I think it's important to note that this GTG started off as our core group getting together to hear one member's "upgraded" Ascend towers, and the Philharmonic speakers from Dennis Murphy. We never intended upon turning this into any more than our getting to hear some great speakers, and enjoy each other's company.
Then I got the news that Jim Salk was going to get us a pair of SoundScape 10's...AND BRING THEM HIMSELF! I have to admit that having Jim Salk in my home with a pair of SoundScapes is likely the best part of this event. If Dennis Murphy could have made it, it would have been even more special.
This is where Nuance lost all control, and the guest list got pretty big. I am of course fine with all of this, because I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. At no time did we ever discuss changing the idea of all of us getting together to just hear some great speakers, and enjoy each other's company.
So here we are with a decent size group getting together for just what I've stated above. I guess I see this as a rare opportunity to spend time with a great group of guys that share a hobby. Almost every speaker in attendance should be special in it's own way.
I expect most to have their own flavor, and the only real competition will be between the Salk's as they should be voiced very similarly. I expect the Salk's to come down to driver capability and features. I don't know what to expect from the Philharmonic speakers, but I am more than curious.
3 pairs of the speakers will have the RAAL tweeter. I am also more than curious about its performance vs. my LCY's. I've heard lots, but now I'll get to hear them for myself; in 3 different brand speakers, and all in the same room with the same electronics. Again, a rare opportunity.
Two of the speakers incorporate an open baffle design on the midrange. I've never heard a speaker like this, and I'm very curious as to how this feature affects the sound.
Now we've got a couple more manufacturer's bringing their offerings. Again, this just makes things even that much better. I still don't think we intended to turn this into anything more than what it started to be.
At this point, I'm feeling more than intimidated. I certainly hope no one that attends feels like they wasted their time and money coming here. I think everyone has to get what they need out this for themselves. I just hope everyone gets the listening time they deserve with each speaker. We will do our best to keep things moving efficiently.
I look forward to seeing you all Saturday...and a few on Friday!