T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

 

Part 1:

The Home Entertainment Show began as an alternative for high-end audio to CES (the Consumer Electronics Show), which had switched focus away from audio and towards electronic gadgets. So successful was T.H.E. Show Las Vegas that a second show was spun off in Newport, which was so successful in turn that it eventually replaced T.H.E. Show Las Vegas entirely. Richard Beers, the vision behind T.H.E. Show Newport, saw that the future of high-end audio lies in the growing personal audio community, and sought to reach out to this community by including a separate area dedicated to personal audio. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Richard Beers passed away. Desirous to continue Richard’s legacy, following Canjam SoCal 2016, the organizers of T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 reached out to Headphone.Guru’s own Frank Iacone and asked if Headphone.Guru would be willing to host the personal audio portion of the show. Thanks in part to Frank’s efforts, T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 was the most successful to date, boasting a significant increase in attendance over last year.DSCN3208

Jennifer Knight and Frank Iacone.

9:45 A.M. Friday morning, T.H.E. Show co-founder Bob Levi and President/Founder of the Los Angeles Orange County Audiophile Society, assisted by T.H.E. Show’s Marine Presson and Maurice Jung, The Absolute Sound’s Robert Harley, Positive Feedback’s David W. Robinson, Enjoy the Music’s Steven R. Rochlin, and Stereophile/AnalogPlanet’s Michael Fremer, performed the ribbon cutting officially opening T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 with a few heartfelt words on Richard Beers’ passing.DSCN2960 DSCN2967

Bob Levi, Maurice Jung, Marine Presson,  Robert Harley, David W. Robinson, Steven R. Rochlin and Michael Fremer.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, I began my coverage of the show by proceeding to the Presidential Suite on the thirteenth floor (the largest of the private rooms), which was shared by ENIGMAcoustics, Questyle Audio, Westone, and The Source AV (one of a new breed of high-end dealers who truly gets it and is fully invested in the personal audio community). Representative of a growing trend of personal audio manufacturers expanding into the world of home audio (loudspeaker systems) the main room was dominated by two systems featuring the Latest iteration of Questyle Audio’s impressive 5GHz Wireless Audio System (TBA) driving Focal Sopra Nº2 ($13,999) and Focal Sopra Nº3 ($19,999) speakers using a Questyle Audio QP1R ($899) as a music server via the optical digital output

DSCN3006Questyle Audio’s 5GHz Wireless Audio System  and Focal Sopra Nº3.DSCN3185

Questyle Audio’s Bruce Ball demonstrating Questyle Audio’s 5GHz Wireless Audio System driving Focal Sopra Nº2 sourced by a Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP via optical digital output.

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Questyle Audio 5 GHz Wireless 8 channel preamp/transmitter and 5 GHz Wireless amplifier/DAC/receivers.

Two separate listening stations were set up for Questyle Audio’s extensive line of headphone amps and DACs including their recently introduced CMA600i Current Mode Amplifier/DAC ($1,300) and their new flagship Gold series CMA800P Current Mode Preamplifier ($3,500), CAS192D True DSD DAC ($3,000), and 2 CMA800R Current Mode Amplifiers ($3,000), all featuring ceramic circuit boards for extended noise floors and lower distortion, in a fully balanced configuration driving the wonderful ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 Hybrid Electrostatic Headphones ($1,190), a truly must hear combination.

DSCN3203Questyle Audio’s Alden Zhao listing to the Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP through HiFiMAN HE-1000 headphones.

DSCN2989(Center) Questyle Audio CMA800P Golden Current Mode Preamplifier, CAS192D Golden True DSD DAC, and two CMA800R Golden Current Mode Headphone Amplifiers (in dual balanced mode) driving ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 Hybrid Electrostatic Headphones with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables. (Left) Questyle Audio CAS192D True DSD DAC and CMA600i Current Mode Headphone Amplifier/DAC driving MrSpeakers Ether C headphones with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables.

