog Sales and West Coast Regional Sales Manager. He will be leading an open discussion about the importance of subwoofers in 2-channel and surround systems. He will also report on the state of the art in analog playback.


B&W: Introducing the Signature Diamond loudspeakers
Dr. John Dibb, Mike Gough
Tuesday, September 11, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Mike Gough holds a Masters in Applied Physics from London University. He has spent his entire career in the speaker industry. Since 1989, he has been with B&W where as Senior Product Manager he participates in all aspects of the New Product Creation Process.

Formerly in the aerospace industry, Dr. John Dibb joined B&W 20 years ago. Dr Dibb developed the acoustic design of key B&W loudspeakers, including the Silver Signature and Signature 30. To mark B&W’s 40th year, Dr Dibb, along with expert collaborators, created the Signature Diamond loudspeaker.

Mike Gough and Dr. John Dibb will demonstrate the Signature Diamond.


Arcam
Scott Campbell, Robert Scranton
Tuesday, August 14, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, August 15, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Established in 1976 just outside Cambridge, UK, Arcam manufactures a complete line of world renowned high quality audio and video electronics. Their components are technologically advanced, simple in design, and long-lasting.

Scott Campbell has been Arcam’s Export Sales and Marketing Manager for the past 10 years. He is also a member of Arcam’s product planning team. He travels frequently to North America, Europe, and the Far East.

Mr. Campbell will speak about Arcam’s design philosophy and introduce their latest products. He will be assisted by Robert Scranton, National Sales Manager of Audiophile Systems, the US distributor for Arcam.


Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, July 27, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for 39 years and is celebrating his 33rd anniversary with WFMT. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT’s longest running programs which turned 50 in 2003.

Mr. Warren is a University of Illinois graduate. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. Currently he is a contributor to Sound and Vision and he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.

For a reservation and an entry pass to the WFMT studios, call our Evanston store at 847-864-9565. Attendance will be strictly limited.

2006


TRASPARENT AUDIO
Brad O’Toole
Tuesday, September 26, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950
Wednesday, September 27, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Brad O’Toole is Director of Marketing for Transparent Audio. He holds a business degree and his interest in high end audio dates back to 1981. In fact he started his career building crossovers at Wilson Audio.

Since then, he has been involved in all aspects of operations, sales, and marketing of high end audio. Transparent products have been praised worldwide by customers and critics for their musical quality. Many distinguished recording facilities and independent recording engineers have chosen Transparent to achieve technical excellence.

Mr. O’Toole will discuss the importance of cables and power conditioning. He will demonstrate how they affect the performance of audio and video systems.


TOUR of WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Friday, August 25, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for 38 years and is celebrating his 32nd anniversary with WFMT. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT’s longest running programs which turned 50 in 2003.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and attended the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for the Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. He wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune for 12 years. He is also a contributor to Sound and Vision and other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.


THIEL SPEAKERS
Jim Thiel
Tuesday, August 8, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 9, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Jim Thiel is cofounder, co-owner, and product design engineer for THIEL Audio. He pioneered the principle of time and phase accuracy in loudspeakers with the use of sloped baffles, coaxial driver mounting, and phase coherent crossover design.

Over the company’s 29-year history, Jim Thiel’s designs have been frequently honored by the audio industry and the international press. THIEL has received 13 ”Speaker of the Year” awards and the flagship model CS7 was named “Speaker of the Millennium.” THIEL is also the recipient of 17 International Consumer Electronic Show “Design and Engineering” awards.

Jim Thiel will present a prototype of his newest speaker, the CS3.7. He will also discuss other products, including the revolutionary THIEL subwoofers.

2005


AYRE ACOUSTICS, NEW PRODUCTS
Charles Hansen
Tuesday, November 8, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, November 9, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Charles Hansen is Founder and Chief Design Engineer of Ayre Acoustics, located in Boulder, Colorado. He holds a degree in physics. He is a lifelong audiophile, a musician, and an avid cyclist.

Mr. Hansen designs most of Ayre's components and will introduce several of his company's latest creations during this seminar, including the "evolution" series.


HOW TO GET THE BEST PICTURE FROM YOUR TELEVISION
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, October 18, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, October 19, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Scott Soloway is the resident scientist at Audio Consultants. He is also the manager of the Evanston store. After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a lifelong career in audio/video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Most televisions come from the factory set up to look impressive in a store setting, usually a wall filled with televisions. Scott will show you how to adjust your set to look its best in your home. He will also demonstrate how our technicians can further improve a television using advanced calibration techniques and equipment such as those suggested by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF). Scott has been performing advanced video calibrations since 1985 and has been ISF certified since 1994.


B&W SPEAKERS 800 SERIES
John McIntosh
Tuesday, September 20, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 21, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

John McIntosh is Director of Sales for B&W Loudspeakers of America. A native of Manchester, England, where he studied electronics and acoustics, John McIntosh now resides in Ontario, Canada. He travels extensively throughout North America promoting England's premier line of loudspeakers. His favorite pastimes are listening to classical music and cultivating his "English" garden.

Mr. McIntosh will discuss the new B&W 800 series. These speakers incorporate a number of exceptional technological innovations, including pure diamond tweeters.

A free DVD containing music and information about those loudspeakers will be given to those who attend the seminar.


TOUR of WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Thursday, August 25, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rich Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for 38 years and is celebrating his 32nd anniversary with WFMT. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT’s longest running programs which turned 50 in 2003.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and attended the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for the Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. He wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune for 12 years. He is also a contributor to Sound and Vision and other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out magazine.

2004


CLASSE AUDIO
David Nauber
Tuesday, October 26, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, October 27, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

David Nauber is Executive VP of Brand Development for Classe Audio, based in Montréal, Canada. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Illinois. While a student, he discovered his passion for high-end audio, and this passion has guided his entire career. Mr. Nauber spent 17 years at Madrigal (Mark Levinson, Proceed, Revel). He joined Classe in 2002.

For nearly 25 years, Classe has been quietly designing and manufacturing high performance electronic components for a loyal following of audio purists. Recently, Classe has experienced an exciting burst of creativity that has led to a completely redesigned line of components (amplifiers, disc players, preamps, and processors). Mr. Nauber will discuss this new line which is turning Classe into a leader in high-end audio.


TRANSPARENT AUDIO, THE POWER FACTOR
Josh Clark
Tuesday, September 28, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 29, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

A trumpet player with a degree in musicology and a background in physics and electronics, Mr. Clark is the lead designer of Transparent Audio's latest generation of power products.

Power products condition and regulate the AC current that goes to your audio and video components. In so doing, they can greatly improve the sonic and visual quality of your system. Mr. Clark will discuss the technology behind his new products and demonstrate a complete system of Transparent power cords and power conditioners.


DLP (DIGITAL LIGHT PROCESSING) VIDEO PROJECTORS
Bharath Rajagopalan
Tuesday, September 21, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 22, 5pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

The DLP chip was invented and is manufactured by Texas Instruments. Mr. Rajagopalan is manager for the Consumer Projection Products Business at Texas Instruments' DLP ™ Products Division. He holds advanced degrees in both electrical and computer engineering.

Mr. Rajagopalan will be discussing the DLP technology, how it works, how to integrate it into systems, and its advantages and future trends. He will also talk about the projection industry's challenges and opportunities. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation.


SUMIKO SUBWOOFERS AND TURNTABLES
Allan Haggar, Kevin Wolff
Tuesday, August 24, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 25, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Sumiko is a major importer of high fidelity audio products, among them: REL subwoofers, SME turntables and tonearms from England, and Pro-Ject turntables from Austria.

Allan Haggar joined Sumiko after completing a music degree in voice performance at the University of Michigan. He also studied choral conducting and piano performance. Mr. Haggar will talk about REL sub-bass systems. He will demonstrate how a subwoofer does more than just add bass to a system.

Music lovers who have large record collections and value the sound of vinyl will be interested in Kevin Wolff's presentation. Sumiko's Director of Analog Sales and West Coast Regional Sales Manager, Mr. Wolff will be leading an open discussion about the state of the art in analog playback. Topics will include SME and Pro-Ject turntables.


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Friday, August 13, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rick Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked in radio for more than 35 years and celebrates his 30th anniversary with WFMT this year. At present he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT's longest running programs.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune. He is a contributor to Sound & Vision and other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings and reports on travel and aviation technology. He serves on the board of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.

2003


LOEWE TELEVISIONS
Jeff Paiva
Tuesday, September 16, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950
Wednesday, September 17, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Jeff Paiva is National Product Training Manager for Loewe, Germany's premier television manufacturer.

