2019 Exhibitions


Madison High School's 5th Annual Car Show 

March 23, 2019
Maddison High School

4833 Doliva Drive

San Diego, CA 92117

By special invitation from the Automotive Technology faculty and staff, the Magic Bus played hi-res music from USB memory and streamed hi-res Tidal Masters and Qobuz. The students were familiar with streaming services such as Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify, which deliver music at 256 kbps. A few heard of Tidal, but no one knew about Tidal Masters (MQA) or Qobuz! The students were amazed by the sound quality of Tidal masters and 24-bit Qobuz!

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New West Evolving Arts and Music Organization’s (“NWEAMO”) 21st Annual Festival

April 25, 2019

School of Music and Dance

San Diego State University

The first day of the New West Evolving Arts and Music Organization’s (“NWEAMO”) 21st Annual Festival, on Thursday, April 25, 2019, was a wonderful success thanks to enthusiastic support from the administrators, faculty, staff, and students of San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance. 

Two amazing automotive audio systems were on display, each uniquely different but equally enthralling. 

The first automobile, designed, built, and tuned by Jon Whitledge (with the voicing assistance of legendary audio component designer and mastering engineer, Steve McCormack), demonstrated state-of-the-art, two-channel, high-resolution audio playback. Affectionately known as the “Magic Bus”, Jon’s audio system features 4,307 W of power, 9 loudspeaker transducers, 96kHz/32-bit digital signal processing, and scientifically-designed and experimentally validated studio quality acoustics, all inside of a large Mercedes Sprinter van. 

The second automobile, designed, built, and tuned by Gary Summers, demonstrated state-of-the-art, multi-channel, high-resolution audio playback. Gary’s “Aural Vision” concept car, based on a Mercedes C230 Sport, pushes the boundaries of multi-channel automotive sound to unprecedented levels of performance. Gary’s car formerly won the world championship in sound quality from Mobile Electronics Competition Association (“MECA”) in 2010. 

Gary has done the sound re-recording on a number of blockbuster motion pictures including Avatar, Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Saving Private Ryan, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Jurassic Park. Summers has won four Oscars, an Emmy Award, two BAFTA awards and three C.A.S. Awards. He got his start working on The Empire Strikes Back and began a twenty-year stretch working for the Skywalker Sound division of George Lucas's Lucas Digital in Marin County, California.

In addition to demonstrating his amazing car, Gary gave presentations to the students about the science of audio and experiences gained from more than 30 years in the studio. 

Jon gave presentations about audio system design, acoustics, and advances in high-resolution audio technology, particularly new high-resolution streaming services such as Tidal Masters and Qobuz. Particularly appealing to younger listeners, streaming services can deliver millions of studio-quality songs streamed on-demand in real-time from the cloud using smartphones. The students enjoyed the ability to choose songs from their favorite artists and hear them like never before. 

Special thanks to the following artists who submitted compositions for playback in both automobiles: 

Devin Maxwell, Olga Oseth, Housekeys, Panayiotis Kokoras, Kelsey Sprague, Julius Bucsis, Chelidon Frame, Antonio D'Amato, Robert Fleisher, John Wiggins, lasergiggle, Gabriel Zalles, and Vahid Jahandari.

After the event, our friend, and renowned audiophile, John van Ommen, joined us for dinner at Bleu Bohème in San Diego.

We look forward to NWEAMO 2020. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

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