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That said, it's a beautiful hotel but they (the hotel) want your money. Parking is obscene at $29/day. If you're local, either carpool or take a Lyft or Uber. If you do park, be sure to get your discount parking sticker from the registration desk, that knocks $11/day off the price, still excessive but less so.
That's exactly why I won't go. Marjorie totally blew it on this venue just like Axpona did.
How did Axpona blow it? The current venue is significantly better than the one near O’Hare. The hotel is better. The food options are better. There is a lot more space at the Renaissance.
I’m glad I saw this thread! I forgot all about RMAF. I live 30 minutes from there and it’s a lot easier to get to than downtown Denver. Trying to work it into tomorrow or maybe Saturdays schedule.
I think a lot of the younger crowd head first for the headphone area anyway, much of which is certainly "affordable".
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Look at Munich, by most accounts the premier hifi show in the world for both exhibitors and attendees; it is anything but affordable, yet somehow few are complaining.
My wife attended a conference at the gaylord resort about a month ago. She thought it was great, and a decent value for a luxury hotel. My RMAF trips in 2006-2008 cost around $1000. It would have cost me about $1200 this time.
Part of my lack of interest is the gouging at the Gaylord Hotel chain. Sorry, just too cheap to blow that kind of money to look at gear that I'm very unlikely to buy.
For many of the reasons listed above, we were considering skipping RMAF this year. Glad we didn't. Not that there weren't challenges. This place is HUGE!!! We were only allowed to unload at Freight Dock 11. It was about a half mile from our demo room. Rates for the rooms went way up this year. Parking is expensive. But the crowds came anyway. Traffic seems better than the past few years. We constantly have people waiting outside our room to get in.There plenty of lower priced hotels close by. And some of them will shuttle attendees to the show so they don't have to pay for parking.All in all, although RMAF's stature as one of the premiere audio shows has slipped a bit in recent years, based on our experiences so far, I think the change in venues will help them regain their reputation.- Jim
Just got back from RMAF...i am glad I went! Lots of very cool stuff to see and hear. My son got a new pair of headphones, the wife got some skin care stuff and I got confirmation that what I got at home is pretty badass!
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