Pro Audio Crystal Lake IL

Local resource for pro audio equipment in Crystal Lake. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to audio equipment and sound devices, as well as advice and content on pro audio accessories and operation.

Players Bench
(815) 459-8614
87 N Williams St
Crystal Lake, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Weavers Music
(847) 741-8418
865 Summit St
Elgin, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs are available on Guitars, Bass Guitars, Violins, and Violas.
Hours
Monday and Thursday 10:00am to 8:30pm
Tuesday and Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 2:00pm
Closed Wednesday and Sunday

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Sam Ash Music
(847) 253-3151
1305 West Dundee Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
 
Bose Factory Store
(847) 669-0468
Huntley Outlet Center,11800 Factory Shops Boulevard
Huntley, IL
 
Best Buy
20771 N Rand Rd
Lake Zurich, IL
 
Great Lakes County Music & Snd
(847) 566-6606
1230 S Lake St
Mundelein, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Music Source Inc
(847) 223-7979
33113 N Us Highway 45
Grayslake, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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J Pauls Design
(847) 772-3140
491 New Castle Drive
Cary, IL
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

FortiFi Technologies, LLC
(847) 438-6810
89 E Harbor Drive
Lake Zurich, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
Artison, Aton, Denon, Draper, Elan Home Systems, HomeLogic, Jamo, JVC Pro, Middle Atlantic Products, Panasonic, Polk Audio, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Triad, Universal Remote Control
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brad Curtis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Inspired Electronics, Inc.
(847) 471-4420
1341 E Virginia Dr
Palatine, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Central Vac, Environmental Controls, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Automation / Systems Integration, Home Networking, Service Repair, Preventative Maintenance
Brands
Denon, Samsung, Panasonic, TruAudio, Niles, Polk, NetStreams, Russound, Atlantic Technologies, James Loudspeakers, Canton, Leviton, InFocus, Sharp, Toshiba, Universal Remote, Philips Pronto, Logitech Harmony, JBL, Crown, Shure, HAI, Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Rob Schultz, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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Ten Questions about Computer Audio with Kent Poon of Design w Sound

Ten Questions about Computer Audio with Kent Poon of Design w Sound

 

Computer Audio has become the new rage in audio and for good reason: one has an easy and instant access to all their music as well the ability to search out countless other titles via the internet.  The issue is simply where to start, though the answer is quite obvious: get a computer, rip and store the files, and then play them back to some DAC. Of course being audiophiles …err the nuts we are… the questions start to pile up rather quickly.

Mac or PC, and then once you got that settled, there is all the minutiae related to just setting-up that computer’s OS and configuration. Then comes how best to rip and how best to save the files, and then to where? Okay, so now that I have my files, how best to play them back and how best to get the files out of the computer and to what DAC? Yadda, yadda, yadda… each question leads to further questions to clarify the previous that then lead to other questions that suggests another question and …a downward spiral down into the rabbit hole we go.

So I went to the 2009 CES and found not only a wealth of information, but a wealth of confusion or at the very least, a wealth of disagreement among those that are either in the recording/software side, the hardware-side, and/or the "expert" sides of computer audio. Now CES is not the best place to get all the answers… time is an issue as is finding all the people to ask, so I came up with 10 ‘key" questions (these are my 10, you may have others or perhaps might not find these of any benefit to you, but I chose them because they are of interest to me and besides they reflect the most common or important areas that seem to pop-up whenever one talks about computer-based audio, so go pound silicon if they don’t work for you.) and emailed them to 12 people in the industry to answer. Their responses are here...

1. Let's start with interfaces; the obvious choices are USB, Firewire, Optical, and S/PDIF. What is your opinion on any of these interfaces? What if any, are the advantages or disadvantages of one over the others in terms of resolution, jitter, etc.?

These are all digital interfaces. From a technical perspective, they should perform the same since they carry the exactly same binary digital data. From an audiophile jitter perspective Toslink/Optical is worse than AES/S/PDIF because of the electric to optical conversion. USB and Firewire are mostly computer interfaces. Firewire has been used in professional audio and video industry a very long time for obvious reasons. Although I don't deny USB can also work as good for stereo 24/96 or even 24/192 if you know the technique, since firewire can easily work for 24 channels at 24/192, well that is clearly my choice.

2. With regards to software there are also strong opinions as to some being vastly superior (or for that matter, inferior) to others; people clearly hear differences in...

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