DSCN3002Questyle Audio CMA600i Current Mode Headphone Amplifier/ True DSD DAC driving Sennheiser HD800 headphones with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables.

DSCN2990Questyle Audio CMA600i Current Mode Headphone Amplifier/ True DSD DAC driving MrSpeakers Ether C headphones with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables.

DSCN3001Questyle Audio CMA800i Current Mode Headphone Amplifier/ True DSD DAC driving MrSpeakers Ether headphones with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables.

DSCN3003Questyle Audio  CAS192D Golden True DSD DAC, and  CMA800R Golden Current Mode Headphone Amplifier driving ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 Hybrid Electrostatic Headphones, sourced by a Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP via optical digital output.

DSCN2992Questyle Audio CMA800P Golden Current Mode Preamplifier and CMA800R Golden Current Mode Headphone Amplifier.

DSCN2991Inside the Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP.

DSCN3000ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 Hybrid Electrostatic Headphones with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables and Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP.

DSCN3004What you need to build a Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP.

Westone was set up in the main room of the Presidential Suite, showing their full line of universal and custom IEMs, and introducing their new Bluetooth cable with MMCX connector (which should be available in mid June, price TBA) making their entire line Bluetooth capable. They were also highlighting their AM PRO series, available in three different models; the AM PRO 10 single balanced armature ($189.99), the AM PRO 20 dual driver ($339.99) and the AM PRO 30 triple driver ($439.99) all featuring their patent pending SLED Technology that allows ambient sounds in without compromising low frequency reproduction. Another product which caught my eye was the Adventure Series Alpha Earphones ($149.99) designed for outdoor use it is weather resistant and has an AWACS reflective cable.

DSCN2994Westones selection of universal IEMs and their new Westone Bluetooth Cable. Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP.

DSCN2995Westone AM PRO 20 and AM PRO 30 IEMS.

DSCN2996Westone AM PRO 10, W20, W40 and W60 IEMs. Questyle Audio QP1R Current Mode / True DSD DAP.

In the adjoining room I found the world class ENIGMAcoustics Mythology M1 loudspeaker ($14,700) employing their patented Self-Bias Electrostatic super tweeter being driven by a Moon by SimAudio 700i ($15,000) fed by a Moon by SimAudio 650D CD player ($9,000), one of the best sounding presentations at the show.

DSCN3010Wei Chang the brains behind ENIGMAcoustics.

DSCN3009ENIGMAcoustics Mythology M1 loudspeaker being driven by a Moon by SimAudio 700i fed by a Moon by SimAudio 650D CD player in an XTC Rack Designs stand.

Also on display were the beautifully finished Meza Classic 99 headphones ($309)DSCN3005

Meze Classic 99 headphones.

Echo Box Audio who were demonstrating their Finder X1 IEMs ($199 for the standard X1, $229 for the X1I – Apple – and X1A – Android) which have solid titanium shells and feature 9.2mm PEEK (Polyether ether ketone) diaphragm dynamic drivers and silver plated copper cables giving them a frequency response of 15 Hz to 35 kHz, and include Comply tips for an excellent fit. Echo Box Audio was also showing their upcoming portable lossless and Hi Res Music streaming player the Explorer ($499 matching dock available $75). Attractively shaped like a pocket flask, and sheathed in a choice of four woods (maple, mahogany, zebra wood, and ebony) the WI-FI and Bluetooth capable Explorer comes packaged with 3 months of Tidal, plus an ongoing discount. It features the Texas Instruments Burr Brown PCM 1792 DAC able to decode both PCM and DSD, a Rockchip RK3188 Quad Core 1.6 GHz processor (running stock Android 4.2 Jellybean), 64 GB internal storage with a single micro SD Card slot for expansion and a 3,700 mAh Lithium-ion battery for eight to fourteen hours of playback.
DSCN3013Sam McKinney of Echobox shows off his wares, the Echobox Finder X1 Titanium Earphones and Explorer portable lossless and Hi Res Music streaming DAP with optional dock.

