High-end audio shows are a great way to see and hear the very best gear. I'm getting good feedback about the goings-on at T.H.E. Show: Newport being held this weekend at the Hilton Hotel at the Orange County Airport in California.
There are oodles of outrageously priced, groovy turntables; gorgeous amplifiers; and statuesque speakers on display; and lots of great music to buy. More than 100 high-end audio companies will be demonstrating their best products in rooms throughout the hotel.
T.H.E. Show: Newport is also presenting a series of seminars on computer audio; tips on how to buy headphones; a "Roast the Reviewers" panel discussion with writers from Stereophile, Positive Feedback, and Absolute Sound magazines; and another panel featuring legendary speaker designers from JBL, Vandersteen, Harman, and others. T.H.E. Show: Newport will also have live music events, a cavalcade of classic cars, high-end car audio systems, wine tasting, and great cigars.
My friend Brent Butterworth is attending the show and sent a few pictures for this blog, but he will be posting a lot more and a full show report on the Sound and Vision Web site on Tuesday.