Pro Audio Honolulu HI

Local resource for pro audio equipment in Honolulu. 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.

Easy Music Centers
(808) 591-0999
1314 S King St
Honolulu, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Downtown Sound
(808) 218-3161
Po Box 1009
Kaneohe, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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SAMS CLUB
(808) 945-9841
750 Ke\''Eaumoku St.
Honolulu, HI
Recycling Services
Recycle Ink - No landfill guarantee

Audiolab
(808) 595-8066
660 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI
 
Best Buy
478 Alakawa St
Honolulu, HI
 
Easy Music Center
(808) 591-0999
1177 Queen St
Honolulu, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Creative Sound & Lighting Systems
(808) 236-2766
46-003 Alaloa Street
Kaneohe, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, DJ Equipment
Hours
Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm
Sat 10am - 3pm

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CineSystems
(808) 591-1155
615 Piikoi StreetSte. 1406
Honolulu, HI
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
All
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Richard Reese, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

HiFi Hawaii
(808) 536-4434
1170 Nu''uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Blueprint Audio Visual, LLC
(808) 537-2546
PO Box 1209
Kaneohe, HI
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
AMX, Lutron, Marantz, Denon, Monster, Sonance, Russound, Artcoustic, KEF, Control4, Epos, Velodyne, Universal Remote Controls, Salamander Designs, Stewart.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Eric Perkins, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Stanley Sato, 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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