What a few people at the show mentioned was that if it sounded really good at the show then you know the system CAN for sure sound great if not possibly even better. But the ones that don’t sound great could sound better as well.We all know that walking into a hotel room and listening to a system shipped unpacked and setup the day before is a very compromised scenario...except when we want to judge
I guess another way to look at it is: all compromises considered are shows more benefit or detriment? I'm guessing any exposure is better than none...
I still think you can get a general consensus of the “character” of a particular brands sound in show conditions. Someone could prove me wrong but the multiple rooms/homes I’ve heard speakers such as Matin Logan, Vandersteen and B&W, I have never been impressed.
The Kharmas were the only speakers that moved the “emotional connection” needle for me at the show.