He started his career in the consumer electronics industry more than 25 years ago. After spending the first 10 years in retail as a hi-fi specialist, he then switched to training and communications, a field in which he has become an expert.

Mr. Paiva is ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) certified and a much sought-after regional instructor for CEDIA (Custom Design and Installation Association). He has the ability to express technical concepts and terms in clear, accessible language.

Mr. Paiva will discuss Loewe products and give an overview of the consumer television market.


REMOTE CONTROLS
Hank Eisengrein
Tuesday, August 5, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 6, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

An avid audiophile who still enjoys LP records, Hank Eisengrein has been in the consumer electronics industry since 1978. He has worked in both retail and manufacturing and in the process has acquired broad practical knowledge of audio and video technologies.

Very sensitive to consumers' interests and concerns, he has now focused his attention on the field of custom programmed remote control systems. As Product Manager of Universal Remote Control, Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of remote control devices, Mr. Eisengrein promotes a full line of very powerful, award-winning, easy to use remote control systems available in many price ranges.

Mr. Eisengrein understands very well the problems posed by the proliferation of remote control devices. His presentation and his answers to your questions will be very helpful.


BOULDER AMPLIFIERS
Jeff Nelson
Tuesday, July 22, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, July 23, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Jeff Nelson is the founder and chief designer of Boulder Amplifiers, Inc., located in Boulder, Colorado. A music lover and audiophile since his school days, Mr. Nelson has spent the past 25 years working to improve the performance of analog amplification. His designs, which have withstood the test of time and never bent to passing fads, have garnered worldwide acclaim.

Mr. Nelson will talk about Boulder's new products and answer questions.


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Friday, July 11, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Thanks to Rick Warren, this tour has become a tradition at Audio Consultants and one of our most popular events.

Rich Warren has worked for WFMT for more than 35 years. At present he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT's longest running programs.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune. He is a contributor to Sound & Vision and other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings and reports on travel and aviation technology. He serves on the board of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.

2002


NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND HOW TO USE THEM
Christopher Gillespie, Scott Soloway
Tuesday, November 12, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, November 13, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Christopher, a consultant at our Hinsdale store, has a decade of experience recording chamber music, acoustic jazz, pop, and modern rock. He plays baritone saxophone in both classical and jazz ensembles. He also runs, on a part time basis, a CD mastering service where he takes clients' mixes and creates cohesive musical albums.

Scott Soloway is the resident scientist at Audio Consultants. He is also the manager of the Evanston store. After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a lifelong career in audio/video retailing. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Christopher and Scott will clarify many new technologies and give you a glimpse of the future.


AYRE ACOUSTICS, NEW PRODUCTS
Charles Hansen
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, October 23, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Charles Hansen is founder and president of Ayre Acoustics, located in Boulder, Colorado. He holds a degree in physics. He is a musician and a lifelong audiophile.

Mr. Hansen designs many of Ayre's components. When developing new products, his goal is to make the magic performance of the most expensive components available at reasonable prices.

He will introduce two of his newest designs: the CX-7 CD player and the AX-7 integrated amplifier, each priced under $3000. True to Mr. Hansen's mission, these components deliver a new level of performance for this price range.


TRANSPARENT AUDIO & EGGLESTONWORKS
Doug Blackwell, Michael Sabre
Tuesday, October 1, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, October 2, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

An increasing number of films and Grammy award winning recordings use Transparent Audio products to achieve technical excellence. Discussing the company's accomplishments is Doug Blackwell, a frequent speaker at our seminars.

A musician with degrees in electronics, Mr. Blackwell began his career in audio in 1969. Before joining Transparent Audio, he owned a high-end audio store in Berkeley.

He will demonstrate the importance of audio video cables in music and film production. He will also answer questions about cable technology.

Mr. Sabre is the president of EgglestonWorks, makers of a full line of highly acclaimed loudspeakers. He will introduce the new Andra II speaker system. Based on the original Andra, named "Loudspeaker of the Year" by Stereophile Magazine in 1997, the Andra II represents a technological leap forward. Mr. Sabre will explain these advances. He will also give an in-depth look into EgglestonWorks's presence in the recording and mastering industries.

Together, Doug Blackwell and Michael Sabre will demonstrate how to achieve superior musical performance by linking two great products.


DWIN ELECTRONICS, VIDEO DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES
Jeff Klida
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 18, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Mr. Klida is pleased to return to Chicago for these seminars. He resided in Chicago in the early 90s and taught English at Truman College. To this day, he remains a devoted Bears fan.

Upon moving to California, Mr. Klida began working in the electronics industry. He joined Dwin in 1998 and today is Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the company. Dwin manufactures several high quality projectors.

Mr. Klida will review various display technologies such as DLP, CRT, LCD, rear projection televisions, and front projectors. He will also demonstrate the newest DLP projector from Dwin.


MCINTOSH LABORATORY NEW PRODUCTS
Charles Randall
Tuesday, August 13, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 14, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Recently appointed President of McIntosh Laboratory, Charles Randall is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and 16-year veteran of McIntosh. During his tenure as Vice President of Engineering from 1999 to 2001, he was instrumental in developing and introducing many new products.

The fact that McIntosh is once again headed by an engineer renews and underscores its mission: emphasis on design and creativity, a mission established in 1949 by the company's brilliant founder, Frank McIntosh.

Mr. Randall will discuss new McIntosh products. He will also talk about the company's history and its new direction.


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Tuesday, July 9, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Rich Warren has worked for WFMT for 35 years. At present he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT's longest running programs.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune. He is a contributor to Sound & Vision as well as other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reviews folk music recordings and reports on travel and aviation technology. He serves on the board of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.

Rich Warren will conduct the tour and answer questions.

2001


BOWERS & WILKINS (B&W): THE NEW B&W 800 LOUDSPEAKERS
John McIntosh
Tuesday, October 16, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, October 17, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

We are pleased to have John McIntosh, Director of Sales for B&W Loudspeakers of America, introduce the new Nautilus 800. A native of Manchester, England, where he studied electronics and acoustics, John McIntosh now resides in Ontario, Canada. He travels extensively throughout North America promoting England's premier line of loudspeakers. His favorite pastimes are listening to classical music and tending his "English" garden. Mr. McIntosh will explain how the Nautilus 800 was developed and answer questions.


HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL AUDIO
Christopher Gillespie
Tuesday, September 11, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 12, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

For many years, recording and mastering engineers have been using higher resolution recording methods to retrieve as much performance as possible out of the 16-bit/44.1kHz CD format. While new methods continue to be developed to advance the sound quality of CDs, new delivery formats such as DVD-A and SACD are bringing this high resolution audio into the home.

Discussing and demonstrating these new technologies is Christopher Gillespie, a consultant at our Hinsdale location. Christopher graduated from Concordia University with degrees in Media Communications and Liberal Arts Music. He has nearly a decade of experience recording chamber music, acoustic jazz, pop, and modern rock. He plays baritone saxophone in both classical and jazz ensembles. He also runs, on a part time basis, a CD mastering service where he takes clients' mixes and creates cohesive musical albums.

In addition to demonstrating high resolution audio, Christopher will briefly discuss hypercompression and the overuse of dynamic reduction in today's CD releases. He will also talk about the future of multi-channel audio.


ARCAM, dCS, ACOUSTIC ENERGY
Gary Warzin, Robert Scranton
Tuesday, August 21, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, August 22, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Gary Warzin is President and Robert Scranton is Vice President of Sales for Audiophile Systems, the US Distributor for British-based companies Arcam, dCS, and Acoustic Energy.

The unusual three-ring circus of a musical evening contains something for everyone. dCS will demonstrate their new SACD Transport, Grieg Upsampler, and Elgar DAC -- a costly and highly sophisticated digital combination. Arcam, long known for affordable high-end audio equipment, will be showing their latest stereo and home theater products. And Acoustic Energy will amaze you with a miniature speaker system called Aego.

Mr. Warzin promises us a memorable evening. He is not telling us what he has planned, but last year he let the audience strap him into a straitjacket. All he'll say for now is, "remember the days of disco!"


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Friday, July 13, 5pm - 7pm, WFMT Studios

Rich Warren has worked for WFMT for more than 30 years. At present he hosts the Folkstage live concert series and the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT's longest running programs. WFMT also presents his Network Chicago commentaries on travel and home electronics.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune. He is a regular contributor to Sound & Vision and writes for other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reports on travel and aviation technology and reviews folk music recordings. He serves on the board of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.

