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EPISODE 50

Menlo Scientific Audio Engineering Consultancy Famous Products SL1200 Beats Xbox

Mike Klasco of Menlo Scientific joins to tell us tales of audio product development from DJ gear in the 1970s through to cutting edge materials for audio today.

Mike Klasco and his firm Menlo Scientific Ltd provides audio engineering and sourcing consulting services since 1983. Mike also writes for Voice Coil magazine, audioXpress, and the online newsletter The Audio Voice. Mike has over a dozen patents assigned or licensed to Yamaha, Teijin, Armstrong World Industries, and others. Representative clients and projects range from the development of the Beats headphones and the Xbox 360 headsets to sourcing guidance for Apple, reference designs for Intel, and work on pure Graphene transducers for GraphAudio / Lawrence National Labs University Berkeley. Menlo Scientific has supported the development and introduction of the supply chain for many materials into the loudspeaker supply chain from DuPont, Teijin, Propex, ExxonMobil, and quite a few others and is often called the “small firm with big clients”.

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EPISODE 49

ACCUMOLD World Class High-Tech Precision Micro Injection Molded Plastic Components

Aaron Johnson from Accumold joins to tell us all about the precision micro plastic injection process.

Since 1985, Accumold® is recognized as a world-class, high-tech manufacturer of precision micro, small, and lead frame injection molded plastic components. Utilizing proprietary engineering processes developed from our Micro-Mold® technology, they design, build and produce unique molds and parts efficiently for markets that include Medical, Fiber Optics, Micro Electronics, Automotive, and Emerging Technology.

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EPISODE 48

LinSation Engineering Design House That Specializes in Active Noise Canceling

Peter Sung of LinSation joins to introduce their market approach with ANC modules and other acoustic designs.

LinSation focuses on building high-quality sound UI solutions for their customers. They produce sound pick-up modules, voice recognition, voice communication, and noise reduction algorithms, which covers almost all the sound inputting and processing area.

Their acoustic lab provides professional acoustic performance tests and pre-test of voice AI products certifications. It also helps with the quality insurance of their products.

From hardware modules and acoustic design, to acoustic test and production guide, their on-stop sound UI solution can well resolve the acoustic issues for their customers, so that they can focus on the product itself.

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EPISODE 47

Fluent.AI Machine Learning Processing Speech on the Edge in Every Language ARM

Dr. Vikrant Tomar of Fluent.AI joins to tell us about their machine learning algorithm that brings speech-to-intent processing on edge devices with robust speech recognition in every language.

Fluent.ai develops highly accurate and intuitive speech understanding solutions in a small footprint and low latency package capable of running fully offline on small devices. Their solutions enable consumer electronic device manufacturers and OEMs to develop unique and secure voice user interface solutions for their devices. Their patented speech-to-intent approach allows the development of speech recognition models in any existing language and offers unmatched multilingual capabilities.

Fluent.AI Inc. is a privately held Canadian company with offices in Montreal, Quebec, and Mountain View, California. Fluent.ai was founded in 2015 after 7 years of research in speech understanding.

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EPISODE 46

ZUMI Feedforward Feedback Hybrid ANC Headphones Explained

Our co-host Simon Weston spends some time explaining how the different approaches to ANC headphones work. We touch on a bit of the history of ANC headphones in consumer applications with the development by Dr. Bose as well as how each version of ANC works.

Overall a very informative discussion for those who have an interest to know how ANC works at a high level.

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EPISODE 45

HEAD ACOUSTICS PsychoAcoustic Metrics to Quantify Performance for ANC Headphones

Jacob Soendergaard of HEAD Acoustics joins to tell us
about utilizing psychoacoustic metrics to better understand and develop
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) Headphones. We go off topic but it is a
great discussion on using the HEAD Acoustic measurement system to
develop ANC headphones.

Since its foundation in 1986, HEAD acoustics has been a reliable partner
wherever acoustics, vibrations, or speech, audio, and sound quality
play an important role. They are not only one of the world’s leading
companies in the comprehensive analysis of sound and vibration; their
expertise and pioneering role in the measurement and optimization of
speech and audio quality in all areas of communications technology are
also recognized worldwide. Their customers value the combination of
cutting-edge measurement technology with decades of experience in an
industrial setting. With their hardware and software, they offer
scalable solutions for the specific problems posed by a wide variety of
applications. As a service, their experts develop acoustic optimization
approaches – in close cooperation with their customers and tailored to
their individual needs

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EPISODE 44

SHURE MICROPHONES Product Development and Global Supply Chain Management

Matt Engstrom of Shure joins to tell us about the 96-year history of the legendary performance of the Shure microphones. Good insight into their approach to product development and utilizing a global supply chain to bring products to reality.

