I got lucky. When I finally managed to swing by the Vandersteen/ARC room, it was nearly empty. Which means yours truly got some serious quality time in the sweet spot. The $50k Vandersteen Model 7 speakers (w/ the new M7 crossovers) were deftly driven by $26k Audio Research Corp Reference 250 monoblock amplifiers, and for about 10 minutes, I was able to completely disengage my mammalian brain, letting the Inner Lizard free. It was glorious. Truly incredible sound and easily Best in Show quality.
Richard Vandersteen, jamming in the back of the room.