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Summer of '18

The last hifi show I went to was the California Audio Show in Oakland back in the summer of 2018. Went to a number of demo rooms. It was like deja vu all over again - it could've been a CES show like the ones I went to in the late '70s, but with new products. Same kind of setups, same kind of rooms with no acoustical treatments, same sales pitches, etc.

I went to ONE "technical" session, 'cause it was a topic I'm familiar with and I wanted to hear what the guy had to say. It was about acoustical power output (acoustic watts). The guy was not a good presenter. How they chose him is beyond me. Besides talking poorly for over ten minutes before he even got around to saying the words "acoustical power", he got a fundamental formula wrong on his flipsheet pad, and his writing was barely legible.

Despite the ho-hum experience, I thought I might go again in 2020, but we all know how that summer unfolded, and I didn't travel at all.

I'd probably go to a show here in Dallas if there is one. The Lonestar Audio Fest has been held at Park Central in the past, and so I'd go to that if it's held again. The issue is knowing about it BEFORE it's over. Marketing for audio shows is less than excellent - a person has to keep their ear to the ground or there's a good chance they'll miss it. I know people who are musicians and have nice stereo systems, and they've never heard of Lonestar Audio Fest or AXPONA or Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, etc.


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Edits: 01/19/24

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