Pro Audio Forest Lake MN

Local resource for pro audio equipment in Forest 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.

Supercalibrations ~Founding Member~
(651) 777-5444
3615 White Bear Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
AMX, ADCOM, ATC, AutoPatch, Boston Acoustics, Escient, LUCE, Lutron, Niles Audio, NAD, Panasonic, PSB, SONY, Toshiba, Richard Gray''s Power Company, Xantech, and many other Top Quality brands
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dan Gossel, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Leland Phyle, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Video Planners, Inc.
(651) 747-8081
434 Hale AvenueSte. 160
Oakdale, MN
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, 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, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Home Networking, Service Repair, Preventative Maintenance, iPhone / iPad integration
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Christensen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Chaps Productions
(763) 786-1515
788 Lakeview Dr
Shoreview, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Stillwater Music
(651) 439-0036
116 Chestnut St E
Stillwater, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Slv Entertainment Systems Inc
(763) 862-1477
Po Box 48405
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Best Buy
12633 Riverdale Blvd Nw
Minneapolis, MN
 
Music Connection
(651) 464-5252
77 8Th Ave Sw
Forest Lake, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Schmitt Music
(763) 421-4430
13060 Riverdale Dr Nw
Coon Rapids, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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Solidbodyguitar.Com, Inc.
(763) 783-0080
2436 Highway 10
Mounds View, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Schmitt Music
(651) 770-0091
3035 White Bear Ave N
Saint Paul, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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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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