Took a field trip today with Cathy(cfrizz) to Goodwins High End in Waltham, MA and all I have to say is:
Everything from the employees, the selection of equipment, the listening rooms, was just perfect. Finally got to hear my SS/Tube comparison using the same speakers(Dynaudio Focus) and I really prefer the tube. On the other hand, it wasn't 200wpc so it didn't make the cut with Cathy(kidding! :p )
There was this one pair at the end of gigantic bubbly looking speakers, that we were told were over 500 pounds each......wow, talk about a conversation piece. They were being powered by Boulder 2000 series amps(each more than the cost of my car)......
All in all, fantastic experience and if you are ever in the Waltham MA area you gotta go check that place out. A top notch business for sure!
Forgot to mention, they used Nordost Blue Heaven flat cables for everything they hooked up, no upgraded power cables(except for 2 I saw), and everything was plugged into regular surge strips.....which I found interesting because of how people push towards power conditioners, etc.