I was very impressed with the music being reproduced in a newcomer's room: Hyperion was making some sweet music via their HPS-938 loudspeakers. If you go, be sure and see them on the 6th floor.
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I thought Lloyd Walker was making nice music in his room with his TT + Lamm + Kharma 3.2/Kharma sub.
Sound By Singer's 2 channel demo with the JM Lab Grande Utopia/BAT/dcs set up was very involving as well.
To my mind, vinyl demos were not as popular as I had hoped, and I was disappointed with rooms that I had very high hopes for.
Excluding the big and/or mega-priced stuff, I was particularly impressed with two SS amps - Red Planet Labs and the Linar 5 channel integrated amp.
I don't think most people realized how impressive it was to combine a high efficiency speaker like the Rethm with a big SS amp like the RPL. I bet you could have fooled many tube devotees and even converted some of them with that demo. Seemed like great guys too.
As for the Linar HT integrated amp, I thought this was a great idea and almost bought one for my HT on the spot. It sounded exceptional and you could even use it to biamp. BTW, that Gershman center channel speaker demoed with the Linar is one of the best I've ever heard.
For those on a tight budget, there is no need to mix and match cheap components and hope for the best. I've heard the Odyssey and Outlaw rooms enough times to say that they could be your ticket for virtually complete 2 channel and HT systems, respectively. Excellent performance to value ratio.
I will third the vote for the Hyperions. I really was impressed by the tonal balance these guys were able to accomplish in that room. The other thing that was equally impressive is the price. For $4000.00, these are the best floorstanders I've heard in the price range. I'm considering them for a future upgrade but I would need to find out if they offer a center channel speaker..........John