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Florida International Audio Expo 2023 was held from February 17 to 19 in Tampa, at the Embassy Suites By Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. That’s the same hotel it’s been held at since the first show, in 2019, when it was named Florida Audio Expo. Except for 2021, when it was canceled due to COVID-19, I’ve been to this event every year—and have been able to witness it improving with each successive year.

Embassy Suites

This year, as I’ve done for the previous three visits, I arrived in Tampa a day before the event started and left for home a day after it finished. That put me there for all three show days in their entirety, which gave me plenty of time to see everything I was interested in. Fellow SoundStager Hans Wetzel did the same, so together we have been able to provide the best coverage possible for SoundStage! Global. You can see all our show reports here.

This year’s show was bigger than it’s ever been, so I was dead tired when I left on the 20th, partly because covering hi-fi shows the way we do is draining—we start putting reports online not long after the show starts and we make sure to finish our coverage by midnight on the final day—but also because of what happened after we’d completed the coverage, mere minutes before midnight. I got corralled into a two-hour conversation with someone in the industry, and we talked about everything from global traveling to the newest movies and television to—of course—the latest hi-fi, so I barely got any sleep before my flight home in the morning. But that part was on me.

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