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THE Show - Newport 2015, Part 2

07-01-2015 | By Dave Clark | Issue 80

To reiterate from Part 1... Before we get to our show report... here are a few general thoughts on shows and the people who attend:

People count, in most cases, more than gear.

You have to have an emotional connection to whatever is playing, so if your room is empty it might be because you are playing music that is not enticing the attendees. Meaning some rooms are packed and some are not. Whose fault is that? Think about what is going on. Your choices will matter more to others than to yourself.

Just because the music sounds good or bad, does not make the music good or bad... or the room. It just means the music sounds good to you and that you like that your music sounds good. It really does not mean that your music is good, though the room could be good. Except for you.

One man's music is another man's noise. Noise can sound good. So try not lecturing why someone's music is bad and yours is not. You just look bad. You might not think so, but everyone in the room listening to you thinks so. Trust me.

Bigger is not always better. Bigger can be good if it needs to be big, but smaller can be better when it needs to be small.

Try mouth wash. There are a lot of people here.

Narcissism gets old, just like all narcissists. Then you die lonely with no real friends. Is that what you want?

Try being genuine. It lasts longer and gets you farther. But then you have to do that all the time. Not just when it is convenient. That is what genuine is. The other is being phony. Like magic. We all see through it.

Arrogance is tiresome. Trust me. We all feel the same we just don't want to hurt your feelings.

If only a few things were actually good, then there wouldn't be so many other things… that you feel are not so good. Think about it. Diversity.

All I can do is tell you what we liked and why, the rest is rather up to you to decide whether it works for you or not.

Alan Kafton and his best buddy..

Daedalus Audio, Zesto Audio, WyWires, ModWright Instruments, VPI.

Upscale Audio, Primaluna, Kiseki, Sonus Faber.

Jim Merod.

Alma Music and Audio, AvantGarde, Dartzeel, MSB, Auralic, YG Acoustics, Evolution Acoustics, Solid Steel.

Paul McGowan.

Ted Smith.

YG and MSB.

PS Audio.

Legacy Audio.

Jonathan Scull.

Robyatt Audio, ENIGMAcoustics.

Bel Canto.


Alan Langford of DEQX.


Pietra, Bricasti Design.

Sunny Components, Wilson Audio, Audio Research, HRS, Aurender, Transparent, Spiral Groove, MSB.

Kyron Audio.

High Fidelity Cables.

Albert Porter.

Purist Audio Design, Allnic Audio, Audio Prana.

Jim Aud.

NFS Audio.

Precision Transducer Engineering, Soundsmith, WyWires.

GIK Acoustics, Odyssey Audio.

Focal, Audio Plus Services, The Source AV Group, Naim.


Stuart Jones of Chapman.

Essence of Music, Clarity Cable, Avatar Acoustics, Resonessence Labs.

Cambridge, Focal, Mu-So by Naim, Cloth & Metal.

Theta Digital, Wilson Audio, Sunny Components.

Chapman Loudspeakers, Ampsandsound, DH Labs.

Gavin Fish.

LH Labs, VI Dac, Geek Out V2.

Chris Morris from Auralic.

Echelon Audio.

Peter Norbaek of PBN Audio.

Quintessence Acoustics, PBN Audio, Auralic, Luxman, PS Audio.

PBN Audio.

Hi Fi One, Stillpoints, Enklein, Entreq, SMC Audio, Sonorus Audio, Wadax.

P.j. Zornosa.

Merrill Audio, Advanced Tech Labs, Antipodes Audio, Alta Audio.

Nordost, Jeff Rowland Design Group.

Audiomachina, Einstein Audio, Techdas, Graham Engineering.

GamuT, Pear Audio Blue.

John Larsen, Larsen Hi Fi.

Audio Skies, Larsen, GamuT, Pear Audio Blue, Audio Distinction, Acoustic Sounds.

Pear Audio, Larson.

Richard Vandersteen, Vandersteen Audio.

MoFi Distribution, Avid HiFi, Koetsu, Balanced Audio Technology, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Quad, Solidsteel.

Icono Audio.

Vana Ltd., Moon by Simaudio, Vienna Acoustics, European Audio Team, Isotek.

Audio Element, Aesthetix, Cardas Audio, Clearaudio, Grand Prix Audio, Musical Surroundings, Wilson Audio.

Audio Element, AMG, Audience, Ayre Acoustics, Cardas Audio, Grand Prix Audio, Wilson Audio.

George and Carolyn Counnas.

Audio Element, VTL, Wilson.

Zesto Audio, WyWires, Merrill-Williams, TAD, Tri-Planar.

Cabasse, Esoteric.

Whammerdyne Heavy Industries, Zu Audio, MSB Technologies, Jenna Labs.

High Water Sound, TW-Acustic, Tron Electric, Horning Hybrid Systems, Silver Circle Audio.

TriangleArt, NAT Audio, Acapella Audio Art.

Profundo, Syncopation, Heed Audio, Trenner & Friedl, Transfiguration, Viva Audio.

Harbeth, Acoustic Signature, Tellurium Q, Vinnie Rossi, Stein Music, Fidelis, Gene Rubin Audio.

Venice Audio, Naim Audio, Harbeth, Well Tempered Lab.

Stein Music.

Austin HiFi Inc, Crimson Products Ltd., Tocaro Loudspeakers, Resolution Audio.

Optimal Enchantment, Audio Research, Audioquest, Basis Audio, Harmonic Resolution Systems, Vandersteen Audio.

Dan Muzquiz of Blackbird Audio Gallery.

Profundo, Blackbird Audio Gallery, Viva Audio, Heed Audio, Transfiguration, Trenner & Friedl.

Knut Skogrand of Skogrand Cables.

Angel City Audio, Melody HiFi, VPI, MG Audio.

Skogrand Cables, Angel City Audio, 2L.

Highend Electronic, Langerton, Scansonic, Wall Audio, Valvet, Aurorasound, Highend Novum.

Sanders Sound Systems.

XLO, Angel City Audio, Melody.

LMC Home Entertainment, Sonus-Faber Extreme, Sonus-Faber Chameleon, McIntosh, Wadia, Audio Research.

Affordable Audio, Fritz Speakers, Triode Electronics, WyWires.

Zu Audio.

Affordable Audio, ATC Loudspeakers, Exposure Electronics, Pear Audio.


Steve Lefkowicz.

Red Dragon Audio, Spatial Audio, Anticables, Spiritual Audio.

Rethm Speakers, Core Audio Technology, HiDiamond Cables, Worldwide Wholesales.

Inex Innovation.

Woo Audio, MA Recordings, Stax Headphones, Abyss Headphones, Sennheiser, Audeze, Beyerdynamic.

Electra-Fidelity, Horning, Resolution Audio.

JWM Acoustics.

E.A.R. USA, Marten, RMA Design, Helius Design, Townshend Audio.

Pearlevo, McIntosh.

High Resolution Technologies, Furutech, Kuzma, REL.

Pranafidelity, Groove Note Records, Basis Audio, Miyajima, Lusman, Audio Conductors, Ampex.

Silverline Audio.

Brooks Berdan Ltd., Jadis, Spendor, Scheu, Thorens, Kubala-Sosna, Hugo TT.

Cary Audio, Tannoy.

David Robinson.

Positive Feedback Hospitality Suite.

Stillpoints rack, Merging Nadac, Dartzeel, Kubala-Sosna cables, Evolution Acoustics loudspeakers.

Dave Clark with Silvano Cremonesi of Pearl Evolution.