Best Audio at the show:
1) Steinway & Lyngdorf (Atmos)
2) Alcons room (Atmos)
3) Barco Thor demo room (Also using Steinway & Lyngdorf Atmos setup, although the much smaller bookshelf size in-walls. I argued with the S&L rep telling her there's no way that massive sound from a 200"+ microperf screen was coming from an array of tiny bookshelf size in-walls (IW-26v) behind the screen. But I was wrong. That system defies expectations.
Least Favorite: JBL Synthesis immersive experience demo (SDP-75 processor & 4367 Studio monitors as L/C/R's). I actually kept looking around the room and shaking my head during the demo wondering, is anybody else thinking this sounds completely underwhelming and borderline terrible for the money? The center channel (4367) actually sounded small, like tiny compared to the images on their 190" screen. It was so bad in fact, I'm convinced it was improperly setup.
1) Barco Thor DCI class 6P laser projector
I actually loathed both Sony's 4k and JVC's 4k laser offerings this year. Both looked as if someone magically took a pre-calibrated 1st gen 4k tv right off the best buy sales floor, and blew it up 200 inches. Flat, two dimensional images with no sense of depth or contrast. Just goes to show that higher resolution does not equal great picture quality. Processing, processing, processing. I saw a 1080p projector from Sim2 over 5 years ago with a much more compelling image than any of the 4k offerings I saw this year. Sad but true. I prefer my $7k JVC RS4910 to any of the aforementioned units.
All in all it was a fun show, but I spent the most amount of time in the Alcons rooms (Steinway & Lyngdorf was by appointment only). The Alcons setup was hitting 104db at some points in the demo. ..not too shabby for a CEDIA room.
"Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me" -Vizzini