Orlando, FL (June 13, 2013)—InfoComm 2013 opened Wednesday with great fanfare, welcoming an anticipated 35,000 pre-registered attendees to the show. From the room-shaking sound coming from the 17 audio demo rooms, to the numerous educational courses and discussion offered, to the 1,030 exhibitors on the show floor, this year’s show has created an exciting environment for the AV industry.
Among the excitement of the first day, InfoComm held its Rental & Staging Forum and Reception, an afternoon of networking, awards and discussions designed for the live event professionals. “I think the rental and staging market is extremely vibrant,” said InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD. “We see rental and staging as part of the roots of the industry. We love having it as part of the InfoComm family.”
While the show opened Wednesday, the 17 audio demo rooms got a head start, roaring to life on Tuesday to showcase their latest products, offering attendees a chance to spend more time hearing what the companies have on display. “We opened the rooms a day early because people wanted to make sure they could get to them,” said Labuskes.
Among the companies hosting demo rooms are Adamson, Avid, Carvin Audio, Community Professional Loudspeakers, d&b audiotechnik, Danley Sound Labs, Duran Audio BV, Harman, KV2 Audio, Meyer Sound Laboratories, RCF USA, Renkus-Heinz, Shure, TC Group and Vue Audiotechnik.
The audio offerings in each demo room has proven to be as varied as the companies in the rooms themselves. Martin Audio is showcasing an up-front demo of its latest product, the MLA mini, a small-scale, portable and installed sound speakers in Martin’s MLA line. Meanwhile, at Sennheiser’s demo room, visitors can listen to the K-Array Anakonda KAN200, a flexible, 2-meter long speaker array that can be manipulated into different positions based on the users need, and Tornado KT20 and KT22 speakers with LED, two small, clear sounding speakers intended for lounge installations.
Offering more than just loudspeakers, the Audio Pavilion in Hall A provides audio professionals and enthusiasts with displays of everything from mixers to microphones to network systems, perfect for live events, conferences and anything in between. Lest all that audio prove overwhelming, House Research Institute is offering free hearing tests this year in Hall A, as well as educational services on how to prevent hearing loss. Hearing tests are offered by appointment during regular show hours.
Some may question the need for conventions in a social media-oriented age, but for the thousands of attendees onsite, InfoComm 2013 has already proven to be a couldn’t-miss-it event. That, it turns out, is by design.
“Every year, we reexamine what is this show,” said Labuskes. “What does it mean? What is its purpose? What needs are not being met and how can we leverage what we have to reach out further? Every year has to be fresh beyond the product offerings to reflect the trends and reflect the way the industry is growing and changing. It’s both a response to the marketplace and an offering to the marketplace.”
Summing up, he added, “This gathering is still important and continues to be important; this type of exposition is more important today than it ever was.”