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Want to have your copy of The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume One: Loudspeakers signed by some of the greatest loudspeaker designers in the world?

Read on to find out more!

The 2014 season of perennial high-end audio shows is in full swing, and it’s finally time to stow away the winter clothes and put on some shorts. What better way to celebrate the beautiful weather than with three days of hi-fi audio fun during May 30 to June 1 at the 2014 T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, California? At the helm of this sonic gathering is Richard Beers, who organizes much more than just a typical audio show, and Bob Levi, president of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society—the world’s largest audio club with over 1,500 members.

The Home Entertainment Show (T.H.E. Show) has gained a reputation for being something truly special in the world of high-end audio shows. With over 175 exhibitors, it is the West Coast’s largest gathering of hi-fi manufacturers under one roof, and is a great way to hear the latest products from well-known companies and newcomers alike. But it’s not just a hi-fi show, it’s a weekend packed full of gear, live music, cars, wine, cigars, and even food trucks. If you want to see the latest hi-fi gear, but dread being inside all weekend, this is “T.H.E.” show for you. Every afternoon from 12–6 p.m. you can lounge by the Atrium Hotel Pool and listen to live music, and then move to the Hilton Hotel Courtyard for three more hours of live music from the likes of Mike Carson, Nita Whitacker, and Nina Storey. Head out to the tennis courts behind the Hilton Courtyard to check out some of the latest exotic supercars from Saleen, Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari, Bently, Lamborghini, and more. Starting at noon each day, enjoy fine wines from Regal Wine Co. and smooth cigars from Havana Cigars, and if all that walking has your stomach rumbling, over nine food trucks with a variety of culinary influences are ready to satisfy your cravings.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, this year’s T.H.E. Show will feature an impressive lineup of seminars all weekend long. From Meet The Editors to room tuning techniques, turntable set-up tricks to DSD downloads, and everything in between, you’re sure to find a seminar that will not only be entertaining, but also enlightening. Attend “Audio Engineering 101” and learn from Robert Harley as he demystifies audio technology in a crash course for the non-technical audiophiles, or “Headphones: The Good, Bad, and Ugly” to hear from a panel of headphone experts about the industry and its future.

Robert Harley will also give a talk about high-end loudspeakers, entitled “The History of High-End Loudspeaker Design,” which will take place Friday, May 30, 3:00-4:00 p.m. This seminar will take you behind the scenes to the inside stories behind high-end audio’s most iconic loudspeaker manufacturers and their legendary products. He’ll trace the history of high-end loudspeaker design with rare archival images taken from the recently released large-format book The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume One: Loudspeakers. This history will be brought to life by four legendary designers featured in the book: Richard Vandersteen of Vandersteen Audio, Albert Von Schweikert of Von Schweikert Audio, Andrew Jones from TAD, and Kevin Voecks of Revel. Following the seminar, these designers and contributors to The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio will be available to sign your copy of the book. The Absolute Sound has reserved some numbered, limited-edition copies for this special event.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity or the incredible weekend you will have at the 2014 T.H.E Show Newport Beach.