- Written by Scott Wilkinson
- Published on 16 October 2012
L-R: Art Dudley, Tom Norton, Andrew Robinson
Just returned from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO, Art Dudley of Stereophile, Tom Norton of Home Theater, and Andrew Robinson of HomeTheaterReview.com talk about what they heard at the show, including their top picks for best-sounding demos, as well as the state of the audiophile hobby, analog versus digital audio, the acoustics of hotel rooms, the value of exotic (read: expensive) cables, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
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Andrew Robinson has spent 10 years as a consumer-electronics journalist, first at AudioVideoRevolution.com and now at HomeTheaterReview.com. But his career goes way beyond that role. Upon graduating from The Art Center College of Design, Robinson took a job at BLT & Associates in their television advertising department, working for clients such as ABC, TNT, and CNN. After a one year stint at BLT, Robinson left and went to work for Shoolery Design and their primary client CBS, where he assisted with the launch of the hugely successful CSI: Miami for Jerry Bruckheimer.
Following his time at Shoolery, Robinson worked for Crew Creative Advertising in their theatrical advertising department. During his first three years at Crew Creative, Robinson worked on various hit films, including The Harry Potter Franchise, Superman, Jarhead, The Island, Rambo 4, Happy Feet, Dodgeball; A True Underdog Story and The Dukes of Hazzard to name a few.
Robinson returned to television advertising as the co-creative director of the newly formed Network Department at Crew Creative. While serving as the department's co-creative director, Robinson oversaw the launch of TNT's The Closer, Tyler Perry's House of Pain, A&E's Mad Men, and FX's Dirt and Rescue Me, among others.
Robinson's advertising and film work has been seen all over the world and has been covered by The Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Times, CNN, Fox, KTLA and more.
During his five years at Crew Creative, Robinson found time to write and direct the feature film, April Showers starring Kelly Blatz (Disney's Aaron Stone), Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids), Illeana Douglas (To Die For) and Tom Arnold (True Lies). April Showers was independently released theatrically by Robinson himself and was later acquired by Warner Brothers in the spring of 2011 for video on demand, online and rental release.
Currently, Robinson is hard at work on several new film projects.
Art Dudley's first publishing job was Equipment Editor of Backpacker Magazine. (Yes, he really reviewed sleeping bags for a living!). His first audio-publishing job was Managing Editor of The Absolute Sound, after which he taught sixth grade until starting Listener Magazine in 1994. Art joined Stereophile as Editor-at-Large in 2002, and he is also a Contributing Editor to The Fretboard Journal. As a guitarist, he plays with The Mountebank Brothers, a bluegrass/jazzgrass string band.
Tom Norton earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. During his service in the US Air Force, he was a pilot-engineer, flying both fighter and transport aircraft and managing engineering contracts, with assignments that sent him to Vietnam, Thailand, and Germany in addition to US assignments from Florida to Los Angeles.
A lifelong interest in audio and video (including a brief flirtation with his own small, irregular, miniscule-circulation audio-review publication), led him to begin writing for Stereophile magazine in 1986. In 1990, he moved to Santa Fe, NM to work full time for Stereophile as Technical Editor and then Consulting Technical Editor.
When the Stereophile Guide to Home Theater was launched in 1995, Tom also served as Technical Editor of that publication, writing for both SGHT and Stereophile. In 1999, he took over as editor of SGHT. He continued in that capacity as SGHT morphed first into Ultimate AV and then UltimateAVmag.com in 2004. In 2008, he moved over to become Senior Editor and Video Technical Editor for Home Theater magazine.