Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
September 6-8, 2019
Denver, CO
Fri-Sat: 10-6, Sun: 10-4

Show Schedule

"Ask Paul"

Date: Friday, September 6th
Time: 11:45am - 1:00pm
Presenters: Paul McGowan
Category: Seminars

Beginning in 1973 with four 709 op amps, two 9 volt batteries and a cigar box, Paul McGowan created PS Audio, a family owned company that now utilizes the latest technologies in service of building state-of-the-art high value music products for their customers.

With 78K YouTube subscribers, co-founder, designer, and CEO of PS Audio, answers questions from audiophiles. Honest, knowledgeable and informative answers to those questions you wish you could ask of an expert in the field. Bring some questions!

A Systematic Approach to Creating Your Ideal System

A Systematic Approach to Creating Your Ideal System

Date: Friday, September 6th
Time: 12:45pm - 3:45pm
Presenters: Joe Mariano
Category: Seminars

Putting your ideal system together using a systematic approach - Understanding how your room, your listening position, and your listening habits should affect your purchase decision. PLUS common mistakes to avoid.

Record Cleaning Made Difficult

Date: Friday, September 6th
Time: 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Presenters: Michael Fremer
Category: Seminars

A panel of record cleaner manufacturers and vinyl experts will discuss the best ways to clean, restore and preserve vinyl records. We will discuss vacuum, cavitation and other methods as well as various liquid formulations. Each participant will bring fluids and be forced to drink to prove safety. An ambulance will be parked outside. Seriously, we will have an in depth discussion and attempt to clear away the myths and get to the facts about this very important subject. Hosted by Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com editor, and Stereophile senior contributing editor

Blockchain & Hip Hop Panel: Smart Money

Blockchain & Hip Hop Panel: Smart Money

Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 10:30am - 11:45am
Category: Seminars

Moderator: Mike Johns, Founder at Tech This Out
Panelists: Osei "The Dark Secret," (Tech This Out), Byron Booker President of RAG.org,  Vincent Berry II 4x Grammy Nominated Producer, Macverde, a popular Hip Hop artist and Dj Action.

The Hip Hop industry has long been obsessed with money. From Jay-Z to Birdman, making money has been a theme throughout. Much of this, is simply the acknowledgment that money makes the world go ‘round; a clairvoyant observation. It is this observation that makes cryptocurrency and Hip Hop a perfect match.

The stage has been set for general adoption of Bitcoin by the Hip Hop community. 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, Nipsey Hussle, PitBull and Snoop Dogg, are some of Hip Hop's biggest stars that have either flirted with or directly accepted this currency, and the music industry, which has historically capitalized on industry earnings and its attributes, will likely see the utility in the decentralized crypto-currency. What's prompting this new collective behavior? Tech This Out " will examine how cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is shaping the future of music and the world around us. 

Features a live performance by Macverde and Dj Action of NYC Hot 97 Radio

This panel is powered by TECH THIS OUT.

The Dirty Little Secret: Powering Audio on Mains Power

Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Presenters: Ken Reindel
Category: Seminars

This talk will address Time Error Correction, the process by which frequency of the mains power line is controlled by our utility companies—and how well. We’ll discuss how the same concerns that result in power grid breakdowns can affect audio reproduction quality. The bright side is that there is an opportunity to mitigate these concerns. In fact, the opportunity could take us well beyond improving audio quality!

Acoustic Analysis - Optimizing the Room/Speaker Interface

Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Presenters: Bob Hodas
Category: Seminars

The focus of the Seminar will be the speaker/room interface and optimizing system performance with proper placement and room treatments. A slide presentation will demonstrate the frequency and phase response of speakers placed properly and improperly in a room. Integrating subwoofers with the main speaker system for both stereo and surrounds systems will be covered. There will be a discussion of what types of acoustic treatments to use a room and how to determine where those treatments will best serve the listener. Slide examples will be shown exhibiting results from proper use of acoustic treatments. Equalization techniques will also be included. Common misconceptions will be discussed. and there will be a period for attendee questions.

Music You like to Hear and Share at Shows

Music You like to Hear and Share at Shows

Date: Saturday, September 7th
Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Presenters: Carol Clark
Category: Seminars

How many of you here have this thought when either entering a room or sitting down and the music starts... "Oh, not this song again or gee, wish they would play something by.... or could they play this song by....?"

Let's share what we would like to hear and why.

Spatial Acoustics

Date: Sunday, September 8th
Time: 10:30am - 11:45am
Presenters: Jeff Merkel
Category: Seminars
How to Care for Your Prized Vinyl

How to Care for Your Prized Vinyl

Date: Sunday, September 8th
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters: Charles Kirmuss
Category: Seminars

Charles Kirmuss founder of KirmussAudio will explain how to care for your records after explaining how they are made and how music is reproduced. The generic information presented will allow participants to appreciate better what the difference is between cleaning and restoring a record and how to preserve their collections.

Best of the Best Headphone Awards

Date: Sunday, September 8th
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenters: Mike Johns
Category: Seminars

From Tech This  Out - a Podcast of iHeart Radio:

BEST OF THE BEST JUDGING

All categories will be judged by a panel of individuals selected by Tech This Out. The panel will be comprised of working entertainment industry professionals, producer, and artist. The judging panel may select more than one award per category, but reserve the right not to award in any given category.

From the entire field of entries, the judging panel at Tech This Out are empowered to select Best of the Best Audio Overall for the Grand Prize award. Grand Prize awards includes being a special guest on iHeart Radio’s Tech This Out podcast and write up.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 8 at 1pm in February 2019.

Prizes are awarded as: Grand Prize for overall outstanding audio across the competition; and will be interviewed and featured on iHeart Radio podcast Tech This Out.

Gold Prize, awarded per category; Silver Prize, awarded per category; Bronze Prize, awarded per category. Finalists will also receive a certificate.

At the discretion of the judges, Finalists may also be named for individual categories.

All winners are permitted to display the Tech This Out "Best of the Best Seal" on reprints, dust jackets, covers, and websites/blogs.