the sound frankly was way above average. It turns out the venue had something to do with this!
The place was originally a condominium. Not too may hotels with washer/dryer outlets in kitchen
As such, pretty solid, well insulated from each other rooms. Decent size too. Quite a few comments about that. Yes, part of why the venue was chosen, along with location, etc.
Thanks to all who came, the turnout, buzz, coverage etc exceeded expectations. Also surprising(?) was the amount of youthful and female faces.
Heavy local presence also, 99% who had never been to (nor likely to travel across country for) an audio fest.
p.s. Rich, bring some speakers next year