T.H.E Show Newport 2016 (Part 1)
07-03-2016 | By Steve Lefkowicz | Issue 86
I know I always start my show report with some kind of a rant about the state of high-end audio. Not this time. I can say this was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had at an audio show in many years. There were more good sounding rooms than usual, far fewer rooms that made you wonder “What were they thinking?” and exhibitors generally seemed to be more receptive to playing music that people brought with them.
With all that said and done, this show report will focus on a handful of rooms that really impressed with what would have to be considered (in this industry at least) lower cost, high value products.
Maybe some of the complete systems were still pretty pricey, but at least some of the products on display in these rooms were definite over-achievers. One thing you might notice if you remember my past show reports, a lot of the same names turn up here as in my favorite high value rooms from the past, though there are also plenty of new names, too.
Evoke Audio’s Eddie speakers driven by all NuPrime electronics was really putting on a show of how good cost-effective audio can get. The speakers are very reminiscent of the older VMPS 626 speaker, which is a very good thing, though they use completely different drivers. They play way bigger than one would expect based on their size and driver complement. A real solid debut from this new company.