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THE Show Newport 2015, Part 1

06-28-2015 | By Dave Clark | Issue 80

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.

The Sonicflare room.

David Robinson and Tim de Paravicini of EAR.

Din Johnson of Ristretto Roasters.

Silvano Cremonesi of Pearl Evolution.

Jonathan Tinn enjoying the Positive Feedback hospitality suite.

Alan Kafton with Roger Gordon of pf.

A packed house in the Positive Feedback hospitality suite.

Mary Cardas and Les Edelberg.

Dave Cope of Audio Note (UK).

Mat Weisfeld of VPI.

Matt Weisfeld and of A.J. Conti of Basis.

Peter McGrath.

By the fire pit with Lila Ritsema, Michael Mercer, and Carol Clark.

Pete Davey and David Robinson.

Ed Gindin, Ayon Audio.

Bob Levi, president of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society.

Marjorie Baurmert of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

Colleen Cardas and Marc Phillips.

Wes Katzir of Shelley Audio.

Olu Sonuga of Dynamic Design.

Joe Cohen of The Lotus Group.

Nina Sventisky of WyWires with Carol.

Garry Lambert and Steve Holt.

The Positive Feedback hospitality suite system: Evolution Acoustics, Merging Nadac, Dartzeel, Stillpoints, and Kubala Sosna.

ELAC loudspeakers. Suggested retail $229.

Joe Cohen, the Lotus Group.

Daedalus, ModWright, WyWires, Stillpoints.

Lou Hinkley.

Evolution Acoustics loudspeakers.

Neighbors of Dave and Carol... Christy and Ted, experience their first audio show.

Blue Light Audio, sounding good.

Dean Seislove of Positive Feedback.

David Janszen of Janszen Loudspeakers.

Bob's Devices.

Records and accessories.

Andrew Jones of ELAC.

Mytek and Chebon Littlefield.

Dana Cables.

The Tape Project and Bottlehead.

Morrow Audio.

Charisma Audio.

Synergistic Research.

LMC Home Entertainment, Martin Logan Neolith, McIntosh, Linn.

Voxative, KR Audio, Gregitek.

Covenant Audio Consulting, Wavac Audio Lab, Silverline Audio Technology, Esoteric Digital, EMT Cartridge, Well-Tempered Turntable, Accoustic Arts.

Covenant Audio Consulting, Technical Brain, Silverline Audio Technology, Esoteric Digital, Accoustic Arts, Timbernation.

Audio Research and Vandersteen Treo.

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

Russ Stratton in the Blackbird Audio room.

The new Trenner & Friedl little loudspeaker. Big sound!

Perla Audio.

Piraeus Audio.

Perla Audio.

Aaudio Imports, Finite Elemente, Ikeda, Lansche, Stage III, Ypsilon.

Bruce Jacobs.

Stillpoints, Exemplar Audio.

Urlo Wine was the house wine in hotel restaurant, Eats Kitchen and Bar. The logo resembles the Positive Feedback logo.

Dave Spitzer and Cristina Genera.

Registration for the show. Long Lines.

Lucette Nicoll.

Michael Goodman of Centrance.

In the Headphonium, Nobel Audio.

Fancy cars.

Schiit Audio Asgard.

Andy Reagan of Jerry Harvey Audio.

Audeze Deckard.



WyWires and Zesto Audio.


Cavalli Audio.

Astell & Kern.

HiFi Man.


ALO Audio.

Burson Audio.

Elliot of Synergistic Research.

Lynx Hilo.

The Headphonium.

Richard Beers of T.H.E. Show.

Raidho Acoustics.

Creek Audio, Music Hall.

Richard in a pensive moment.

Leland and Arnold.

Tweak Studio, Burmester, MIT Cables, Torus, Music Hall.


Precision AV, Thrax Audio, Enklein Systems.

Concert Fidelity, Diasoul, Kotobuki.

Jonathan Tinn, Alan Kafton, Kevin Malmgren of Evolution Acoustics.

Evolution Acoustics.


Ayon, Lume White, and a whole lot more.

Toxic Toast Records, from our hometown of Long Beach, CA!

Russ Andrews.

Cake Audio, Rockport Technologies, Balanced Audio Technology, Brinkmann, Nordost, Kuzma, Dynavector.

Audio Nerd.

Plenty of records on hand.

Scott Walker Audio, Synergistic Research, Magico, Soullution, Berkeley Audio Designs, Acoustic Signature, Sonorus, Soundsmith.


On a Higher Note, Eclipse TD, Luxman, Mola-Mola, Vivid Audio, Shunyata Research.

Philip O'Hanlon with Carol.

Joe Kubala.

Bill Parish with Jim Merod in deep listening mode.

GTT Audio, YG Acoustics, Kubala-Sosna, Audionet, Kronos.

Lucette and Joseph.


Paintings of legends.

The Lambert Company.

Shelley's Stereo, Magnepan, Moon Audio.


Gingko Audio, DanaCable, Wells Audio, Lampizator.

Alma Music and Audio, Audiopax, Avantgarde, DarTZeel, Evolution Acoustics, MSB, Auralic.

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

Janszen Electrostatic Speakers.

Audio Note UK.

Kubotek, LP Concert for Memory of Harry Pearson.

Wells Audio, Voce Audio, WyWires.

Astell & Kern.

Colleen Cardas.

Sweet Spot High End Audio, Aurender, Berkeley Audio Design, Pure Audio, Colleen Cardas Imports, Endeavor Audio Engineering, Oracle Audio Technologies, Snake River Audio.

Andrew Jones of ELAC.

Channel Islands Audio and Your Final System.

Bill Artope of Dynamic Design.

Annalyric Systems, Audio Zone, Marten, Stillpoints, E.A.R. USA.

Dynamic Design, ModWright Instruments, TAD, Stillpoints, Sound Marketing.

Auralic North America, Ryan Speakers.

Richard Colburn of Auralic.

Keith Herron.

Herron Audio, DR Consulting, Audience.

The Lotus Group, PranaWire, Hanss Acoustics, Marten, KR Audio, Langerton, Oyaide.

Francisco Duran.

Margules Audio, Atlas Cables, Densen Audio Technologies, Tangerine Audio, Shape Design Furniture, Dreamvision.

Mark Smotroff.

Constellation Audio, Von Schweikert Audio, Master-Built Audio Cables.

ELAC America, by Andrew Jones.

Von Schweikert Audio, Constellation, Audio, Master-Built Audio Cables.

Pete Davey.

D'Agostino Audio Systems, The Source AV.

Part 2