try hard to avoid condemning......
I agree that we can have some sort of idea about speaker capabilities from these shows and also that rooms should not be treated as best possible demos.
That is, go see what you like, what is the right size, and not too ugly, and when you are ready to buy, go find a dealer to give you a proper sounding demo.
But I also seriously question anyone who thinks they went to this show and had a spiritually transcendent experience.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention, I really like Butcher Block Acoustics' racks.
Pretty, very sturdy and functional. For those of you obsessed with vibration damping they won't be the last word, but for those of us who want gear that can handle a 65 lb receiver, and a TV and look reasonably pretty for under $2k, I really really like them.
Thanks for the post, Erik. Having never been to a show since getting involved in this hobby in 1975 I appreciate and enjoy reading the opinions of others. To all the nay-sayers, we all hear differently. Unfortunately, too many think their opinion is the only correct one.
Hey, it's a hobby. It's only a hobby.