Is it me or do many feel that the reports from various trade shows are just complete filler? The industry puts out all kinds of stuff every year. Twice a year they hold some kind of a show trying to push their stuff. Everyone admits that the equipment in a hotel setting sounds horrible and cannot be indicative of in home performance. Given that's the case, who gives a rat's ass if company X comes out with a product Z? It's not a review, it's not even a legitimate first impression. The only thing you can possibly infer from the report is whether or not a piece of equipment looks nice. It seems to me that all the trade show reports allow the writers to go on a field trip and easily fill pages of a magazine. I would rather see more formal reviews, articles on various tweaks, or even Art Dudley's liberal rants that the right leaning Stereophile readers find so objectionable. In fact, I would almost prefer to read Sam's monologues about his Russian wife, which I find quite torturous, than to read show impressions. Besides, there is a monthly "Industry Update" feature that keeps everyone abreast of new happenings in the world of hi-fi.