Attending a show is a fun game for some folks. The 2013 edition of THE Show in Newport Beach (or Irvine if you have to be pedantic) was my third show in the last year. My wife and I actually attend these things together as a type of vacation.
And why not?
We live on the Oregon Coast. Sure, it's gorgeous, but it also rains constantly. Southern California's weather starts to sound tempting after a winter of gloom. This is a chance to leave Sweater Weather for a weekend of hanging out in the golden sun.
Anyway, that's the proposition that brought us to Newport the first time. That is, at least, how we justified it to people who aren't *audiophiles*. The truth is that T.H.E. Show at Newport Beach is one of the few chances for someone who lives in the sticks to get out and spend a weekend listening to cool gear, learning about fun music, and talking to folks who are just as obsessed with that stuff as you are. California sun may be lovely, but it's definitely not the draw.
Since Scot couldn’t make Newport this year, my wife, Kirsten, and I offered to pick up the slack. We figured two people could probably manage to do a passable enough job that Scot could give his readers something. Now, a week — and a road trip, work, a complete network storage meltdown and one vicious head cold — later the two of us are ready to say “Maybe FOUR people could do it right.”
I’ll start handing the content off to Scot today to do with as he will. There should be the traditional “Picture in a Room” with a blurb for most of the stuff and a couple of “What I Learned on my Summer Vacation” reports.
PS: Your glasses are fine. The photos really are that bad.
— Mal Kenney