Florida Audio Expo Preview: Sea, Sound, and Sun


Bitchin’ Stereos In Paradise!

It’s been a record cold winter throughout most of the continental U.S., with only a few regions escaping the Arctic Outbreak of 2019 (mistakenly refereed to as “Polar Vortex” by the mainstream media). What better a time for the warm relief of sunny skies that Tampa, Florida will provide. Where else would you rather be in February? After much anticipation, the Florida Audio Expo (website HERE) has arrived.

Florida Audio Expo | Feb 8th – 10th | Tampa, Florida

This first ever Florida Audio Expo offers free entrance to the general public. Located at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Tampa Airport Westshore (website HERE). Five minutes from the Tampa International Airport with a complimentary shuttle, and ample parking. Exhibit rooms are reported to be “acoustically insulated”.

The Show Guide

By my own count there are over one-hundred Hi-Fi brands exhibiting at the show, across a confirmed eight floors of the hotel. The free (and printed) show guide offers a detailed breakdown of exhibits, events, and locations. Of course, the website (HERE) contains nearly all of the information the show-going public could ever need.


The Experience

The Florida Audio Expo (FLAX) will definitely be an intimate show by comparison to bigger shows like Axpona and Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, but it’s these smaller shows that tend to be my favourite for that reason. Not as large as the big shows, but definitely offering quality experience. Overall, things should feel a little more laid back at FLAX 2019. Exhibit staff members will be more willing to connect and engage. Show-goers can linger in exhibit rooms a little longer without the fear of missing out on other rooms. For me, small regional shows offer up a great show going experience.


What You Can Expect

To be wowed. As High-End (and budget friendly) Stereo systems will abound. The sound of music will fill the halls. Fellow Hi-Fi Enthusiasts will be everywhere. Do drink, eat, and be merry. Do take the chance make new friends, meet your audio-idols, and find out first-hand what a Hi-Fi sound is really all about.

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