Shure Incorporated is an American audio products corporation. It was founded by Sidney N. Shure in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 as a supplier of radio parts kits. The company became a consumer and professional audio-electronics manufacturer of microphones, wireless microphone systems, phonograph cartridges, discussion systems, mixers, and digital signal processing. The company also manufactures listening products, including headphones, high-end earphones, and personal monitor systems.

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EPISODE 43

DSP CONCEPTS Audio Weaver World-Leading Tool for Audio Design, Development

Paul Beckmann of DSP Concepts joins to tell us about Audio Weaver. Audio Weaver is the fastest, trusted framework to craft audio experiences that users love. Purpose-built to design, develop, and deploy embedded audio products, innovators choose Audio Weaver to transform their development workflow.

Collaborate across different disciplines with a proven, low-code framework of 500 modules from leading audio designers. Streamline development, enable reuse, and reduce risk.

Design and develop without hardware. Your designs are hardware agnostic, when you’re ready, deploy them on the hardware that’s right for you without redesigning or refactoring.

Hear the results in hours, not months — design, develop, and deploy in parallel, iterate to innovate without delays or obstacles.

Build forward-looking innovations that customers love, with higher quality, enhanced performance, and unbeatable features competitors can’t match.

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EPISODE 42

DIRAC Digital Sound Optimization for Headphones, Home Theatre, Automotive and Pro

Mathias Johansson of Dirac joins to tell us all about the signal processing technique to make all rooms, cars, and environments sound good. A very detailed discussion on the technical as we like with the THD 😉

Dirac specializes in digital sound optimization solutions. Whether you’re listening to music in your car, relaxing with headphones at home, or using your mobile device as a makeshift boombox, audio quality can make or break the experience. Their digital audio solutions fundamentally improve sound quality across all devices for a pristine, dynamic, and immersive listening experience.

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EPISODE 41

AUDIO PRECISION Comparing Soundcards to Audio Analyzer for Audio Test Measurement

Dan Foley of Audio Precision joins to tell us all about the difference between an AP test system and using a soundcard to measure audio signals.

Since its founding in 1984, Audio Precision© (AP) has evolved into the worldwide leader for audio analyzers and audio testing. They maintain a singular focus: to help engineers worldwide design, validate, characterize, and manufacture audio components, products, and systems.

Fast forward thirty-plus years and AP is the recognized global standard in audio tests. They provide elite audio analysis, audio measurement software, and a wide range of modules, options, and accessories to support analog and digital audio measurement, as well as electro-acoustic testing, and much more.

From the original System One to their current APx platform, AP audio analyzers are known for their performance, reliability, and versatility while their audio software is lauded for its ease of use and breadth of audio measurement. All are backed by their renowned technical support team.

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EPISODE 40

LAVOCE Italiana World-Class Design and Production of Pro Audio Loudspeakers

Tom James Jr and Kevin Shove from LaVoce Speakers join to tell us all about premium Italian Pro Audio Speakers.

Lavoce Italiana is a dynamic and fast-growing company specialized in LF/HF transducer design and production for the pro audio market. It was founded in 2008 by Elettromedia (Italy), a world reference in aftermarket car audio, with its admired and multi-awarded brands Audison and Hertz. They have built a fully integrated design and manufacturing system for transducers which sets them apart in the industry; their global and flexible organization together with their modern production facility ensures the cost-effective edge and efficiency that is required to stay competitive in today’s global economy.

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EPISODE 39

RESONADO Innovation in Thin/High Aspect Ratio Speakers New Voice Coil + Magnet Design

Paul Vedier and Peter Moeckel from Resonado in Chicago join the podcast to tell us about their Flat Core Speaker™ (FCS™) technology as a novel type of electrodynamic speaker driver architecture engineered to enable efficient sound reproduction for high aspect ratio and low depth drivers.

