Audio Advice Live A/V Show Kicks Off Friday in Raleigh

Last year’s inaugural Audio Advice Live event was so successful that it will be back bigger and better when the 2023 edition of the show returns to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Raleigh, NC this Friday.

Expected to draw 2,000-plus audio and home theater enthusiasts, the three-day show will play host to more than 80 brands, including Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, GoldenEar, JBL, JL Audio, JVC, KEF, Klipsch, Marantz, McIntosh, Monitor Audio, NAD, Revel, Samsung, Sony, SVS, Technics, and many other marquee brands — all ready to dazzle showgoers with the latest in home theater and two-channel audio.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet product experts and demo high-performance audio and video systems in dedicated home theater spaces and more than 60 "experience rooms" throughout the hotel and witness the unveiling of new products from a number of brands, including Marantz, Classe, Bowers & Wilkins, Rega, and Monitor Audio, which will demonstrate its flagship $90,000/pair Hyphn speakers (shown below) for the first time in the states. Sonance and Coastal Source, maker of high-performance outdoor speakers, will focus on summer entertainment with demos of speakers designed to go in landscaping and backyards.

Killer Theater Demos Await
Home theater highlights will include a spectacular 11.4.4-channel reference home theater demo featuring Sony’s $80,000 GTZ380 laser projector mated with a 170-inch Stewart screen, audio processing and power by Trinnov, including its award-winning Altitude 16 surround-sound processor, Monitor Audio’s THX Certified Ultra Cinergy series speakers, madVR Lab’s state-of-the-art Envy Extreme MK2 video processor, AudioQuest power conditioning and cabling, and a Kaleidescape movie server.

Bowers & Wilkins will spotlight its Custom Theater series of speakers in a demo featuring a 9.4.6-channel home theater setup, while Denon teams with Definitive Technology to showcase its Dymension series speakers in an immersive 9.4.6 setting.

Theaters featuring speakers from SVS, GoldenEar, KEF, JBL Synthesis, Devialet, and others also promise to wow attendees, while Epson in partnership with KEF presents a three-screen gaming experience featuring sound and video immersion.

If you can’t make it to Raleigh, no worries: Sound & Vision will be on site so watch for show reports in these pages and on YouTube.

“More and more people are investing to make their homes an oasis where they can enjoy great music, television, and movies with friends and family,” said Scott Newnam, CEO of Audio Advice, organizer of the show. “Audio Advice Live is designed to give consumers an opportunity to experience a massively diverse set of home audio and home theater products all in one location.”

In addition to seeing and hearing the cutting-edge A/V gear in action, attendees are invited to the Opening Day Kickoff & Concert event Friday, August 4 at 5:45 p.m. featuring a keynote address from Scott Newnam and a high-energy performance by Love Tribe at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theater. The show will also feature four panel discussions to explore the newest trends in home theater and high-performance audio:

Building a High-Quality Home Theater Sound System (Friday, 2-3 p.m)

The Future of Home Theater Video (Saturday 11 a.m.-noon)

Trends in High-Performance Audio (Saturday, 2-3 p.m)

The Vinyl Revival: Turntable Must-Haves & Getting the Most Out of Your Vinyl Collection, a session led by Audio Advice founder and vinyl fanatic Leon Shaw (Saturday, 1-2 p.m.)

Click here for more detail and the full schedule.

Founded in 1978, Audio Advice is a highly successful specialty retailer with stores in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina known for its world-class showrooms. The company also runs the impressive website where you can buy A/V gear with free two-day shipping and design your own theater space using a comprehensive home theater design tool.

Exhibits are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 6.

Registration and on-site ticket sales open 8 a.m. every day but you can still buy tickets in advance here. A one-day pass is $24.99 or you can buy a three-day all-access pass for $39.99. Students with a valid ID and children 12 and under are free. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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