The so-called ‘high-end’ audio world is rife with claims that are supported by little more than testimonial evidence. Proponents of these claims religiously advocate them as if they were self-evident. In this talk Thomas Kite will examine some of the more popular claims, and debunk them with results from engineering, acoustics, and human physiology. He will draw from his experience in the audio test industry as well as from years of exasperated yet patient postings to the rec.audio.tech newsgroup to bring you an up-to-date bucketful of audio truth.
Thomas Kite obtained his B.A. in physics from Oxford University in 1991, and his Masters and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and 1998, respectively. Since leaving Texas he has worked at Audio Precision, Inc., where he is now senior DSP engineer. Audio Precision, Inc. (Beaverton, OR) manufactures the world’s best audio test equipment. AP equipment is used world-wide by audio component manufacturers, integrated circuit manufacturers, recording studios, broadcasters, and audio magazine reviewers, among others.