I haven't posted because it's been a bit crazy here in Boston... I had actually considered taking Monday off after the long drive back from PA on Sunday and cheer on some runners but ended up going to work instead. I'm glad I did as I was a good 1.4 miles away from the explosions instead of being right around the finish line... still can't believe someone did that.
Anyways, on a much brighter note, I had an awesome time at the GTG and want to give a shout out to Andrew for being a great host, Jim for co-organizing, and Ben for getting all the music together. Also thanks to plenty who took measurements and pictures... It was nice meeting more new faces from the forum as well as seeing some familiar faces from the sub GTG in October.
I enjoyed a good number of beers and had a blast. To echo a lot of what people have said already, I was very impressed by what the single JTR 8 could do... the Cat 12s run full range was also pretty shocking. I had heard the Noesis 212s back in October and again at this meet... they definitely deserve all the praise they get and then some... Mark and Jeff were again super knowledgable, friendly, and down to earth. I asked plenty of stupid questions and inquired about future product pipleline and both of them obliged and answered my questions kindly.
Unfortunately I missed the Monitor and Ascend towers (which I had really wanted to hear back to back with the Arx's) so I can't comment on those. I heard the Yorkvilles a fair amount on Friday and a bit on Saturday, and although I thought they sounded pretty good and was impressed at how they were consistent at increasingly higher volumes, I thought at times some detail was missing from the music somehow...
I have other thoughts that I may get to later, but wanted to express a few thoughts on the Arx. Although I own the Arx A5s, the particular set at the GTG was sent out by Jon Lane were actually A5c's and had a newer-gen tweeter.. I really wanted them to impress the attendees, and while they did get some positive attention from a few people, I have to say I am a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy to have Arx get more exposure and get a few more fans. I was definitely not in a sweet spot by any means, but something just seemed off about the sound. Although I understand room size, shape, etc. impacts the sound significantly, I swear my A5s sound a great deal better in the four different rooms I've had them set up in Boston and even Andrew's upstairs living room.... I have the same receiver as Andrew (Denon 4311ci) and ran through the tracks again the past couple days and found myself wondering where was this magic that I am hearing now, at the GTG?
In all fairness, the A5s were played as the first non-full range set soon after lunch and many thought the volume seemed low even though level matching had been done. The guys allowed me to play a few tracks after the run through at higher volume, but I never felt like I heard the magic I have grown use to... take this with a grain of salt of course as I had had plenty of beers by then. Looking back, I wish I had run a few tracks full-range without the S2s just to get more reaction... I think the amount of bass coming from the relatively small drivers would have really surprised many. The vast majority of attendees unfortunately were much further back behind the bar area talking and didn't get any critical listening of the A5s. I believe the handful of people closer to the main listening area have already made some positive comments in earlier posts in this thread, which is great; I just wish more people had taken a good listen to them.
I forget at which set of speakers (maybe just one or two?) afterwards, but the volume was definitely raised, and I thought that in itself was an unfair disadvantage to the Arx A5s as those were heard at higher volumes for the whole run of the tracks and not just a few tracks. Of course the situation wasn't ideal for many speakers/ listeners so I can't complain too much, I just wish we could have given the A5s a better chance to shine they way they truly do.... I'm sure other owners feel the same about their sets.
Anywhoo, if any of you guys from the GTG are ever in Boston hit me up and I'll be glad to have you over to hear and judge the A5s more critically...
I'm glad a good number of people enjoyed the Guinness Oxtail Beef Stew I made, thanks for trying it even though there were tasty wings and pizza available. I really enjoyed the massive beer selection, thanks for the range & variety that people brought
Again, it was great meeting everyone!