RMAF 2019

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  1. AllanMarcus

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    Note, RMAF is early this year.
    September 6-8

    Some interesting notes:
    1. It's at the Gaylord.
      1. Pretty pricey room.
      2. No other food nearby.
      3. No food trucks according to the FAQ.
      4. Parking is $18/day (according to the RMAF FAQ)
      5. Wifi is $15/day
    2. No CanJam. They will have a "headspace". CanJam / RMAF split up. Interesting.
    I have a room at the Baymont, 2 mile walk to the Gaylord. Half the room price, free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking. The Gaylord might be a nice convention center, but the hotel is receiving bad reviews. Also, I just can't see paying $29/day to park in the middle of nowhere.

    At any rate, 50/50 that I will go. Wife and I are going to Banff/Jasper the week before, so I might be traveled out. Maybe I'll skip the first year at the Gaylord and wait for the reviews. If I don't go, someone else will need to organize the annual SBAF lunch. Given the crappy reviews of the on-site restaurants and distance to anything else, the lunch just might not happen. :-(

    What do you think about the new location?
     
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    Not sure if the parking rate is correct. Here is what Marjorie sent out recently.

    We will have a parking code so in spite of what you've heard, it will NOT cost people $30/day to park. It will cost $18, so if someone wants to drive, they sure can.

    Maybe she got a deal on the 8+ rate. The valet price at the Marriott was over that if I recall, but really freaking convenient. Yet the past few years I have never paid for parking, always found a spot within a 5 minute walk.

    As for food, as a local, I always skipped eating at the hotel and nearby. Mediocre restaurants and overpriced. I drove down to some ethnic joints nearby. And last few years I brought some "pick a nick baskets" for me and boo boo. I know that does not work so well for the out of towners.

    As for hotel reviews, who knows. It is kind of like reviewing a hotel at Houston Intercontinental or Chicago O'hare, how good do you think they rate. I do know I attended a very well run industry event at the Orlando Gaylord and staff there was very good. Let's hope they work out the kinks.

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    Sad to see only 23 headspace vendors so far with 60 days to go, hope some more last minute folks sign up. Wasn't the last show about 60-70 for the canjam areas.
     
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    Good to hear about the parking. Still probably cheaper to share a uber/lyft or just walk, 2 miles will be good for me.

    As for the Gaylord, I've been to a few, and they are usually stellar (and not cheap, but I was on the company's dime). There is the disconnect with the Denver Gaylord. Still too pricey for me though to spend my own money.

    As for vendors, it will be inserting to see the final tally. If the hotel is $500 more for me, it's $500 more vendors too. Since they added an "industry summit" day, even more cost. I should have saved the vendor rates from last year, but this year it looks like $5900-$17,900 for a room. Headspace area is $1500-$5000. Exhibitor registration closes Aug 1, so we'll see what happens.

    More expensive with less vendors will definitely seal the deal for me. Time will tell.

    CEDIA is in Denver the following week! Another fun show.
     
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    Really disappointed to see that Canjam decided to not be at RMAF this year. Living in Kansas its really my only chance to demo stuff all year, now I'll have to attempt to go to NYC next February. I reached out to CFA and they said that with the cancellation of Canjam this year they would most likely not be in attendance. Real bummer, hard to get a show that incorporated lots of aspects of audio like RMAF was able to do.
     
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    They sill have a "head space"; it's just not being run by Head-Fi.
     
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