T.H.E. Show Newport 2014: Wrap-Up

Big Thanks!
I love this show. Lots of good folks, fun times, and great gear. A huge thank you goes out to Richard Beers and Bob Levi for your vision and willingness to do things a little different. And to the members of the Los Angeles/Orange County Audiophile Society volunteers who willingly provide a lot of the grunt work that goes into organizing a successful show. Rumor has it the show will be in a new, bigger, better, cooler, near-by venue next year. From the sound of it, T.H.E. Show Newport will be bigger and better than ever. Woot!

Also a massive shout-out to Michael Mercer and Warren Chi for all the Headphonium grunt work. It's great to see the personal side of audio getting play and becoming integrated into the audiophile world. Great job guys!

Big thanks to the vendors as well, it's a hell of a hump to make it to one of these events. I hope THE Show Newport did well for you.

Things I didn't cover.
I know a lot of folks would have loved to get a little blurb on the HiFiMAN HE560. I have had three sets in the lab for measurement, but since there has been a delay on introducing these cans I've decided to wait until the final product is available before I comment.

Schiit Audio introduced a number of new products at the show, but having covered them not too long ago I decided I'd wait until RMAF to give them a spot. I will however be contacting Jason in the very near future, it's time for an InnerFidelity review of some good Schiit.

Having just reviewed the Audeze LCD-X I didn't feel the need to do a show report this time around. I did, however, go for a visit to the Audeze factory on Monday after the show. I had pre-arrainge to get schooled on planar magnetic technologies and techniques by Dragoslov Colich, Audeze's Chief Technology Officer. Man, like a drink of water from a firehose, it was an excellent and enlightening lesson. As a result, I will be writing a "How Planar Magnetic Headphones Work Part Two" in the very near future. In the mean time you can bone up on part one here.

New Wave Audiophile Press
It seems to me that this years has been a milestone of sorts for a new wave of audiophile press that "gets it" with regard to personal audio emerging as a legitimate component of the larger audiophile world. I had some great conversations over bourbon and cigars with Michael Mercer and Warren Chi of Audio360.org, Scot Hull of Confessions of a Part-time Audiophile, Brian Hunter of Audio-Head, John Darko of Digital Audio Review, and, of course Steve Rochlin of Enjoy the Music—who's been doing this forever but is as far from old school as you can get. I've always believed that the web is not a zero sum game, and that viewing our relationships is better done by considering each other as co-operators, not competitors. A strong personal audiophile press will raise the sea and float all boats. I'm very happy to say most of these guys feel this way also, and I expect you'll see these new wave audiophile journalists (and I include myself in that group) working co-operatively as colleagues to grow the personal audio space both within the audiophile world and beyond. So far it's just been poolside talk, but I reckon it'll be much more than that as time goes on. In fact, next week I'm going to do a video interview with Steve Rochlin at Enjoy the Music. I'll post a heads-up the day before the broadcast. It's a great time to be a headphone geek, I'm sure of it.

Well, that's it for me. Next up, my review of the Oppo PM-1 before week's end. See you then!

COMMENTS
Seth195208's picture

You must have absorbed a lot of information from both Igor and Dragoslov. Can't wait to read part 2!

TMRaven's picture

You should post pre-order measurements of the HE-560 anyways Tyll. That way we can at least see what kind of differences the different housing and baffle of the production one makes.

ManiaC's picture

Tyll and please don't forget to measure HE-400i too.

Three Toes of Fury's picture

Yo Tyll,

As always...THANK YOU!....it is such a treat to read your reports, see your photos, and see the feedback generated from your show updates such as this one. For those of us fanboys and fangirls unable to make it to shows like this, you provide great insights and overviews. Its also great to learn more about the science n technology behind the headphones/amps....i cant wait for your posting on Planar Pt II (Audio Electric Boogaloo? The Wrath of Kahn's?)

Peace .n. Living In Stereo

3ToF.

Byrnie's picture

As always thank for your time!

Tyll Hertsens's picture
...whether you managed to pick one up. Good on ya. And I'm game for pretty much anything. Just lemme know.
mikemercer's picture

Tyll,

Being out of commission for a week, reading this brought a huge smile to my face.
I truly cherished our time together brother, and thanks SO VERY much for the props!

Warren and I put alot into this one - and to have you there again and spend time with you was truly one of the highlights.

AND:

"I've always believed that the web is not a zero sum game, and that viewing our relationships is better done by considering each other as co-operators, not competitors. A strong personal audiophile press will raise the sea and float all boats. I'm very happy to say most of these guys feel this way also, and I expect you'll see these new wave audiophile journalists (and I include myself in that group) working co-operatively as colleagues to grow the personal audio space both within the audiophile world and beyond."

BRAVO! Well said
Can't wait to see ya again!!

HiFiGuy528's picture

Tyll, you didn't mention those pretty blue hps you tried on. ;) ~ Mike

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