A few points . What percentage of audiophiles actually go to shows ? I would think a very small percentage.
I’ve been only to one show , to pick up my set of speakers .
People are talking really loud in the rooms ! Even the people running the rooms . There was few chances to sit in the sweet spot . Playing shit Jazz, the same shit in nearly every room. Snobby uptight people everywhere.
95 thousand dollars of electronics pushing 4 thousand dollar speakers . Then you purchase the speakers and they are going to sound like shit with you $1200 amp.
Shitty rooms , with zero care to put in room corrections .
And if you are interested in an amplifier , how the hell can you really tell what it sounds like ??! With 20 variable .
I think many people get great info from forums , buy used , try em out in your own room , if you don’t like em, sell them for a small loss or no loss.
One show was enough for me . Would never do another show . No thanks !