AES Technical Committee

Fiber Optics for Audio

Chair:    Ronald Ajemian      Send Email
Chair:    Werner Bachmann      Send Email
Forum:    Committee Discussion Forum

Mission statement

The committee addresses a variety of fiber optic technologies including recording, broadcast, test equipment, cables, connectors, and broadband telecom links of audio systems worldwide. The objectives will be to better understand fiber optic based technologies to allow the user or designer an easier transition for integration with existing electrical based audio systems. The committee will provide updated fiber optic advancements through this process and will disseminate this information.

Areas of Concentration

  • Fiber Optic Cables usage and types (glass or plastic)
  • Wavelength, Distance, singlemode versus multimode representation.
  • Fiber Optic Connector usage and types
  • Fiber Optic tools
  • Fiber Optic system design and performance.
  • Analogue and digital systems and circuitry.
  • Fiber Network delivery of high-resolution audio.
  • New fiber optic technologies
  • Fiber Optic Microphones
  • Fiber Optic link design
  • Transmitters
  • Receivers
  • Transceivers (SFP, etc.)
  • Objective evaluation and subjective performance of fiber optic links
  • Objective measurement techniques and resolution issues.
  • Hybrid Fiber and Copper based systems
  • Education and networking
  • To inform and educate the membership about the important facts of fiber optics in audio technology and applications.
  • To network with other Technical Committees in order to involve them in the study of fiber optics for audio.

Recent/Planned Activities

AES 143rd Convention/NAB Convention, October 18-21, 2017 New York, NY USA

AES TC-FOA Committee Meeting

Date: October 19, 2017, Thursday

Time 11:00am - 12:00pm, Room 1C03

Topic: Optical Fiber Specifications.

What is the difference between OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OM5, OS1 & OS2? We will be talking about this important topic at the upcoming AES 143rd Convention TC-FOA in NYC.


Please let the Chair know if you have any interest in Fiber Optics for Audio. We welcome your input and also join us on our Facebook Page:

We look forward for more Asian/European, etc. participation.


Previous Workshop: Fiber Optic Connector Choices for Audio, Saturday, October 31, 2015. 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Room1A06

This AES workshop is designed to educate the user, engineer, technician and student on the most popular Fiber Optic Connector types that are currently available in the audio/video market place. A brief review will be presented about these connectors. The panel will then discuss user preferences for various audio/video applications. A demo will also be shown on how to terminate (put together) a typical LC fiber optic connector to a glass optical fiber.

Meeting Report:

These documents do not necessarily express the official position of the AES on the issues discussed at these meetings, and only represent the views of committee members participating in the discussion. Any unauthorized use of these publications is prohibited. Authorization must be obtained from the Executive Director of the AES: Email, Tel: +1 212 661 8528, Address: 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, New York 10176, USA.

2013-10-21     2013-10-19 TC-FOA Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes from TC-FOA on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at the AES 135th Convention Javits Center, New York, NY USA

2012-10-29     2012-10-28 TC-FOA Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes from TC-FOA on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the AES 133rd Convention Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA USA

2011-10-23     2011-10-22 TC-FOA Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes from TC-FOA on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the AES 131st Convention Javits Center, New York, NY USA

2011-2-5     2009-10-09 TC-FOA Formative Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes from TC on Friday, October 9, 2009 at the AES 127th Convention Javitz Center, New York, NY USA

Committee Members

 C. Robin Caine  Chris Gaunt  Ronald Ajemian 
 Rick Chinn  Jim Kaiser  Umberto Zanghieri 
 Werner Bachmann  Vene Garcia  Norbert Nachbauer 
 Kenneth R Fause  Michael Poimboeuf  Bill McQuaide 
 Wil Oxford  Warren Osse  Robert Economaki 
 Ittai Lavi  Marc Brunke  Paul Polishuk 
 Christian Ganahl  Thomas Myers  Brian O'Gallagher 
 Stephen Lampen  Frank Cunningham  Harry Oliver 
 Sam Skaf  Jim Meyer  Larry Bryan 
 Daniel Fonseca  Jamie M. Silva  Joshua Yoon 
 Thomas M. Chudyk  Marco Piromalli  Aditi Shirish 
 Fred Morgenstern 

To request membership in this Technical Committee please email the Chair by using the link above.

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