Previously, on the Audio Federation Show Report, it was early
evening, Monday, and we had just finished trudging back from the
Venetian with this little camera [trudge trudge trudge] and
decided to go straight to the St. Tropez.
T.H.E. Show didn't
close each evening until 6:30pm, while the Venetian closed at
5:00pm. So the plan [aka THE PLAN] was to spend a few hours each
day at the main conference, the LVCC, photographing home theater
and static high-end audio displays, then spend several hours at
the Venetian, and then finish up at the St. Tropez / Alexis Park.
Dividing the day into roughly thirds.
Well, the Venetian was taking longer than expected - and the
LVCC was more [but not completely] like CEDIA [that we just
covered a couplea months ago] than expected - so the 3rd and 4th
days we just skipped the LVCC altogether.
So it is after 5:00pm for these photos. That's why it is dark
There were a lot of rooms that were not playing music. In fact,
some were adamant about not wanting to play any music. It was
late. They were grumpy.
I also got my first taste of how some people treat the press at
these shows - in rooms where they did not recognize me. They treat
the press like idiots. Rightly or wrongly :-). Usually we go to
these things as a 'Buyer' aka dealers. They don't ask Buyers if
they 'know what XYZ is?' in a tone that suggested we were
First, if I do not know what it is, in general, why oh why am I
covering the show as press?
Second, this press guy does not just regurgitate Public
Relations copy, which I had to explain over and over. We provide
exposure for exhibitors, and write up something about the sound if
it makes sense [though next year, maybe my backpack should have a
slot for people to stuff with PR literature as I leave each room,
just to speed things up.].
Anyway, I have both more sympathy for the press, and more
sympathy for the exhibitors who must have been driven to use this
approach by somewhat less-than-competent press bots in the past.
OK. Where to go first. Choose a building. Any building.... The
St. Tropez is laid out in a circle of buildings with about, oh, 4
to 5 exhibitor rooms each. Almost all were on the first floor this
year. At random we chose....