HE-2007 was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Despite what the name implies, this show catered significantly more to the
two-channel crowd than it did to the home theater enthusiast. Literally, no
display manufacturers and very few rooms had been set up with multi-channel.
All-in-all, I thought it was a pretty decent audio show - the Grand Hyatt was
a good venue despite the crowded areas at sign-up, and the elevators were
Keeping up with unusual speaker design, the "starting around $80g" Mandarin Supreme from Loiminchay, yup the specialty pen company. The Mandarin included a 19" horn and 10" base woofer.
Sharing a room were Vandersteen speakers, Audio Research components, and Clear Audio turntables. Vandersteen's prototype carbon fiber clad 5A speakers run on Audio Research's Reference 110 amplifier, the Reference 3 preamp, and Reference CD7 player. No pricing on any of the equipment was available, but it sure sounded sweet.