It was great to meet so many of you at the North West Audio Show, last Saturday & Sunday. We launched our new integrated amplifier and Cube loudspeakers. Here's a brief show report...
Red hot on the Friday (set-up day). Room was boomy and lots of reverb. Did our best to manage this by pulling the Cubes out into the room much more than we would normally...and by 'borrowing' a large pot plant from the hotel foyer!
Very, very busy during most of Saturday - started getting visitors from 0930 (despite the show being advertised to open at 1000) and queues to get in the room for much of the morning. Sunday started much slower and was then a steady stream of visitors.
We had both the acrylic and the birch-ply Cubes playing / on display. Feedback for 'the looks' was around 75% in favour of the birch-ply, but around 50-50 (or no strong opinion either way), re which sounded better. Lots of interest in the new integrated, especially when we took the lid off!
Lots of cards given out and several people proclaiming themselves serious about getting a home audition of the Cubes. Plenty of interest in the Starter Bundle (and a lot of head scratching about how we do all that for £995).
Well worth doing the show. Very friendly and well organised. Hotel rooms never sound great but 99% of visitors understand that. The words / phrases that featured most in visitor feedback about our room, were; natural, unforced, open, and 'a relief from being pinned to the wall'. Favourite moment, for me, was playing a 1932 Busch Quartet mono recording for one chap, who turned to me at the end of the track and said..."That's. Just. Music".
Finished on the Sunday, around 4.45pm. Packed up and away by 6.15. Unfortunately, we found ourselves around 600 yards behind a serious crash on the M62 on the way home and the police closed the whole motorway for 3 and a half hours. Unloaded at workshop and got home around 2 in the morning...and van had to be back by 8, so dropped it off and went back to bed!