In addition to guiding the tour of the radio station, Mr. Warren will answer questions and give a brief talk on the future of home electronics.


THIEL SPEAKERS, SPEAKER PERFORMANCE FOR HOME THEATER
Jim Thiel
Tuesday, June 12, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, June 13, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Jim Thiel is a cofounder, co-owner, and product design engineer for THIEL Audio. He pioneered the principle of time and phase accuracy in loudspeakers with the use of sloped baffles, coaxial driver mounting, and phase coherent crossover design. Over the company’s 24-year history, Jim Thiel’s designs have been frequently honored by the audio industry and the international press. THIEL has received 13 ”Speaker of the Year” awards and the flagship model CS7 was named “Speaker of the Millennium.” THIEL is also the recipient of 17 International Consumer Electronic Show “Design and Engineering” awards.

Jim Thiel will discuss his approach to driver, cabinet, and crossover design for both music and video sound. He will also comment on the critically acclaimed PowerPoint surface-mount loudspeaker, the PowerPlane in-wall, and THIEL's new, innovative subwoofer, the SW1, which features the patent-pending SmartSub Technology for seamless sonic integration

2000


TRANSPARENT AUDIO: POWER SEMINAR
Doug Blackwell
Tuesday, October 24, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Monday, October 25, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Grammy award winning recordings by Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Yefim Bronfman, and motion pictures from Sony Films, Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks, and Gateway Studios-- these are a few of the growing number of artistic works that use Transparent products to achieve technical excellence.

Discussing this wonderful accomplishment for a cable and power products company is Doug Blackwell. A musician with a degree in electronics, Mr. Blackwell began his audio career in 1969. Before joining Transparent Audio, he owned a high end audio store in Berkeley where he gained firsthand knowledge on how to optimize and refine audio/video systems.

Mr. Blackwell will discuss and demonstrate the importance of power conditioning in music and film reproduction. He will also answer questions about cable technology.


HIGH DEFINITION TELEVISION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, September 12, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, September 13, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Scott Soloway is the resident scientist at Audio Consultants. He is also the manager of the Evanston store. After graduating from Knox College with a BA in math and physics, Scott began a lifelong career in audio/video retailing…when he realized he couldn’t make a living playing pinball. He has been with Audio Consultants since 1983.

Last year Scott was an emergency fill-in speaker at our HDTV seminars when the scheduled guest became unavailable. The event was so informative and so successful that we asked Scott to repeat his presentations this year. Scott will discuss HDTV, as well as other new technologies and answer questions.


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Friday, July 7, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Rich Warren has kindly agreed to repeat the tour of WFMT which he has led so successfully the past two years.

Mr. Warren has worked for WFMT in various capacities for more than 30 years. At present, he hosts the Folkstage live concert series as well as the famous Midnight Special, one of WFMT's longest running programs.

Mr. Warren attended Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune and still contributes occasionally to the Tribune's technology section. He is a regular contributor to Sound & Vision and writes for other audio/video publications. Beyond electronics, he reports on travel and aviation technology and reviews folk music recordings. He serves on the board of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.

In addition to guiding the tour of the radio station, Mr. Warren will answer questions and give a brief talk on the future of home recording.


BRYSTON
Christopher Russell
Tuesday, June 13, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950
Wednesday, June 14, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Christopher Russell is co-owner and head of engineering at Bryston LTD. Founded almost 40 years ago, the Canadian company manufactures high quality power amplifiers, preamplifiers, and electronic crossovers. Mr. Russell oversees all new product development as well as continuing improvements to Bryston's existing product line.

Mr. Russell will introduce new Bryston products, including the 14B, a 500 watt stereo amplifier, and the SP-1 Surround Processor. He will also talk about the company's strong long-term commitment to excellence and how that has affected their marketing. All Bryston components carry a 20-year warranty.


UPGRADABLE AUDIO SYSTEMS, UPSAMPLING, & HIGH PERFORMANCE DACs
Nick King, Robert Scranton, Gary Warzin
Tuesday, May 23, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, May 24, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Nick King is the Marketing Manager for dCS (Data Conversion Systems) of Cambridge, England. Until recently the International Sales Director for Stereophile magazine, Nick has worked in all sectors of the music industry from retail to recording and from publishing to manufacturing. He is also a professional musician, still enjoying regular employment as a session guitarist.

Gary Warzin and Robert Scranton are the President and National Sales Manager of Audiophile Systems, the US distributor for both Arcam and dCS.

In this unusual double-header musical evening, you will explore the strange chain of events that led to the collaboration of these two Cambridge companies in a project to package the technology found in the $12,000 dCS DAC into a $1,600 Arcam CD player. The program will continue with a look at Arcam's unique approach to building upgradeable audio systems and research, military consulting, and the manufacture of professional recording studio and home digital audio components.

The evening ends in a three-ring circus of demonstrations with Gary demonstrating Arcam's bi-amp upgrade path, Robert taking you through the CD player upgrades, and Nick demonstrating the new dCS Purcell Upsampler, a digital to digital converter that can improve your entire CD collection.

1999


SUBWOOFERS
Johnny Williams
Thursday, October 21, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, October 22, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Johnny Williams is the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Velodyne Acoustics, the industry's premier manufacturer of subwoofers. Mr. Williams is a musician and an audiophile. His experience in audio is extensive. He has worked in retail and as a manufacturer's representative.

Mr. Williams will discuss subwoofer basics, the subwoofer's critical role in a home theater system, and how to select the right subwoofer for your needs. He will also share Velodyne's approach to subwoofer design and suggest tips for getting the most out of your subwoofer.


BOWERS AND WILKINS (B&W) NAUTILUS SERIES
John McIntosh
Tuesday, October 19, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950
Wednesday, October 20, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

We are pleased to have John McIntosh, National Sales Manager for B&W Loudspeakers of America, introduce the new B&W Nautilus series.

A native of Manchester, England, where he studied electronics and acoustics, Mr. McIntosh now resides in Ontario, Canada. He travels extensively throughout North America promoting England's premier line of loudspeakers. His favorite pastimes are listening to classical music and tending his "English" garden.

Mr. McIntosh will explain how the Nautilus was developed and answer questions.


UNITY MOTION/HDTV
John Lowrey
Friday, September 17, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Saturday, September 18, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Mr. Lowrey is Vice President of Sales at Unity Motion, a leader in high definition television broadcast and technology. He has worked in high-end audio for many years and has a background in physics. At Unity Motion his responsibilities include technical assistance, retail services, and product development. Unity Motion is the first company to broadcast HDTV nationally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mr. Lowery has the ability to present difficult concepts in clear, simple terms. He will talk about Unity Motion products and answer any questions you might have on HDTV and digital broadcasting.


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Wednesday, July 21, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Rich Warren has kindly agreed to repeat the tour of WFMT which he led so successfully last year.

Mr. Warren has worked for WFMT in various capacities for over 30 years. On Saturday nights, you can hear him hosting The Midnight Special, one of WFMT's longest running programs.

Mr. Warren attended Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune and still contributes occasionally to the Tribune's technology section. He also writes for Stereo Review, Video, and North Shore magazine, among other publications. Beyond electronics, he writes about travel and aviation technology and he reviews folk music recordings.

In addition to guiding the tour of the radio station, Mr. Warren will answer questions and give a brief talk on the future of home recording.


Z-SYSTEMS ELECTRONICS
Glenn Zelniker
Tuesday, June 8, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, June 9, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Glenn Zelniker is President and Director of Engineering at Z-Systems Audio Laboratories, based in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Zelniker holds a PhD in electrical engineering, has taught electrical engineering, and is a recognized expert in digital signal processing. He has written numerous articles on the subject and is the author of the book: Advanced Digital Signal Processing: Theory and Applications.

Although Z-Systems is a relatively new company, it has already acquired an enviable reputation in professional audio for its line of innovative digital audio interface and signal processing products. In fact, most recording studios now use Z-Systems equipment, and last year the rdp-1 reference digital preamplifier received awards from Stereophile magazine and the Academy for the Advancement of High Performance Audio and Video.

Mr. Zelniker will discuss Z-Systems products.

1998


MADRIGAL: A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
Jon Herron
Thursday, October 15, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950
Friday, October 16, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Mr. Herron is the Manager of Product Development at Madrigal Audio Laboratories, manufacturer of Mark Levinson and Proceed equipment. His responsibilities also include the monitoring of new technological developments around the world.

