Several things stuck with me, however, and one is that the industry as a whole is rather a mess. On the whole, it's very hard to walk in and hear something that is sheer awful, those days seem to be over, so that's a good thing. Yet what I hear are things that offer something okay, just okay, and miss the big picture of reproducing music at a level that keeps one coming back for more. You can see it in people's faces and body reactions.
However, there are always systems and rooms that breathe a huge welcome relief, with very smart people at the helm, and with either proper training or luck or both, I seem to be representing those types of systems here at the Haven.
I did indeed sign up a few more new lines...yes, more goodies coming to the Haven soon, gear that needs to be heard here in our area, gear that will outshine most of what is being heard in our surrounding area. Remember, you can often learn from those that can't.
And now for my highlights, the first being yours truly sitting down to dinner with the likes of John Atkinson, Herb Reichert, and Michael Lavorgna of Stereophile, a witty reviewer from Australia, John Darko, and designers John DeVore and the greatest genius of all, William Firebaugh, and distributors of note Mike Pranka and Michael Thomson. Not too shabby for someone, like yourselves, who has read hifi magazines all their lives.
The other highlight was getting to spend time with Bill Firebaugh, and get schooled on the ins and outs of turntable wisdom.
Next show report will be from Axpona in April, then Newport in May. What fun!