DSCN3014The zipper case for the Echobox Finder X1 Titanium Earphones includes a plastic insert to store and protect the IEM tips. (empty slot reserved for separately provided Comply tips)

DSCN3012Echobox Finder X1 Titanium Earphones and Explorer portable lossless and Hi Res Music streaming DAP with optional dock.

DSCN3011Echobox Finder X1 Titanium Earphones.

Next door, in another room shared by The Source AV, was Woo Audio where they were showcasing their new WA8 Eclipse portable vacuum tube headphone amp/DAC ($1,799 black and space gray, $1,899 gold), a Class A, single ended triode design coupled with the ESS SABRE DAC for desktop performance in a portable package, with up to 4 hours play time from its 3,400 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Taking up the far corner of the room were the massive Woo Audio WA-234 Mono blocks (only $15,900). These all triode, single ended Class A amplifiers are unique in that they are designed to drive both headphones and loudspeakers. What makes the behemoths especially cool is their selection of “tube switching keys” which allows for instantaneous tube changes without hours of fiddling with bias settings.

DSCN2983 Woo Audio WA8 Eclipse portable vacuum tube headphone amp/DAC in gold.

DSCN2982Woo Audio WA8 Eclipse portable vacuum tube headphone amp/DAC in black.

DSCN2984McIntosh MHP1000 headphones on the Woo Audio HPS-R headphone stand.

DSCN2978Woo Audio WA7 fireflies Class A tube headphone amplifier with Woo Audio with the WA7tp fireflies tube power supply and the Astell&Kern AK380 DAP with the PEM13 cradle.

DSCN2977Woo Audio WES Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier.

DSCN2974Woo Audio WA7 fireflies Class A tube headphone amplifier with Woo Audio with the WA7tp fireflies tube power supply and Woo Audio WDS-1: 24-Bit, 192K Digital-to-Analog Converter driving MrSpeakers Ether C headphones.

 DSCN2973 Woo Audio WA5 300B Single-ended Triode Class-A Speaker and Headphone Amplifier with Sennheiser HD800S headphones.

DSCN2972Woo Audio WA22 Fully Balanced Headphone Amplifier with Beyerdynamic T1 headphones.

DSCN2987Sony HAP-Z1ES High-Resolution Audio HDD player, Abyss AB-1266 headphones and Woo Audio HPS-R headphone stand.

DSCN2988Woo Audio WA-234 Mono block tube switching keys.

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Woo Audio WA-234 Mono blocks.

Then it was time to rush down stairs (elevator?) to T.H.E. Marketplace in the Grand Ballroom for a quick tour of the headphone area which was already beginning to fill up with excited audio enthusiast.

DSCN3028T.H.E. Marketplace front left side looking towards left back corner.

DSCN3027T.H.E. Marketplace back left side looking towards front left corner.

DSCN3025 T.H.E. Marketplace back left-center side looking towards front of room.

DSCN3024 T.H.E. Marketplace back center looking towards the front of the room.

DSCN3023 T.H.E. Marketplace back right-center looking towards the left side of the room.

DSCN3021 T.H.E. Marketplace front center looking towards the right side of the room.

DSCN3019 T.H.E. Marketplace back center looking towards the right side of the room.

DSCN3017 T.H.E. Marketplace back right center looking towards the front of the room.

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T.H.E. Marketplace back center looking towards the right corner of the room.

My first stop was MrSpeakers who had commandeered a complete corner of the ballroom to demonstrate the versatility of their Ether ($1,499.99) and Ether C ($1,499.99) headphones by coupling them with a host of top of the line headphone amplifiers, where I spent a judicious amount of time listening to what is becoming one of my all time favorite headphones, the MrSpeakers Ether Electrostatics (TBA) which, while still in the development stage at this time, will hopefully become available soon.

