Thanks very much for your exceptionally well written report on the show, D.H. Great job!
I have to say the most discouraging aspect of the show for me was the age of the attendees. At 42, my friend and I were easily among the younger crowd at the event. Indeed, while we waited in line, we were likely the youngest. I asked him, a non-audiophile, what he noticed. First answer, "No women." True, true, but I asked what else, "Uh, it looks like everyone here is a senior citizen." Contrast that with a political rally I attended this past Sunday where I was one of the older people in the crowd, and the differences could not be more stark.
Personally, the highlight of the show were the Quad ESL57 loudspeakers, driven by Miyajima OTL amplification. I give them BEST OF SHOW. Easily the best I've heard from OTL, which I can confirm mate superbly with the electrostatic loudspeakers. Say what you will about the narrow sweet spot, and limited volume and low frequencies. For me, audio is not a team sport, and the Quads made music in a way that speakers that cost tens of thousands of dollars could never dream of.
You did an excellent job on the Scaena loudspeakers. While I didn't stay there perhaps as long as I should have, color me impressed.
The Kef loudspeaker demo I attended felt a bit canned with the Japanese drumming intended to overwhelm. As such, though I'm not here to complain, I have to reserve judgement overall.
Outside of it being the hue of the Philadelphia Flyers, I don't care much for the color orange. Still, I'd welcome the Kaiser Vivace speakers into my living room with open arms.
Veloce not only produces some of the most innovative in the industry, but some of the best sounding as well.
When it comes to best sounding, I consider Audio Note probably that, yet both of their rooms sounded thin, harsh, hifi, and overall pretty lousy.
Also, not sure why the VAC/Verity combination sounded as amusical as it did, but I did expect more flesh and blood.
You and I are of the same mind when it comes to the Sony loudspeakers.
Likewise, when it comes to the TW Acustic turntable, I agree the results sounded spectacular. I stood there amazed at the profound solidity of sound, something that you just absolutely do not encounter in high-end audio. Though usually a horn fan, I thought the Cesseros might not be right for me.
I felt happy to see Matthew Weisfeld further immersing himself into VPI. Both the new Traveler and Classic IV turntables purported themselves extremely well.
Speaking of turntables, Lloyd Walker's room, pairing his Proscenium with an otherwise Burmester system sounded more than good - rich, full-bodied, and powerful.
Once again, nicely done...