HiFi Shows; Are They Any Use Anymore?
Being a long seasoned veteran of the UK HiFi Show scene, I’ve witnessed the withdraw of the mainstream UK manufacturers and also witnessed their replacement.
It’s not a pretty picture.
My fellow start-ups and cottage-industry manufacturers and I are battling against an ever expanding aggressive hegemonizing swarm of well-financed middlemen displaying systems with prices to make regular attendees of the Birmingham Boat Shows’ eyes water.
No longer do hifi show attendees expect to see system improvements they can afford; instead they expect to see the pomp and circumstance of a Royal Wedding, with its reciprocal 1/4 million / 1/2 million sound system.
How is this driving the market?
“Ooo, Ahh, Darling, when we win the lottery, eh?” does not an industry make!
We need a nurturing venture capital reserve with funds to help the, STILL, hugely innovative collection we have of fine UK engineers, despite being plundered of our main brands and all their years of R n D, along with the massive infra-structure projects that have been dismantled and exported (eg; Warfdale’s anechoic chamber from Yorkshire to China). We need to be investing in the future and supporting new innovations, or from where will our next generation of manufacturing enterprise come?