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'Twas the Night Before CES
Looming just around the corner is one of hi-fis most fussed-over events. Mixed in with the latest in telephones, toy robots, and hand-held video games are the best and brightest of our obsession. Ive been told that in Vegas you can, and will, see anything -- and I believe this holds true for the audio world as well. From the tweakiest of the single-ended guys driving strange looking beasts that only a mother could love, to the bleeding-edge prototypes of the latest in high-rez solutions, its all at CES. Never-ending corridors with room after room of everything an audiophile craves.
And as heavenly as all this may sound, there is certainly plenty of hell to go around too. Were not talking about dedicated listening rooms here. These are hotel rooms with irregular shapes and thin walls. The power is not sufficient to run the endless number of current-hungry audio products and it fluctuates throughout the week. Everyone is here to show off their best, but they are lucky if they can get past mediocre performance with all they go through to make it work.
Still, the CES is awe-inspiring, and I would highly recommend that anyone seriously involved in this hobby make at least one pilgrimage to Las Vegas in January. So with the holiday season upon us, and being the ham that I am (hams are in season, arent they?), I have decided to share the Consumer Electronic Show experience with you by way of a little poem. I know, I know -- Robert Frost Im not. But be kind -- its the season, remember.
May you and yours enjoy peace, health, and love in the coming year. Happy Holidays!
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