Another year, another venue for TAVES. This time it was the Toronto Congress Center near the airport. The good news is that the show seems to be thriving – it was big, with a lot of different genres of technology to appeal to a lot of folks. It was even adjacent to the RV show this time, so it was even bigger. This is good news for TAVES’ as far as its long term viability.
On the hi-fi side, things were more of a mixed bag. There was a good assortment of headphone audio gear. A lot of vinyl available to buy. The table displays and rooms were busy (I was only there for the tail end of the show, which wrapped at 4pm on Sunday). But this year the audio rooms were makeshift shacks – done up nicely with heavy blackout wall and ceiling coverings and decent lighting, but still…shacks. The rooms were uncomfortably warm, especially where tube amps were being run. And although I heard some very good sound, there was also leakage from adjacent rooms, which made demos difficult. I also noticed quite a few “usuals” missing among this year’s exhibitors. The other thing I noticed was a dearth of active analog setups.
All in all, an interesting show, and it was great to see some old friends again. Enjoy the pics.