The Marriot Irvine Spectrum’s grand opening was only two months ago. I geeked out over the high-tech elevator system which queues guests in a more efficient manner. The Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar had a gorgeous view and the pool-side restaurant and bar had fantastic ambiance and food.
As for the hotel rooms, they were modern and luxurious. Great for guests…but not quite for audio. The reflective floor and surrounding windows were a problem for some of the rooms. Imaging and focus took a hit for many systems. Regardless, some were able to make clever use of rugs and pillows. Unobtrusive Synergistic Research treatments were found in many of the rooms, which helped. It’s a new venue so I’m sure exhibitors will be more prepared next year.
I care for sound, not so much drama. T.H.E. SHOW Newport 2018 was a small show this year but we made the best of it and had a ton of fun. It was a joy just listening to music and chatting with the exhibitors. The live performances themselves were worth the price of entry.