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CES 2017: High-End Audio General Notes

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OK, by miracle I managed to finish seeing everything in the Venetian Hotel where all the high-end companies have suites. I got through them sooner because CES had rented out a lot of rooms as business meeting rooms to companies unrelated to high-end. Here is an example:

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For those of you outside of US, AARP is an organization that baggs older Americans and then tries to sell them insurance. I gave them Sal's email address for follow up.

Still, there was plenty to see. I say there was 70% as many audio companies as RMAF.

The rooms were the most comfortable of any audio show. Cool and quiet. Rooms were also generally larger or so it seemed. I stayed at Trump Hotel where there are no casino which is great. And within 15 minute walk to Venetian. It was a very good choice even though I donated some money to our newly elected president.

What was great was the many personal contacts I made and renewed. Somehow it was a lot easier to have conversation as opposed to other audio shows where audiophiles % is higher and they want this and that played and talk to the presenters. Learned a lot of back stories some of which unfortunately I cannot share.

Trying to get pictures processed and uploaded as fast I can, I ate mostly at the food court at the Mall. Barely edible stuff. First night I sought a BBQ place that had near 5 stars from Yelp with some 150 reviews. Get there and it is a dump inside and the five meat combo I got was all left overs from steam ovens. See the sacrifices I make for you guys???

Had technical difficulties the first day. I use my phone for song look up and taking notes. The phone had about 45% battery in it when I put it in my pocket. Was having a great conversation with a friend and all of a sudden felt something really hot in my pocket. Pull out my phone and it hot as a skillet. Not only that, it was stuck in an infinite loop rebooting!!! Power switch would not work. Struggled to pull the back off and pull out the battery. PUt the battery back in, it booted fine and said there was 22% charge left. I had a sigh of relief only to be ended with the phone shutting down and saying it has 0% charge! Had a dead phone for 3 hours so had to go back today and see the same booths one more time to capture music.

So bad food, bad technology but great conversations and good music. Tomorrow will be at the main hall, hitting all the major companies and seeing the latest in video and other tech.

Grabbed this shot from the window of Technics suite:

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Had technical difficulties the first day. I use my phone for song look up and taking notes. The phone had about 45% battery in it when I put it in my pocket. Was having a great conversation with a friend and all of a sudden felt something really hot in my pocket. Pull out my phone and it hot as a skillet. Not only that, it was stuck in an infinite loop rebooting!!! Power switch would not work. Struggled to pull the back off and pull out the battery. PUt the battery back in, it booted fine and said there was 22% charge left. I had a sigh of relief only to be ended with the phone shutting down and saying it has 0% charge! Had a dead phone for 3 hours so had to go back today and see the same booths one more time to capture music.
Was that a phone in your pocket, or were you really glad to see that friend?
 

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I thought you would take your own personal chef to these events.. Sounds like your slumming it with the plebs and alike :eek:

I hope those CES folks understand they are hosting 'the King of audio' :D

As for this talk about you walking amir :eek:
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First night I sought a BBQ place that had near 5 stars from Yelp with some 150 reviews. Get there and it is a dump inside and the five meat combo I got was all left overs from steam ovens. See the sacrifices I make for you guys???
Ha! You should have come by at closing time as usual and we'd have gone out for a great meal. I hope that tonight's "Carnivore's Feast" will make up for your sacrifices last night.
 

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For those of you outside of US, AARP is an organization that baggs older Americans and then tries to sell them insurance. I gave them Sal's email address for follow up.
Big mistake there. :eek:
I and tens of thousands of members contacted them (AARP) requesting they not support OBamaCare.
They did and we told them what to do with their membership..
Soon to be a rectified situation. MAGA ;)
I'll get ya BHO's new address ASAP. :p
JMHO
 

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So finally finished the coverage of the audio suites at the Venetian hotel!

That is some 635 pictures!

The rest of the show consists of 270 pictures. Will start on that tomorrow.
 

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Seems some years back everyone was moaning how CES wasn't (fill in the blanks) to/for High End Audio and they wanted to start the specialty shows, which IIRC was first done by Stereophile back in the late 70s early 80s. Now they're moaning about the High Ends low participation in CES.
High End audio as we knew and built it is DEAD, stick a fork in it cause it's done. :)

Mikey Fremer says, "Better a bottle in front of me then a frontal lobotomy". :confused:
Bob Deutsch, don't sing. :(
Bill Lowe, Big smiles of course, all the way to the bank. :eek:
Rob Darling, Is that your given name or a stage name? Either way it's working. :)
Jana Dagdagan, Next year just say NO. LOL
 

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Consumer Electronics Show...

Audio not getting enough Love?

Hmmm...

Consumers are excluded, "officially"...

If they are comparing today to 30 years ago (late 1986):

Audio was still part of "high tech" back then. CD was just becoming affordable, having been out for 3 years or so. What else could you push? Let's see...

Color CRT or big box rear-projection units, slow-ass expensive as hell computers, a few "portable" computers, Cell Phones were brand new and they were just that - phones, fancier modems, no internet so Compuserve probably had major floorspace. VHS was video. What else was high tech? Calculators? RC Cars?

Today, sheesh.

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Name another electronic product class that has experienced the same inflation rate as "high end audio". I can't think of one.

"That looks nice! How much is it?"
"$65,000 but that includes delivery."
"Oh."
 
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