AXPONA (Jacksonville) 2012 Coverage

March 12, 2012

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 rates, the demo rooms were larger and better appointed than at RMAF and T.H.E. Show, giving the exhibitors more options for speaker placement and a better opportunity to present their systems in the best possible light, and there were numerous conference rooms for demonstration of the larger systems, including two multi-channel rooms about which I will have more to say.  In short, it was a great show; it’s just too bad thre were not more exhibitors.  I think the issue is one of timing and location.  With CES and T.H.E. Show in mid-January and Son & Image at the end of March, I’m not sure there is room for an regional show sandwiched in between, particularly in an audiophile market as small as Jacksonville.  The upside: no crowds, more time to listen to systems and talk with manufacturers and dealers, and the added bonus of being able to attend a concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in their performance hall just across the street.

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