Seminars


Aerial Acoustics
Michael Kelly
Tuesday, September 1, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Hinsdale, (630) 789-1990
Wednesday, September 2, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 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.

Tour of WFMT Studios
Rich Warren
Friday, September 11, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 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.
 

Ayre Acoustics
Alex Brinkman
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 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.
 

Harmonic Resolution Systems Stands
Michael Latvis
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Libertyville, (847) 362-5594
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 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.

Technology Update
Scott Soloway
Tuesday, December 8, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Chicago, (312) 829-5950
Wednesday, December 9, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 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.”