AES Technical Committee:

Fiber Optics for Audio

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.


Ronald Ajemian

Vice Chair

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.

AES 155th Audio Engineering Convention, Celebrating 75 Years of Audio Innovation at the 155th Audio Engineering Convention in New York, New York USA.


AES TC-FOA Committee “in-person” Meeting – Thursday, October 26th, 2023. Time 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET.

Room 2D02 at the Javits Convention Center.


AES TC-FOA On-Line Meeting – Thursday, November 9th,2023. Time 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon ET. Zoom Link TBA a few days before the meeting.



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 to more Asian/European, etc. participation. Also, we would like to have a Co-Chair from either Europe/Asia for this TC-FOA. Please email the Chair (Ron Ajemian) if interested.


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.

2022-11-3     TC-FOA 153rd Meeting Report
Description: Meeting Agenda/Report and Attendance

2022-5-28     2022-05-26 TC-FOA Meeting Minutes/Agenda
Description: Meeting of AES TC-FOA Agenda at AES The Hague, Netherlands152nd Convention

2021-6-8     2021-6-4 TC-FOA Web Meeting 6/4/2021
Description: Meeting minutes from web meeting on 6/4/2021

2020-11-6     2020-10-29 TC-FOA 149th Meeting Report
Description: TC-FOA Fiber Optics for Audio Meeting notes from 149th, Online, (New York), October 2020.

2018-10-24     2018-10-19 TC-FOA Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes from TC-FOA on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at the AES 145th Convention, Javits Center, New York, NY USA

2018-4-20     2017-10-19 TC-FOA Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes from TC on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the AES 143rd Convention, Javits Center, New York, NY 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
Rick Chinn
Umberto Zanghieri
Kenneth R Fause
Wil Oxford
Ittai Lavi
Thomas Myers
David Prince
Harry Oliver
Warren Osse
Jamie M. Silva
Marco Piromalli
Chris Gaunt
Jim Kaiser
Rafael Kassier
Michael Poimboeuf
Vene Garcia
Marc Brunke
Brian O’Gallagher
David Kuklinski
Sam Skaf
Larry Bryan
Joshua Yoon
Aditi Shirish
Ronald Ajemian
Steve Hutt
Yuvi Kahana
Bill McQuaide
Robert Economaki
Paul Polishuk
Norbert Nachbauer
Stephen Lampen
Jim Meyer
Daniel Fonseca
Thomas M. Chudyk
Fred Morgenstern

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