Of course these changes make for an unsettled pre show feel, but I predict there will be plenty to see and hear. Can Jam in a tent may not be a bad thing - that is what it was at Newport Beach for several years. I think that the headphone world is now advanced enough to warrant individual rooms and a quieter evaluation environment than the big open ballroom.
CanJam 2009 in LA was a special event with it's small rooms and big hallways in which to stand and talk.
I am still planning to go, learn, and most importantly talk in person to the audio builders I respect and whose equipment I use.
I've gone to the show every year since it started. I was speaking to one of the vendors that will be exhibiting this year, and he was telling me that the show will probably be the smallest it's ever been. It sounds like a lot of the usual vendors will not be attending this year. I will go as always and I'm sure that I will have a good time but I used to go three days, then just two and last year only went one. Although I will attribute some of that to the fact that I get really tired walking as my years go by as well. I wish they would find another venue though, as the parking sucks.
there is actually a company called Horning that produces speakers - Danish company. here is the website: