T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  18 comments
Standing by the hotel check-in counter, next to T.H.E. Show's registration table, Marine was in overdrive to ensure everything was going smoothly…
Sasha Matson  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  2 comments
The stars were out, and it was a dark night…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  9 comments
Brooks Berdan Ltd. of Monrovia, CA eschewed the big stuff, and displayed, in two different rooms, "realistically priced Hi Fi Music Systems"…
John Atkinson  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  4 comments
My beat at T.H.E. Show 2016 was the ground floor. En route to the audio exhibits, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this beautiful black Bugatti. No information on this particular car was available, but I assumed it was part of the display of tasty automobiles in the Hotel Irvine's lobby and outdoors pavilion, put on by Reus Car Audio Design, Whitledge Design, Wyred 4 Sound, Magnum Automotive Design, and The Source Audio Video Design Group. Pride of place in the car exhibit was Sony's Hi-Res Audio demo vehicle, which had been shown off two days earlier at the Capitol Studios event in Hollywood.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  2 comments
At one point, an attendee approached me in the hallway and said, "Is it just me, or are a lot of these rooms bright?"
Sasha Matson  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  14 comments
There's more than one way to skin a cat—a profusion of ways to hook together audio components in the high-end world of today—and my hunch is that the number of dedicated cabling companies has increased within the past decade, and now exceeds that of any other audio-hardware category.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  2 comments
I've included the long view of this room to demonstrate the lengths to which Ocean Way Audio's Allen Sides, in partnership with Viola Labs, went to achieve reference quality sound at T.H.E. Show…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  9 comments
Only one question followed me to the 14th floor of Hotel Irvine: Will floor 2's unprecedented number of good-sounding rooms be repeated on other floors during T.H.E. Show Newport?
Sasha Matson  |  Jun 08, 2016  |  1 comments
"Dear TSA, These are Hi-Fi components. They are magnetic. Nothing active. Thanks."
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 08, 2016  |  3 comments
On the first night of the show, a standing-room-only assemblage of friends, associates, and supporters gathered in a huge, tented outdoor pavilion to bid adieu to Richard Lawrence Beers (July 26, 1949–January 26, 2016), co-founder of The Home Entertainment Show.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 08, 2016  |  4 comments
Was it really possible that so many excellent sounding rooms, both large and small, could be located on a single floor?
Sasha Matson  |  Jun 08, 2016  |  0 comments
A Game of Thrones vibe hit me when I visited the room hosted by Texas-based distributor Believe High Fidelity…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 07, 2016  |  1 comments
That so many of the 19 rooms I entered on the second floor of Hotel Irvine sounded really good is nothing short of a miracle…
Sasha Matson  |  Jun 07, 2016  |  3 comments
During the second part of my first day at T.H.E. Show, I paid a visit to the Hotel Irvine's Woodbridge Room—a poetic name that gelled with the quality of the gear on display…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 06, 2016  |  0 comments
After the speakers totally disappeared, all that remained was truly glorious, open, clear, extremely seductive, and supremely musical sound…

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