The 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show held at the Sheraton Gateway was very well organized.
- Driving to the venue from Downtown LA wasn’t bad at all at 10 am.
- Parking was a breeze.
- Check-in was easy, the event booklet was helpful, and there was even signage on the elevator doors to direct you to some of the hottest rooms.
- I never had a problem traversing the 3-point hallways of some of these floors and there wasn’t a moment where one of them wasn’t filled with beautiful music.
- As far as food, I ate at the Costero restaurant for three nights and thought the food was fantastic. They were even passing out booze on the first floor.
Being there on the day before and the hours after the show, it’s amazing the amount of work some of these vendors have to do to get these rooms ready. Their efforts are shown both audibly and visually in the rooms. I was only able to cover the 5th floor on the first day, fortunately some of the very best sound were on this floor.
The best part of the show was listening to all the designs. It’s difficult to isolate which component you’re actually listening to so the setups themselves are a curation of some of the best ears in the industry. In addition, the rooms were suboptimal and some were unable to perform room correction on their systems. Notwithstanding these shortcomings, many of these rooms sounded absolutely incredible. I was impressed with the effort these guys made to ensure the speakers were voice properly.
Overall the event was a very smooth and enjoyable experience. Admittedly, the attendance could’ve been better (sweet spots were obtainable in most rooms) but I thought this was a fantastic first show. I also felt it to be much more seamless and orderly than the 2016 Newport Show. There was less cognitive load and just more musical enjoyment. Kudos to those who help put all this together. Your efforts paid off and I’m sure it’ll only get bigger and better next year. I’m sure LAAS 2017 was only a glimpse of what’s to come.