- Apr 23, 2020
I expect we'll see the same pattern growth and good vibe from the Pacific Audio Fest as well. It was great hanging out.Thanks for the great write up Sir Frederick! It was great hanging with you at the show.
Gary Gill did an amazing job and made everyone feel welcome. Kudos Gary! Next year your room count will be over 100 and well deserved. Definitely my favorite show for the vibe and variety of exhibitors with some exciting newcomers.
I’m one of the undesirables you’re referencing above. I’ve been in the hobby for over 40 years and enhance my enjoyment by running a small review website where I write about my experience with equipment, people in the industry, local audio retailers, and vendors at shows.After having a cold for the last week and having many hours to think as I was having trouble sleeping because of trouble breathing properly I decided to make some comments about the show and about some of the things going on in the Industry.
I love doing shows. Its a wonderful time to meet new people, show off our products and hopefully some of our experience and skill and to share music with others that enjoy listening as well. My issues is this seems to have changed or morphed into something that IMO audio has nothing to do with. When I was downstairs getting coffee and having a few laughs with Gary in the lobby I noticed the number of yellow badges on the counter awaitng pick up. These are press badges. There were north of 70 press badges for the CAF. Yes 70!!!! Think about that for a second.
I doint know 70 members of the audio press and most of the ones I know don't attend this show and some don't attend any of the shows. What I then saw in my room again, as in PAF, was bunches of people with small video rigs or phones or ipads making video's. THe come in, try to take over the room and make a video of whatever may be playing and then run away, mostly never to be seen again. I thought this was funny and to be honest not very interesting until I started to recognize that was a trend. A trend you ask? Yes Audio shows are becoming a rating and judging game for these persons to get followers and gain ratings for their channels. These channels are for making money and gaining 15 minutes of fame off of someone else efforts. When I was young I always heard that those who can do and those who can't teach. Today its make a video channeloff the work of others. Its been said we are a nation of voyeurs and it seems audio is not immune form this behavior as well. I got into this with one of these youtubers a few months back after he ripped the Axpona show and many other things. I have since spoken with Mike and we have gotten past this and I think he is a interesting guy, however, many of the others are there to enhance thier own ego's and to make money by selling gear or getting sponsored to talk good or bad about. This bothers me because what are their criteria for being JUDGES? Critics? Experience? Its like the voice with amateur judges. No experience what the heck....
We have some long time, educated, worked hard to understand , reviewers in the audio business. I respect their efforts. I don't need to agree witht them always but when Robery Harley or Roy Gregory or Harry Pearson or Gordon Holt for example wrote people read their findings and opinions.
I have people judge my room by the music I played? The color of the drapes or how busy I was. Excuse me because you and your iphone wanted to make a video? No hello, no asking if they could, no waiting for their turn.
Guys audio is not a competion, shows are and were gatherings. These gathering were for exchange of knowledge, music, fun, new tech, new gear and a celebration of what we all enjoy. I had a lot of fun playing music for the people that filled or room for three days. That's why i was there. Period
Some other comments that are still true to me;
We can all hear we must learn to listen.
A collection of gear does not make a system
Set up and positioning are more important than the products you buy
Finding something new and improved does not mean the other products are now crap.
All high end audio is not at the same level of performance
How much you spend is not the determining factor for how good its sounds.
Comparing components does one thing it shows you what's different, knowing whats better thats a whole different subject.
To have a great audio system requires a lot of effort and work or hiring someone who can provide the level of effort and work.
I want to thank all of those who busted thier asses and spent their time annd money to put on a great show and to those who BOUGHT tickets to come see, hear, enjoy and learn. See you all again down the road. We will be at Axpona and this time some NEW surprises.
70 press badges and yet virtually no coverage of the show. Maybe Gary and Lou those press badges didn't help much?
Undesirable is your word Sir not mine. As with the rest I have no idea who you are and even here you don't identify yourself. I am quite sure that it wasn't you I was pointing out as some are not respectful, curtious, do present themselves as experts, and use the show to promote themselves and there are some trying to make money. I do find it interesting that people can only relate to themselves and their agenda but someone elese's experiences can't possibly be true.I’m one of the undesirables you’re referencing above. I’ve been in the hobby for over 40 years and enhance my enjoyment by running a small review website where I write about my experience with equipment, people in the industry, local audio retailers, and vendors at shows.
I was at CAF with my iPhone poking around and taking videos (unobtrusively) and talking with like minded souls who were all very warm, helpful, and receptive to what I was doing.
After the show I uploaded a few short video clips to my website and my hokey YouTube channel and hopefully provided a few moments of entertainment to a handful of people who probably were unable to attend the show in person.
Oddly enough, three of the four videos I posted were picked up and referenced by the manufacturer/dealer who’s rooms and space I invaded. One of the people involved used my video and blurb on their actual website as a positive endorsement of their product from the show. Another did the same thing on their Facebook page and another on their Circle over at that other forum. No one asked for permission to use my videos and I would never have expected them to. The point being, it’s a trade show and people like myself are providing manufacturers and dealers with free promotion and free advertising of their products and businesses.
As long as it’s done respectfully, and others in the room are not inconvenienced, I don’t see the problem.
And on the subject of YouTube and monetization, you have to be kidding. There’s a handful of people presenting themselves as ‘reviewers’ who make money from YouTube, the majority of us don’t see a penny, we just do it for fun.
Al just go and enjoy , shows are a gathering and a celebration of whats cool, what's new, what's old, whats strange and hopefully what plays music well. It should never be a competetion or truly bring out any negative vibes. I think sadly this has entered into the shows but never there intent.When I enter rooms I’m always kind and stand in the back unless I like the room
at this point I’ll always say this is good and I’m not anyone on the industry and I’m not.
my issue is most read my face before I leave. in no way do I feel I’m a pro nor understand all there is in audio and it’s complexities especially at shows
but like most I know what I like over all. this in itself is tough on rooms I think.
one room I’ve heard many times and little to no mention is triangle art
this year at cap it was bad.
but I still was kind as we all should be.
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