FCS™ technology enables a novel type of electrodynamic speaker driver architecture; meaning their structure functions in the same way as the conventional speaker driver, scientifically speaking. What they have done is restructured the essential components in a different configuration that allows for a low-profile, high-aspect-ratio speaker driver with a highly efficient motor that distributes force evenly along the entire diaphragm.

Instead of a cylindrical magnet-and-voice-coil assembly, they placed a planar voice coil between bar magnets. The voice coil can be coupled to the diaphragm in different configurations including those that offer a new style of modular driver design.

Having engineered the technology to where it’s fully scalable, they are opening new horizons for product designers everywhere. Today they are working on pilot projects with leading global corporations to implement FCS drivers in consumer electronics, vehicles, and architectural spaces.

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EPISODE 38

FREEBIT World-Leading Supplier of Comfortable Secure Solutions for In-Ear Products

Nico Declunder and Bob Lyle of Freebit join us to talk about the perfect fit in the ear.

In 2007 Freebit invented the ‘C-shape’ ergonomic and secure-fit interface which has now become a global standard. Since then they have partnered with many of the top audio brands to provide superior ergonomics for their earbud products.

The recent wave of true wireless earphones created to be worn for extended periods of time will only increase consumers’ demand for products that are comfortable and fit well. This is why Freebit developed their next-generation ear interface. It provides the same state-of-the-art stability as before, but now offers unprecedented all-day comfort.

Freebit’s in-house team of designers know how the human ear works and have many years of experience designing secure yet comfortable earbuds for a wide variety of audio brands and manufacturers. In fact, they are so good at what they do that even the big chip makers recognize their expertise and use Freebit technology when they want to make their own technology look and sound good!

It’s all about pressure. Freebit knows exactly where pressure is needed, and where it isn’t. Their patented technology has a unique way of attaching to the ear that avoids sensitive areas, resulting in earbuds that can be worn securely for much longer periods of time than other earbuds.

A well-fitting earbud will maintain its seal over time, regardless of whether you’re on the bus, out jogging, in the gym, or just enjoying a snack on your sofa at home. Losing that seal means losing audio quality, especially all that thumping bass.

Freebit patented technology offers a lot of flexibility when creating the ID design for your earbuds.
Every development is unique, and no ear is the same. While their customers have different needs and wishes for their products, they all need to fit and be comfortable! They have the expertise and experience to help you solve any ergonomic challenge that you may be faced with.

With their help, Freebit customers have won numerous prizes and awards including EISA, RedDot, CES Innovation Award, Good Design Award, iF Design Award, and many more.

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Bishopsound Andy Bishop UK Pro Audio Live Sound Legend Joins to Discuss PA Sound

Andy Bishop of Bishopsound joins to discuss pro audio and how Bishopsound has evolved. A very interesting and passionate approach to the business.

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EPISODE 36

Tectonic Balanced Mode Radiators BMR Killer App in Unified Communications

Tim Whitwell of Tectonic joins to give us an update on BMRs as they apply to unified communication products. During COVID, many people are working remotely and the demand for quality conferencing speakers has accelerated.

Balanced Mode Radiators (BMR) from Tectonic Audio Labs have a killer app in unified communication products so this episode focuses on the use of BMRs in those products and the benefits BMRs bring.

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Syntiant NDP120 Ultra-Low Power Processor Adding Voice Commands to TWS Earbuds

Dave Garrett of Syntiant joins to discuss Syntiant’s NDP (Neural Decision Processor) architecture and how it operates at ultra-low power to identify wake words or other wavelength based triggers.

The Syntiant® NDP120™ is a purpose-built processor for deep learning and is ideal for always-on applications in battery-powered devices. The NDP120 applies neural processing to run multiple applications simultaneously with minimal battery power consumption, including echo-cancellation, beamforming, noise suppression, speech enhancement, speaker identification, keyword spotting, multiple wake words, event detection, and local commands recognition.

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ALTI Audio & Loudspeaker Technology International for Audio Product Professionals

Barry Vogel, the CEO of ALTI, joins to discuss the Audio & Loudspeaker Technology International (ALTI). They are the first sponsor of the THD podcast so we are very happy to have Barry join to preview the benefits of ALTI membership.

