The eighth California Audio Show ran from July 27-29 at the Oakland Airport Hilton, the same venue as last year. Also like last year, the weather was spectacular during the run of the show; the characteristic fog burned off by mid-morning every day, revealing clear and sunny skies and highs of 68-70 degrees F, with a nice breeze off the bay. It’s hard to separate the venue and the weather from the exhibits and vibe of the show; the site and setting are a major part of the show’s appeal.
CAS has never been a huge show, and recent years have seen, shall we say, negative growth. Historically, both exhibitors and attendees have welcomed the show’s smaller size and less-hectic pace relative to major shows like RMAF, Axpona, and Munich; the fact that show-goers have had easy access to designers and the time to chat with them has been a major plus.
Discussion panels covered topics like speaker design (with David Bernhagen, Bernhagen-Porter; Sam Wisniewski, Destination Audio; Julian Margules, Margules Group; Murray Harmon, Muraudio; David MacPherson, Studio Electric; and Rong Zhang, Unisinger. Art Noxon of ASC Tube Traps gave a presentation on power balance in listening rooms. Amplifier manufacturers were represented by Julian Margules (again, doing double duty); EJ Sarmento, Wyred 4 Sound; and George Counnas, Zesto. Record labels were represented by Mark Waldrep, AIX Records; Cookie Marenco, Blue Coast Records; and Keith Johnson and Marcia Martin, Reference Recordings. Finally, a panel of writers and Editors included Dave Clark, Carol Clark, and Malachi Kenney from Positive Feedback; Jack Roberts from The Audio Beatnik; David Snyder and David Blumenstein from Dagogo; and yours truly, from Copper.
In the next issue of Copper, we’ll run through the rest of the rooms at the California Audio Show!