The purpose of audio shows



In my life as an audiophile, I could not escape to visit several audio shows. In fact, in I haven’t been at many shows in total. And there is a reason for it. The main reason I go to a audio show is to see talk with people. It can be very interesting to have a chat with a person behind a brand that you like. You get more insights of the philopshy of a designer.

Once, I was at a show where hifi-guru, Ken Ishiwata introduced his new Marantz Pearl amplifier and cd player. He did this in a very pleasant way. Only, the sound didn’t impress me at all. Far from it. I just wasn’t drawed into the music. But, after the show was over you just could drink a beer with Mr. Ishiwata and talk about hifi. For example, he told me he used a tube amplifier and a transistor power amp at home, because that was the best for his ears. Of course he could try to convince me to buy his Pearl amp, but he was just honest. So, this was one of the best shows I have been to. Not because of the audio, but the relaxed atmosphere and being able to talk with nice and sincere people.

But of course, the main purpose for most of the people represending for example Marantz, Denon or Accuphase, is to represent their new hifi/high-end audio. Most shows are in hotels or other places where the acoustics are mostly far from ideal. I remember I was at a show last year, where MBL was represented with a setup around 100k. After 10 minutes, my friend and I looked at eachother and we both knew this was really horrible. The volume was much too loud and it sounded just awful! Also, the person who represended it, was shouting about how good MBL was. Far from behing modest, I must say. This is not how you bring your new audio equipment to the public! I am sure MBL is great, but you should draw my attention in another way. And let’s not talk about getting interested in buying it.

The crowd has to feel good when entering and more important leaving the listening room. I mean, you can make only one first impression, right? I would advice you to look at shows in a smaller scale. Not for the huge anual audio shows. Mostly, there are too much other visitors that block your view and you are not being able to talk with interesting people. Good hifi shops also organise shows once in a while, so if you are interested you have to ask or look at their website, when there is such a show.

With good audio-shows you have to feel that you have learned something. So, use your ears not only for the demo’s, but more to talk with people. Of course, I have been suprised sometimes in a good way by very good shows. Good memories I have with, Bel Canto, KR audio and Von Schweikert. Probably, I have forgotten to mention more, but you get my point I think. So, go learn and listen or listen and learn!

Are there any audio events coming near you?

If you know if there any audio events coming near you, please let me know! Any information about the audio event is welcome!

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