From groovy turntables to tasty wines at Newport Beach's T.H.E. Show

High-end audio shows are a great way to see and hear the very best gear. CNET's Steve Guttenberg is getting good feedback about the goings-on at T.H.E. Show: Newport, being held this weekend in Southern California.

Tube electronics at T.H.E. Show: Newport Brent Butterworth

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.

Audiophiles check out the sounds of high-end headphones. Brent Butterworth

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.

The TAD speakers on demonstration at T.H.E. Show: Newport Brent Butterworth

About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.

 

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