Pez here, posting photos for Paul. He will add comments later.
Paul here. Thanks Jason for loading the photos. I finally found some free time after dinner with a large group. Here are my quick snapshots culled from notes. All photos are from Friday. My rating with either one or two thumbs up represent what I enjoyed listening most without regard for cost.
Fritz Carbon 7s speakers with Modwright electronics and Modwright modded Oppo cd player. Nice balanced sound for slightly above budget prices.
All Marantz, all the time. Decent sound but expensive.
For all you streaming freaks - HD audio, 24 bit 192 Khz sound. Wireless, active speakers.
King Sound electrostatics and VAC electronics - organic sound and expensive.
Audio Physic speakers and Trigon electronics room - Very smooth, detailed and natural.
Duelund electronics and Kaiser Kawero speakers - they were using wav files which produced high resolution and detailed sound.
These are hand made speakers - Bogdan Audio Creations. The smaller speaker is the Catalina (65 lbs) and the larger one is the Petra (350 lbs). The designer told me it is real wood, not veneer and takes many hours to make. I thought the Catalina was quite good looking in person.
PTE speakers - Phoenix model. These are active speakers, driven by 3 130 watt amps $5,400 pr.
Very natural image height. When one is seated, the image height is at least 5 feet, no 3 ft dwarf images here.
Tubes, tubes, and more tubes from LA Audio. Yummy.
LA Audio tube gear.
LessLoss room. Full, balanced sound, with just the right amount of resolution.
Linkwitz Lab - Do it yourself speaker kit, by the famous crossover guy (Linkwitz-Riley). This is the finest sound I heard on the first day, and by a large margin.
This system sounds closer to live music more than any other system I heard on the first day.
Completely assembled speaker with amplifiers start at $9,200 pr, depending on choice of wood cabinet. Kits start at $2,800 pr. If I had the money I would buy the completely assembled speaker, and be done with future speaker buying. For me, the sound is magical.
Another photo of the Linkwitz speaker.
I will post photos and comments of rooms I visited today (Saturday) sometime tomorrow.