Originally Posted by tsvisser
Their rooms are extremely large, however, for a NYC retailer. The bay that the 802s are in, I believe, doesn't even have a ceiling. The walls are slightly non-square, and there is no rear wall behind the listener. Sort of lively, and probably sucks bass out of almost any system that doesn't have plenty of bass driver surface area to push air out the old fashioned way. But would this invalidate one's observations on midrange? If you changed your position to more or less listen to them in the nearfield without immediate boundaries, like the Stereo Exchange room, the monitors should approach linear performance, no?
Sure - theoretically the room shouldn't be all that bad - but my experience is that perceptions formed there don't really hold up all that well as soon as you have the same component listening to the same reference when back in my own room. ymmv.
I should note that I've bought a couple of amps through Stereo Exchange and have received decent service through them so have no beef with them at all - it's just that I don't think it's possible to make any kind of decent comparison of the accuracy of a speaker heard in their room vs. a completely different model heard in another.