Welcome to the first annual LAAS (LA Audio Show) in Los Angeles, California! LAAS is a presentation of the Orion Group and is managed by Marine Presson, Show Director. Prior to joining the LAAS effort, Ms. Presson served as Show Manager for the T.H.E. Show Newport Beach that was produced by the late great Richard Beers. Being the first show at a new venue has many challenges for everyone to overcome.
For exhibitors it is a new room to learn how to achieve the best sound. For attendees it is a new layout to navigate, ncluding the small nooks and crannies that seem to always be hidden at an exhibition location. Of course the show producer and promoter has to be sure everything goes smoothly from months before to a few days after all the gear is packed up and shipped out.
After opening remarks from the show producers, Stereophile's Editor John Atkinson gave many kind, and inspirational, words to
Next up was all-around great guy Michael Fremer of Analog Planet. Besides his incredible efforts with keeping the vividly real vinyl sound close to his heart, he does sensational stand-up shtick too! After wise words from Michael we had....
Robert Harley of The Absolute Sound came up to the mic next and continued the musical lovefest. Great tunes, gear, and live music....
A guy who's close to bro-fest fun as it gets, Dr. David Robinson drove home the greatness of LAAS as it brings high-end exhibitors to LA. Overall, there was love in the air and we all knew the music was about to pour forth into many hallways, with live music nightly in the back patio/pool area.
Within their recent press release, it says:
Have removed exhibitor quotes, yet yes they ranged from a smaller attendance to long elevator wait times. There were some positive comments as well, so very mixed results and we shall see how things progress as am sure LAAS will tweak their event, marketing efforts, etc to better optimize their desired results.
Personally, it was obvious about the smaller crowd as compared to T.H.E. Show Newport at the Irvine hotel last year. Must say the food prices are near downright highway robbery, yet it is what it is when you're in LA by the airport. Still, $10 for a bagel with butter/cream cheese is a but much. The back patio/pool was a touch small, and when there was live music we also had kids screaming and playing in the pool area directly next to the stage, so that was some, well, interesting background 'noise' during live music events.
On the upside, the event ran smoothly, every exhibitor seemed to get their gear in good order and there was plenty of food and bathrooms for all. Of course there was an abundance of live music, music in rooms, and plenty for purchase at the marketplace.
Overall, LAAS has much promise and upside, so I very much look fwd to next year's event! Can someone in cyberspace bring me a double ristretto as there are many photos / pages to post about all the fun my wife/Muse Heather and I had at LAAS. Might even be a few words by Cailyn, Heather's 16 year old daughter, who joined us in Los Angeles! As always, in the end what really matters is that you...