24 HOURS IN BERLIN WITH YAMAHA HOME AUDIO
Did you know I used to be a music producer, DJ and engineer? Not many people who know me from the interiors world know that about me, but you'll soon see why its relevant.
Over the weekend I was invited to IFA expo out in Berlin with Yamaha home audio. The IFA is a consumer electronics event and it's one of the biggest in the world. Not only was I excited to visit the show and see what Yamaha had to offer, I was also itching to get back to one of the first cities that truly embraced my music back in the day.
Loads of electronics brand set up shop to showcase their new gadgets and let me tell you this brought the techy side of this girl right back to the front! Yamaha have such a wide offering from musical instruments to home audio and pro soundsystems and I got to mess around with ALL OF IT including a range of silent instruments.
The first thing that struck me was that they had taken time to showcase their products in styled roomsets. This might not be a big deal in itself but it's cool to see that even tech brands realise that how things look and feel in your home is a real key part to us making those purchasing decisions.
Then I got stuck in to playing around on the instruments, which not only sound great but look awesome. What I thought was most cool was the silent violin and guitar, or as I like to call them 'the empty instruments'. They are completely silent. Maybe I need to send a link to my neighbour, cough cough.
I also fell in love with these retro soundsystems...
...and the range of home audio speakers. They run on Yamaha's smartphone app called MusicCast which allows you to control each speakers individually around your home, connect to music streaming such as Spotify, have tailored playlists for each room and connects with Amazon Alexa. Pretty impressive.
After swooning over these for a bit I was given one of their ISX-80 desktop audio speakers which is compatible with the MusicCast system so I can't wait to give it a try. Once it arrives and I get it set up in our bedroom I'll put up some pics on my insta or on here. I've been sent various home speakers (I have one from Bose, Yamaha and Google Play too) so I think I might do a little review video of looks and sound quality, because coming from a music engineering background I know good audio when I hear it.
After our fun at IFA it was back to the hotel to freshen up before heading out on to....
Now lemme tell ya, I have never been on a partybus in my life. So whilst most people were concerned about the stripper pole I was concerned about a) being forced in to some kind of group bonding game and b) an open bar for three hours. THREE HOURS?! I guess you can imagine what happens next...
Ok for anyone who saw my insta stories I *may* have mounted the pole, but just for a second, okay?!
I also got to see and learn more about Berlin from the amazing German Yamaha team and I also got to get my cultural geek on and do a bit of this...
We finished with dinner at Soho House Berlin and the food was doooooooope! More wine. More chat. Me leaving at 11pm cos I'd been up since 3am the following night for my early flight and I'm a good girl like that.
Thanks Berlin, you were awesome, even if just for 24 hours. I'll be back!