As all of you know, the past month has included two great audiophile events; the TAVES and RMAF 2011 show. Whilst Rick Becker did a truly outstanding job with his TAVES 2011 event report, with manufacturer interviews by journalist Phil Gold appearing in this issue, my RMAF 2011 show report was to be a truly outstanding effort. Rick Becker's 4 part series spanned 8 web pages filled with over 60 photos. Phil Gold supplemented this TAVES 2011 coverage by interviewing 4 luminaries within the high-end audio industry. This leads us to Yours Truly who had planned on providing deep immersion for you during the RMAF 2011 with live video streaming as i walked throughout the hallways. Rick and Phil get huge kudos, their hard work paid immense dividends for our readers. My efforts, on the other hand, showed great promise yet frankly failed to deliver what had been hoped. Thus you ask, "So Steven, what went right and what went wrong?"
How To Make It A Reality
The above is not all the specification and bolded the most important aspects, so yes what is important here is it uses the Honeycomb OS, 8 MP camera capable of 1080i recording plus the ability to take advantage of not just 3G, yet also 4G LTE. For those unfamiliar, when it comes to streaming media much of it boils down to camera resolution and how much data you can push out with as little latency as possible. The 4G LTE network has been tested in the real world to download at 40Mbps and upload at 10Mbps on a good day and around 12Mbps download and 2Mbps upload on a 'bad day'. Lastly, having all that capability is worthless if you ran out of battery power midstream, and here the Jetstream had aplenty in this department. Since a Jetstream was $850 cash outright, about 50% more than virtually any other good tablet, it was a big pill to swallow yet the benefits of success outweighs saving money and "the agony of defeat".
So a few weeks before the RMAF 2011 i procured an HTC Jetstream, setup with a few streaming media providers and went at it testing the system. During these tests it included 'real world' dark rooms, bright rooms, bad backlighting, etc as is typical of high-end audio events. having attended over 100 of these, all the typical challenges were well-known and easy to simulate. Getting the video online was another challenge and one service rose to the top and so i went with that. Keep in mind no one within the audiophile industry has ever done this. So everything worked, looked great and sent out a press release a few days before the RMAF 2011, as i knew if it was sent out earlier others would try to emulate and steal my idea.
Reality Is A Bitch
The good news, my idea did work and the high-quality hardware worked flawlessly with room to spare. The bad news is the low quality results due to the (nameless for now) provider. Joked with a few manufacturers at the show, who saw my angst yet loved my idea and felt it had great potential. Joked with them saying i bet the glitch will be fixed only a handful of days after the RMAF, which does me no good right now. Get ready to laugh as, you guessed it, the provider upgraded their system software literally two days ago as of this writing. So yes, next time the audio/video will be of proper quality. With vast sums of money and time invested, the good news is that yes Enjoy the Music.com can once again say we are at the bleeding edge of technology before any other magazine both print and online. Add to that, most of this advanced technology Enjoy the Music.com has implemented over the years to benefit our readers in receiving important industry information before anyone else, including WAP, desktop channels, Web browser, Android and WP7 app and soon Apple app, there are times things can and do go amiss. Live roving streaming audio/video at the RMAF 2011 did work, simply with reduced quality that will be corrected during the next audiophile event.
Of the many compliments, with many not caring too much what quality it was, simply appreciated that it was being done and worked. Color me my worst critic and did get only two e-mails from people who were less than enamored with the results. So thousands happy and two unhappy, I'd call that a success for you the readers yet personally i see it as a failure to deliver. Color me my own worst critic. So next show expect the system to work, and I'll assume here and now others will be trying their hand at the same thing, thus copying my idea. As they say, "You win some, you lose some" and in my humble opinion I'll call it a big win for the industry as someone has to drag this industry into offering modern show coverage instead of the usual static photos and text with typical delays and whatnot.
Of course in the end what really matters is that you...