This was my first time at this show and went with a buddy who is mostly in HT. It was fun listening to stupid expensive gear but in the end it seemed like manufacturers are way out of touch. The tower crowd skewed super old while canjam was where all the young people were. Speaker wise I think the only manufacturers to get it were Spatial, Elac, and weirdly enough Linkwitz. Elac's F5 sounded fantastic and the price was absolutely killer. The Linkwitz and Spatial rooms were super simple with only a computer, dac, speakers, and amp. The Linkwitz LXmini sound was scary good. Mr. Linkwitz even said that they splurged on the amps but are not needed in the slightest. They were running the LXmini off $2 radio shack speaker wire.
I ordered the Spatial M4 Turbo's at the show and the second I got back home I ordered the LXmini kit for my office. In the majority of the other rooms I couldn't even buy a cable for what I paid for 2 sets of speakers. I think I'll stick to Newport for next year since it's 1.5 hours away and the standalone CANJAM.
One thing RMAF did teach me though is that room and speaker correction is the way to go. For a living room setup treatments will only get so far with wives while a DSP will go a much longer way.