My biggest takeaway from the gtg was that I need a smoker.
Seriously, the ribs were great. The pepper things kicked my arse but I loved the taste.
After we ate Doug gave us a demo with his SEOS speakers/G Horns. The G Horns are so impressive. They have this visceral/guttural feeling that I love that I have only experienced with the Orbit Shifters. I can get the volume of bass louder in my room - i think - but I cannot get that effortless violent feel.
As far as the speaker comparison, I bet the other guys would agree that none of them sounded great because we had them all crossed at 90hz with no subs in order to make it fair.
When playing Archaea music I honestly would have had a hard time telling the difference between the 3 speakers. The JTR's were the most full sounding but the mids and highs were very similar on songs like Lights.
HOWEVER!!!! When rock or metal or something with drums/guitars and other real instruments was playing it was so obvious to me which speakers were the Macke's. I did not like them at all. I went blind once and while Metallica was playing I said, "don't play that speaker anymore!!" and it was the Mackes. The SEOS and 228's were much more similar but my favorite blind pick ended up being the 228's. They had a bit more mid/upper bass/full sound to them and a bit more "get your attention" sound that I like in the mids/highs. Both the SEOS and 228's imaged well, I thought the Mackes did not. Like I said though, nothing was sounding great with no subs and crossed at 90hz.
So weird that the Macke's sounded dull/lifeless/hollow - on rock/metal to my ears but sound absolutely fine on other genres of music.