ALMA and then ALTI was formed in 1964 by members of the loudspeaker engineering specialty segment in support of American loudspeaker manufacturers. The mission has changed and evolved over time. They added “International” to ALMA to recognize and welcome the global community into ALMA in order to better serve their industry. Then they widened their focus to include the business side of their industry recognizing that unless great engineering leads to great business, great engineering will not happen. In 2017, they widened their focus to include products and technologies that surround the loudspeaker industry. This was done in recognition of the changing landscape in which audio technologies are integrated and connected, and will no longer be “stand-alone” products. This led to the name change in 2019 to ALTI. Audio and Loudspeaker Technologies International; A name that more closely reflects who they are and who they are becoming.

As ALTI LLC is born, it is done with the recognition of the efforts of many great Association Members and leaders. Their legacy will be honored and continued as ALTI moves forward with fresh ideas and initiatives to better serve their Members and the industry.

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Zack Technology Experts in Plastic Injection for Audio Products and Accessories

Allen Wu, the GM of Zack Technology in Dongguan, joins to talk about their factory.

Zack Technology was established in August 2012. Their factory is a Bluetooth speaker and Bluetooth headphones manufacturer which integrates R&D, tooling, injection, assembly, and sales. Their factory area is about 60,000㎡, with more than 800 staff. They have an R&D team of over 30 people, providing professional OEM and ODM service for customers.

These guys know what they are doing when it comes to plastic injection. A lot of good details on this podcast.

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Micro Speaker Design for Earbuds, Notebooks and Phones Using COMSOL Simulation

Per Jensen of Ole Wolff in Copenhagen joins to discuss their COMSOL approach to transducer design in micro speakers for phones, notebooks, and headphones.

Ole Wolff is well known and recognized worldwide for high-quality transducers, as well as unique design capabilities, which are supplied to a broad range of first-tier companies within the consumer electronics industry.

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Easy and Fast IP68 Waterproof Coating Without Special Equipment, Tools or Training

Rick Fung, the CEO of NanoflowX, joins to tell us about their super hydrophobic and super oleophobic nanocoating technology. Water and sweat protection is essential on all earbuds and wearable tech so it’s good to hear about a solution that is easy to implement.

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Single Board Audio Measurement Instrument – Swiss Army Knife for Audio Engineers

Our usual co-host Simon Weston has the table flipped to present his audio test and measurement computer – the ZUMI CS-A86. The ZUMI CS-A86 is a single board audio spectrum measurement instrument. The CS-A86 operates autonomously to execute advanced measurement sequences, apply for pass-fail criteria, and log all data.

The device is aimed at implementation in automated test equipment for production and development. The primary function is to obtain frequency response function measurements for DUT’s that require testing of signal paths, especially involving filter structures or other signal conditioning elements. The built-in capability to configure DUT’s via serial interfaces allows a comprehensive set of quality control tests to be completed without user input.

The CS-A86 provides 6 analog input channels and 2 hard wired output sense channels. All channels are sampled simultaneously at up to 100kHz with 18bit resolution. The CS-A86 package includes an LCD display based UI board for displaying measurement result.

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DSP Algorithms for Voice Intelligibility, Speech Recognition, and Audio Perception

Alexander Golding of Alango Technologies joins to tell us about Alango’s DSP algorithms and software. It can be found in many applications and products that require enhancements of voice intelligibility, speech recognition, user hearing, and audio perception.

Alango Technologies has developed the most extensive portfolio of front-end speech processing technologies on the market. These technologies are the result of many man-years of practical experience in the field. They were designed for mobile applications where resources are the main concern. However, the quality is not compromised, so that products with integrated Alango technologies may boast the best sound quality, excellent battery life, and small form factors.

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Graphene Audio Speaker Diaphragm Material Ground Breaking Technology Innovation

Eric Gaskell of Ora Sound joins from Montreal, Canada to discuss their graphene material, GrapheneQ™, for application in speaker diaphragms. Graphene is a hot topic in many industries and audio is no exception. Ora Sound is a leader in real graphene. Accept no imitations 😉

Ora Graphene Audio Inc. is a company endeavoring to unbind sound from its current limitations through cutting edge materials science. As with many great discoveries, GrapheneQ – Ora’s revolutionary new audio transducer material – was the result of a confluence of two disparate fields, chemistry and audio.

