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You're Invited to the TSR Spring Speaker Shootout and Audio Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th


Go check out the Results of the TSR Speaker Shootout!

Have you always wondered what makes a good speaker sound good? How manufacturers design their speakers? How visual bias can change your perception of sound? Have you heard John Schuermann harp endlessly about how important off-axis response is and want to find out of he's right? Then, come to the TSRAV Spring Speaker Shootout and Audio Workshop, hang out with fellow AV enthusiasts for a fun day or two of learning and "geeking out", and get these questions answered - and more!


What's Happening?

  • HEAR! Some of the BEST REVIEWED speakers of all time!

  • COMPARE! Top speakers from top manufacturers under scientifically-controlled conditions!

  • MEET! A couple of the top audio researchers in the world!

  • LEARN! About the amazing research that correlates speaker measurements with listener preference!

  • SEE! A full Dolby Atmos mix stage!

Presented by Industry Experts

  • Dr. Sean Olive, Senior Fellow, Harman International
    Sean is Senior Fellow, Acoustic Research for Harman International. Before that, he was a research scientist at the National Research Council of Canada where his research focused on the perception and measurement of loudspeakers, listening rooms, and microphones. He has written over 50 research papers on the perception and measurement of audio and has won numerous AES awards for his work. Dr. Olive holds a Bachelor's in Music from University of Toronto, a Master's of Music in Sound Recording and a PhD in Sound Recording, both from McGill University.

  • Erik Wiederholtz, CTO, Perlisten Audio
    Before joining Perlisten, Erik spent 11 years at Knowles Corp., a maker of advanced micro-acoustic transducers, audio processing DSPs, and hearing health devices. At Knowles, Wiederholtz progressed through roles including applications engineer, staff audio development engineer, and staff field applications engineer specializing in transducer development, hearing aids, and in-ear monitors. Erik’s career also includes roles at Russound (speaker product manager), Altec Lansing (acoustical engineer), and Mitek corp (senior acoustical engineer). He was educated at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (aeronautics/aviation/aerospace), DeVry Institute of Technology (electrical engineering), and Penn State (acoustics).

  • John Schuermann, CEO, The Screening Room
    John has been intimately involved in both the professional and consumer AV worlds for decades. His professional affiliations include membership in the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) where he worked to develop standards for UltraHD content and delivery, the HPA (Hollywood Post-Production Alliance), and the BDA (Blu-ray Disc Association). Along with his AV experience, John is a respected film maker, composer and sound mixer/designer. In fact, he has written and recorded the film scores and sound mixes for over half a dozen independent feature films. He is currently writing, directing, editing, mixing and scoring his own feature film, "The Ascendants". 

  • Steve Crabb, Manager, The Screening Room
    Steve has over a decade of experience with several CEDIA-channel manufacturers, including iRule & OnControls, Luxul, Domotz, and Kaleidescape. He's also developed his practical and design expertise over many years with several stints with integrators in the commercial and residential spaces. As a life long home theater enthusiast, and with the heart of a teacher, he's managed the Home Theater Enthusiasts group on Facebook, helped countless enthusiasts over the years realize their home theater dreams.

  • Rex Anderson, Design & Sales, The Screening Room
    Rex learned audio fundamentals at the Institute of Audio Research in New York and received a Bachelor's Degree in Audio Engineering from the University of Illinois. He was the Director of Audio and Video Services for the School of Music there for 32 years. Working as a recording, mixing, editing, mastering and live sound engineer, Rex has engineered thousands of recordings and produced numerous vinyl records and compact discs for professional artists. He has extensive knowledge of room acoustics and experience as an audio systems designer for professional and consumer audio, recording studios, live sound systems, and home theaters.


An Education and a Fair Fight

This isn't a marketing and sales event; it's going to be educational first and foremost. We'll all leave the event having learned some things. While there will be a "shootout" element to the event, and we will be evaluating, comparing and discussing speaker performance, the goal isn't to "pick a 'hands-down' winner." The goal is to take our time, put these speakers through their paces, and learn some things about them.


The speakers will be set up behind an acoustically-transparent cloth to conceal which speaker the audience is listening to. We'll put the speakers through their paces using a variety of high-resolution digital content played from the Roon player built into the Trinnov Altitude 16 preamp/processor. The speakers will all be driven by a Trinnov Amplitude 8 amplifier and each speaker precisely level-matched for critical listening and evaluation of each speaker. More information on the test apparatus will be disclosed closer to the event.


We're hosting this event in a nice space, but seating will be limited. For this reason, we're hosting the event over two days - Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th, from 1-6 pm each day - to give everyone a shot at attending. If you'd like to attend, complete this form as soon as possible and we will reserve your spot!

Which Loudspeakers?

We'll primarily listen to loudspeaker models from Perlisten and Revel. We're also planning on a JBL HDI, a Triad Gold, a Legacy, and possibly a B&W if we can get our hands on one. The final candidates we choose depend on availability while also keeping an eye on apparatus and test complexity. We'll update with a final list of exact models with links here before the event.

Event Details


Production Point Complex

11675 Ridgeline Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Production Point on Google Maps >

Dates and Times

Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 1-6pm each day

Event Registration

Please use this form to RSVP as soon as possible. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, email Steve!

Event Sponsors and Partners

It takes a lot of work to put an event like this together. We'd like to thank all of our partners, sponsors, volunteers and participants, without whom it wouldn't be possible.


Revel by Harman

Trinnov Audio

Roon Labs

Production Point Complex




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