I was amazed today. First of all the ellusive HD800 is no longer ellusive.. They were laying around like apples fallen from the tree today. I'm a Senn fan and I gave them a listen. Very, very nice. Do a fantastic job of putting the sound outside of your head. I think I expected more POW!! for the money, but I did like them.
Overall, there was almost too much to see and do. I almost preferred the littler meet that was held at the Hilton earlier this year. That wasnt quite so overwhelming and a lot more relaxed. Maybe mid-sized meets are the way to go. Quite honestly a lot of dealers seemed tense, with all their expensive equipment being out on display.
Best part of the day for me was Steve Hoffman. Wow, I haven't heard a really good stereo in a long time and his talk -- illuminated with rare tracks -- almost brought tears to my eyes. That set up was great. Talk about putting music outside your head. I swore frank Sinatra and Ray Charles were in the room with me. Steve is just a very funny, laid back guy with fantastic stories to tell and great music to bring it all to life. I was, however, disappointed that the Von Schweiker speakers didn't make it to the show. I really wanted to hear those, although the PSB were impressive to say the least. (Though, I thought they choked a bit on some of the male vocals....*ahem*....)