So, it sounds like everyone enjoyed the Neolith demo a lot.
There are a few things I would like to comment on and then I will leave it at that. The room is a bit difficult. Depending on where you sat/stood, the bass was either on point or semi boomy. They all cannot be perfect seats, so we played with the jumpers on the speakers to see what sounded best for the first few rows. The room was dual purposed to have 2 systems in it. If we did not have the Sonus setup, we could have done some things with treatments to help out. There aren't that many rooms that are dual purpose, so they have more room for treatments and such, we chose to show more gear.
Yes, the equipment was essentially the same. McIntosh doesn't change out models every year so we brought what we have. I would like to point out something that gets lost to attendees. Some of the exhibitors are A/V dealers (Us), some are manufacturers, and some of them are reps (displaying the products they rep). As a dealer, we do not get gear flown in just for the show. We dismantled our showroom to bring it to the show, so we used what we have on display. I would love to have the manufacturers fly in what we need for the show for demo, but that is not the case. We decided to try out an Aurender this year vs. the McIntosh MB100 because we did the McIntosh last year. It was a lot of the same demo material because we copied it from our hard drive to play through the Aurender. I wish we could stream Tidal and play anything, but we are limited to what demo material we have. Also, we as the dealer pay for the room. I hear every year people asking why McIntosh did or didn't do this, why didn't MartinLogan do that? It's because we are dealing with a slightly smaller budget than the manufacturers have. The show is a large expense, especially the larger rooms. I wish we had a larger budget to show everything everyone wants, but we have to limit things are we have to run a business as well.
We did have the new MartinLogan Illusion center channel on display with the other static speakers, so it may have been overlooked. It is truly a beast and a work of art.
Yes, the volume did get up there a few times. When people are asking to hear what the speakers can do, the volume gets a little loud. Was it played too loud at times, sure it was. Overall it was a fantastic show and we enjoy being a MartinLogan dealer, I'm sorry that it wasn't perfect, that is what the showroom demo is for. For as many times as I heard the demo was too loud, I heard just as many praises. It shows that everyone hears things differently and you cannot please everyone.