first time at cranage for me, and hats off to all concerned-well organised, free entry and plenty of lustful big names to look and listen to.
some observations and awards (personal opinion)
-best sounds- audio note(audio counsel room), icon audio stereo 40, cad boenecke, doug brady room, and i did visit every room twice
-BEST IN SHOW- without a doubt imo- lyngdorf room -just a shame the room was tucked away and didn't seem very busy
-biggest disappointments :
-kondo-sounded utterly crap-was so looking forward to hearing the equipment for the first time-got there just as a guy requested some kate bush from his personal vinyl copy-the system murdered it- I had to leave after one minute
-a lot of the big speaker and big ticket rooms e.g. tannoy, atc(not chasing the dragon), absolute sounds- also sounded crap imo for the price tags involved
interesting bits-mike valentines presentation cd vinyl reel to reel was fascinating and he was very charismatic, also the live cello performance was excellent, the small boneckes in the cad room were superb and definitely cutest in show.
the equalisation of 80% of the systems was wrong, rooms were playing a big factor(room nodes excited, fizzy harsh trebles)-i was in and out of some rooms in 30s such was the poor quality-, and I believe room correction is the way forward for maxing your systems performance-if you aint tried it guys give it a go. i use dirac live in my system .