HiEndNews.gr at Poland ! Day 1 & 2 Prelude !
Warsaw Audio show:
First day impressions at the Radisson Blue Hotel.
1) Warsaw is a very beautiful city as far as I can see. Great places to eat and friendly people. My best to them. After what they have been through, I actually bow to them for still being able to smile.
2) I loved the rooms for their passion for music, despite their inability to provide hi-end sound, we must view them for what they are. Absolute beginners, who are entering a competitive market which in 3 to 10 years from now, some, will have become vibrant brand names. Some will perish. They are much better than anything I could have built with a budget of a few zloti.
3) To the right eye, there are huge opportunities which can be seen in a market which has more people read about music than all of Europe put together.
4) It is in our best interest to apply our experience (those of us with 40 years experience) and less..to help them by explaining to them what is missing and how to get it. How for example a room with a 8.000 euro speaker cannot play with two mattresses on the walls as room correction, if anyone wants to take them seriously (No joke. I have proof).
We must help them to become better and congratulate them for even being at a show. But, we must tell them objectively what to search and to do better..etc… and how to set up a room.
That can be done by Frank Vermeylen for example. The Stuart Smith union can teach them how to electrify music and make it sizzle with life like no other can. Paul from stereophile can use all his wisdom to make them consider how much further they can go if they humble themselves with very hard work.
Ted Denney would have been a great person, had be been here to show them what you can accomplish if you do it his way. Geoff Merrigan could do his thing and show them how to respect their systems by testing many many cables. Panagiotis Bakas would have been great showing how to perfect room acoustics for instance, as Kostas Metaxas and Nikos Kostadimas could provide proper sampling music and teach them that they have to go to 20 more concerts, and 20 more operas before adjusting sound to their ears, and importantly, creating beautiful products.
I see Very many reviewers expecting what they should not have come here for. This is not the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest! Let us tone down a bit.
This is a country desperately trying to get through their history and their present with music. They are trying, and we westerners should not just view the 7 million euro amplifier nor the Aida 2 as the epitome of the show.
The Warsaw show is about the future. It has great things we can take with us and opportunities for money to be made.
MOST OF ALL. We take with us the satisfaction of meeting very young creators. Helping in any way we can, for them to not suffer like we did in the start of this incredible HOBBY of ours.
LET US NOT forget this is where tonsil was created 55 years ago and became worldwide distributors and when you enter their space you will see a museum of which the older generation will reminisce of. There top speaker shown in my picture costs less than my stay in a medium quality hotel, and had they known how to show, (truly a bad experience indeed) their products, they would be the best investment since Apple stocks came out.
For those of you who missed the show, I personally invite everyone that can to come see what I mean. For those here. Let’s do what reviewers always did. Give the truth and help this art-hobby-business…move forward.
Day 2. Warsaw Audio Show.
Things got better. I don’t know how, and I’m sure it wasn’t because of me, although I was stopped and thanked by many who saw my Tv broadcast locally. They asked a prolific amount of questions and the pick of music played was much better.
But…the negatives were striking today unfortunately!
The worst of show I give to Focal. They embarrassed their products, and under performed. I dont care how much I love there products, on this occassion they dropped the ball. They had no excuse!
Others did as well….
The larger Wilson’s were not set up properly and Jadis was simple bland. Klipsch was tremendously lacking as well. Overall for the big names there was 3 brilliant and 30 very negative rooms.
Shockingly perfect beyond any exception was the Aida 2. The example and the reference for everyone in Warsaw. The Aida 2 is beyond..stellar orientation ….and kudos for the entire team.
The shock to my senses, and deep energy which arose from the Maat speakers which will continue tomorrow, and will be back with some notes tomorrow for Lee Scoggins and #toneaudio Jeff Dorgay.
There was the celebration of the century for bday baby Nikos Kostadimas and #audiomica which cannot be ever talked about. What happens in Warsaw stays in Warsaw, when it comes to parties, which is video taped, but will be stored in Switzerland for safe keeping.
The amazing meeting up of #monoandstereo and myself was more fun and more true than a 5 year olds heart could handle. The energy was immediate and hard to come by. Kudo’s to his persona.
Any new small affordable speakers?
There were two wonderful small stand speakers I found today which are now my benchmark. I am so lucky that I had the chance to hear them. Demos Dravopoulos and #hiendnews will have my coverage of those.
Lastly, I must not leave out the intense brightness of the people behind the curtains, who have had endless hours of preparation and all nighters. Along with the exhibitors who were VERY friendly, despite the insane amount of people who were abusing others space, and getting too close to the equipment. Standing in front of the sound speakers while listening sessions were going on, THEY didn’t smack any of them. I wanted to.
The end is near, yet there is so much to do in 6 hours!
Day three will start, and this expedition will have left over 25.000 people with memories and unique observations to carry on for next year! That is a positive not even Focal can change for me!
I have seen so many new inventions that are being developed that I can’t wait for the Challenge for new audio equipment-being held in Athens, hosted by myself and #primeartgroup with Sandy Gav A helping it to become a reality.
Special thanks to Philippe Watel for lending me his brain and #musichi software as to show exhibitors how to tag and make playlists in style.
Lastly, thank you all for supporting Tonys Element on hiendnews.gr.
I wish all my friends were here to meet the intensely willing people of Warsaw! My hat off to everyone.
Full Analysis Coming Next Days !