The New York Show 2016: The Wrap
When people walk into a hi-fi show on Central Park South, I wonder if they know that this shopping experience will, for the most part, be devoid of nearly all of those considerations. I say mostly because there are some people in the hi-fi business who notice things like a smelly room and deal with it, who also know that overloading an already overcrowded small room with more gear than you'll ever use just makes things look...desperate? and hot, and that hi-fi is a part of people's lives, "part of" being the operative words.
I consider the NY Audio Show 2016 a success when gauged within the realm of the hi-fi show; small yes, but a decent amount of rooms, a decent amount of gear in all price ranges, and a very good crowd all things considered. But...if we place the Show within the larger context of life, I'd say we have once again managed to make shopping for a hi-fi feel like a trip to a world devoid of everything else, everything else people enjoy every day.
I think it's time for a change.