I have to agree, I was fooled once years ago and not now.What is it with audio note speakers. I don't understand how they are considered so good. Some nasty paper cones and super basic tweeter tech. Urrhh.
On the other hand, there are a few folks here with some very interesting horn systems that I'd like to listen to TBH.
Totally agree about the social side and it’s far more important than HiFi although I am very grateful for being able to listen to your excellent turntable. Hopefully I will be able to visit again at some point in the future.Having hosted 25 BOs and greeted over 50 wammers to Lurch Towers, since late 2016 maybe I can give insight from the otherside of the fence (have also attended 10+ at other wammers kennels).
For me the main thing about BOs now is the social side and discovering new music.
However in the early days of my hosting it gave me exposure to kit and sound signatures to help form my desired sound. My kit was lower midrange in 2016, and whilst it sounded fantastic to me and was better than what I'd had in the past I soon discovered it wasn't what I really wanted. Various bits of kit were introduced to my system at my 1st BO (AuroraSound Vida WoW! ) which sent me off down various expensive rabbit holes chasing the level of SQ I now knew was possible. An expensive education, yes, but worth it? Again yes. Infact I continued to ask attendees to bring X or Y for me to Benchmark in my rig. Now the only thing left in my system from that 1dt BO is my BS Node2 (although it's now pimped + DDC and a Jolida DAC). Putting all the upgrades aside, the biggest bonus for me from hosting has been the very close friendships I've formed with several local wammers + the other more casual friendships that have been made. My record/CD collection has also vastly expanded as has my music and kit knowledge.
So from Social event to upgrade ideas and then back to majoring on the social side, has been my experience as a host. I've also found others who've attended have made use of the kit brought along (particularly for the playroom) to assist in their kit changes.
Also many, myself included, can be seen photographing album/cd covers or using Shazam during the day for future purchase.