Bill, you crack me up buddy; too funny!
A few quick notes about the GTG, then I go back to watching the Brewer game in extra innings with my wife.
1) Brandon brought his Squeezebox Touch with him to compare to the Duet. In short, we discovered the Touch to be part of the original problem concerning the sound quality in Brandon's listening room (at the previous GTG). At the risk of being flamed, the analog outs on the SB Touch are absolute rubbish, and this is the manner in which we listened to music at the last GTG at MerryMaid's house. While his room acoustics probably added to the sound issues, the analog outs of the Touch play a large roll in what we heard IMO. The sound is flat, lifeless and dull. It doesn't engage you in any manner and sounds 1-dimensional. Switching to the coax or optical digital ouputs and running them through an external DAC made the Touch sound like a completely different animal, in a good way. I highly recommend NOT using the analog outputs of the SB Touch, as they are just trash. This is my opinion (and others, as you'll soon learn), of course. So with that said, I make my second point...
2) The new Ascend Towers sounded like a completely different speaker in the new listening room at the GTG today. There was no glare, no echoy sound and zero harshness. Needless to say, the combination of the analog outs on the SB Touch and the previous listening room acoustics were the cause of said issues we heard earlier this month. The speakers played no part in these anomalies. I say again, we heard none of those issues today, and the Ascend Towers are an awesome speaker for the money if I do say so myself.
3) Finally, no one left the GTG willing to part with their own speakers (unless we could have traded up for the Salk HT2-TL's), and there was no bad speaker in attendance today. One gentlemen left a future SongTower RT owner, and another is still deciding which speaker to buy; these were the two non Ascend/Salk owners.
Many thanks to Terry and his wife for showing us a great time and treating us like family. We had a great time and look forward to the next chapter of the WAC (Wisconson Audio Club).
More to come later...time to watch my Brewers lose.