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    Unhappy Royal Ascot HiFi Show

    Did any members attend the show.
    I went on Saturday a very low turn out due to the bad weather,
    I must say I was very disappointed with the show. The set up of the show in general and the demonstration rooms.
    This was the first visit to the Ascot show and the last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hard1175 View Post
    Did any members attend the show.
    I went on Saturday a very low turn out due to the bad weather,
    I must say I was very disappointed with the show. The set up of the show in general and the demonstration rooms.
    This was the first visit to the Ascot show and the last.
    Could you expand more on what you didn't like? I'm not trying to stir or anything but as it was the first time a show has been held at a venue like this, I'm interested in any feedback I can pass onto the Hi-Fi News organisation team - good or bad!
    Adam.

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    I didn't go but there's a quite positive write up from Hifi Pig webzine.

    https://hifipig.com/uk-hifi-show-liv...t-show-report/

    "Overall, this is the best UK hifi show I have ever attended".
    Well, I'm not sure you can much more positive than that!

    From the photos in that report it certainly looks impressive.
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    Meant to go forgot about it.

    That said I've heard nearly all of it before many times... but I do like a show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hard1175 View Post
    Did any members attend the show.
    I went on Saturday a very low turn out due to the bad weather,
    I must say I was very disappointed with the show. The set up of the show in general and the demonstration rooms.
    This was the first visit to the Ascot show and the last.
    A few of us went on Sunday.
    A Couple of Guys who came along have basically been to most shows around the world numerous times..

    We ALL thought it was very very good.

    The Actual Ascot Race course Venue is breath taking and just a privilege to walk around.
    People were taking pictures of the building not just the kit!

    It was the first time there, so inevitably a few teething issues..
    Navigation of the vast stair/escalator system, better signage and more accessible quick fodder could and probably will be improved.

    But these are minor and easily amended.

    The Rooms overall were very good indeed and far better than the average hotel room.

    The selection of Hifi on offer was vast and varied and for me lots of interesting Analogue stuff.
    All price points were catered for and really well presented. It felt very professional but also relaxed.

    It was well attended and the size of the venue and layout probably gave the impression one was rattling about, but All the rooms we visited were buzzing with people but not so packed it became uncomfortable.

    Honestly, the amount of good kit from Large and smaller niche brands was very impressive.
    Just check the list out on the website.
    Some rooms sounded poor and some were just fantastic (as with ALL these events)

    Parking was free and right next to the venue and the venue staff were just amazingly helpful and polite in their Bowler hats!
    There were chill out areas, sofas, coffee and Vinyl stalls.

    I'd be very interested to know how anyone could find negativity in such a well thought out, well presented event for £22 a day or £30 both days?!!!

    A very good day out indeed and something for everyone!
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    very much wanted to go as the first one was superb . but at 2.5 hours by train each way i didn`t have time . i have heard lots of positive feedback on forums
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    I felt that the show was very disjointed no flow to the rooms.
    There also seemed to be a lot of static displays where rooms could have been used to demonstrate the equipment.
    Their was a lack of accessories stalls just two record stalls and a Cord cable display.
    Compared to what was at the Windsor shows.
    Hopefully this will improve for next years show.
    Last edited by hard1175; 31-10-2019 at 21:20.

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    I was considering going with a friend who live only 40 mins away, but other stuff got in the way. I had a look at the pictures and what struck me most was the fact that nearly all the equipment looks to be high end and probably pretty expensive.

    It seems that not a lot has changed in 30 years since I last went to a HiFi show in Southampton. All the rooms then were stocked by dealers or manufacturers touting the more expensive end of their equipment and seemed to be trying to outdo each other. All a bit disappointing for your average punter with a low to mid range budget. Maybe I am missing something but I donít get it, or is it that they are aiming at the older music buff who has too much money from over from pension etc.
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    I watched Analogue Planets coverage on you tube and I felt it looked poor compared to the early NAS shows, which I enjoyed a lot. The NAS shows now look to be pale shadows of their former majesty, havent been in five years to any mainland shows as costs had got crazy.

    Surprised News is allowing anyone other than their own to cover it. Got a very strong sense at the beginning of these that PM wanted to protect and make coverage exclusive to them. I think for myself if I was to put money into covering another show it would be Munich not a UK mainland show.
    Regards Neil

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