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Highend Headphones Story At The National Audio Show 2014!

Vipers

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Hi Everyone,

I’m a bit late posting this but it took a while to catch up after showing at the National Audio show at the weekend, but the good news it that we pulled it off, after what seemed like months of planning I’m pleased to say that it all went off pretty smoothly and we’ve had some great feedback since the show which is great news, so I guess that means that Highend Headphones is now out there as a real company :-)

Firstly I’d like to thank three guys who started off as customers and have become friends for helping run the stand, first a big up to Ross for helping set up on the Friday and help run the stand on both days, who knew he was such a good salesman, especially when it came to Stax, and also a big thanks to Ady and Kyri for all their efforts at the weekend, thrown in totally at the deep end but they both took to it like a duck to water, we really wouldn’t have coped without their help, thanks guys, also a big thanks to my nephew Sean and his girlfriend Sophie for making sure everyone got a leaflet when they walked in the entrance and for general promotion duties, what a team :-)

Finally I’d like to thank all the manufacturer’s who supported us by taking space in the Headzone under the Highend Headphones banner, so thanks to Chord Electronics, Audeze, Astell&Kern, Grado, Atlas Cables, Aedle, OPPO, Ultrasone and Fostex for all your efforts.

So in the end it was extremely hard work, from squeezing everything into the van, how taking a few headphones turned into what we ended up doing I’m still not sure, to setting up, running the stand and breaking it all down at the end of Sunday, but it was all very rewarding and great fun.

It all went reasonably smoothly, it did take a while to get 20+ amps running from 4 sources , at one point I really did think that I had bitten off more than I could chew but at the last minute, well around 9.30pm on Friday it all came together. The only real issue we had was that we went in on Saturday morning and the credit card machine had a critical failure over night but fair play to Worldpay as they sent a guy out with a new machine within 3 hours who stayed to get it all working and we were back up and running by midday, great service.

Here is a couple of blogs from Chris Martens from HiFi+ regarding Headzone this year -

[url="http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/headzones-at-the-national-audio-show-2014-part-1/"]http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/headzones-at-the-national-audio-show-2014-part-1/[/url]

[url="http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/headzones-at-the-national-audio-show-2014-part-2/"]http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/headzones-at-the-national-audio-show-2014-part-2/[/url]

Anyway thanks again to everyone, look forward to doing it all again next year, below are a few pics of our adventures at the weekend -

[b]A week before the show we went for a quick look[/b]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/1_zpsce85c0da.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/1_zpsce85c0da.jpg[/img][/url]

[b]Off we go.[/b]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/2_zps21325610.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/2_zps21325610.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/3_zps87a39cfd.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/3_zps87a39cfd.jpg[/img][/url]

[b]Time to get busy.[/b]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/4_zps35ce0370.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/4_zps35ce0370.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/5_zpsa67f3f69.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/5_zpsa67f3f69.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/6_zpsa2b92976.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/6_zpsa2b92976.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/7_zpsb5155c08.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/7_zpsb5155c08.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/8_zps14a1ba9c.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/8_zps14a1ba9c.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/9_zps19a65c31.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/9_zps19a65c31.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/13_zps71f0859e.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/13_zps71f0859e.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/14_zpsb1dfed98.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/14_zpsb1dfed98.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/12_zps4b3e01dd.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/12_zps4b3e01dd.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/10_zpsa2ba595d.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/10_zpsa2ba595d.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/11_zps0d215450.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/11_zps0d215450.jpg[/img][/url]

[b]Let the show begin.[/b]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/16_zpsa637d279.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/16_zpsa637d279.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/17_zps38611da5.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/17_zps38611da5.jpg[/img][/url]

[b]In the blink of an eye it was all over![/b]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/18_zps29d905b8.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/18_zps29d905b8.jpg[/img][/url]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/19_zpsac731f60.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/19_zpsac731f60.jpg[/img][/url]

[b]What a team, minus Kyri, and still smiling :-)[/b]

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/20_zpsc77acbfd.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/20_zpsc77acbfd.jpg[/img][/url]

So now it is just the small task of carrying on setting up the Highend Headphone shop in readiness for the launch on Saturday, still so much to do.

Cheers,

Paul.


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