DSCN3038MrSpeakers himself Dan Clark

DSCN3037(foreground to back) MrSpeakers Ether Electrostatic headphone on HeadAmp’s Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amp, the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, MrSpeaker Ether C headphones on the Woo Audio WA5 300B Single-ended Triode Class-A Speaker and Headphone Amplifier, MrSpeaker Ether headphones on the Zesto Leto 1.5 preamp / headphone amp, MrSpeaker Ether C headphones on the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass, an AURALiC VEGA, MrSpeaker Ether headphones on the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning, and MrSpeaker Ether headphones on the Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold.

DSCN3036(background to fore) A Schiit Audio Mjolnir 2 and Schiit Audio Bifrost driving MrSpeaker Ether C headphones, an Amps and Sounds Kenzie Headphone Amp, MrSpeakers Ether Electrostatic headphone on HeadAmp’s Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amp, the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, MrSpeaker Ether C headphones on the Woo Audio WA5 300B Single-ended Triode Class-A Speaker and Headphone Amplifier, MrSpeaker Ether headphones on the Zesto Leto 1.5 preamp / headphone amp, MrSpeaker Ether C headphones on the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass, an AURALiC VEGA.

DSCN3029A Schiit Audio Mjolnir 2 and Schiit Audio Bifrost driving MrSpeaker Ether C headphones, an Amps and Sounds Kenzie Headphone Amp, MrSpeakers Ether Electrostatic headphone on HeadAmp’s Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amp, the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, MrSpeaker Ether C headphones on the Woo Audio WA5 300B Single-ended Triode Class-A Speaker and Headphone Amplifier.

After reluctantly prying myself away from the Ether Electrostatics, I moved on to HeadAmp Audio Electronics where I was drawn to a very pretty dual chassis, dual mono headphone amplifier the GS-X mk2 ($2,996). Hand assembled in the USA, the HeadAmp GS-X mk2 pushes an incredible 6 watts (@ 50 Ω) of Class A power, making it a great match for the HiFiMAN HE-1000s on display. Almost as exciting was the BENDY head headphone stand ($79), winner of a Richard Beers Innovation Award. Made from Baltic Birch Plywood, employing a novel patent pending design, the BENDY head conforms to the shape of your headphones headband to prevent wear and pressure points.  The BENDY head is available in three finishes and manufactured in Southern California.

DSCN3048Peter James of HeadAmp.

DSCN3043HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amp with a pair of STAX SR-009 Earspeakers on a BENDY head headphone stand. MrSpeakers Ether headphones also on a BENDY head headphone stand. Audeze LCD-XC headphones.

DSCN3039 More BENDY head headphone stands supporting HiFiMAN HE1000 headphones, Audeze LCD-X, MrSpeakers Ether C and Sennheiser HD800 headphones. Ayre QB-9DSD and HeadAmp GS-X mk2 dual chassis, dual mono headphone amplifier.

DSCN3045HeadAmp GS-X mk2 dual chassis, dual mono headphone amplifier.

DSCN3041BENDY head headphone stands supporting HiFiMAN HE1000, Audeze LCD-X, MrSpeakers Ether C and Sennheiser HD800 headphones. HeadAmp GS-X mk2 dual chassis, dual mono headphone amplifier and Ayre QB-9DSD.

 

Pioneer had an interesting set up in that they were running a turntable (PL-30 $300) through headphones (SE-MHR5 $299.99), albeit through a receiver (SX-N30 $600), but it was nice to see the big names embracing analog. What they were promoting, though, was MQA, running an A/B comparison of 192 kHz FLAC files with 192 kHz MQA files both made from the same original master (presumably 384 kHz or 768 kHz, it wasn’t specified). The FLAC files being of course down converted to 192 kHz, then stored in FLAC files of an unspecified level of compression and the MQA files being compressed to 192 kHz using the MQA process. The dubious nature of the comparison aside, there was definitely a noticeable difference, and in some cases a quite remarkable one. The comparisons were being made using the Pioneer XDP-100R ($699.99) as a digital source run through the Pioneer U-05 USB DAC (not available in the US) to a pair of Pioneer SE-MASTER1 headphones ($2,500).

