At the completely loopy end of things, kudos must go to Burmester for setting up what must be the ultimate DJ system. As well as being used as a PA for the live music at the venue, and the sound reinforcement for the lectures, the company used its Reference Line equipment – including two Model 100 phono preamps – as the electronics for a series of DJ events on the Friday and Saturday nights. The Technics turntables were also atypical, featuring Soundsmith cartridges proclaimed to be ‘unbreakable’ (they comfortably survived two sessions unscathed… try that with most audiophile cartridges and tears will ensue). If you’ve ever wondered what hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of audio gear sounds like playing house music at club levels… it’s actually rather impressive!
Rather than draw in legions of new generation audio buyers, the New York Audio and AV Show reawakened the interest in New York’s audio enthusiasts of old. Which is half the battle. It generated enough interest for two of the major audio stores in NYC to establish their own rival events, and some of those attendees were manufacturers surreptitiously checking out the show’s potential for the future. And, judging by their response, next year will be bigger and better than ever.
Now... on to Munich!