Bill Parrish (GTT Audio) always does a great job. My take:
NYC is not well-suited for shows, and that may explain why these don't happen here much anymore. Several manufacturers chose to use local dealerships as their 'host' venue coinciding with the show- at first I thought this was unfair to the show organizers to ride their coattails, but I assume that they had much more control over the room acoustics. The labor/union thing in NY is pretty unworkable (you need to pay a guy to plug in a plug) and the Waldorf's 15th floor, where alot of the smaller rooms were, was somewhat gloomy.
I really also enjoyed HiWater Sounds room- Cessaro Horns with Tron 211 amp and the Acustic Raven table. I didn't make it to the MBL room, it was far too crowded on Friday, and that's the only day I was there.
The biggest kick for me was the Robyatt room, playing old Quads (yes, the original ESLs) using a Stellavox tape machine as source.
It was also good to see many old friends there- I have been in this hobby a long time and in NY area also along time, but hadn't been involved in any show or club pursuits in years. I walked into the check-in floor and immediately saw 15 people I hadn't seen in 20 years. It was nice to catch up.
Sometimes we forget its not just about the equipment. Music is made by people. And music reproduction equipment is too. One of the fascinating things about this hobby/pursuit/business is that it is still inventor driven at the high end and at shows such as this, you can often meet and speak with the people whose ideas and work are behind the devices.