Is it all bull**** now? 2018-09-20 19:10:35 I haven't visited a "hi-fi" shop in a long time, so I'd like to know if my experience was the new norm. I wanted to see and hear a rather unusual and uncommon loudspeaker. There is a dealer about an hour away that was having an open house and demo that included these, so we made a day of it and went to see them.First, the dealer didn't have the second-from-the-top model that I really wanted to see, so we listened to the third-down model. It was interesting, but it turned out the "demo" wasn't really the speakers. The dealer wanted to demo the power conditioning system, including the mechanical grounding discs to prop everything else. I wanted to ask some technical information about the speakers, especially how they managed distortion in their rather radical omnidirectional driver system. He informed me that there was no distortion--because of the $32,000 insulation-biased cable system. That and the power conditioner, of course. So is this how it's going to be? I'm not that likely to buy the speakers anyway--they're quite expensive--but I could. But there's no chance at all if I can't have a rational discussion with the supposed experts. I don't expect them to be unbiased and I can deal with normal salesmanship and opinions, but this seems like if you want anything to do with high-end, you have to join the cult and drink the kool-aid.