Vance Dickason
Portland, Oregon – Audio Consultation Services And Loudspeaker Design

Mr. Dickason has been working as a professional in the loudspeaker industry since 1974, when he founded Speaker Research Associates (SRA). SRA published the first and second editions of the Loudspeaker Design Cookbook and exhibited its high-end loudspeaker products at CES in 1978. In 1986, Mr. Dickason joined forces with Audio Amateur Inc. and became editor of Voice Coil, The Magazine for the Loudspeaker Industry, and a contributing editor to Speaker Builder magazine. AAI has since published the third, fourth, fifth and recently released sixth editions of the Loudspeaker Design Cookbook (published in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese) as well as the computer aided system design tutorial titled Loudspeaker Recipes. Besides writing for Voice Coil and Speaker Builder magazines, Mr. Dickason has also had articles published in Audio, Sound and Video Contractor, EQ, and Auto Sound and Security magazines and is the primary loudspeaker reviewer for Car Audio and Electronics magazines. In the car audio industry, both Car Audio and Electronics and Car Stereo Review magazines have featured personal interviews with Vance.

Other activities in the loudspeaker industry have included participation with the Audio Engineering Society as chairman of the Test and Measurement section of the 1992 AES Test and Measurement Conference, Chairman of the Test and Measurement section of the 1994 AES Convention, and was associated with the TCoT (Technical Committee on Transducers) in an acoustic analyzer test comparison at the 1992 AES Convention. Mr. Dickason was also the recipient of the 1995 AES Citation Award for his long term contribution to audio education.

Frequently booked as a guest lecturer, Vance has delivered presentations for ALMA (Associating of Loudspeaker Manufacturers and Acoustics), The Loudspeaker University, Kenwood’s International Installers Conference, and an AutoSound 2000 advanced seminar. Although the majority of Mr. Dickason’s career has been spent as a loudspeaker entrepreneur, he did work for two years with Chris Strahm at ATI, now LinearX, a company well known for its LEAP loudspeaker simulation software and the LMS and pcRTA analyzers. No longer associated with the company, Mr. Dickason continues to conduct computer loudspeaker design seminars based on the LEAP and LMS products as an independent project. Seminars are conducted for both individuals and corporations (corporate seminars have been done for Harman International [JBL, Infinity, and Revel brands], Samsung, Kenwood, Klipsch, Acoustic Supply, and Acoustic Accessories).

For the last ten years, Vance has been working as a independent engineering consultant for different loudspeaker manufacturers and is responsible for numerous loudspeaker designs currently being manufactured for the 2 channel, home theater, car audio, and studio monitor markets, including a numerous THX home theater loudspeaker certifications. The current and past list of customers that have employed the services of VDC (Vance Dickason Consulting) includes Snell, Atlantic Technology, MB Quart, Rodgers Instrument, Stillwater Designs, Signet, M&K, Audax, Audix, Fishman Transducers, NEAR, Dai Ichi, Samsung, Niles, Microsoft and Parasound). Besides the ongoing consulting work, Mr. Dickason also represents two large OEM driver manufacturers, Bravox, a Brasilian manufacturer, and SEMCO (Samsung Electro Mechanics Company), the OEM driver division of Samsung, Korea.

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