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Alma Music & Audio, Wilson Audio, Luxman, Innuos, MSB, Kubala-Sosna – T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 15th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Wilson Audio TuneTot

Alma Music & Audio of San Diego brought to T.H.E. SHOW 2019 one of the more exciting small room exhibits at the show. Alma Music & Audio is a full-service high-end audio dealer that services all of southern California. At the show, Alma was displaying their Wilson Audio and Luxman products. Both of which have upped their game in the last ten years, and this small but exquisite sounding system is solid proof of it.

Standing tall in a stunning matte red finish were the Wilson Audio TuneTot ($9,800 pr USD) monitors.… Read the full article

A CanJam SoCal 2019 Prep Sheet

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

When preparing for any audio show, a list of needs, wants and must haves immediately comes to any travelers mind. In the case of press, the list of required gear shifts ever so slightly. It has been a long while since I have gone to any hifi show for purely entertainment, so a growing laundry list of production gear usually follows me in tow.

What I Take To The Show.

For next week’s CanJam SoCal show at the Irvine Marriott, I plan to bring the usual “big SLR”.… Read the full article

Brooks Berdan, Magico & Burmester – T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Brooks Berdan

If you happened to mosey on down to the first floor at T.H.E. Show in Long Beach last weekend, you may have caught the Brooks Berdan Gallerie 2 room tucked back in the far corner. Not out of the way, so to speak, but rather a pronounced location at a pivotal point between the main lecture hall and a fast track to the food trucks in the back parking lot.

The room itself was large, but also filled with big sound from a combination of Magico (M2, $63k) and Burmester (088 Pre, $33k & 909 MK5 Power, $80k).… Read the full article

Lone Mountain Audio, ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) – T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

ATC Acoustic Transducer Company

Cutting right to the chase I usually love an ATC room, and in keeping with my personal history, this one was no different. Less on the surface, this was my first experience with ATC’s awesome Special Edition SCM50E Active Tower Loudspeakers, and the ATC CDA2 MkII CD Player/Pre-amp/DAC. The ATC/Lone Mountain experience at T.H.E. SHOW 2019 is the stuff of legends. During my listening session things got really loud, in a good way. We fired up the new Tool album as it was recorded on ATC speakers, so it was only right to give them the ATC treatment on the way out as well.… Read the full article

New Products From Wyred4Sound – T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Wyred 4 Sound at T.H.E. Show 2019

It had been a few shows since I’ve been able to connect with Wyred 4 Sound, but things in room 512 of the Hilton Long Beach were definitely heating up by the time I arrived on Friday afternoon.

Unapologetically pumping Keith Don’t Go, the same W4S branded subs we first saw at RMAF 2018 were now being paired with a set of Fritz Carrera BE ($3.5k) standmounts for a sound that did justice to the song’s hard core audiophile tendencies.… Read the full article

Friday Highlights From T.H.E. Show – T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

T.H.E. Show 2019

June gloom be damned, I put the top down on my two-seater and headed south.  Like a scene from SNL’s The Californians – I took the 10 to the 5 to the 710 – and happily arrived in sunny Long Beach for my favorite audio event – T.H.E. Show.

This was my second time attending and first things first, let’s talk about the new home for T.H.E. Show – The Hilton Long Beach.  The new space is elegant a big step up from last year.… Read the full article

MBL North America – T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

MBL North America from T.H.E. Show 2019

The last time I listened to MBL’s Noble line of electronics, they were driving the alarmingly superb sounding, and statuesque 101 E Mk II Radialstrahler Loudspeakers — which like statues, can be rather imposing to some decors — and like decors, how many have room for a statue, much less two of them. At T.H.E. SHOW 2019, MBL delivered that same sense of space within the musical stage, but this time without overtaking the physical sense of space in the room.… Read the full article

Setup Day – T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

Hilton Long Beach

It wasn’t all boxes and half ajar screws at T.H.E. Show (The Home Entertainment) on move-in Thursday. In fact, some preparations had been in stride since Wednesday for Southern California’s only high-end audio event. The halls were filled with crates and clear wrap while the rooms were starting to hum in anticipation for the next three days of audio celebration.

The show itself has seen major growth over last year’s Orange County engagement, and the Hilton Long Beach appears as a subtle resting place for the 3-floors-plus-big-rooms location nestled next to LA’s biggest shipping port.… Read the full article

Supra HiFi, Vivid, Mola-Mola, Aurender, Analysis Plus – Lone Star Audio Fest 2019

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Supra HiFi, Vivid, Mola-Mola, Aurender, Analysis Plus atLone Star Audio Fest 2019

The Lone Star Audio Fest is a lot about enjoying yourself, be it exhibitor or attendee, and getting a chance to see your fellow hi-fi designers and builders. Guys like Scott Warren of Supra HiFi has witnessed many people go from small DIY Hi-Fi makers on to what the audiophile going press and public would deem as true hi-fi manufacturers. What Mr. Warren really likes about Lone Star Audio Fest is the chance to build relationships with these fellow exhibitors (and potential customers) that the larger shows don’t often allow for due to their scale, and rushed sense of urgency to “see it all.” Scott’s Supra HiFi exhibit room was a busy one at the show this year, and it’s a testament to those relationships he has built with attendees, exhibitors, and builders who have shown alongside Scott and Supra Hi-Fi for many years now.… Read the full article

Who’s ready for T.H.E. Show?

By | May 28th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

T.H.E Show

Last year’s T.H.E. Show (The Home Entertainment) was graced with near perfect Southern California weather and a nice intimate feel for audio press and show goers. Now in another go ’round we are standing on the precipice of the 2019 event, less than two weeks away from today’s posting date. Perhaps a less intimate even this year, show runner Maurice Jung is promising more “show” all around. This includes conservative estimates of 2x the gear and rooms over last year’s soiree.… Read the full article

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