Event: THE Show 2013
Official website: THE Show 2013 - Newport, USA
Reporter: Todd Bromgard - TNT USA
Published: October, 2013
The Home Entertainment Show (aka "T.H.E. Show") took place May 31, June 1 and June 2 in Orange County, California. It was a gathering of 400 high end audio vendors with 200 rooms housing some of the best audio gear around. It took place at the Orange County Hilton and Atrium Hotels, which are next to one another. In between the hotels were food trucks, exotic cars, fine cigars and live music, even Michael Fremer was there to show all how to set up a turntable. It seemed a success for all involved. It was way too much for one person to cover, but I tried. Here is a sampling of the interesting new products and demos I heard at T.H.E. Show.
Von Gaylord Audio demonstrated its new VG-8 speakers coupled with the Starlet integrated amplifier and produced some fine sound and played surprising loud for smallish monitors. Word has it they can also be placed near walls.
Red Wine Audio had some of the best sound at show. Vinni Rossi was playing DJ and using his Liliana mono block battery powered amplifiers to drive Harbeth HL5 speakers. Also, in the foreground is the new Signature 57 integrated amp on the side to tease, its due out shortly.
The new Silverline Prelude Plus speakers looked and sounded impressive being driven with Reite Audio electronics. Reite was previously unknown to me, that's what great about audio shows. They build amps, pre amps and power supplies. I am sure you will hear and see more of Reite in the future as the electronics were transparent. Silverline sent me a set of Prelude Plus speakers to review. Stay tuned.
TAD's Reference One speakers and a whole bank of TAD electronics was to my ears best in show. The system is fast and capable of producing extreme dynamic impact. It was set up in the Penthouse of the Hilton, and had the benefit of a sizable space which was appropraite for the size of the Reference One's. Andrew Jones spoke to the crowd regarding his design and choice of music, my favorite was a drum track played at realistic volume. Impressive stuff
Onda Ligera had its Wave 168D speakers playing through its IPA 006 integrated amplifier which produces 600 watts per channel into a speaker with 93 db sensitivity. The sound of bass notes was fast, powerful and full range. Onda Ligera is coming to the US in just a few months. The projected cost of the Wave168D is $30,000.
Ayon had a plethora of amps playing in each corner of a large ballroom, and then some. When one system was done playing a song, everyone would stand, rotate chairs 1/4 turn and listen to the next system. I neglected to write down the name of the speaker in the corner with the wood cabinet, but it sounded clear, loud and dynamic.
Sony's ES series speakers sounded impressive driven by beautiful Pas Labs electronics. The music coming from such a small enclosure was mystifying. The tweeter is in an the shape of an "I" with two small tweeters separated by a larger one in the middle. The Sony's sounded like much larger speakers and music sounded natural.
See you next year at THE Show 2014.
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