They're not on the exhibit floor, but demo rooms are still must-sees; here's why.

The AES Convention offers several days of overlapping opportunities for attendees to hear from top audio industry figures and share in the latest research and technology information through papers, tutorials, workshops and special events, not to mention face-to-face discussions with colleagues from around the world.

But if you want to really dig deep into a piece of gear or hear that P.A. full-throttle, you need to head to the demo rooms. Here’s the first of a multi-part overview of what to expect when you get there.

1E01 AUDIO PRECISION: Planned live presentations and demonstrations include test setups with the AECM206 Headphone Test Fixture, the APx Bluetooth Duo module and the latest APx Software, v4.6, which allows engineers to test via open loop chirp. Open-loop measurements using log-swept sine (i.e., exponentially-swept sine, chirp or continuous sweep) should be of particular interest to AES attendees, especially those involved in the design, manufacture and evaluation of smart devices. As well as checking out the latest in audio testing, attendees who visit demo room 1E01 can discuss their specific application with the AP team.

1E03 YAMAHA CORP. OF AMERICA: The NEXO range of NXAMP TDcontrollers and NXAMP4x2 amplifier models make their AES debut in Yamaha Demo Room 1E03. The new amplifiers present NEXO expertise in DSP control in lighter, sleeker 2U packages with front-panel touchscreen control, enabling faster and easier navigation. GEO M10 and M6 line arrays will also be demonstrated.

1E04 NEUMANN SENNHEISER: Sennheiser is demonstrating its spatial audio solutions from capture, mixing, processing and playback and will screen Final Stop, a 3D thriller produced earlier this year. Further, the company is featuring a live demonstration of its VR Mic and the Neumann KU 100, as well as a demonstration of its VR Mic using Sound Devices MixPre-6’s forthcoming firmware integration with the microphone.

1E05 DOLBY LABORATORIES, JBL PROFESSIONAL: In Demo Room 1E05, attendees can experience music, film and broadcast content created in Dolby Atmos and played back via the new JBL 7 Series studio monitor system—featuring exceptional detail and cinematic dynamic range. Demos take place every hour on the hour.