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

T.H.E. Show Newport Beach wrapped up yesterday evening, and I think everyone in attendance would agree that it's a harbinger of good things to come. In its third year, the show has matured into an event that would impress even the most jaded audiophile. There was something for everyone, from half-million-dollar systems to some that cost less than $500. If you didn't find something you wanted to buy at this show, you just aren't that into audio.

I posted a preliminary report a couple of days ago; now I'll wrap up with a more extensive report covering the rooms that most impressed me. Click on the Gallery at right for a full photo essay. There are surely some key manufacturers missing here, but I can't get to every room and I apologize in advance to manufacturers whose rooms I missed.

Meanwhile, here's my totally unofficial, totally unapproved awards for the show.

Best sound: Magico S1 speaker driven by Constellation Audio Centaur Mono monoblock amps.

Best budget sound: Pioneer SP-BS21-LR speakers ($129/pair) driven by Pioneer A-20 integrated amp ($299)

Product I most seriously considered buying on the spot: Magnepan Super MMG speakers