Since 1973, he has contributed to various aspects of the industry. He created a training program for audio/video retailers. He wrote the Installation and Operation Manual for Lucasfilm’s Home THX Audio System and he has been actively involved in multichannel audio.

Mr. Herron will talk about the problem of obsolescence in our industry and the solutions Madrigal has already introduced.


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOME THEATER
Robert Harley
Wednesday, October 7, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Robert Harley’s new book, Home Theater for Everyone, gives you all the practical information you need to become knowledgeable about today’s home theater systems.

Mr. Harley has a degree in recording engineering and has taught college courses in that field. For many years he worked as Consulting Technical Editor for Stereophile magazine and the Stereophile Guide to Home Theater. He is currently Technical Editor at FI Magazine. He has published more than 350 articles on home entertainment systems and is the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Guide to High End Audio, an invaluable tool for anyone purchasing an audio system.

Mr. Harley will answer basic and technical questions about home theater and sign copies of his new book.


TOUR OF WFMT STUDIOS
Rich Warren
Wednesday, August 5, 7pm - 9pm, WFMT Studios

Mr. Warren, who will lead the tour, has worked at WFMT in various capacities for 30 years. On Saturday nights, you can hear him hosting The Midnight Special, one of WFMT’s longest running programs.

Mr. Warren attended Evanston Township High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He covered audio, video, and consumer electronics for Chicago magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Sun Times. For 12 years, he wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune and still occasionally contributes to the Tribune’s Technology section. He also writes for Stereo Review, Video, and North Shore Magazine, among other publications. Beyond electronics, he writes about travel and aviation technology and he reviews folk music recordings.

In addition to guiding the tour, Mr. Warren will give a brief talk on the future of home recording and answer questions.


TRIBUTARIES: YOUR VIDEO SYSTEM: ARE YOU GETTING EVERYTHING YOU PAID FOR?
Jeff Boccaccio
Tuesday, July 14, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, July 15, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Mr. Boccaccio is Vice President of Research and Development at Tributaries. He has designed systems and special electronics for automation and worked as a consultant for McIntosh and Tandberg. An active member of CEMA (Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association) and its HDTV committees, he knows and loves to share the latest news on DTV, HDTV, SDTV, and the direction of our current NTSC television system.

Mr. Boccaccio will discuss the way video systems interface with DSS, laser discs, and DVD, and give a brief historical perspective on video technology. A born teacher, he engages the audience in lively participation. He welcomes technical questions and has the ability to explain difficult concepts, such as HDTV, in simple, clear language.


TRANSPARENT AUDIO
Doug Blackwell
Tuesday, June 2, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, June 3, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Grammy award winning recordings by Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Yefim Bronfman, and films such as Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Titanic, Hercules-- these are a few of the growing number of artistic works that use Transparent Cable to achieve technical excellence.

Discussing this wonderful accomplishment for a cable company is Doug Blackwell. A musician with a degree in electronics, Mr. Blackwell began his audio career in 1969. Before joining Transparent Audio, he owned a high end audio store in Berkeley where he gained firsthand knowledge of the merits of cables.

Mr. Blackwell will discuss Transparent Cable technology with a special focus on the networks on Transparent’s audio cables. A/B demonstrations will be offered.

1997


HOW TO LISTEN TO MUSIC
Henry Fogel
Tuesday, November 4, 7pm - 9pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950
Wednesday, November 5, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

We are happy that Henry Fogel, whose seminars were such a success last year, has agreed to return and wrap up our season. As president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Fogel oversees the operations of the CSO, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Allied Arts, and the Orchestra Hall facility. His other activities are innumerable; to mention just a few: he has supervised the renovation of Orchestra Hall, he is a regular contributor to Fanfare Magazine, he produces radio programs, and he is involved in numerous local and national arts organizations. Prior to joining the CSO, Mr. Fogel served as Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Fogel will talk about the newly opened Symphony Center, how to listen to music, and other related subjects.


THE LATEST IN HIGH END HOME THEATER SETUP
John Hunter, Stirling Trayle
Tuesday, October 7, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, October 8, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Our two guests run Sumiko, a company that imports a variety of high fidelity products, such as a Sonus Faber loudspeakers, REL subwoofers, Sumiko cartridges, SME tonearms, and Ocos cables and wire.

For 25 years now, they have been searching the world over for quality products, and in the process have accumulated a wealth of knowledge. One of their areas of expertise is setting up listening environments.

Mr. Hunter and Mr. Trayle will present the latest in high end home theater setup techniques. Their discussion will include speaker placement and the sonic contribution of accessories to a system. Sonus Faber loudspeakers and REL subwoofers will be featured.


AYRE ACOUSTICS COMPONENTS
Charles Hansen
Tuesday, September 23, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 24, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Mr. Hansen is founder and president of Ayre Acoustics, located in Boulder, Colorado. He holds a degree in physics and is a lifelong audiophile and musician.

Ayre's goal is to make the magic performance of the most expensive designs available at reasonable prices. Their power amplifier, the Ayre V-3 (designed by Hansen) has established itself as a ground-breaking design. In keeping with the company's mission, it offers a level of performance previously unavailable in this price range.

Mr. Hansen will discuss Ayre product design and answer questions.


DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: AN UPDATE
Mike Moffat
Tuesday, August 19, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Saturday, September 20, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

We are pleased to welcome once again Mike Moffat who during last year's seminar promised to return in 1997 to report on advances in digital technology.

Mr. Moffat is an expert in digital audio technology. In the 1980's he founded Theta Digital, well-known for its digital to analog converters. In the 1990's, extremely interested in home theater, which links his love of music and movies, he founded Angstrom and designed the Angstrom 200 Home Entertainment Director. The Angstrom is the first all digital product to include a D/A converter, preamplifier, and surround sound processor.


YOUR VIDEO SYSTEM: ARE YOU GETTING EVERYTHING YOU PAID FOR?
Jeff Boccaccio
Tuesday, July 15, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, July 16, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Jeff Boccaccio is Vice President of Research and Development at Tributaries. Mr. Boccaccio has firsthand experience in audio and video electronics, both from a technical and retail point of view. He has designed systems and special electronics for automation and worked as a consultant for McIntosh and Tandberg.

Mr. Boccaccio will talk about the way video systems interface with DSS, Laser discs, and DVD, and give a brief historical perspective on video technology. He welcomes technical questions and has the ability to explain difficult concepts in simple and clear language.


RECORDING ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
Peter McGrath
Tuesday, June 24, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, June 25, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Peter McGrath has been involved in audio since the early 70's. He is co-founder of Audiofon Records, a label for which he has recorded internationally renowned orchestral groups and artists. He has also completed numerous recording projects for Harmonia Mundi, including Mahler's First Symphony with the Florida Philharmonic.

Presently, he is a principal at EgglestonWorks Loudspeakers and remains much in demand as a recording engineer.

Mr. McGrath will discuss the recording of orchestral music with a special emphasis on the acoustical conditions of the performance.

1996


WILSON AUDIO
David Wilson
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, October 23, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

David Wilson, Founder and President of Wilson Audio, designs the world-famous Wilson Loudspeakers. The Wilson line now includes five models, all state of the art modular-based designs. In the 1970’s he and his wife Sheryl launched the Wilson Recording Label that issued many fine classic pieces.

Mr. Wilson will discuss his approach to speaker design and talk about his new speaker: The Witt. He will also reveal how he names his speakers.


ANGSTROM: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
Mike Moffat
Tuesday, September 10, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 11, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

We are very pleased to bring Mike Moffat, founder of Angstrom, to Chicago. An expert in digital audio technology, he founded Theta Digital, which became known for its digital to analog converters. Then motivated by his strong interest in home theater, he started Angstrom and designed the Angstrom 200 HED (Home Entertainment Director). The Angstrom 200 is the first all digital product to include a D/A converter, preamp and surround processor.

Mr. Moffat will discuss digital audio technology, DVD, surround sound, and future Angstrom products for home theater.


TRANSPARENT AUDIO: CABLES, THE HIDDEN COMPONENTS
Brad O’Toole
Tuesday, August 6, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, August 7, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Brad O’Toole is Director of Marketing for Transparent Audio, manufacturer of the Transparent cables. Since 1981, he has been involved in various aspects of high-end audio, including operations, sales and marketing. Transparent cables, praised for their musicality worldwide, can be found in major recording studios.

Mr. O’Toole will demonstrate the effect of a network on audio cables and point out the symptoms caused by an improperly cabled system. He will also show how cables, as components in their own right, represent a sound upgrade value.


