The 2014 edition of the New York Audio Show is being held at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from September 26-28…that’s this coming weekend. Once again, I’ll be loading up my Samsonite 4-wheelers and boarding another Southwest Airlines flight (I can’t deal with the extra $100 it would cost to check bags on most other carriers) to an audio trade show. Last year, the show’s organizers scheduled the show in the late spring where it ran into the Montreal, Chicago and Newport Beach shows. As a vendor, I can tell it was too many shows in rapid succession…delaying the show until the fall I think will be a very for customers and vendors. I’m looking forward to it.
Audiophile shows belong in big cities. That’s part of the reason that the AXPONA show exploded as it did after stays in Jacksonville and Atlanta. It’s why the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest holds it own in Denver (although they scheduled their 2014 event during the Audio Engineering Society’s convention, which has returned to Los Angeles after a four year absence). I won’t be in Denver for the RMAF this year. The New York Show is one of the most important of the bunch because it happens in New York City…or more properly in Brooklyn this year. It was held at the Palace Hotel last year. The hotel was in the midst of major construction and things could have been better. Getting in and out of the hotel with equipment and suitcases was somewhat challenging. Hopefully, the Marriott will be better.
There will be lots of equipment vendors offering an array of new and exciting products. They’ll have lots of rooms full of high-end components, turntables, preamps, amplifiers, and speakers. One of the news items mentioned a “liquid-cooled” mono block amplifier from Vandersteen, the new M7 HPA. Another room will be full of headphones and headphones amplifiers.
And of course, there will be series of seminars and presentations during the three days of the event. Michael Fremer’s “Famous Turntable Set-up Seminar” is happening on all three days. Vinyl LPs will always be a part of every audiophile show. Wouldn’t it be simpler to put a 96 kHz/24-bit PCM file in your player of choice and get more fidelity than the best vinyl on the planet? I guess not.
I will be giving my seminar “2014: Is This The Year of High-Resolution Audio?” at 6 pm on Friday evening. For readers of this blog, there will nothing much new to share that you don’t already know. I’ll be showing off the HTC M8 Harman Kardon Sprint Smartphone that I have and discussing how high-resolution is doing in this era of Pono, Deezer, and Liztec. It’s always fun to engage with curious attendees during my presentations. If you’re in town and want to meet the author of these daily posts, please come by the show. I’m not sure where my tables will be but I know I’ll be there.
New York is a long way to go for a trade show. But after last year’s New York Audio Show, I knew that I had to be there once again…see you soon.
If you’re one of the first to visit the table, I will be giving away 50 free copies of my high-resolution audio experience sampler just for the asking.