The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is set to evaluate the effects of digital portables on sound quality.

The organization will carry out a "controversial and essential" industry forum on the relevance of 16-bit and high-resolution formats such as DVD-A and SACD in a market "where consumers are flocking to the portability – and significantly lower sonic quality – of digital media players such as Apple's iPod," according to Stereophile.

Various industry experts, including BMG Music's Kevin Clement and record producer Elliot Mazer, will discuss how the "various constituencies comprising the audio industry are attempting to thrive during a tumultuous time in the business" at the event in New York on Wednesday May 12.