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  • A small show that really worked

    Last week the California Audio Show 2017 was held at the Hilton Oakland Airport.

    There were a little over 20 rooms and not sure how many people but the rooms were frequently full of people and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves.

    How can this be? Most small shows only have a trickle of people and, although many life-long friendships are formed this way, they are not considered very... exciting.

    Perhaps an example might explain what happened and how this show succeeded.

    A couple, friends of ours with a Denon surround receiver-based system casually visited us at the show. They listened for awhile in our room, chatted awhile. The husband then started exploring the other rooms. I joined him for a bit, then we got separated. Apparently the wife then joined him and they went to, sat and listened to all of the rooms.

    Now they are considering upgrading their system. The price $25K is tossed about. This is a radical change from this fiscally quite conservative couple.

    I think:

    1. The number of rooms was not overwhelming. 100++ rooms takes a long time to wade through and it is hard to remember the 49th room when you are listening to the 83rd.

    2. There were enough attendees that they did not get that alone-in-a-room-with-a-salesman vibe.

    3. The number of the press attending was low enough that the exhibitors could just relax and interact naturally with the attendees without having to worry about damaging their relationship with a powerful pundant.

    OK, enough of the analysis.

    It was a blast. Neli and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. We met a lot of wonderful people and heard a lot of great music.

    I will try and make a new post with a photo for each room. I can try and answer any questions [certainly about our own room :-P] and hopefully if there are more questions the exhibitors themselves will chime in.

    And away we go...
    Mike
    Audio Federation
    Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
    We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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    Mike
    Audio Federation
    Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
    We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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    • JCOConnell
      JCOConnell commented
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      whats the WAF on those horns?

    • MrAudioFederation
      MrAudioFederation commented
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      We got a lot of interest from women at the show and they seemed to love them. I think it is the more home-friendly color scheme [me? I whined about the horns not being Ferrari Red for the longest time :-)].

      The main issue was more like "they are so artistic looking, but can they rock?". We then might be nice and transition the room from Classical or Jazz by playing Dire Straits before getting to "Whole Lotta Love" and Kruder Dorfmeister's K&D Sessions etc. :-) [for me, I would get these speakers just because of the way they play just one song: "Whole Lotta Love" at 100dB :-}].

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    Spatial Audio Lab, Vinnie Rossi, Audirvana

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    Mike
    Audio Federation
    Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
    We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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      Mike
      Audio Federation
      Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
      We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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      • JCOConnell
        JCOConnell commented
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        this looks promising...

      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        Honey they shrunk the speakers! 😉

      • MrAudioFederation
        MrAudioFederation commented
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        Very intelligent industrial design, indeed, which makes the speakers look reasonable from the front, but flare out in the back to accommodate the massive woofers in the rear and the cabinet volume they desire.

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      Rogers High Fidelity, Oppo Digital, Burwell & Sons

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      Mike
      Audio Federation
      Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
      We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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      • JCOConnell
        JCOConnell commented
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        VPI Classic TT?

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      LX Speaker Factory, Wyred 4 Sound, Minidsp, Raspberry Pi

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      Mike
      Audio Federation
      Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
      We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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      Volti Audio, BorderPatrol, Triode Wires Lab

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      Mike
      Audio Federation
      Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
      We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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        Burwell & Sons

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        Audio Federation
        Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
        We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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          Eficion, Line Magnetic, Exemplar Audio, Plinius

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          Audio Federation
          Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
          We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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            Fritz speakers, Channel D, Parasound, WyWires

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            Mike
            Audio Federation
            Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
            We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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              Pass Laboratories, Vienna Acoustics

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              Mike
              Audio Federation
              Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
              We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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                Audio Note UK, True Sound, Technics

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                Mike
                Audio Federation
                Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
                We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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                  Tannoy, Prima Luna, Wireworld, SIM2, NAS

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                  Mike
                  Audio Federation
                  Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
                  We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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                    Napa Acoustic

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                    Mike
                    Audio Federation
                    Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
                    We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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                      Genesis, Syncopation, Profundo

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                      Mike
                      Audio Federation
                      Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley)
                      We are a wife and husband importer, dealer, website and blog all about creating ultimate music experiences at the push of a button or drop of a needle.

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                      • MylesBAstor
                        MylesBAstor commented
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                        How did Gary's new speakers sound?

                      • MrAudioFederation
                        MrAudioFederation commented
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                        I didn't spend much time in this room. They had three systems, this pictured was the largest. They would swing the chairs around to face the system currently playing. This picture using my smartphone was very early in the show. On my round with the larger camera on a tripod, they were listening to the medium-sized system.
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