In the wrap-up of his coverage of the 2013 Salon Son & Image
show in Montreal, which took place at the end of March, Robert Deutsch asked if there were too many audio shows. The Chicago AXPONA
show was held two weeks before SSI, the second New York Audio Show
followed less than three weeks later. In May, there was the humongous High End 2013
, in Munich, followed two weeks later by the third T.H.E. Show Newport Beach
, followed by: the Capital AudioFest, in Washington, DC (July 2628); the fourth California Audio Show, in the Bay Area (August 811); the tenth Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (October 1113); and TAVES in Toronto (November 13).
While this is no more shows than took place in 2011 or 2012, many exhibitors, manufacturers and distributors alike, to whom I talked at the spring events felt that the high-end audio industry is suffering from an overload of audio shows.