LA/OC Audio Society

Calendar of Events President's Message Past Event
Society Officers Founder's
How To



The LA&OC Audio Society – the largest in the world with over 2700 members – will again host the Audiophile Recording of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced at the LA&OC Audio Society’s Gala on December 8th with the winner on hand to receive the Society’s unique, hand-made trophy.

Wayne Shorter won the 2018 ARYA Trophy for EMANON!  Congratulations Wayne!  Don Was, President of Blue Note Records, accepted the ARYA for Wayne.  Wayne Shorter was being honored that day as part of the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.

The Society’s Blue-Ribbon Judging Panel

The Award is the first to be judged by audiophiles for audiophiles by a Blue-Ribbon Panel under the auspices of the LA&OC Audio Society with Dr. David Robinson, Editor of Positive Feedback, as the Society’s Executive Vice President and Award Committee Chairman. Panel members include SVP Michael Fremer of Stereophile, Senior Vice President Gaurav Vij, Vice President Dean Seislove, Vice President Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, and Lifetime Member Dan Meinwald.  You simply can’t get better than that.

The Call for Entries

The original albums must be received by the panel by September 30th to be eligible for consideration in 2019. Send the appropriate album media, software, or links in highest resolution to Dr. David Robinson, 9388 S.E. Hunters Bluff Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086, USA. Please include the producer, artist, and their contact information and note that no software will be returned.

The Criteria

Eligible recordings are those released between January 1st and close-of-entries on September 30th, 2019. Judging will be based on two major criteria given equal weight: superior technical and recording values, and the quality of the artist's performance. The album may be any style of music on any medium – original, no reissues please -- and must be available for sale in the US.

The Timeline

The winner is to be submitted to the President of the Society by November 1st and presented at the 26th Annual Society Gala in LA on December 8th in Los Angeles.

Bob Levi
President and CEO
Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society