2013 T.H.E. Show Las Vegas Announcement

 For those of you attending the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, I’m pleased to announce that the world-famous “Magic Bus” will be available for you to see and hear! I cordially invite you to experience the ONLY mobile audio system in the world to appear on the cover of
 the abso!ute sound® magazine as “The World’s Best Car Stereo”. The Magic Bus will be exhibited at The Home Entertainment Show, or "T.H.E. Show" for short, at the Flamingo Las Vegas Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, on January 8-11, inclusive (www.theshowlasvegas.com), and will be located near the “Red Rock V” room, out-of-doors, conveniently near T.H.E. Show’s Main Exhibit Floor (see below). There will be plenty of signs and personnel available to direct you to the Magic Bus. The Flamingo is just a short distance from the Las Vegas Convention Center, conveniently accessible using the Las Vegas Monorail (www.lvmonorail.com).

For those unfamiliar with my work, the Magic Bus is my lifetime masterpiece, and considered by many to be a mobile audio system without rival (please refer to the testimonials page at www.whitledgedesigns.com/magicbus_testimonials.html and articles page at www.whitledgedesigns.com/magicbus_articles.html). The Magic Bus' audio system, installed in an unconventional, but acoustically favorable, Mercedes Sprinter van, was designed purely for sound quality and comprises of nineDynaudio loudspeaker transducers, powered by six Genesis amplifiers capable of producing 4,620 Watts! Each of the six loudspeaker transducers (two Esotar tweeters, two MW150 midranges, and two MW180 woofers) in the two-channel, three-way, stereo front sound stage are powered by a dedicated monoblock amplifier and actively controlled by a dedicated channel of the 96 kHz - 24 bit digital signal processor (Alpine’s F#1 Status PXI-H990). The mono subwoofer, comprises of three large Dynaudio Esotar subwoofer transducers powered by three Genesis amplifiers capable of producing 3,300 Watts! The 300-pound subwoofer enclosure was laminated from multiple layers of Baltic birch, and resides on properly tuned military-grade generator mounts. A seventh channel of the digital signal processor actively controls the subwoofer system, which has full, proportional output down to 10 Hz (please refer to the build page at www.whitledgedesigns.com/magicbus_build.html)!

As most audiophiles know, audio systems are only as good as the room in which they are installed. The scientifically designed, and computer-optimized, acoustics inside the Magic Bus takes mobile audio listening to a new height with an unprecedented balance of studio quality reverberation times. This remarkable achievement was made possible by an industry-first use of 54 acoustically functional panels, consisting of 34 Helmholtz absorbers and 20 binary amplitude diffusers, resulting in what surely must be the highest performance mobile listening room ever built. To combine functionality with aesthetics, a prominent interior designer coordinated the colors and fabrics for the Magic Bus’ interior, which includes suede-covered headliners, custom carpeting, and acoustically functional draperies and window valances. The entire audio system, its supporting infrastructure, and the acoustical treatments weigh over 3,000 pounds! Although the interior of the Magic Bus, and its audio system, were meticulously tuned using state-of-the-art computer-based measurement systems (please refer to www.whitledgedesigns.com/magicbus_measurements.php), Steve McCormack (www.smcaudio.com), legendary audio component designer, performed the final system voicing by ear. The audio system took more than 9,800 hours to build and tune over the course of 6-1/2 years.  

Notably, the Magic Bus is the only audio system in the world (to my knowledge) that is extensively autographed by Grammy award-winning, and otherwise famous and talented musicians. To date, I've acquired over 220 musicians' autographs, and continue to acquire more. I consider the Magic Bus a “rolling shrine” and a tribute to the musicians who light up our lives with harmony and sound (please refer to the autographs page atwww.whitledgedesigns.com/magicbus_autographs.html). 

Because most of you will have traveled from all over the world to see and hear the Magic Bus, I feel you deserve the best listening experience possible. Therefore, I'll be conducting one-on-one listening sessions at approximately 5-minute intervals. That means only about 80 lucky people per day will get to experience the Magic Bus. Feel free to bring your favorite audiophile recordings on CD (44.1 kHz - 16 bit) or DVD-Audio (96 kHz - 24 bit). As a special treat, I'll be playing selected, recently recorded, ultra high-resolution (192 kHz - 24 bit) BluePort Jazz (www.blueportjazz.com) recordings. The realism of these recordings is simply jaw dropping! Once you hear these, you won't want to listen to CDs anymore!

As an added bonus, Larry Mitchell, Grammy Award winning producer, and guitar virtuoso (www.larrymitchell.com), will be performing in the warm afternoon sun at my exhibit. Larry, a sponsored representative for Ibanez guitars, is a world-famous guitarist who toured with Ric Ocasek, Tracey Chapman, Billy Squire, and many others. Larry tours all over the world conducting guitar clinics, and took time from his busy schedule to support the Magic Bus! And just like last year, we'll be feeding Larry’s live guitar directly into the Magic Bus’ audio system! Larry's performances were so captivating, several of the exhibitors at the show abandoned their rooms to see and hear Larry's jaw-dropping performances! Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience live, uncompressed, electric guitar like you’ve never heard before!

As a lover of music, I’ve attempted to build an audio system that re-creates that special moment in time when the music itself was created. With live music as my benchmark, I’ve engaged faithfully in the challenging and virtually impossible task of re-creating it. Larry and I cordially invite you to experience the sonic thrill of the Magic Bus and hear for yourself what others have said. We’d be honored to share it with you. 

Warmest Regards,

Jon R. Whitledge

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