Show Coverage

CES 2014 Coverage

January 6, 2014
CES 2014 Coverage

High-end audio companies are apparently abandoning CES in droves. A few years ago, manufacturers were spread across five floors at the Venetian – 29, 30, 31, 34, and 35. Floors 34 and 35 are the penthouse suites where the big players – Ayre, Lamm, Magico, MBL, Pass Labs, TAD, YG Acoustics, and the like...
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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013 Coverage

October 11, 2013
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013 Coverage

I think it is highly unlikely that the Marriott upgraded its elevators to efficiently whisk attendees among show floors, which probably means the fact that there were virtually no lines at the elevator banks augers that attendance was down significantly this year. That impression is supported by the fact that the rooms were not...
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T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2013 Coverage

June 3, 2013
T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2013 Coverage

I know this isn’t going to win me any popularity contests, but it needs to be said. T.H.E. Show was a disappointment this year. It promised great things on paper – 140+ rooms, 450+ manufacturers, an auto show, wine, cigars, used vinyl, live music. What’s not to like? The systemic problem lay in the...
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CES 2013 Coverage

January 7, 2013
CES 2013 Coverage

Both CES and T.H.E. Show were considerably smaller this year. There were one or perhaps two fewer floors at the Venetian, and by my count only 35 or so rooms at the Flamingo. I think that was a result of the still sluggish economy, the cost of exhibiting in Las Vegas, and the rise...
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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012 Coverage

October 15, 2012
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012 Coverage

This year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest saw widely diverse throngs of audiophiles again, though, being spread out over seven floors plus the lobby and mezzanine, it was not crowded and getting a good seat in most rooms was not a problem. Everyone – manufacturers, dealers, attendees – was upbeat. I was especially impressed with...
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T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2012 Coverage

June 8, 2012
T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2012 Coverage

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2012 was an event – a high-end audio show coupled with a small, but impressive auto show, and lots of live music. The lobby bar and restaurant at the Hilton was a happening place with hundreds of people eating, drinking and talking from morning to night. An adjacent conference room...
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AXPONA (Jacksonville) 2012 Coverage

March 12, 2012
AXPONA (Jacksonville) 2012 Coverage

Following AXPONA last year in Atlanta, I asked the question: “What if they gave an audio show and nobody came?  Well, if anything, this year’s show was smaller and less well attended.  Which is a shame, since it was perhaps the best produced show I have attended.  The hotel was excellent with phenomenally low...
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CES 2012 Coverage

January 15, 2012
CES 2012 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of high performance audio at CES 2012 held in Las Vegas January 10-13, 2012.
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T.H.E. Show (Las Vegas) 2012 Coverage

January 15, 2012
T.H.E. Show (Las Vegas) 2012 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of high performance audio at T.H.E. Show 2012 held in Las Vegas January 10-13, 2012.
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RMAF 2011 Coverage

October 24, 2011
RMAF 2011 Coverage

The thing that stuck me most about the show was that, while there were probably more exhibitors than ever before, and they were full of enthusiasm for their products, there were few crowds at the elevators, or in the halls or rooms. I sensed no pulse of excitement or buzz. It seemed to me...
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CEDIA 2011 Coverage

September 12, 2011
CEDIA 2011 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of CEDIA Expo 2011 held in Indianapolis September 7-10, 2011.
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AXPONA 2011 Coverage

April 18, 2011
AXPONA 2011 Coverage

Here’s a provocative question: “What if they gave an audio show and nobody came?” I exaggerate of course, but I was both surprised and disappointed at how few exhibitors there were, and how poorly attended the show was. There will be an AXPONA show in New York in June. Perhaps they are transitioning the...
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CES 2011 Coverage

January 10, 2011
CES 2011 Coverage

I would like to share a few thoughts before I begin posting photos. I have to wonder how large the audiophile market truly is, compared to say the musically undiscerning wealthy who simply want to own “what’s best.” There were literally hundreds of manufacturers at the Venetian and the Flamingo, and most of the...
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T.H.E. Show (Las Vegas) 2011 Coverage

January 10, 2011
T.H.E. Show (Las Vegas) 2011 Coverage

I would like to share a few thoughts before I begin posting. I have to wonder how large the audiophile market truly is, compared to say the musically undiscerning wealthy who simply want to own “what’s best.” There were literally hundreds of manufacturers at the Venetian and the Flamingo, and most of the components,...
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RMAF 2010 Coverage

October 18, 2010
RMAF 2010 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of Rocky Mountain Audio Fest held in Denver October 15-17, 2010.
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CEDIA 2010 Coverage

September 27, 2010
CEDIA 2010 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of CEDIA 2010 held in Atlanta September 22-26 , 2010.
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AKFest 2010 Coverage

May 3, 2010
AKFest 2010 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of AKFest in Detroit May 1-2, 2010.
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AXPONA 2010 Coverage

March 8, 2010
AXPONA 2010 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of AXPONA 2010 held in Jacksonville March 5-7, 2010.
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CES 2010 Coverage

January 11, 2010
CES 2010 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of high performance audio at CES 2010 held in Las Vegas January 7-10, 2010.
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RMAF 2009 Coverage

October 5, 2009
RMAF 2009 Coverage

Read on for my coverage of Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009 held in Denver October 2-4, 2009.
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