CES 2010: Another Show, Another Workout for Mike & Neli

We were originally scheduled to drive out to Las Vegas tomorrow, Monday [it is about a 12 hour drive], setup on Tuesday, and fix any problems and let things warm up on Wednesday.

But the shipment from Audio Note did not clear customs until late New Years Eve. So Monday we spend at the shippers, forwarding things on to Las Vegas and several dealers. Now Tuesday we drive. Wednesday we rent a truck and go pick up things at the shipper and get them up to the two rooms. We figure that by 6pm, we will start unpacking and setting up the system.

Audio Note Gaku-Ons at night

For some reason, I think a lot of people are like this – and wait to the last minute for everything [ALTHOUGH 90% of the exhibitors get it together early enough to have time to ship their stuff so that it automagically appears in their exhibit rooms without them having to lift a finger]

The thing is, we are not like this.

One of the [many] reasons our rooms at shows sound so good is that we allow ourselves time to let things warm up, to tweak things this way and that, to actually listen to the system to see if and where it needs a little love.

We’ll do our best, of course, but this sure ain’t helping my gray hair problem any! 🙂

Audio Note Gaku-Ons at night

Audio Note Gaku On at CES 2010

We’re taking the Gaku On amplifiers to CES. .

We have a ton of photos. Still will take another ton.

These are not our amps – but suffice it to say I ***WILL*** have these amps for my own, someday. They are just so much better than anything else… except, well, the Lamm ML3 are different. Suffice to to say I ***WILL*** own both someday.

And I usually, eventually, perhaps decades down the road, own everything I want. As do most people, really. It is figuring out what I want that takes for-ev-er. And then figuring out how to focus my efforts so that they are not wasted on silly things like food and vacations 😉

Yes, a ton of photos. A little bit of confusion about where to post the photos. Here… yes, but they are so small. On Spintricity, it will look great, but if we are not careful, everything over there will be Audio Note – they make such a wide range [aka large number] of good looking equipment.

Maybe I’ll post it over on Luxury Review [a stealth zine where I can say what I want – and be the old exuberant me and then some], then convince Mattters to run it on their luxury channels.

Anyway, the quandary will soon end, one way or the other. Post CES we are going to rethink the publications a little bit. Well, first we will rest and sleep a lot. Then we will do a rethink.