The Audio Advice Live 2023 Show looks to be a winning showcase for audiophiles!
If you are into high-end audio and home theater you probably have heard of Audio Advice. The North Carolina Company has stores in Raleigh and Charlotte and has a large online presence to serve its customers nationwide.
Since 1978 Audio Advice has provided great customer service in home audio, home theater, and portable audio products. One of the things that set them apart is that they love to test and compare equipment. This Modus Operandi allows Audio Advice to be proud of the products they sell and that they love.
Being proud of the brands Audio Advice represents they love to show off. “Audio Advice Live” also allows them to get to know their customers better.
They have invited industry experts, product managers, and engineers from some of the top companies to show their products, answer questions, and educate customers on what makes their products special. This is a great opportunity for people to interact with companies and give feedback.
There seems to be something for everyone at Audio Advice Live. For home theater enthusiasts Sony will be partnering with Monitor Audio for a demo room that will be sure to impress. They are featuring the Sony GTZ-380 laser projector.
This laser projector is one of the best on the market putting out up to 10,000 lumens of brightness, but Audio Advice wanted to take it to the highest level by adding the new madVR Envy Extreme MK2 video processor to the mix. I use madVR processing software on my media pc when watching videos so I can attest to their quality.
Combined with a Stewart 170” film screen this combination is sure to be impressive. The highly rated Trinnov Altitude 16 processor does the audio processing. Rounding out this system will be the new Monitor Audio Cinergy speaker system. There will also be much more for home theater enthusiasts as I have included a list of highlights below.
- Storm Audio, Barco, & Focal Kanta 9.6.4 Kanta Home Theater
- Bowers & Wilkins 9.4.6 Custom Theater Series Home Theater
- Denon & Definitive Technologies Dymension 9.4.6 Home Theater
- Devialet Phantom Home Theater
- Sony & KEF 7.4.4 Q-Series Home Theater
- SVS 5.2.2 Prime Pinnacle Home Theater
- JVC & Goldenear 7.2.4 Home Theater
- Samsung & JBL Synthesis 9.4.4 Home Theater
- KEF & Epson gaming experience, including a 3-screen gaming rig
Opening day will end with a kickoff and concert featuring a state-of-the-industry keynote address from Audio Advice CEO Scott Newman. This will be followed by a concert featuring the high-energy good-time, band Love Tribe. While the home theater exhibits should be quite exciting, they certainly did not forget 2-channel enthusiasts like us.
Keeping with their theme of unveiling new products. Monitor Audio will be showcasing its brand-new Hyphn Loudspeakers.
The new speakers feature many firsts for Monitor Audio and are promised to raise the bar yet again for the brand. Featuring the new Unique M-Array configuration and force canceling woofer system and a unique aesthetic they are bound to get one excited albeit at an extremely high price!
Martin Logan will be showcasing their very highly regarded Neolith ESL loudspeaker system.
These speakers incorporate years of experience in electrostatic speaker engineering. Martin Logan is very proud of their accomplishment with this flagship model and will no doubt showcase it at its best at the show. Here is a list of some more demonstrable highlights:
- McIntosh ML1 Loudspeakers
- Sonus Faber’s new Stradivari Gen2 Loudspeakers
- Jeep Wagoneer with McIntosh Sound System
- Maserati Grecale with Sonus Faber Sound System
- Coastal Source & Sonance outdoor speaker demos
- Debuts & launches from brands including Monitor Audio, Classe, Marantz, Bowers & Wilkins, Rega, and more!
While this list will display highlights of the show there is much more to experience. One of the missions of this show is to bring in industry experts to hold seminars and how-to clinics. There will be a home theater-based clinic on Friday the 4th with industry experts that will discuss the best practices for designing a home theater system, from constructing the room to choosing components, installation, and speaker placement.
Saturday the 5th will feature two seminars, with one on the future of home theater video. It will cover new technology in video from HDR to the resolution of displays and more. There will also be a seminar on the 5th that talks about the trends in high-performance audio. This seminar will discuss high-definition audio, the latest advancements in speaker technology, and the future of the music production landscape.
On Sunday the 6th all exhibits will be open and the final seminar will be held. The last seminar will be exclusively about vinyl playback and turntable must-haves. Audio Advice’s founder and vinyl lover Leon Shaw among other vinyl experts will be discussing the format and how to get the best playback possible.
2022 was the first year for Audio Advice Live and it was a raging success so Audio Advice is pulling out all the stops this year to make the show even better. If you are an avid audiophile and, or home theater enthusiast then Audio Advice Live should very well be on your radar this year.
I am planning to attend this year so if you see me come up and say hi! I am always enthusiastic about meeting more and more people afflicted with the condition known as high-end audio.
Below are some links to the experience guide, show maps, schedule, and a link to sign up to attend the show below. I hope to see you there!
WHERE the MUSIC BEAT meets the AUDIOPHILE ELITE !
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