DSCN3052Pioneer PL-30 turntable, Pioneer SE-MHR5 headphones, Pioneer SX-N30 reciever and Pioneer XDP-100R DAP.

DSCN3050Pioneer SE-MASTER1 headphones, Pioneer XDP-100R  and Pioneer U-05 USB DAC.

DSCN3049Pioneer SE-MASTER1 headphones, Pioneer XDP-100R  and Pioneer U-05 USB DAC.

 

Leading the pack of high performance inexpensive IEMs is 1MORE with five amazing offerings below a hundred bucks. Garnering a coveted Richard Beers Innovation Award, their flagship 1MORE Triple Driver In-ear Headphones tuned by Grammy Award Winning Sound Engineer, Luca Bignardi, offers a presentation, performance and build quality that one would expect from IEMs costing many times as much.

DSCN30941MORE’s Patrice Chen and Alex Silverman displaying the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE Crystal In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE MK801 Over-Ear Headphones and the 1MORE Bears.

DSCN3096 1MORE Capsule Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones.

DSCN3097The 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE Dual Driver In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE Crystal In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones, 1MORE MK801 Over-Ear Headphones and the 1MORE Bears.

DSCN3098The 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones.

DSCN3099The 1MORE Bears sporting 1MORE MK801 Over-Ear Headphones.

 

Chord Electronics with their Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array have dominated audiophile quality DAC design for some time, and have now set a new bar with their price no object statement piece, the DAVE ($13,000). What is genuinely awesome is that they are able to boil similar performance down into the humble Mojo ($599). Fetching and durable, the Mojo is carved from a solid block of aluminum. Devised for use with Smartphones, it has USB, Optical and Coaxial inputs able to process up to 768 kHz files and DSD 256, with a battery life of up to 10 hours.

DSCN3061The Chord Team.

DSCN3060 The Chord Mojo portable DAC/Headphone Amp with Beyerdynamic T90 headphones.

DSCN3059The Chord Mojo portable DAC/Headphone Amp with Audeze SINE on-ear headphones and smart phone.

DSCN3058The Chord Hugo with the Astell&Kern AK100.

DSCN3057The Chord Hugo.

DSCN3054The Chord Red Reference Mk III CD Player and CPM 3350 stereo integrated amplifier.

 

Known for their distinctive planer magnetic headphones like their new SINE On-Ear Headphone ($449), Audeze was showing off their impressive amplifiers, The King ($3,995) and the Deckard ($699). Developed by Bascom King, The King is a Class A Triode Tube/MOSFET Hybrid headphone amplifier, employing NPN MOSFET transistors for a current mobility 2.5 times faster than their PNP counterparts.

DSCN3065 Audeze’s lab coat clad Marc Cohen and Chris Berens. Audeze The King Class A Triode Tube/MOSFET Hybrid headphone amplifier, Audeze LCD-4 headphones, Audeze SINE headphones,  Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones,  Audeze LCD-4 headphone, Audeze Deckard headphone amplifier with another pair of Audeze SINE headphones.

DSCN3064 Audeze LCD-XC headphones, Audeze EL-8 headphones and Audeze SINE headphones.

DSCN3063Audeze Deckard headphone amplifier with  Audeze SINE headphones.

DSCN3066Audeze Deckard headphone amplifier with Audeze LCD-4 headphones,  Audeze The King Class A Triode Tube/MOSFET Hybrid headphone amplifier.

 

Comply memory foam tips are quickly being adopted as the standard for many IEM manufacturers, they come in four core sizes and three styles; Isolation ($19.99) for better sound quality, Comfort ($21.99) for long term use and Sport ($14.99) with better grip, durability and ventilation.

DSCN3068 A full selection of Comply Premium Earphone tips.

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Comply Sport Premium Earphone tips.

