Show Report: New York Audio Show, Part I

The second annual New York Audio Show wrapped up last night, ending a three-day event at the New York Palace Hotel where audiophiles got a chance to hear some of the most exotic and elaborate audio gear available today-and got to sample some affordable gear, too, right down to what might be the best <$300 headphone I've heard to date.

The show also featured some great panel discussions, workshops, and performances, including extensive presentations on recording and mastering, enlightening discussion about vintage gear and high-res downloads, and even a live demo of speaker measurement by yours truly. Most of the presentations were hosted by NYC-area dealers, in most cases with the manufacturers on hand to provide in-depth information about their products.

We'll start our coverage with a photo essay of some of my favorite rooms and products of the show (including the Quad headphones shown above), and conclude tomorrow with a report from S&V tech editor Al Griffin.