Lots of updates since I last posted. It's great that Jeff is bringing some S2s and SVS is sending some Ultra speakers. I hope more companies directly participate in GTGs like this in the future. It's great for them and even better for us. The variety and quality of what will be able to audition is nothing short of amazing. This is going to be one fun weekend.
For the music and movie selection, it might be a good idea to contact the different companies that will have products being auditioned to see if they have any preferred material to highlight specific attributes of their speakers. We could also use some of the same clips that have been used at past GTGs, especially any that those participants found to show differences between the speakers.http://www.avsforum.com/t/1324185/se-wi-tower-speaker-gtg#post_20203579http://www.avsforum.com/t/871474/ia-meet/3480#post_22791894
For listening levels, I think it would be interesting to use different levels during each audition. In other words, for each speaker have some content played at -20, some played at -10 and finish at reference. Or we could pick 1 or 2 clips and play them twice, below and at reference. Some speakers might excel at lower levels, but sound strained at higher levels, so this would allow each to be played well within its limits, but also allow us to test its dynamics and ability to play at higher levels.
Has the setup procedure been decided yet? My suggestion would be to do a minimum Audyssey run to set initial distances and levels. Then measure to verify the levels, FR and blend at the crossover. If there are any drastic FR anomalies, we could possibly address them with EQ. Not sure if we should use the same crossover for all setups or try to choose the best one for each. At a minimum we should capture the FR of each speaker, possibly the FR from different places in the room, we could try to grab a peak SPL for some of the clips and I could try to do some speclab captures again, hopefully with better results this time.
Just a reminder for anyone that wants earplugs, these have already been recommended.http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-ETY-Plugs-Protection-Earplugs/dp/B0044DEESS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1360177450&sr=8-4&keywords=ear+plugs
Let's not forget food and drink. If there isn't going to be enough food being brought, instead of pizza, are there any BBQ places or delis nearby that cater or do take out? I am willing to chip in. And I am going to have to make some careful selections if I am going to retain the title of "Beer King." If we do get together on Friday night, I might have to bring something extra special.