GOLDMUND COMPONENTS
Michel Reverchon
Tuesday, June 4, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Mr. Reverchon is President of Goldmund, the Swiss manufacturer of distinguished audio equipment. An electrical engineer and dedicated audiophile, he collaborated on the development of the acclaimed Goldmund Reference Turntable and the Mimesis Series of components.

Mr. Reverchon will share his unconventional views on audio, digital technologies and speakers. He will also introduce a line of more affordable products which manage to retain many of the characteristics of the classic Goldmunds.


MANAGING THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Henry Fogel
Tuesday, May 21, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, May 22, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Mr. Fogel oversees the operations of the CSO, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Allied Arts Association, and the Orchestra Hall facility. He has worked with some of the most distinguished orchestras in the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. and the New York Philharmonic. He is a regular contributor to Fanfare Magazine. He is currently overseeing the renovation of Orchestra Hall.

Mr. Fogel will talk about what managing the CSO is all about. The rest of the session will be open to questions and answers.

1995


MARK LEVINSON COMPONENTS
David Nauber
Tuesday, October 10, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Dave Nauber is Director of North American Sales for Madrigal Audio Laboratories, in Connecticut. Madrigal manufactures Mark Levinson and Proceed audio components. They also import and distribute high quality wire and accessories.

At Madrigal, Mr. Nauber's responsibilities include active participation in the development of new products, marketing and distribution decisions, and teaching dealers and distributors about the intricacies of Madrigal products.

Mr. Nauber will introduce the new Mark Levinson amplifiers and digital products, and touch on multi-channel and home theater.

He will demonstrate Mark Levinson products using the B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.


TV AND THE FUTURE
Bill Tovatt
Friday, September 22, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Saturday, September 23, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Bill Tovatt is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Proton Corporation, a manufacturer of high-fidelity video components. He has a background in Industrial Arts and thirty years of experience in consumer electronics.

In the past year, he has been instrumental in launching Proton's new line of monitors/receivers and home theater audio products.

Bill Tovatt will examine a number of issues such as: the TV of the future, what we will watch on it, HDTV, when it will be available, and whether it will be compatible with current formats.


INTRODUCING THE BOWERS & WILKINS NAUTILUS LOUDSPEAKER TO THE U.S.
John McIntosh
Tuesday, September 12, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

We are pleased to have John McIntosh, National Sales Manager for B&W Loudspeakers of America, introduce the Nautilus loudspeaker. This is B&W's highest achievement so far, a feat of art and technology.

A native of Manchester, England, where he studied electronics and acoustics, Mr. McIntosh now resides in Ontario, Canada. He travels extensively throughout North America promoting England's premier line of loudspeakers. His favorite pastimes are listening to classical music and tending his "English" garden.


McINTOSH COMPONENTS
Ron Fone
Saturday, September 9, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Rone Fone is the President of McIntosh Laboratory. A native of England whose roots in the audio industry go back to Garrard in the mid-seventies, Mr. Fone joined McIntosh in 1991. Since then, he has played a key role in developing the company's expansive new line of products, while respectfully adhering to its core traditions. Established in 1949, McIntosh is one of the most distinguished audio companies in the U.S. They design and manufacture technologically advanced and long lasting components that command extraordinary customer loyalty.

Mr. Fone will discuss the McIntosh philosophy and present new McIntosh components.


FREE McINTOSH CLINIC FEATURING THE SPECTRAL FIDELITY TEST
Mike Zimmer
Saturday, September 9, 12pm - 6pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Monday, September 11, 12pm - 6pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

To insure the durability of their products, McIntosh has consistently emphasized the importance of after-the-sale maintenance. This is why they started their famous amplifier clinic over thirty years ago.

Mike Zimmer will run our twenty-third annual McIntosh clinic. Besides conducting clinics throughout the country, Mr. Zimmer is National Sales Trainer and Midwest Regional Sales Manager for McIntosh Laboratory. He is also a talented vocalist who frequently sings with his church choir.

Mr. Zimmer will test your amplifier, pre-amplifier, or receiver, regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Power amplifiers will be measured by two different methods: 1. The amplifier will be tested for power output, frequency response, and harmonic distortion. 2. A spectral fidelity intermodulation distortion test will determine how your amplifier reacts to exacting demands of wide dynamic range material, such as compact discs.

Preamplifiers will be tested for distortion, frequency response, and noise.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how your equipment is performing and to speak to Mike Zimmer and our staff.


MARTIN-LOGAN PRESENTS: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT LIVE RECORDING OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
Larry Rock & Gayle Sanders
Tuesday, July 11, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Larry Rock is an experienced recording engineer based in Chicago. He has engineered recordings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including the Grammy award-winning disc of the Corigliano Symphony No.1, which earned him a nomination in the engineering category. For thirteen years he was a staff member of WFMT where he engineered and produced many radio broadcasts. Some of these projects involved the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Rock's work can be heard on Cedille, Erato, Koss Classics, Marco Polo, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, RCA/BMG, CBS/Sony, and other labels. Larry Rock plays the piano and trumpet and is a spokesperson for Martin-Logan loudspeakers.

Mr. Rock will discuss live recording of classical music and the problems associated with it. He will play samples of his recordings using Martin-Logan speakers.

Gayle Sanders, founder and President of Martin-Logan, Ltd., in Lawrence, Kansas, is a musician and an inventor. He has also studied architecture and has many years of audio experience. An advocate of electrostatic technology, he-- along with a small team of engineers-- developed the famous Martin-Logan Monolith in 1983. Since then, Martin-Logan's proprietary technology, combined with custom-made components, hand-assembly, and uncompromising quality control, have set the standard for electrostatic speaker design and craftsmanship.

Mr. Sanders will discuss the benefits of electrostatic speaker design with a special emphasis on the Martin-Logans.


HOW TO GET THE BEST SOUND FROM YOUR ROOM
Robert Harley
Tuesday, June 20, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Robert Harley, Consulting Technical Editor for Stereophile Magazine, has published more than 300 equipment reviews and articles on high-fidelity music reproduction. His book, The Complete Guide to High-End Audio, is an invaluable tool for anyone purchasing a system.

Mr. Harley has a degree in recording engineering and has taught a college degree program in that field. He has worked as a recording engineer, studio owner, CD mastering engineer, technical writer, and audio journalist.

He will discuss loudspeaker placement, how to use home furnishings to their maximum acoustic benefits, and how to avoid set-up mistakes. You will also learn why the same loudspeaker sounds different in different rooms, and how to judge room acoustics.

After the seminar, Mr. Harley will answer questions about your listening room and sign copies of his book.


THIEL LOUDSPEAKERS
Jim Thiel
Tuesday, May 16, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, May 17, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Founder and Product Design Engineer of THEIL Audio, in Lexington, Kentucky, Jim Thiel is a scientist and an accomplished pianist. In 1977, he entered the home Hi-Fi market with the introduction of the Thiel 01 loudspeaker. A year later came the Model 03 which pioneered complete time and phase coherence in multi-driver dynamic speaker systems.

THIEL loudspeakers encompass a variety of technological advances in driver design, crossover network design, material, and construction techniques. For Jim Thiel, however, music takes precedence over technology. All his research is directed toward providing listeners with the most realistic reproduction of music possible.

Jim Thiel will speak about his latest designs and the unique technology of the THIELs.


THE AYRE AMPLIFIER
Peter Bohacek
Tuesday, May 2, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, May 3, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

An expert in many fields-- high-end audio, electrical engineering, professional windsurfing-- Peter Bohacek co-founded Ayre Acoustics, in Boulder, Colorado, in 1992. Ayre's goal is to make the magic performance of the most expensive designs available at reasonable prices. Their first product, the Ayre V-3, has established itself as a groundbreaking design. In keeping with the company's mission, it offers a level of performance previously unavailable in its price range.

Mr. Bohacek will speak about Ayre's design philosophy and the development of the V-3. His talk will also include a basic look at how amplifiers work.

1994


HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SYSTEM WITH THE MOST OVERLOOKED COMPONENTS OF ALL: CABLES
Doug Blackwell
Tuesday, September 20, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 21, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Doug Blackwell’s seminars were so well-thought-of last year that we asked him to come back. Doug Blackwell is Vice-President of Sales for Transparent Audio, manufacturer of the recently introduced Transparent Cable. A musician with degrees in electronics, he began his career in audio in 1968. Through the years he has acquired a great deal of technical, retail, and marketing experience with high-end products. He designed the VPI Brick. He also co-authored the Orion Audio Blue Book for ten years.

