Shows, shows and more shows! If there is one thing that seems to be dominating my calendar, it is shows. And with shows comes all that great show coverage that has already begun and will continually be appearing here on Enjoy the Music.com in 2012. Those of you with their calendar nearby may want to mark these dates, as here is a good look at some of the many high-end audio shows in 2012.
Past 2012 Events
Canada's 25th Salon Son & Image de Montreal, organized by Les Nouvelles Éditions Alcyon, was held this coming weekend at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Montreal. The promoters expected more firsts and innovations than ever before. Attendees had access to a wide range of high-end products plus expert information. A Canada Pavilion showcased the expertise and know-how of Canadians, with featured products ranging from headsets, speakers, amplifiers, and CD players to turntables, digital audio converters for computers, cables, and much more. During the three days of the Salon were a variety of seminars and discussions. You can see Enjoy the Music.com's coverage of the Salon Son & Image de Montreal 2012 is at this link.
Upcoming 2012 Audiophile Shows
New York City's high-end audio/video event will take place from April 13th through the 15th at the luxurious and elegant Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Open to the public, this two-and-a-half-day event is organized by two show-management power houses known for producing high-end home entertainment and electronics shows around the globe: the UK-based Chester Group Exhibitions and Richard Beers of T.H.E. Show (Las Vegas and Newport Beach). You can see Enjoy the Music.com's coverage of the New York Audio & Video Show at this link.
Audio Karma Fest (AK Fest) 2012 audiophile show will take place at the Detroit Sheraton Novi on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday April 29th. Tickets are available during show from the registration booth. Ticket cost is $20.00 per guest which includes admission to Saturday evenings live entertainment. AK Fest started in 2003 when members of the discussion board got together at a member's home for a few beers and to listen to a stereo system. In short order, as things go via the Internet, 75-plus members wanted to come. Obviously his modest home was not going to accommodate 75 members and so AK Fest was born. Attendees to the 2012 event may find tube and solid-state amplification, perhaps some DIY components and of course some of the latest in digital download technology. Analog systems will also be used and perhaps event reel-to-reel tape! Systems are generally modestly priced yet there is scheduled to be ultimate dream set-ups too. Enjoy the Music.com has AK Fest coverage of their 2008, 2009 and 2010 event as seen at this link.
The Home Entertainment Show Newport Beach marks their second year of this southern California event. Taking place from June 1st through 3rd at the Hilton Hotel and Atrium Hotel Orange County Airport on MacArthur Blvd, this high-end event will features hundreds of manufacturers from around the world. Their inaugural event last year met with stunning success and the 2012 event is expected to be bigger still! This is one of my favorite shows to attend and look forward to seeing many of you there. You can see Enjoy the Music.com's previous coverage of The Home Entertainment Show Newport Beach at this link.
The Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES) will take place between September 28 and 30 at Le Meridien King Edward hotel. In 2012, TAVES will offer more audio video seminars and demonstrations, while offering double the seating space. According to the promoter, "A number of exciting new show features will also be announced in the coming months." The 2012 TAVES will showcase the latest consumer electronics products and technologies from both mainstream and enthusiast brands. Products on display will range from entry-level components to the high-end and everything in between. A number of exhibitors will present the visitors with the opportunity to purchase accessories, music discs, vinyl albums and Blu-ray discs. You can see Enjoy the Music.com's first edition (2011) coverage of TAVES at this link.
Adding to the above, we have the Lone Star Audiofest at the Embassy Suites in Dallas Park Central in Texas from May 4th through 6th plus The Capitol Audiofest at the Crown Plaza Hotel near Washington DC in Rockville from July 13th through 15th. If that was not enough to keep you busy, you could travel an attend the UK, Milan, Russia, China and other events. With so many new shows popping up around the world it is impossible to attend them all. Naturally many of you will be going to one or more of these events in 2012 and i look forward to meeting you there!