Florida Audio Expo Is A Resounding
As their inaugural event, the Florida Audio Expo was held on Friday February 8th through Sunday February 10th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. Frankly, was a bit surprised to see so many members of the press in attendance, but then again the 80F and sunny weather in February brought reviewers from all around the USA, those who live in bitter c-c-cold Canada and more! Doug Schneider from SoundStage! left his Canadian home to be here, and yes the hardest working guy within the industry Michael Fremer of Analog Planet left those chilly New York City breezes for our tropic breezes and vinyl LP shopping delights...
There is no doubt that Florida is a relaxing playground, yet without the ego of Southern California or go-fast pace of NYC as Floridians have already made their fame and fortunes. We come here to play our life away. If you have not already guessed, Florida has been my home State on-and-off, and yes on-again, since 1975.
Florida Audio Expo Inaugural
Before I forget to mention, the USA's #1 rated beach is just a short trip away (Siesta Key). For those curious, our other family home directly on the beach in Longboat Key and always pleases.
Starting a new high-end audio show takes a lot of faith, and investment, and was truly pleased when they sold out all 40 rooms well before the event took place. Am sure Bart gave a big sigh of relief. Yet selling out the rooms is just the beginning, as then comes setup day, followed by the music-loving crowd. As my Muse / wife Heather and I were leaving the show after days of great tunes, I gazed around to see everyone smiling, a few laughing, and overall the energy was relaxed and extremely happy. During some events you might see panic on some faces, yet not here in Florida. Our cool vide and great weather combined with a well-organized show made life, well... Florida-like. Perhaps you need to live here to understand. Canadians do, as they tend to vacay here in droves!
Brief Overall Feelings About Florida Audio Expo
Food services, you know that thing called lunch we never seem to have time for, were brought directly to exhibitor's rooms! Talk about luxurious lifestyle and keeping exhibitors happy. In fact I do not recall even one exhibitor complaint. None, zero, nada!
And then we have public attendees, who all seemed casually dressed and happy as they should be considering the quality of sound I heard during the show. Before I forget, a heated pool and hot tub was also available, yet can't go into how goooood the hot tub felt with my Muse because, well, ummmm, am a gentleman.
Eh hem, getting back to the show. Am truly delighted how great many rooms sounded, and can't stress that enough. No annoying sound leakage from one room to another (oops, already mentioned that), though of course the typical elevator madness did happen. Look folks, when attending a show start at the top floor and use the stairwell to visit lower floors is a great strategy, as this way you avoid the elevators as much as possible. I'll avoid writing about the many great restaurants we have here, because if you know then you know. There was a Waffle House right next door to the hotel for those who love that classic Americana breakfast dining.
See, it's hard writing about the show itself because guys like the Von Schweikerts were whining how they should have taken more time off after the show to go boating. Others, such as roller coaster lovers, wished they had time to visit Bush Gardens. Movie guys would love to visit Universal Studios and they have Harry Potter land/world there, and of course we do have Disneyworld too!
Steven, you need to focus, focus young man on the audiophile event! Ok, more about the Florida Audio Expo. Hmmm... oh, Angela Cardas sold us six boxes of Girl Scout cookies (yum!). Alas, there was no marketplace at the Florida Audio Expo to buy tweaks, CDs, LPs, etc, at least not as good as Bananas Records Vinyl Warehouse a short drive away, where I heard that Michael Fremer and friend(s) dove deeply into their LP love affair.
Music And Family Fun
Am sure many magazines will be posting glowing show reports. My show report will be posted room-by-room in the coming days. Am sure you can see how happy everyone was, which of course means happy show reports. This is Florida, with #1 rated USA beaches and many playgrounds of all types. If you missed it, you reeeeeally missed it.
Look forward to seeing many of you at the 2020 event only if you act fast as am sure exhibit rooms will once again sell out fast! If you're a member of the press or an attendee, welcome to American's already-established adult hangout and family-style playground. Bring the Scuba gear, swim with dolphin and manatee, or just chill on the sexy beaches as lovely-somethings in bikinis and the attractive type of man-hammocks walk by. Perhaps it is best said by Pitbull, sexy beaches and hotels. We're gonna do all the wrong things, wrong things you like :)
Here in Florida we treat every day like a vacation :)
Come join us!
As always, in the end what really matters is that you...