Dissappointed by this years show
Attended the show yesterday & am disappointed. I should have guessed when it was billed as the 'Stuff show incorporating What HiFi' as the focus was clearly on the Suff crowd rather than the specialist HiFi.
Compared to previous years events at the Novotel this was a mess, one big space for everyone, all vendors competing to be louder than their neigbours ruining it for everyone. Excel is a great venue for events such as the motorshow but simply didn't work here.
Perhaps the reason that everyone was crammed into one small part of the hall is that many of the big names (Onkyo, Kef, Cambridge to name but 3) appears to have boycotted the show.
Lets go back to the Novotel, split the Stuff crowd back onto their own floor & give a dedicated floor + individual rooms back to the specialists.
The £20 entry was in no way justified, i'm sure this is much more expensive than last year?
There were some genuinely good people on a few of the stands - Pure deserve particular praise, their staff were knowledgable & really interested in ther customers needs. Their Avanti Flow looks like a great product once the last couple of 'bugs' (their words) have been ironed out.