“… this cost no object approach … did result in sound that was mind-blowing to say the least. It was the most neutral and true-to-life sound at the show and it gets our ‘Best Sound of Show’ vote.” –
Malcolm J. Gomes
TAVES has been growing exponentially over the past couple of years. In fact last year, it had a growth spurt that would send any teenagers with NBA stars in his eyes, into rapture. In 2014 the show attracted around 5200 people. Last year that jumped to 6500 and this year the growth continued with the current TAVES 2016 attracting a very commendable 7600 people.
The current audiophile cohort worldwide consists mainly of the baby boomers that are now ageing and seem to be following the advice of Dylan Thomas who so eloquently wrote –
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
This being the case, one of the urgent requirements for this wonderful hobby to survive and hopefully even thrive, is to get younger people into the fold. Millennials, teens and pre-teens have gravitated in droves towards listening to MP3 tracks via portable players and headphones, eschewing high-end audio due to the perceived incompatibility with their lifestyle choices, the high cost, the elaborate configurations and, in their eyes, the un-cool factor.