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Thanks Tyson for the Best of Show comment. The picture you have is the Spatial X1 from the LA show. Here is a pic of the new X2 and the LIO you heard at RMAF:
Tyson,First, I thought you were done with this sh*t? I knew you couldn't resist. Second, glad to see your b*** a** friend, Jason, is still alive. Wouldn't have believed it without the photographic evidence. As a side note, it's good to see the pleasantly miserable couple reunited at their annual stomping ground. And on a beautiful fall day, no less! Lastly, Thanks for posting up your impressions. As always, I enjoy reading through your raw, unfiltered thoughts. It's even better when everything is short n' sweet. As a side note... I wonder.. do people know how friendly you are in person (as opposed to your persona through text)? Wait, did I just spill the beans? Naw.. It's just another trait of the introverted Audiophile.
Tyson,You're right. 'Disenchanted' is the more accurate descriptor. Still, I think you two are Mary Poppin's compared to yours truly.
We went to a nightclub! Just kidding. It was a weird room at RMAF that I saw no actual reason for:
I was fortunate to get a guided tour from both Pez and Tyson today through the best/worst rooms at RMAF.I do agree with Tyson the attendance was way down for both vendors and attendees. There were floors with no one on them with vendors almost grabbing you to try to get you to come into their rooms so they would have something to do.I absolutely agree that the Tannoy/ VAC room was one of the stand outs. Evey one else on that floor in the same size suites had terrible problems with room boom. Tannoy/VAC had it tamed. I would hope they would for the money wanted for the gear.For my 63 yr old ears, the Carver room on Sunday was not what I wanted to hear. Very typical boom and sizzle. The highs were far too hot from the Amazing Line source. The image with the multiple side firing woofers was indistinct.I stopped in the Vaugh room with Jason and again though the tweeters were turned up too high. Very much sizzle without any steak.I briefly heard the Elac. Overall very nice first impression, but I thougt I was hearing some minor coloration from the aluminum cones. I really, REALLY liked the Raidho speaker. One of my personal favorites of the show. Until I found out they were $122,000.00The Spatial X2 and VR system was very, very good, but I still can't fully accept OB. I really want a sealed box.I don't think Tyson took any pictures, but I really liked what Duke LeJuene was showing. I did not stay to hear the full demo, but just the plain speaker were sound very good without the ambiance module.Dan Wright and Lou Hinkley's room in IRIS, sounded real nice when I arrived Sunday Morning. The new 10" woofer was exceptional. He finally took my advice and separated the crossover from the cabinet nd is mechanically isolating the speaker wire runs to the drivers.I am not too sure about the aesthetic design of his new TOTL speakers. I understand that practically it is easier and cheaper to ship four smaller cartons, but aesthetically, one single large speaker might look better. Whaterver, I did like the sound in their room .
Did you see the esoteric room?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtB871VbS4s
Alright, enough rambling. Time for pics. Now, before you ask, I'll tell you up front. I went into every single room at RMAF and I spent at least one hour in every room thoroughly evaluating every aspect of performance. The systems that were good, I took a quick picture of. ALL of the other systems sounded shitty. So if you don't see your favorite vendor pictured below, well you can guess what I thought of it.
I think you missed this part of my original post:
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