“T.H.E. Show Newport Beach is North America’s largest and best-attended audio show that is open to the public,” says Richard Beers, president and CEO of T.H.E. Show. “Over 7,200 audiophiles attended the event in 2014 and we literally outgrew exhibit space in the Atrium and Hilton hotels where the show was held for the past four years. The move to the Hotel Irvine will allow us to accommodate more industry and consumer attendees and to showcase even more of the latest and greatest consumer electronic products than ever before.”
Visitors to T.H.E. Show Newport Beach can visit the Headphonium exhibitors, the Marketplace, Vinyl, CD, and Accessories vendors all in one location—a giant 15,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom in the center of the Hotel Irvine. Returning to the event in 2015 will be the gourmet food trucks, a giant high-end auto show, live entertainment day and night, wine tastings, and many more popular educational seminars orchestrated by the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society (LAOCAS).
New this year will be an impressive home-theater demonstration featuring Focal, Sony, and The Source AV, in Hotel Irvine's elegant amphitheater. Joining T.H.E. Show for the first time, Crestron will present the latest in AV and home automation. Ford Motor Company will display its line of cars while demonstrating the latest advancements in automotive electronics in the Hotel Irvine’s 8,000 sq. ft. Pavillion, located adjacent to the hotel.
T.H.E. SHOW Closes
The Home Entertainment (T.H.E.) Show also confirmed the cancellation of T.H.E. Show Las Vegas for 2015. Spokesman for T.H.E. Show confirmed that its Las Vegas, NV, event will be put on hiatus and the organization will focus its resources on its popular Newport Beach Show.
“It’s time to reexamine the purpose of individual shows,” says Richard Beers, president and CEO of T.H.E. Show. “For 16 years, T.H.E. Show Las Vegas has been an exhibit venue designed primarily to serve CE manufacturers, dealers and the audio press— whereas, our Newport Show, open to the public, attracts an even wider range of exhibitors and thousands of consumers who want to see and hear the finest in home entertainment. An industry without end-users and potential customers is an industry destined not to grow,” Beers continued. “Because T.H.E. Show Newport has continued to grow over the past four years, we have decided to consolidate our efforts into making our Newport venue the absolute best for everyone.”
T.H.E. Show Newport 2015 transformation has begun, and T.H.E. Show has been completely redesigned from the ground up, with a new venue, new logo, new website, and new show amenities. T.H.E. Show Newport will relocate to the Hotel Irvine, a large, five- star hotel in a high-profile area less than a mile from T.H.E. Show’s previous location, and only a five minute shuttle ride from the John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA).
“The property is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation from its days as a prestigious Hyatt Regency, and exhibitors who received an advance showing have told us that it is possibly the best venue for an audio convention ever — anywhere,” says Beers.
Many exhibitors have already reserved exhibit space: Audio Research, Ayon Audio, Concert Fidelity. Hi Fi One, Kimber Kable, Kubala-Sosna, Magnepan, MBL North America, Nola, Nordost, Perfect 8 (Best in Show CES 2014), Rockport, Sony, Stillpoints, Synergistic Research, Vandersteen, and more will join local audio retailers Audio Elements, Cake Audio, On A Higher Note, Optimal Enchantment, Precision AV, Brooks Berdan, Scott Walker Audio, Sunny’s Audio, Upscale Audio, and countless others.
Exhibit Space reservations are now open and requests can be made on the website. Hotel sleeping rooms can be reserved online beginning in January 2015.