The Mackie mixer is probably the coolest thing I saw at the show. It seems really well thought out and powerful. Whoever wrote the iPad software did a great job.
Couldn't try the Marshalls, but they do look very cute.
The Parker bass was really nice - well balanced, pretty light.
The Egnater pedals are new (and I have some involvement in them!) I didn't get to hear them, but they look really badass. This is the first time I've seen a (more or less) finished product.They're really serious about getting into pedals, so I'm sure you'll see a lot more. I don't know what the current status of the E2 is, but last I heard, the modular series will live on...
Other things of note:
- This is the first time I tried a Jet City amp and they're really impressive for the price. They even have a -fully- MIDI programmable version. I didn't hear that one, but I'll be watching that one to see how it compares to the "normal" models. Doing MIDI controlled amps is a tricky thing to get right - ask those who have tried...
- The Apogee audio interface and mic for the iPad are surprisingly good.
- Looks like BOSS is learning a few things - the GT-100 looks like a serious improvement over previous models.
- The 5150III 50 watt model sounds good but annoys me greatly because they changed the footswitch interface from the 100 watter. (and added a MIDI interface that people are already reporting is not as flexible as they'd like)
- Really disappointed the Mastermind GT was not on exhibit at the show.
That's about all I saw - most of the time, I was in meetings. It was good to see all of the familiar faces, though!