You really said nothing of substance about how any of the rooms sounded, except to say the German Physics room was disappointing. All fluff, no stuff.
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Here's a perfect reason why some people just don't communicate well. Roxy54, if you paid attention you would have read in the very first line that this was about things OTHER THEN HOW THE ROOMS SOUNDED. I threw in the German Physics room just because it really wasn't what I had been led to believe it would be. Not how it sounded. And I'm not so sure this was fluff. I paid $50 for two people for two days. I could've done it without any ticket at all and I have a feeling that there were some that did just that. That kinda pisses me off.
Now, now. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves immensely (it was her first
show, my second). I agree with the Audio Physic room. Disappointing.
However, there so many good rooms, many more than last year. The
auction needs tweaking. Part of the problem was how high the reserve on
some (maybe all from A/V Interiors) items was. It's an auction, not in-store
sales! Joseph Audio, Merrill Audio, DeVore and Lawrence Audio were our
highlights. Grimm, Sonist, Daedalus, Lowther, Aerial, Audio Note,
AcousticZen, YG Acoustics, Wilson(in the D'Agostino room)and King
Sound were very enjoyable.
Rooms that wasted our time were both Magico, Benchmark, Volti, TAD(yet
again this year, they sucked),
By far the worst sound came from the Zu speakers. We were looking for a
car in the hallway because it sounded like trunk music.
I guess I was sounding too much like I was complaining. Actually my observations were more about maybe someone from the Axpona show reading here and possibly making some improvements for next year. And yes, if I read correctly, it will be back again next year. Again, my wife and I enjoyed the show very much. Yes, there were a few rooms that were less then impressive but overall it seemed that considering the challenge of the rooms and the quick setups the sound was very good, some exceptional. Maybe they should consider adding another day seeing as how successful these have been.
From an educational standpoint, I felt the Holm Audio room with the Nordost rep was excellent. When the Nordost rep intentionally stepped on the Nordost Frey speaker cable... literally folding it in half... I about fell out of my chair. He did that to illustrate that creases in the cable have no effect on the sound and a crease can be righted by simply manipulating the cable back in shape.
Here's a plus one on the Nordost rep. There really were a number of rooms where the reps where doing a good job of explaining and educating. Now here's why sometimes we hear things differently. I actually enjoyed the Volti room. I thought Magico was nice and the Benchmark room, when I was there, was demoing some small speakers, can't remember the model and I think they wern't even available for purchase yet. My wife and I thought they were very impressive for what they were meant to do. One of the best rooms for us was the Acoustic Zen with the Triode amps. It's not always about one being better. Sometimes it's just about our own personal likes.