We’ve assembled some of the world’s greatest loudspeaker designers for this lively and informative Q&A session. Bring your questions about speakers for the foremost experts in the field.
Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, Moderator
Robert Harley has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Absolute Sound since 2001 and is the author of The Complete Guide to High-End Audio (now in a fourth edition). He is also the editor of, and a key contributor to, The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume One: Loudspeakers, which is the basis for this seminar. Before becoming a full-time audio writer in 1989, Robert worked as a recording engineer, CD mastering engineer, and taught a college degree program in recording engineering.
Andrew Jones, ELAC America, VP of Engineering
Andrew Jones is the VP of Engineering for a ELAC America, a newly formed subsidiary of ELAC Germany, founded to bring extraordinary value to speaker products at all price categories. Previously the Director and Chief Engineer of Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc. he has had a long career in the research, development and design of loudspeaker systems, from the research group of Dr. Malcolm Hawksford, to the R&D Department of KEF (ultimately becoming KEF’s Chief Engineer), to the Infinity division of HARMAN International, and for 17 years as Director of speaker engineer for Pioneer and TAD.
Michael Borreson, Raidho Acoustics, Chief Designer & President
Michael Borreson has been building loudspeakers as a hobby since childhood and professionally with Raidho Acoustics for the last 15 years. He has an MSc degree in mechanical engineering in materials and vibration. His principle area of focus has been on the materials science of loudspeaker driver development, along with the complex interaction of speakers vs. human hearing and psychoacoustic capabilities. www.raidho.dk
Richard Vandersteen, Vandersteen Audio, Owner
Richard Vandersteen founded Vandersteen Audio, one of the most successful loudspeaker manufacturers in the world, more than 35 years ago starting with the iconic Model 2. He went on to design other landmark speakers including the Model 5 and Model 2W subwoofer, and culminating in today’s flagship Model 7 and other great loudspeakers.
Albert Von Schweikert, Von Schweikert Audio, Owner
Albert Von Schweikert’s loudspeaker career began in 1979 when he became Dr. Oskar Heil’s assistant at ESS Laboratory. He went on work for KSC Industries where he designed raw speaker parts for Infinity, JBL, Klipsch, Polk, and 32 other companies. Albert then worked as a consultant to Counterpoint Electronics where he designed their THX Cinema line. He started Von Schweikert Research in 1994. In Albert’s 36-year career, he has designed more than 200 speakers systems and has eight patents pending for his inventions in audio technology
Kevin Voecks, Harman Luxury Audio Group, Product Development Manager
Kevin Voecks became known to the audiophile community when he joined Snell Acoustics in the mid-1980’s. He was hand-picked by Sidney Harman to lead Revel Loudspeakers, part of the Harman Luxury Audio Group. There he leads a team that has made numerous technical innovations in loudspeaker design and that produces a large line of outstanding loudspeaker products. www.revelspeakers.com
Arnie Nudell, Infinity Systems and Genesis Technology, Co-founder
Arnie Nudell holds a BS degree in physics from Berkeley, a Master’s degree in nuclear physics from UCLA, and completed all Ph.D requirements at that university. Arnie worked at Hughes Research Lab when the first laser was invented. While working as head of the laser group at Litton Industries, Arnie, a lifelong music lover, teamed up with John Ulrich to create a speaker that became the Infinity Servo-Statik. In 1968 they founded Infinity Systems. Arnie is the designer of the Infinity Reference Standard (IRS), one of the most iconic products in high-end audio history.
Producer: Michael Wechsberg, Executive VP LA/OC Audio Society
Michael Wechsberg is a lifetime member of the LA & OC Audio Society and currently an Executive VP for the Society. He also manages the Society’s Hospitality Suite during THE Show Newport.