Since there is an ongoing discussion around the Octave and what shows it will land… I thought I’d throw this pondering out to the community…
I’ve never been to a Hifi show. '19 was the point I got interested and right as I started lining up what shows I’d fly out to pandemic hit. So, conventions are not a new thing for me and there are specific things I hate about them… like too many people to actually accomplish my reason for going to the show.
My main reason for going to the show is I’m in the market for new speakers and the local shops here have very limited selection. Additionally, there are some things I’m seriously interested in which are mail order only.
Now, the pondering and my dilemma. Is 2021 the right time to go to show? I feel like the shows are going to be overcrowded from lack of shows last year and people just needing to get out. I also fear limited manufacturer participation (for various reasons).
My alternatives… wait another year to shop or take my budget on the road and go visit the manufactures directly / showrooms outside my local area.
Community, what you think? An audio road trip would be great fun but the logistics and how much time I’d have (I still work full-time) would limit it to maybe 4 or 5 manufacturers.