Ray Kimber has been an Icon among the audiophile community for over 37 years and Kimber Kable’s new AXIOS line of custom hand crafted headphone cables shows why. The AXIOS cables are a weave of 16 OFHC copper 24 gauge stranded conductors that can separate seamlessly into two 8 wire braids which terminate in handsome hand polished hardwood connectors. It comes in two configurations 1Y ($698 – 1.2 meter) and 2Y ($848 – 1.2 meter) for dual balanced setups (there is a $100 termination charge for Sennheiser HD800 style connectors).

DSCN3204 Bruce Ball of Questyle Audio and Ray Kimber of Kimber Kable

DSCN3080McIntosh MHP1000 headphones fitted with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables, Sony HAP-Z1ES High-Resolution Audio HDD player, Pioneer SE-MASTER1  headphones fitted with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables, EMM Labs PRE2 stereo pre-amp, Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier.

DSCN3079Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones fitted with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables and Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier.

DSCN3078 MrSpeakers Ether C headphones fitted with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables, Woo Audio WA7 fireflies Class A tube headphone amplifier with Woo Audio with the WA7tp fireflies tube power supply, HiFiMAN HE1000 fitted with Kimber Kable AXIOS cables.
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Kimber Kable being produced live at T.H.E. Show

Zero hysteresis Output Transformer-Less or ZOTL architecture is what sets Linear Tube Audio apart from the fray. Based on David Berning’s complex patents, ZOTL amplifiers exhibit a greater linearity than normally associated with tube amplifiers and the MicroZOTL2.0 headphone amplifier and preamp ($1,100) is no exception.

DSCN3081Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 headphone amplifier and preamp, Linear Tube Audio ZOTL40 amplifier and Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 amplfier.

DSCN3082Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 headphone amplifiers paired with MrSpeakers Ether C headphones, ZMF Omni headphones, Audeze LCD-3 headphones, STAX SR-700 Earspeakers, and Sennheiser HD 650 headphones.

DSCN3083Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 headphone amplifier paired with ZMF Omni headphones, Audeze LCD-3 headphones.

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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 as pre-amp for ZOTL40 Driving Silverline Bolero Supreme speakers.

When one thinks of state of the art IEMs, one cannot help but think of Nobel Audio, and on exhibition they had an array of their entire line for the enjoyment of show attendees. I was invited to listen to the Savant ($599) considered to be the most subjectively balanced and the Kaiser 10U ($1,650) their flagship model (designed and manufactured in California) which exhibited a speed and dynamics I had yet to hear in an IEM, putting them at the top of my list of things I want to look into further.

DSCN3020 DSCN3106Noble Audio’s Brannan Mason showing off the Noble Audio line of IEM’s, including the Trident, Savanna, Dulce Bass, Django and Savant model IEMs.

DSCN3105Nobel Trident, Savanna, Dulce Bass, Django and Savant model IEMs.

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Noble Kaiser 10U IEMs.

Friday ended with the Richard Beers Memorial, which played to a packed audience of Richard’s friends. Maurice Jung gave a touching and profound eulogy which was followed by a military flag unfolding and folding ceremony. We will all miss you greatly Richard.

DSCN3115 Maurice Jung giving a eulogy for Richard Beers.

DSCN3121Military honors for Richard Beers.

DSCN3122 Military honors for Richard Beers.

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Military honors for Richard Beers.

To be continued in Part 2.

 

 

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  • GREAT job Gary!!

    • Gary Alan Barker

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I’m working on part 2, there was a lot to cover. I read your “Behind the Booths & Back”, much politer than I expected, but you’re right, it’s all about the people.

      • yeah I actually asked a Head-Fier that wrote me a nice PM after Newport to check out my RUFF DRAFT (since he wasn’t there – figured he’d have a good, fresh perspctive) and he told me that he thought I “have to finish this” that he thought we got all about the gear and forget about the people. So that was cool, inspiring actually. See you tomorrow??