Mr. Blackwell will talk about the Transparent cables, which have been praised for their musical qualities and are used by many fine recording studios. He will also bring to the forefront the hidden benefits of cables (interconnects and speaker cables). He will explain why cables are legitimate components; why, of all possible improvements, they represent the best value; and why no system is complete without quality cables.


THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT AMPLIFIER
Nelson Pass
Tuesday, August 9, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 10, 5pm - 7pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Nelson Pass is a tireless and prolific inventor. Each one of his business ventures has been related to an invention. As founder of the Threshold Corporation, he developed the patented Stasis topology as well as the often-imitated sliding bias circuit. Presently head of Pass Laboratories, he has designed the Pass Aleph 0, the only production model solid-state single-ended Class A amplifier on the market. His creative skills are much in demand, most recently by Mobile Fidelity, for which he designed a $150,000 record mastering chain.

Mr. Pass will talk about the trials, tribulations, and successes he has encountered while searching for the perfect amplifier. He will also present his views on amplifier design, with a special emphasis on his latest brainchild, the Aleph 0.


FRONT PROJECTION TELEVISIONS, HOME THEATER
James H. Wellnitz
Tuesday, July 12, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, July 13, 5pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

James Wellnitz has been working in the audio/video industry for over twenty years. He is now vice-president of Sales and Marketing at Vidikron of America, an Italian manufacturer of fine projection televisions.

Mr. Wellnitz, who is considered a foremost expert in his field, will demonstrate the Vidikron video projector. He will highlight what sets it apart from other projectors: ease of installation, film-like quality picture, and elegant body (available in several colors) created by Pininfarina, designer of Ferrari sports cars.

He will also discuss home theatre, examine the advantages and disadvantages of front-projection televisions, and compare tube projectors to LCD projectors.


FREE MPLIFIER CLINIC, FEATURING THE SPECTRAL FIDELITY TEST
Mike Zimmer
Monday, June 13, 12pm - 2pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, June 15, 12pm - 2pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Mike Zimmer wears many hats at McIntosh Laboratory. Besides conducting clinics throughout the country, he is National Sales Trainer and Midwest Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Zimmer is also a talented vocalist who frequently sings with his church choir.

The kinship Mr. Zimmer feels toward McIntosh is not exceptional. It is equated by extraordinary customer loyalty for McIntosh products. Established in 1949, McIntosh is one of the most distinguished audio companies in the U.S. They design and manufacture technologically advanced and long-lasting components sought after the world over.

To insure the durability of their products, McIntosh has consistently emphasized the importance of after-the-sale maintenance. This is why they started their famous amplifier clinic over thirty years ago.

Mr. Zimmer will test your amplifier, pre-amplifier, or receiver, regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Power amplifiers will be measured by two different methods: 1. The amplifier will be tested for power output, frequency response, and harmonic distortion. 2. The spectral fidelity intermodulation distortion test will determine how your amplifier reacts to exacting demands of wide dynamic range material, such as compact discs.

Preamplifiers will be tested for distortion, frequency response, and noise.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how your equipment is performing and to speak to Mike Zimmer and our staff.


MICROMEGA COMPONENTS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Daniel Schar
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, May 4, 7pm - 9pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

We are pleased to welcome Daniel Schar, founder and president of Micromega, a French manufacturer recognized as a leader in digital audio technology. Though his company is based in France, Mr. Schar, who worked at Mark Levinson in the early 1980s, is well acquainted with the American market. Very knowledgeable in related fields-- he has a background in mathematics, engineering, and music-- he is also an imaginative and versatile designer.

His highly personal approach to digital design is reflected in the Micromega line. From a state-of-the-art plant near Paris, Micromega manufactures distinctive and original components, including CD players, CD transports, and digital-to-analog converters. These products, which we have been carrying for about two years, are very successful in Europe, and are rapidly gaining a loyal following in the U.S.

During his presentation (in English), Mr. Schar will discuss digital technology and talk about current and forthcoming Micromega products.

1993


PIONEER ELITE: REAR PROJECTION TELEVISIONS, LASER DISC PLAYERS, HOME THEATER
Pioneer Elite Engineering Team
Tuesday, September 21, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 22, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

A team of experts from Pioneer Elite-- the undisputed leader in rear projection television and laser disc technologies-- will discuss these topics and answer any questions you may have.

They will examine forthcoming developments in video and touch on many related issues, including the advantages and disadvantages of various screen formats, and the future of High Definition Television.

The presenters will also introduce and demonstrate new Pioneer Elite products.


HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SYSTEM WITH THE MOST OVERLOOKED COMPONENT OF ALL: CABLES.
Doug Blackwell
Tuesday, August 17, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 18, 5pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Doug Blackwell is Vice President of Sales for Transparent Audio, manufacturer of the recently introduced Transparent Cable. A musician with degrees in electronics, Mr. Blackwell began his career in audio in 1968. Through the years he has acquired a great deal of technical, retail, and marketing experience with high-end products. He also co-authored the Orion Audio Blue Book for ten years.

Transparent cables have been praised for their musical qualities and are used by many fine recording studios. We have just learned that Transparent's wire factory has been selected to supply cables for the Superconducting Supercollider in Texas.

Mr. Blackwell will bring to the forefront the hidden benefits of cables (interconnects and speakers and speaker cables). He will discuss why cables are legitimate components; how, of all possible improvements, cables represent the best value; and why no system is complete without quality cables.


AMPLIFIER DESIGN
Christopher Russell
Tuesday, July 13, 7pm - 9pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, July 14, 7pm - 9pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Christopher Russell is chief engineer and one of the principals of Bryston, the Canadian electronics company that was founded over 30 years ago. Mr. Russell oversees all design work. He helped develop Bryston's first amplifier, a 100-watt unit introduced in the early 70's. Many of Bryston's distinctive design concepts such as symmetrical signal-handling, twin power supplies, and wideband linearity, were already applied to or have derived from this early model. Today, Bryston offers a full line of fine home and professional electronics. All components are covered by a unique 20-year warranty.

Mr. Russell will talk about various approaches to amplifier design, including his own. In the process, he will address the following questions: why don't amplifiers with the same specifications sound alike? How does a long warranty result in a better product? How much power is enough?

Mr. Russell is also planning to introduce two new Bryston products: the BP20 preamplifier and the 8B multichannel amplifier.


FREE MCINTOSH AMPLIFIER CLINIC, FEATURING THE SPECTRAL FIDELITY TEST
Mike Zimmer
Monday, June 21, 12pm - 6pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, June 23, 12pm - 6pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Mike Zimmer wears many hats at McIntosh Laboratory. Besides conducting clinics throughout the country, he is National Sales Trainer and Midwest Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Zimmer is also a talented vocalist who frequently sings with his church choir.

Mr. Zimmer has been associated directly or indirectly with McIntosh all of his life. Before joining the company, he worked for his father, John Zimmer, who was part of the original representative team for McIntosh.

The kinship Mr. Zimmer feels toward McIntosh is not exceptional. It is equated by extraordinary customer loyalty for McIntosh products. Established in 1949, McIntosh is one of the most distinguished audio companies in the U.S. They design and manufacture technologically advanced and long-lasting components sought after the world over.

To insure the durability of their products, McIntosh has consistently emphasized the importance of after-the-sale maintenance. This is why they started their famous amplifier clinic over thirty years ago.

We are pleased to welcome Mike Zimmer to our twenty-first annual McIntosh clinic.

Bring in your amplifier, pre-amplifier, or receiver, regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Power amplifiers will be measured by two different methods: 1. The amplifier will be tested for power output, frequency response, and harmonic distortion. 2. A spectral fidelity intermodulation distortion test will be performed. This test will determine how your amplifier reacts to exacting demands of wide dynamic range material such as compact discs.

Preamplifiers will be tested for distortion, frequency response, and noise.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how your equipment is performing and to speak to Mike Zimmer and our staff.

1992


HOW TO SELECT A HIGH-END AUDIO SYSTEM
Dave Nauber
Friday, September 11, 7pm - 7pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Saturday, September 12, 5pm - 5pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Dave Nauber is Director of North American Sales for Madrigal Audio Laboratories, in Connecticut. Madrigal manufactures Mark Levinson and Proceed audio components. They also import and distribute high quality wire and accessories.

At Madrigal, Mr. Nauber's responsibilities include active participation in the development of new products, marketing and distribution decisions, and teaching dealers and distributors about the intricacies of Madrigal products.

His seminar will address the questions most often asked by people interested in a high-end system, for example: why spend thousands of dollars on equipment when apparently similar products cost much less? How do you assess differences between amplifiers, preamplifiers, digital to analog converters, and other high quality components and accessories?

