I've always avoided audio shows, like the plague; for the reasons, listed above. "Pretentious", "predictable", etc.
I went to my local show, Capital Audio Fest...as the first, and only one; a few years back. It's not AXPONA or RMAF; but I guess it's not Joe's Audio Show either.
music: mine, lol
Seriously; obviously, it's what I
wanted to hear...and, tracks I picked, that are recorded well and show-off certain aspects of a system. But also...they're good music; and, outside the audiophile box (as I am an outside-the-box audiophile). Every room I went in...where they let me play my flash drive; people perked-up, smiled...started foot-tapping, and head-bobbing. One room...the guy just handed me, the iPad
"Worst" demo: I waited 30 minutes, for the Zu guys to get their sh*t together. I was super-excited, because they were showing the Soul Supreme, fresh off the stellar
review in Stereophile. At that point...super-high efficiency speakers, were a mystery; and therefore, scared the hell out of me. So I wanted to hear for myself. On top of that...they were using my
amp (at the time); a Pass XA-30.8, to drive them.
After the wait...they used the 'ole pottery-wheel, to play a musty-old copy of The Firebird. Don't get me wrong; it's a lovely, and challenging piece of music. A favorite. But it takes a while to simmer, and get cooking. I just didn't think, it was the way to kick-off your demo-day; especially when a) people had been waiting, while you hook sh*t up...and b) you're supposed to be the "antithesis", of the stodgy, old audiophile community.
We sat for 5 minutes, to see if they were really
going to let the whole side play out (I think it was meant, to appease the crowd...with some "background" music; while they continued
, to set-up
); looked at each other, and left. Might have cost Zu, $5k...because I never had the chance, to be wowed by the pair.