We spoke to thousands of people. Some had already visited AVForums, some were members, and some had never heard of us but were glad to learn of the help they can get.
We signed up hundreds of people and gave away thousands of bags, pens, coasters and leaflets.
Alan Roser's team and details of the kit are here. When I told people it was a £100,000 home cinema system and probably the best 3D they would ever see, most headed directly for the queue, which was quite long at times.
I sat in on the demo myself, of course. My favourite clip was the TinTin chase sequence (with the motorcycle) which was phenomenal both from a visual and audio perspective. The 3D was outstanding. Just breathtaking. And the audio was totally awesome. Anyone who knows me will tell you I love subwoofers and to be surrounded by three 4.5 Kw Paradigm Sub25s was bliss
I want to say many, many thanks to Alan and his team for delivering a really special experience.
The leaflet we produced was a useful guide to help people set up their TV. (Although its title 'Top Ten Tips' did become a bit of an embarrasing tongue twister after the hundredth time of saying it ). I asked lots of people whether they had adjusted the picture on their TV after they had bought it. The vast majority hadn't because they didn't know how. Many expected the TV to be correct out of the box.
The leaflet would inform people what the basic picture controls do (it's not what most people expect) and if followed, would very likely improve the quality of their TV picture.
The article can be found in full at www.AVForums.com/tvsetup/ and we will be expanding on it further over the coming days.
The team roster looked like this:
Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor
Lee Jensen Lee Jensen John O'Hara John O'Hara Greg Hook Greg Hook
Stuart Wright Stuart Wright Stuart Wright Stuart Wright Stuart Wright Stuart Wright
Vicki Wright Vicki Wright Vicki Wright Vicki Wright Vicki Wright Vicki Wright
Severine De Maximoff Severine De Maximoff Severine De Maximoff Severine De Maximoff Severine De Maximoff Severine De Maximoff
Phil Hinton Phil Hinton Phil Hinton Phil Hinton Phil Hinton Phil Hinton
Steve Withers Steve Withers Steve Withers Steve Withers Steve Withers Steve Withers
Luckily there weren't many exhibitors giving out bags. We handed out so many that they became fashionable and we soon had people asking for them. I'm sure the design has something to do with that.
One chap asked me if he could borrow one .
As we started to run out later on Sunday, we were reserving them for forum members, and a few people signed up to get them.
Check out the show video we're making which will have shots of people carrying them
Inside the bags, we were dropping our leaflets and those from stand sponsors XTZ and Zavvi, as well as a CD full of brochures about the equipment in the home cinema demo.
The coasters are a brand new design on rigid plastic with a clever high friction base.
The pens are the super soft ones like we used to have, but now all black in keeping with our new look.
If you want an AVForums coaster or pen then they will be available at future events such as product previews and focus groups we will be arranging.
I'm very happy that we managed to help some people with their technical questions. Phil, Steve, Russell and Greg were able to help in their roles as reviewers, but John, Mathew and particularly Keith and Andrew were able to share their AV knowledge and extoll the advantages of forum membership.
We even managed to 'kill two birds' by getting Russell, Steve, Mark and Phil round a table to record a podcast in person for a change (we usually use Skype since everyone is scattered around the country).
You can hear that home cinema podcast when it's published around the 21st April.
And as I mentioned above, there will also be a video from the show published soon on AVForums.tv.
And that's it for my personal thoughts on AVForums @ Gadget Show Live 2012.
Thanks to all those members who stopped by to say Hello. And to our new members, Welcome!
To everyone who helped on the stand, Vicki and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your considerable commitment and effort to help make the AVForums Gadget Show Live stand a success. Thank you
And lastly on Sunday, to add the icing on the cake, we had a visit from Jason who despite being very busy, managed to find time to come and experience our demo (which he said was awesome) and let us snap a few photos. He left 14 minutes before being due on stage! Many thanks, Jason.