At the engineering labs of Prof Thomas Szkopek at McGill University, Ora co-founder Dr Robert-Eric Gaskell and his brother Dr Peter Gaskell headed research into how the properties of graphene oxide could be tuned to create the ideal conditions for professional, high-quality sound. Audio that is clear of distortion across the entire band of human hearing demands that a transducer material be unrelentingly stiff. However, to simultaneously be efficient enough to produce loud volumes in even the smallest form factors, it also needs to be exceedingly light. Until GrapheneQ, these conditions could only be achieved by extremely exotic materials such as beryllium and CVD diamond, materials that cost thousands of dollars to make.

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World Leading MEMS Speaker Technology Tiny Speakers Putting Sound into New Devices

We talk MEMS speaker technology with Paul Kutschera and Konstantin Davy from USound.

USound is a fabless audio company offering high-quality sound solutions based on MEMS technology, inspiring music enthusiasts and acoustic professionals with crisp, natural sound for a fantastic hearing experience.

The discussion goes deep into their technology and the applications that they are geared towards. An outstanding overview of the company and the extremely exciting technology.

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The 2020 Effect on Audio Production and Digital Signal Processing in Live Sound

John Bastianelli, the EVP of Product Management at Presonus, joins to talk about changes related to digital processing in live sound.

We discuss how it impacts players, production, venues, and the mix between all the elements for both live sound and studio. We also get into the recording and production during the pandemic. It’s been an odd year for the pro audio business, but home studio recording and broadcasting has grown fantastically. This year has changed things but we expect some of the themes of 2020 to carry forward after the pandy passes.

PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. is an American manufacturer of professional audio equipment and software, used to create, record, mix, and master music and other audio. This includes their line of digital audio workstation software, Studio One.

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EPISODE 25

Pro Audio Loudspeakers Designed with Innovative Heat Dissipation Technology

Jorge Serrano, the Director of R&D at Acustica Beyma in Valencia, Spain, discusses the innovation that has gone into developing the Maltcross technology for heat dissipation in Beyma professional loudspeakers

The Maltcross cooling technology that we deliver to the professional audio market through their speakers brings together several solutions to meet their goal; one side allows the woofer to handle bigger rates of power with a given coil diameter. This allows for Beyma to think of smaller coil designs with smaller motor structure, reducing the weight but increasing the sensitivity and also keeping an adequate power handling figure for a target application, maintaining a total SPL finally that may be equivalent to a bigger size motor structure driver.

A very interesting podcast that addresses solving key problems in pro loudspeaker design.

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EPISODE 24

Biologically Inspired Audio Processing Technology Developed From Hearing Science

Mimi Hearing Technologies CEO Philipp Skribanowitz discusses their innovative signal processing technology.

Mimi is the world’s leading provider of hearing-based audio personalization. Because we all hear differently, Mimi’s team of in-house hearing scientists developed its biologically-inspired and proprietary audio processing technology, that knows how well a user hears in order to personalize their listening experience. It is based on years of research and informed by the results of over 1.5 million Mimi hearing tests. Along with its award-winning technology, Mimi can also claim to have created the world’s largest database of digital hearing profiles. Mimi can be easily integrated into consumer electronics devices, such as headphones, smartphones, TVs, in-flight entertainment systems, and a range of systems and platforms.

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EPISODE 23

ICEpower Premium Class D Amplifiers for Audio Applications at Competitive Prices

Mads Emil Solgaard, the head of sales & marketing at ICEpower in Copenhagen, goes deep explaining his company’s history and how they navigate the ultra-competitive electronics industry.

ICEpower is a supplier of superior audio solutions based on world-class technologies and competencies within class D amplifiers, switch-mode power supplies, digital signal processing, and system design. They have a special balance of premium performance products, high brand equity, and competitive pricing.

They offer Intelligent, Compact, Efficient and Powerful solutions in the form of:

Audio IC’s
Integrated circuits for audio class D amplifiers
Amplifier Power Modules
Plug-and-play amplifier power modules for a wide range of audio applications
Turnkey Solutions
Including box builds, speaker backplates, and custom-designed modules
Audio Software
ICEsound – embedded audio solutions for mobile products

We discuss all these topics in a very in-depth discussion that demonstrates ICEpowers’ special balance of a premium performance product, with high brand equity, and competitive pricing.

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EPISODE 22

Sonarworks Sound Calibration Tech for an Individually Perfected Sound Experience

Jānis Spoģis, Partner & VP of Business Development at Sonarworks, explains why they are the globally leading sound calibration company in the audio recording industry. Their products are relied upon by more than 70,000 recording studios worldwide, including 40+ Grammy winners who enjoy and endorse Sonarworks.

