If you’re an audiophile, next weekend will be a great time to be in New York.
The New York Audio Show is coming to the Waldorf Astoria. Check out the show info over at the Chester Group‘s site.
But in a bizarre turn, one of New York’s bigger audio retailers is apparently opting out in favor of holding a competing event downtown at its store. Stereo Exchange is billing their extravaganza as “Springtime in New York” and promises top name talent from Totem, Bel Canto, and Sonus Faber. Mr Computer Audiophile, Chris Connaker, will be there as well.
Adding insult to injury, another event is also happening that weekend, this one at Lyric HiFi.
I’m flabbergasted. 3 “shows” — even if two of them are more like open houses. All on the same weekend, in the same city. Yikes. Can’t we all just get along? Please? A humble reviewer begs you!
Look, I think I get it. These two dealers are already in NYC. Renting a room at the Waldorf has got to cost a ton, and as it’s a union town, none of them can save any cash by being all DIY. Why pay to play when they have their better-sounding showrooms just down the street?
But! [insert unhappy face here]
My problem, and one I think is probably shared by more than a few show-goers, is that I’d love to see and hear the stuff at all three. Stereo Exchange is probably the biggest blow to the NY Show as it will actually peel off a lot of top-shelf talent that could be at the show (not that the talent won’t be double- or triple-dipping into each of the shows themselves). On the other hand, Lyric has on display some of the hottest gear on the market, including the brand new Magnepan 20.7, and I particularly want to get my ears on those. But none of these venues are convenient to each other. It’s 5 miles from the Lyric to Stereo Exchange (the Waldorf is in the middle), and those 5 miles in Manhattan will take every bit of a half-hour.
I’m stressing and it’s still a week away!
Is it beer-thirty, yet?