The Montreal Hi-Fi Expo is this weekend! So how many around here are going? Myself, I'm going to be there all three days, checking out the usually excellent audio rooms and dissing the usually pathetic home theater rooms! I took a quick peek today and as usual there's no lack of excellent audio systems. Tube systems, solid-state systems, vinyl turntables... As for home theater rooms, there wasn't all that much. But this just the first day and I was only in one hotel for a very short period of time. The best quality HT room I saw on this first day was the room with the NEC LT150Z DLP projector connected to an ExpressVu 6000 HD receiver. The receiver's HD output was set to 720P and the images from the demo loop were reasonably impressive. There was also a really big projection room on the main floor, but the demo material was just another poorly mastered concert DVD. I'll check out if the material gets better during the weekend. After all these years, I finally saw the Bose demo room! They had their traditional small-cube-speakers-hidden-behind-big-boxes presentation, and it actually caught me off guard. And that's where I understood their marketing scheme. You're so thrown off balance when the speakers are revealed that you're conditioned into believing they sound better than they really are! Honestly, I felt my own system consisting of PSB Alphas, a Paradigm PDR-12 sub and an Onkyo receiver sounded much better than the Bose system either before or after the "big revelation", and at a much lower price. I'll be writing a full report for two Web sites as well as posting tidbits over here.