RMAF 2021 Cancelled | Hifi Pig
RMAF 2021 HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL SADLY NOT RETURN TO THE HIFI SHOW CALENDAR AS WE KNOW IT
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has cancelled the RMAF 2021 show.
An email is circulating to exhibitors and press announcing that the show has, unsurprisingly in the current Covid climate, been cancelled for this year.
Organisers Marjorie Baumert and Marcie Miller told us: “Up until now, we have held onto the possibility that our October show could be produced as planned. After reading and listening to the news concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, and watching the cancellation of numerous other shows, we no longer hold that hope. In spite of our initial optimism, we have read and listened to all of your thoughtful comments and then looked at the numbers and made the difficult decision to cancel RMAF 2021”.
And it looks like we will very sadly not be seeing RMAF as we know it again:
“This has been a wrenching decision, and along with it comes the added impact of deciding that we are no longer able to envision RMAF as our hearts delight. RMAF was our founder Al Stiefel’s dream, and we’ve done our best to nurture his vision for 12 years, along with help from the Colorado Audio Society and all our volunteers from around the world. Now, we are off to new adventures! And so it is with both sadness and anticipation for the future, we announce that the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as we have all known it will be no more. It has been our very great pleasure to have served this community of audio professionals. We have learned so much from you! Thank you for 17 years of friendship and support. It has meant more than you can possibly imagine.
We offer you our heartiest wishes for good health and great happiness.
Marjorie and Marcie”
Thanks everyone. More sad news.
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That's sad news. I went a number of times and enjoyed each show. I'll always remember the Patricia Barber concert they put on some years ago...excellent. I saw and heard a lot of equipment that otherwise would never have been available to me. And great conversations with vendors, media types, A'goners and total strangers. I looked forward to it every year. Thanks for the memories. And, I live in Denver, too....contact me about that free beer...
I’m heartbroken. I’ve been to RMAF multiple times and it really is the most chill, friendliest show in the US. I hope another group takes up the mantle and keeps it going. I’ve only seen an increase in HiFi interest since COVID hit. A lack of consumer interest cannot be what’s driving their decision.
I’ve been going since I moved to Denver in 2014. Attendance was always high and it had established itself as an important show. I’d already got my tickets for this year, so really upset it’s been cancelled, but understandably so given Delta and Lambda threatening further deaths in the wings. I’m sure given the number of audio manufacturers locally and high local interest that something will rise from the ashes, but I’m afraid this is just another sad casualty of this rotten pandemic.
Unfortunately, I think audio shows are an anachronism, given the prevalence of internet demonstrations. Before you say - "you can't judge equipment on You Tube!", that is exactly how many, if not most people are making decisions nowdays. Dealers are scarce, many audiophiles are afraid to walk into a dealer for fear of being pressured, or go into a dealer for a demo and buy online for a discount and tax-free purchase. What do you expect? These shows cost a fortune and I would venture a guess that a lot more people make decisions based on internet reviews than anything someone hears at a show. Just my opinion of course, but this doesn't surprise me at all.
If shows are disappearing why don’t audio manufacturers advertise in magazines and TV. I think the manufacturers are leaving a lot on the table.
I have been receiving real estate lists for homes in our area for the past 3 years and I have yet to see speakers in a any of their rooms. Are they allergic to music? Do they not know there is an incredible platform for entertainment?
I see expensive entertainment centers with a flat TV and no speakers. You kidding me? Sound is 70% of the movie experience.
... why don’t audio manufacturers advertise in magazines and TV. I think the manufacturers are leaving a lot on the table.Most audio manufacturers lack the economy of scale to advertise in mass media, which isn’t really suitable for niche products.
I have been receiving real estate lists for homes in our area for the past 3 years and I have yet to see speakers in a any of their rooms. Are they allergic to music?Many of those homes were probably "staged" for photographic appeal. I’d certainly remove all my audio gear before putting my house on the market.
I hope this ‘late in the day’ cancellation doesn’t hurt vendors too hard. I know the costs involved in attending this type of event as a vendor, they can be significant. Hopefully booth costs and travel/hotel ticket costs etc can be recovered and no lasting damage is done, particularly to the smaller guys.