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T.H.E. Show Newport 2016, Part Five

06-17-2016 | By Dave Clark | Issue 86

T.H.E. Show Newport, the conclusion!

From Part One...

Second year at the same location, the Hotel Irvine, room 441, and with us arriving late Wednesday afternoon after a full day of teaching. Tired, exhausted... and bittersweet as this was the next to last week before we retired as educators. Daunting task. Set up a room—a hospitality room with an audio system hitting well over a $100K—make the room a place to sit and chill. Adult beverages, 8 different bourbons and scotches, best coffee around (burr ground on demand, filtered water, special blend of beans courtesy of Ristretto Roasters in Portland... all brewed via the Moccamaster), soft lighting, comfy chairs... yeah, we pulled it off... of course to really pull it off, we also have to visit the exhibitor rooms. Meaning we need to report on the show, get around to people we know and people we are glad to get to know, all the while hosting the PF Hospitality suite.

What this really means is that spending any serious time in any room, other than our own, becomes hopeless. The best we can do is drop in, take a few images, grab some literature, give a cursory listen where if it sounds okay, it is probably way better than okay... and then onto the next. For sure it gets old, and we are old, and so each day becomes a seemingly longer and steeper hill to climb. Stop for lunch, say hello to friends new and old in the hallway... by Sunday we are physically and emotionally gone. But on Monday we were back at school for our last five days...ever...with kids.

So what you got here is a hundred plus images, a list of what was shown in the rooms, some people we ran into... and a few comments about this and that. Enjoy. Part five of five...

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Kyron Audio.

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GTT Audio & Video, Mola Mola, YG Acoustics, Kubala-Sosna Research.

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GTT Audio & Video, KII Audio.

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Colleen Cardas Imports, Pureaudio Limited, Les Davis Audio, Furutech, The Wand Tonearm, Brigadiers Audio. Way good stuff going on here.

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Carol and Colleen, talking serious business.

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Joe Kubala of Kubala-Sosna with Wang Xuanqian and Summer Yin of Auralic.

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Colleen Cardas Imports, Redgum Audio, Axis Voice Box.

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Wireworld Cable Technology. Any cable dissers were converted...

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David Salz of Wireworld.

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Andrew Reagan of JH Audio.

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Roger Skoff stops by the PF Hospitality Suite.

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Mary Cardas with sister Angela Cardas Meredith.

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Lampizator Golden Gate in the PF Hospitality Suite.

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Evolution Acoustics MicroOne loudspeakers in the PF Hospitality Suite.

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Kubula Sosna power distribution unit in the PF Hospitality Suite. Have here at home now...

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T.H.E. Show Newport Beach registration.

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Gary Katayama of Affordable Audio.

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Burmester, Tweak Studio.

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Blue Light Audio and Alma Music and Audio. Evolution Acoustics MMThree Exact loudspeakers, darTZeel, and Wave Kinetics. WOW. Stunningly good.

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Kevin Malmgren of Evolution Acoustics.

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I liked this a lot.

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Concert Fidelity, Maxonic, SRC Co.

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Jeff Kaplan.

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MBL.

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MBL.

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Packed room. Ayon Acoustics.

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Ayon Acoustics.

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Cables anyone?

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The Marketplace.

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Hajime Sato of Eastwind Imports.

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Eastwind Imports.

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Quality Recordings.

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Ultrasonic Records.

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The Marketplace.

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The Marketplace.

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Mr. Speakers.

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Manley Labs.

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Audeze.

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Chord.

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Scott Markwell manning the Elite AV Distribution booth.

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1More, a new headphone offering.

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Audioquest.

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Shane of Intervention Records. Good guy!

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ACA, Melody, XLO. Nice indeed.

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Audio Union, Thrax Audio, Enklein, Precision AV.

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Audio Union, Thrax Audio, Enklein, Precision AV.

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On a Higher Note. Jospeh Cali Systems Design, Shunyata Research, Artesania Audio, Eclipse TD, Lusman, Merging Technologies, Vivid Audio.

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On a Higher Note. Jospeh Cali Systems Design, Shunyata Research, Artesania Audio, Eclipse TD, Lusman, Merging Technologies, Vivid Audio.

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Michael Goodman of Centrance Audio.

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Synergistic Research.

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Synergistic Research.

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Mytek Digital.

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Chebon from Mytek.

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Nordost Cables.

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Olu Sonuga of Dynamic Design.

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Meeting of the minds in the PF Hospitality Suite. When and where for dinner?

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Aqua Acoustic Quality, Diesis Audio, Angstrom Audio Lab.

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Aqua Acoustic Quality, Diesis Audio, Angstrom Audio Lab.

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Brian Moura of Positive Feedback.

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Ray Kimber taking a break in the PF Hospitality Suite. He liked what he heard...

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Yet another shot of the system in the Hospitality Suite, sounded great all weekend.

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