the Audio Federation high-end audio CES 2008 Show Reportagazna, we just
finished up T.H.E. Show Wednesday
evening and it is now Thursday morning, the last day, and we are
on our way to the Venetian to finish up the last two wings, one of
floor 29 and one on floor 30 and a few odds and ends on floor 35,
etc. This should take about 4 pages of about 125 photos each -
though it looks like it might be 5 or 6 as I write this.
The T.H.E. Show shuttle bus from the Alexis Park drops up off
next door to the Venetian - CES not allowing us to get off at the
Venetian or something. So, to get where we need to be we trudge -
no, we walk with a spring in our step - through and around the
Venetian - some of which looks a like it is still under
construction, using these kind of moving metal walkways.
Some of these walkways are very steep, and I always think that in
Colorado, they could never do this because of ice and wet feet
slipping on the metal and people falling down and suing for the
Here I am on one of those walkways and decide to shoot a photo
because this is kind of fascinating to look at and there is
nothing else to do. And, now, as I photoshop the photo I
discover.... "Oh! THERE is the Mirage!". So, no, I did not get to
the Mirage this show. I think there are about six exhibits there,
and unfortunately for our readers, they were seemingly mostly of
the uber high-end variety that we all like to listen to the best.
Next year, I'll try and pay more attention to these people who
want to show near CES.
Besides the handful of good
systems, and perhaps one or two great systems, hearing people
playing exceptional music that they love, or perhaps 'dig' is the
better word, is one of the best parts about a show. That and
seeing and meeting new friends.
Otherwise, the whole show thing is hellishly stupid - all these
systems that people throw together - often using components that
have never seen each other before in public - paying serious
money to put it in a hotel room, lugging them to the room, setting
it up at warp speed, constantly worrying about it breaking during
the show and what the idiots with cameras are going to post about
it on the net [that would be me. I just never can find any of
those seemingly quite popular Prozac-dispensing machines], then,
in just a few days, tearing it all down again and then the
shipping. Shipping - where all the people who failed juggling
school go. And after all that, the vast majority of rooms just
don't sound all that good.