Sonarworks technology and products have received multiple awards both in pro audio as well as consumer markets, including Product of the Year by Sound on Sound and Best of CES by iPhone Life magazine.

They are on a mission to deliver listeners the individually perfected sound experience – the sound as heard in the recording studio that one can personalize for hearing or taste. And that is regardless of the device used – be it headphones, speakers, or car stereo.

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Addionics Innovation in Battery Physics Higher Energy Density, Lower Charging Time

Gilad Fisher, Director of Business Development & Marketing at Addionics, joins to discuss Addionics and their exciting technology.

Addionics from Tel Aviv has developed the next generation of energy storage by focusing on battery physics and enabling higher energy density, lower charging time, and improved heat safety, with the largest markets in mind. With every device going portable and global priority on renewable energy, Addionics is definitely a company to watch as they develop their technology for the market.

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Kastus Permanent Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Coating for Glass Touch Screens

Darragh O’Connor, VP Global Marketing, discusses Kastus’ coating technology for glass touch screens that will impact most devices.

Darragh explains that Kastus’ coating technology is independently proven to block up to 99.99% of surface bacteria and is also now confirmed to be effective against human Coronavirus on treated surfaces. The patented Kastus® Antimicrobial & Antiviral Surface Coating Technology offers enhanced 24/7 screen protection, helping to protect the screens and devices we use every day.

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Summit Wireless Audio Tech for Smart Devices; Next Generation Home Cinema and Gaming

James Cheng, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Summit Wireless Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WISA), joins us to discuss their position as a leading provider of immersive, wireless sound technology for intelligent devices and next-generation home entertainment systems.

James explains the position of Summit as the lead technology supplier to the WiSA Association that has 60+ member brands implementing worldwide standards for high definition, multi-channel, low latency audio using their WiSA global interoperability standard.

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Valencell World’s Leading Biometric Sensors for Hearables and Hearing Aids

Ryan Kraudel, VP of Marketing at Valencell, talks to us about their biometric sensors as they apply to audio devices such as hearables and hearing aids.

Ryan explains how the Valencell biometric sensors work and how they are used in millions of consumer wearables, medical devices, and digital health solutions around the world today.

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Vesper CEO Discusses Piezoelectric MEMS Microphones for Mobiles, Headphones and IoT

Matt Crowley, CEO of Vesper of Boston, Massachusetts explains how Vesper uses piezoelectric materials to create the most reliable and advanced MEMS microphones on the market. This is a major leap over the capacitive MEMS microphones.

Matt Crowley explains how Vesper’s piezoelectric MEMS microphone works differently than traditional MEMS mics and the benefits in terms of performance and power that they bring to the market. A very engaging podcast for those developing ANC headphones as well as battery-powered devices with always-on-voice detection technologies.

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EPISODE 16

Azoteq Touch Controller Solutions for Headphones Including Wear and Dock Detection

Jean Viljoen the VP of Marketing of Azoteq joins us today. Azoteq is a fabless semiconductor company from South Africa that specializes in controller IC’s and solutions for touch and swipe, wear detection, waterproof induction, and docking detection. These technologies are heavily deployed in headphones, hearables, and wearables and this discussion explores the technology and the applications in these product categories.

Jean has been with Azoteq since 2000 and he was one of the key architects that created the ProxSense® product line. With a background in engineering and now in a marketing role, Jean provides a detailed explanation of the technology and how to deploy in audio products. A very interesting discussion so please enjoy the podcast.

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Knowles – MEMS Microphoness Designed for ANC Applications in Headphones

Erik Wiederholtz, Audio Development Engineer, at Knowles in Chicago, talks to us about MEMS microphones and in detail about their design for ANC headphone applications.

Erik is a 10 year veteran of Knowles and in his words, “I never thought that I’d know so much about MEMS microphones.” Check out this podcast where Erik goes deep on the topic. Very interesting stuff for everyone developing ANC headphones.

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Emporia – Audio Performance in Mobile Phones / Senior Phones / Hearing Assistance

Harald Obereder, the General Manager of Emporia Mobile in Shenzhen, talks to us about audio systems in feature and smartphones and specifically, issues with audio for seniors or hearing impaired in these devices.