Mr. Nauber will also introduce the new Mark Levinson No. 30, a reference Digital to Analog Converter that redefines what digital sound can be.


THIEL LOUDSPEAKERS
Jim Thiel
Tuesday, September 1, 7pm - 7pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 2, 5pm - 5pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Jim Thiel is founder and product design engineer of THIEL Audio Products Company in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a scientist-- his background is in physics and mathematics-- who has always linked his work to his love of music. While still a teenager, he built guitar and Hi Fi amplifiers and several loudspeakers, including servo-controlled and horn-loaded types. Later on, he established a firm that developed sound reinforcement equipment for studio and stage applications.

In 1977, he entered the home Hi Fi market with the introduction of the THIEL 01 loudspeaker. A year later came the model 03 which pioneered complete time and phase coherence in multi-driver dynamic speaker systems.

THIEL loudspeakers encompass a variety of technological advancements in driver design, crossover network design, material, and construction techniques. For Jim Thiel, however, music takes precedence over technology. All his research is directed toward one end: providing listeners with the most realistic reproduction of music possible.

Jim Thiel will discuss loudspeaker design in general and the unique technology of the THIELs. He will also talk about his future plans, including the introduction of new loudspeaker


NEW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: DAT, DCC, RECORDABLE CDs
David Birch-Jones
Tuesday, July 7, 7pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, July 8, 5pm - 5pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Important digital audio technologies have emerged in the last few years and Philips Electronics of the Netherlands has been at the source of many of these advances. They are responsible for the invention of the compact disc and the new digital cassette or DCC format.

David Birch-Jones, who has been associated with Philips for several years, has participated in the launching of these innovations. Presently marketing manager for Marantz USA, the audio specialty division of Philips, he is actively involved with all aspects of the development of the new DCC format. The Marantz division, which is the main hardware development center for DCC, will be introducing the first generation of DCC recorders later this year.

A veteran of the audio industry, Mr. Birch-Jones is very knowledgeable and has the ability to explain difficult technical concepts in clear, concrete language. He will examine these new technologies with a special emphasis on DCC and will answer any questions you may have on the subject. His presentation will include sound demonstrations.


FREE MCINTOSH AMPLIFIER CLINIC, FEATURING THE SPECTRAL FIDELITY TEST
Dave O'Brien
Wednesday, June 10, 12pm - 12pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, June 12, 12pm - 12pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Dave O'Brien joined McIntosh Laboratory, one of the oldest and most respected audio companies in the U.S., in 1962. Over the years he has helped shape the McIntosh character: a quiet, conservative, almost old-fashioned firm that enforces rigorous quality control and manufactures some of the most advanced and enduring components. It is estimated that ninety percent of all McIntosh electronics sold in the last twenty years are still in use. Some of the older models are considered classics-- museum pieces in perfect working order.

One of the areas Mr. O'Brien has always emphasized is the after-the-sale maintenance. He started the famous McIntosh amplifier clinic program thirty years ago and, as senior field engineer, has personally tested over a quarter of a million amplifiers.

We are pleased to welcome Dave O'Brien for our twentieth annual clinic.

Bring in you amplifier, pre-amplifier, or receiver, regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Power amplifiers will be measured by two different methods: 1. The amplifier will be tested for power output, frequency response, and harmonic distortion. 2. A spectral fidelity intermodulation distortion test will be performed. This test will determine how your amplifier reacts to exacting demands of wide dynamic range material such as compact discs.

Preamplifiers will be tested for distortion, frequency response, and noise.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how your equipment is performing and to speak to Dave O'Brien and our staff.


THX SEMINAR
Tomlinson Holman
Saturday, June 6, 1pm - 1pm, Chicago,(312) 829-5950

Tomlinson Holman created the THX Sound System whose initials refer to "Tomlinson Holman's Experiment." He is presently associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television, and corporate technical director at LucasArts Entertainment. At the university, he teaches and conducts research in film sound. At LucasArts, he works on emerging technical areas such as better home display of film-originated sound and images in the THX Program.

Mr. Holman founded Apt Corporation which made the Apt/Holman Preamplifier. He was also chief electrical engineer at Advent Corporation. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1968 and worked there subsequently in film sound. He holds three U.S. patents and has won two Hi-Fi Grand Prix awards for product design.

1991


EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HI-FI, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK
Stewart Greenberg
Tuesday, September 24, 7pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, September 25, 5pm - 5pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

A long and eventful career in audio has given Mr. Greenberg a technical as well as a marketing background. One of his most notable achievements came during his tenure at Yamaha in the 70's. First as vice-president, and then as general manager of the audio division, he turned Yamaha into a leader in the industry and a household name in the U.S. In the early 80's, he joined JBL where he served as senior vice-president of the consumer and professional divisions. Since 1984, he has been president of "Assured Systems", a distribution company that promotes quality audio and video products such as Phase Technology and Sennheiser.

Mr. Greenberg has written numerous articles and speaks regularly around the country. His favorite topics are the basic ones: shopping tips, what to look for in various components, care and maintenance of the equipment, the future of audio, etc. He addresses the fundamentals that some people may be too intimidated to ask. His special talent is to discuss technical terms and concepts in clear, straightforward language.

He is a dynamic, compelling speaker and his presentation promises to be fun and enlightening.


HOME THEATER AND SURROUND SOUND
Charles Wood
Tuesday, August 20, 7pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, August 21, 5pm - 5pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

An audio designer since his college years, Charles Wood has always been interested in surround sound technology. In 1969, he co-founded Audionics, the firm that first released a multi-channel processor in 1972. Mr. Wood and two of his colleagues hold patents for their work on multi-channel systems. In 1986, Audionics merged with Fosgate and the resulting company ranks among the leading developers of separate surround processor components and related home theater products.

Mr. Wood is a marketing manager at Fosgate and an avid audio/videophile. He writes for Perfect Vision magazine and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

He will discuss Home Theater from the point of view of sound, picture, and lighting.


MAGNEPLANAR LOUDSPEAKERS
Jim Winey
Tuesday, July 23, 7pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Jim Winey founded Magnepan in 1967. He is president and chief research and development engineer of the firm located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He is a music lover, an audiophile, and a dedicated inventor. He created the Magneplanar speaker systems for which he holds over a dozen patents. Their striking design has been widely acknowledged as an important advance in acoustical engineering. In 1974, in Arlington, Virginia, at the Inventor' Exposition featuring significant past and present technological innovations, the Magneplanar speakers were displayed alongside the Edison electric lightbulb.

Constantly refining his invention, Mr. Winey has also developed a transformerless ribbon tweeter that is incorporated in some of his speakers.

Mr. Winey will speak about the unique technology of his speakers and his current research and projects.


FREE MCINTOSH AMPLIFIER CLINIC, FEATURING THE SPECTRAL FIDELITY TEST
Dave O'Brien
Wednesday, June 5, 12pm - 12pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, June 7, 12pm - 12pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990

Dave O'Brien has recently been awarded a lifetime membership in the Audio Engineering Society. He joined McIntosh Laboratory, one of the oldest and most respected audio companies in the U.S., in 1962. Over the years he has helped shape the McIntosh character: a quiet, conservative, almost old-fashioned firm that enforces rigorous quality control and manufactures some of the most advanced and enduring components. Engineered to last a lifetime, ninety percent of all McIntosh electronics sold in the last twenty years are still in use. Some of the older models are considered classics-- museum pieces in perfect working order.

One of the areas Mr. O'Brien has always emphasized is the after-the-sale maintenance. He started the famous McIntosh amplifier clinic program twenty-nine years ago and, as senior field engineer, has personally tested over a quarter of a million amplifiers.

We are pleased to welcome Dave O'Brien for our nineteenth annual clinic.

Bring in you amplifier, pre-amplifier, or receiver, regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Power amplifiers will be measured by two different methods: 1. The amplifier will be tested for power output, frequency response, and harmonic distortion. 2. Spectral fidelity intermodulation distortion will be performed. This test will determine how your amplifier reacts to exacting demands of wide dynamic range material such as compact discs.

Preamplifiers will be tested for distortion, frequency response, and signal to noise.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how your equipment is performing.

