Once again, this year's Rocky Mountain
Audio Fest (RMAF) proved to be an absolute delight. This
annual event is held at the spacious Marriott hotel, located
in Denver's thriving Tech Center. Steadily, the show has
grown both in attendance and vendor participation since its
debut back in 2004.
The RMAF has become, strictly from a
show perspective, among the best I've attended. However, in
terms of attendance, particularly from a dollar (new buyer,
importer and distributor) point of view, it still cannot
compete with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which
still remains the biggest electronics show on earth. For me,
and all my selfish reasons, the RMAF is the best high-end
audio show this side of the Atlantic! The only show that is
both larger and better attended is Munich's High End show,
Europe's largest, held each May.
I was impressed to see a greater influx
of international products on display this year. Attendance
was difficult to grasp. While, I felt the show was light
compared to previous years, I was told by some that they
thought attendance was up. The halls are never crowded by
comparison to CES, or Munich, nor is it as hard to find a
good seat upon entering any particular room.
before my plane touched down at Denver International Airport
(DIA), I got a rare bird's eye view - and a startling
reminder - of how absolutely beautiful this city is. Yep,
its highest mountains were capped with snow while,
weather-wise, the temperature hovered in the mid 70s and
remained sunny throughout my three-day stay. For the third
year straight, I was lucky enough to book my hotel room at
the Hilton Garden Inn, which is directly next door the Rocky
Mountain Audio Fest. Of course, this made getting around
much more convenient for these aging and aching bones.
So what did I see that was worth reporting on you ask? Well,
Entering the lobby showed a huge
increase in support and manpower. This, proved how important
this event has become to the industry at large. The RMAF has
grown considerably in its efforts to help accommodate
everyone from its vendors down to local attendees. The
lovely RMAF coordinator and chief bottle-washer Marjorie
Baumert was once again seen (above photo) multi-tasking.