Harald has been engineering and manufacturing mobile phones in Shenzhen for 13+ years and he has witnessed the transformation of vertical integration into outsourcing. A very interesting discussion on the topic of building mobile phones from someone who literally has done it all.

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Tectonic Audio Labs BMR Speakers and Off-Ear Gaming Drivers Ultimate Gaming Speaker

Tim Whitwell, the VP Engineering at Tectonic Audio Labs, talks to us about the balanced mode radiator (BMR) which is a unique take on the audio speaker.

Tectonic creates sound in a new way, using bending wave technology to provide an immersive sound experience that is highly tolerant of difficult environments. Tectonic loudspeakers use composite panel technology instead of the traditional cone diaphragm.

The device looks similar to other speakers from a distance but the performance is remarkably different. The BMRs create new possibilities in system design and acoustic benefits not possible with other speaker technology.

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SPEAR Labs Ultra-Premium In Ear Monitors IEMs Made From the Highest Grade Materials

Dale Lott, CEO of Spear Labs, joins to talk about designing and building premium in-ear monitors (IEMs) in the USA

Spear Labs, which stands for Special Products for the EAR, was founded when Dale Lott was dissatisfied with the trend in high-end IEMs. The market was cramming more and more drivers into plastic shells, resulting in phase issues, raspy highs, and distortion. With a breakthrough three-stage design that harnesses the natural resonance of three rare materials, we unlocked a unique harmonious sound signature that’s stunningly musical.

The materials, effort, and engineering that goes into the Spear Labs IEMs is truly remarkable.

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EPISODE 11

Tempow OS – The Ultimate Bluetooth Solution for Audio Devices

Vincent Nallatamby, CEO of Tempow, joins to discuss the Tempow OS for BlueTooth devices.

Tempow is a French startup that secretly powers the most amazing audio devices so Vincent fills us in on how they approach BT differently. Tempow considers the Bluetooth protocol to be an open field, with unlimited possibilities. They clearly have a deep understanding of the Bluetooth technology and have the technical capabilities to push the limits of the BT protocol.

Tempow OS can work with all hardware manufacturers: smartphones, TVs, set-top-boxes, laptops, tablets, cars, speakers, headphones.

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Linkplay – Alexa! Ok Google! Hey Siri – How’s It Work? Voice Assistant Technology
Steve Willenborg, VP Sales of Linkplay Technologies, joins Simon and Dave to discuss the different applications of Linkplay’s voice assistant technology. Topics include different applications of the voice assistants in consumer, medical, and automotive.
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Rohacell – Is It the Best Speaker Cone Material? Clarasonic Thailand
Nick Huffman, CEO of Clarasonic, talks about his factory in Thailand that specializes in the production of Rohacell based speaker diaphragms. Clarasonic also makes carbon fibre, glass fibre, kevlar, and other composite based cones. In addition, natural fibres such a hemp both woven and un-woven are available.
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JackSavior – the World’s Smallest and Strongest Audio Jack
Bouwy Van Sambeek explains the reasons behind JackSavior’s cable jack technology and how they have been bringing the technology to market. A premium cable jack that has big applications in broadcast and pro audio. Already available directly for guitars.
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Air Motion Transformer (AMT) Drivers With Application in Near Field Speakers
Philip Richardson discusses Air Motion Transformers (AMT) technology and how they work differently from standard tweeters.
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Discussion on Tube Amplifiers in Audio and How They Work
Audio engineering pro Colin Ward joins to discuss tube amplifiers and why they rock.
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Magnet Nerds – Ceramic Versus Neodymium Magnets
Talking about different magnets used in speaker designs.
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Battery and Power Issues in Portable Audio Devices
Talking about battery and power issues and the different factors/technologies that impact the performance.
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Reading a Frequency Response Curve in Headphones and Earbuds
Talking about the frequency response curve and what to look for with insert and over-ear headphones.
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LSR Headphone/Earbud Speaker Drivers from VM Sound
Talking about LSR (Liquid Silicon Rubber) headphone drivers from VM Sound. What makes them different from conventional headphone speakers, how they are assembled different, and what advantages they bring to headphones and earbuds.
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How to Read an ANC Curve – with Dave Lindberg and Simon Weston

How to read an active noise cancelling (ANC) curve on a headphone test system.  What to look for on the ANC measurement curves from an R&D, product sourcing, benchmarking, and other roles in the audio manufacturing supply chain.