1990


FREE MCINTOSH AMPLIFIER CLINIC, FEATURING THE SPECTRAL FIDELITY TEST
David O'Brien
Wednesday, October 31, 12pm - 12pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, November 2, 12pm - 12pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Mr. David O'Brien, from McIntosh Laboratory of Binghamton, New York, will conduct a free amplifier clinic at our Evanston and Libertyville stores. Bring in you amplifier, pre-amplifier, or receiver, regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Power amplifiers will be measured by two different methods: 1. The amplifier will be tested for power output, frequency response, and harmonic distortion. 2. Spectral fidelity intermodulation distortion will be performed. This test will determine how your amplifier reacts to exacting demands of wide dynamic range material such as compact discs.

Preamplifiers will be tested for distortion, frequency response, and noise.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out how your equipment is performing.

1985


AMPLIFIER CLINIC
David O'Brien
Tuesday, January 1, 6pm - 8pm,

Mr. David O'Brien from McIntosh Laboratory will be conducting a free amplifier clinic at our Evanston, Libertyville, and Hinsdale stores. Bring in your power amplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver regardless of its age, brand, or where you bought it. You will receive a test report and a photograph of your amplifier's spectral performance.

Wide dynamic range program material such as compact discs can overdrive an amplifier. When amplifiers are driven beyond their output capability, the effect is a harsh sound on loud passages. Spectral fidelity testing will reveal the operating limits of your amplifier.

Please be prepared to wait because this procedure takes time, so please be prepared to wait. Also note that spectral fidelity testing does not apply to preamplifiers and tuners, so these will not be tested.

1984


McINTOSH CLINIC
David O'Brien
Thursday, May 10, 12pm - 12pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, May 11, 12pm - 12pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565

Mr. David O'Brien from McIntosh Laboratory will be conducting a free clinic for McIntosh owners at our Evanston store. This is a unique opportunity to have your McIntosh preamplifier, amplifier and receiver checked by a McIntosh technician. Your McIntosh equipment will be examined thoroughly to determine its actual performance under stringent testing conditions. At the clinic, you will be given a test report illustrating your unit's performance, along with a statement of the manufacturer's rating. This clinic is designed to detect the slightest problems so they can be corrected before more serious trouble begins.

The testing process does not take very long, but please be prepared to stay with your equipment at all times during the clinic. Testing cannot be done if your equipment is malfunctioning or has been modified. We will be unable to test tuners or FM sections during this clinic.

Audio Consultants' staff will be on hand to demonstrate equipment and answer questions you may have regarding McIntosh or other audio equipment.


THRESHOLD CORP.
Nelson Pass
Tuesday, March 27, 7pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Wednesday, March 28, 5pm - 5pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Thursday, March 29, 5pm - 5pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594

Nelson Pass, the president of Threshold Corporation, graduated from the University of California with a degree in physics. He co-founded the company in 1974 and holds the original patents for both the dynamically biased class A amplifier and the topology of the Stasis (static balance) amplifiers. He is a contributing editor to the Audio Amateur and Speaker Builder magazines, and has published articles in Audio Magazine and the Absolute Sound.

Threshold uses American made components to manufacture audio amplification equipment designed to the most exacting requirements of performance and reliability. The equipment is hand-assembled and tested in small quantities under the personal supervision of Pass.

Threshold amplifiers are unique in the use of the patented Stasis topology which exacts linear (correct) performance from amplifying circuitry without resorting to the negative feedback loop, commonly utilized to simulate quality performance in conventional circuits. "A circuit which is simple and inherently clean always sounds better than a circuit whose errors must be corrected after their commission," insists Pass.

Innovative engineering and impeccable attention to detail have placed Threshold at the forefront of the industry. Threshold has received numerous design awards and holds an enviable customer list which includes the JVC Cutting Center, Telarc Records, 20th Century Fox, Wonderland Studios and many recording artists.

You will have the opportunity to meet Nelson Pass and exchange ideas with him when he visits Audio Consultants in 1984. His presentation will deal with the trials, tribulations and successes he has encountered while searching for the perfect amplifier. Always eager to share his experiences, he has the ability to communicate with enthusiasm to an audience, and to speak about his craft in very lively terms.


MAGNEPAN INC.
Jim Winey
Sunday, January 1, 7pm - 7pm,

Jim Winey founded Magnepan, Inc. in 1971. He is the firm's president and chief research and development engineer.

He is an audiophile, a music lover and an industrious inventor. What characterizes him best is determination and perseverance. He loves to quote Thomas A. Edison, his personal hero, who, when about 10,000 experiments with a storage battery failed to produce results, said to a friend trying to console him, "Why, I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

The Magneplanar speaker system, for which he holds over a dozen patents, is the result of dedicated research and experimentation. It undoubtedly represents an advancement in acoustical technology and design. In 1974, in Arlington, Virginia, at the Inventor's Exposition featuring significant past and present technological innovations, the Magneplanar speakers were displayed alongside the Edison electric lightbulb.

What are Magneplanars? The Magneplanar is neither a conelike speaker nor is it electrostatic. The actual speaker itself is only 1/8 of an inch thick. It consists of a large (magne) area (planar) permanent magnetic field with a very thin film diaphragm stretched over it. The audio current is carried by conductors which are attached to the low-mass diaphragm in a vertically oriented zig-zag pattern. As the audio current passes through the conductors, the interaction between the magnetic field around the conductors and the permanent magnetic field causes the entire diaphragm to move. These movements create sound waves which are accurate reproductions of the input waveform.

Jim Winey's latest achievement, the striking Magneplanar Tympani IV, features a unique transformerless ribbon tweeter, patented in 1982. Available since the beginning of 1983, the Tympani IV is already considered one of the finest loudspeakers in the world.


BOSTON ACOUSTICS
Andy Petite
Sunday, January 1, 6pm - 6pm,

Andy Petite is a disciple of Henry Kloss and "the New England School of High Fidelity" which brought to the American market the intelligent, affordable speaker, namely the revolutionary acoustic suspension speaker. Henry Kloss, a founder of AR, KLH, and Advent, invited Andy Petite to participate in the development of the KLH loudspeaker. In 1969 Andy Petite followed Henry Kloss to Advent and assumed the dual function of director of product development and speaker designer.

Andy Petite is now executive vice-president of Boston Acoustics. He co-founded the company in 1979 and designed the Boston Acoustics loudspeakers. We have been associated with him since his KLH days, being convinced that wherever he goes, a good speaker is never far away.

The Bostons are acoustic suspension speakers. They provide clean, accurate sound and good design at a moderate price. In 4 years they have become one of the most popular and best-selling speakers in the U.S.

1971


McINTOSH CLINIC
David O'Brien
Monday, June 28, 12pm - 12pm, Evanson
Tuesday, June 29, 12pm - 12pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, December 31, 12am - 12am,

Mr. David O'Brien from McIntosh Laboratory will be conducting a free clinic for McIntosh owners at our Evanston store. This is a unique opportunity to have your McIntosh preamplifier, amplifier and receiver checked by a McIntosh technician.

Your McIntosh equipment will be examined thoroughly to determine its actual performance under stringent testing conditions. At the clinic, you will be given a test report illustrating your unit's performance, along with a statement of the manufacturer's rating. This clinic is designed to detect the slightest problems so they can be corrected before more serious trouble begins.

The testing process does not take very long, but please be prepared to stay with your equipment at all times during the clinic. Testing cannot be done if your equipment is malfunctioning or has been modified. We will be unable to test tuners or FM sections during this clinic.

Audio Consultants' staff will be on hand to demonstrate equipment and answer questions you may have regarding McIntosh or other audio equipment.


Free Clinic For Tape Equipment
TANDBERG
Tuesday, May 25, 7pm - 7pm, Evanston, (847) 864-9565
Friday, December 31, 12am - 12am,

We are pleased to offer a free performance check of your tape deck or recorder. We have arranged for the technical engineers from Tandberg to test, with professional test equipment, the performance of your tape deck; you will receive a copy of this performance data. The clinic is helpful in that a periodic check for performance will insure faithful reproduction and detect any imminent problems.

The clinic is open to all makes of tape decks, tape recorders etc. If repairs are recommended, they will be explained to you-- with no obligation. Our Service department can make any recommended repairs if you wish to leave your unit. Any questions or problems you may have concerning tape recorders can be expertly answered by the engineers from Tandberg. The purpose of the clinic is to help you understand your equipment better-- please do not hesitate to ask questions.


Free Amplifier Clinic
McINTOSH
Friday, January 1, 7pm - 7pm,

We will be having a free Amplifier Clinic with the McIntosh engineers. Bring in your amplifier, regardless of make, and see how it performs. The purpose of the clinic is to help you understand your equipment better-- please do not hesitate to ask questions.