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Click for bigger image of CES 2008 The first thing to understand about the CES in Las Vegas if you haven't attended is that it is monsterous. Its proportions extend beyond most humans understanding of large, enormous or amazing, it is seriousy monsterous!

Click for bigger image of CES 2008 The monster now uses up three different and huge convention centres, hundreds of hotel suites and large amounts of car park space. It is quite simply impossible to see even most of the show in the four days that it runs for in early January each year. If you use the number of CES badge holders dangling around almost everyones neck that walks the Las Vegas strip during the show you get the feeling that the electronics industry has taken over the town. Normal tourists must surely feel left out of the excitement.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 The approach I take is to keep my ear to the ground as the show unfolds and get a feel from other visitors as to what is hot and should be seen and whats not and is best avoided. Of course I have a few actual bits of business to deal with as well so between actual work and sniffing around for new and exciting tid bits the four days of the show simply rushes past.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 A toss of a coin decided for myself and fellow electronics technician and good friend Geoff Kinzett the first port of call, the main convention centre South Hall. There maybe 150,000 folk visiting the show but in typical American well organised fashion we all seem to get shuttled around town realatively painlessly and within a short period on the bus from our Hotel are peering at a multitude of show displays being as picky as possible about what we spend time lingering over knowing that what we see before us is the tip of tip of the iceberg.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 Probably a good thing we weren't at the North Hall on that opening morning as even later on in the first day when we make it 'up North' it is a solid mass of humanity. The North Halls are where most of the big players with the big promotional bucks launch their new toys. Panasonic, LG, Samsung, Toshiba, Pioneer, Hitachi and many others put on over the top displays of new giant plasma and LCD displays and other new vision products.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 Many of these displays contain bold proclamations of the biggest this and the smallest that! I was particularly amused by Panasonics claim of a new "High Definition" audio system that consisted of a collection of cheap looking plastic slimline boxes (I think they were the speakers) and one of those sleek looking silvery boxes at the centre (some kind of DVD pre amp unit). It goes without saying that it wasn't turned on. I doubt whether it had the grunt to get over the ambient noise level in the hall anyway.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 Their demo 150" Plasma display looked great though and they would seem to be offering a 103" plasma in this years line up. Lets face it the current 65" just isn't big enough!
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 We wandered through the maze of displays and humans for what seemed like a few hours picking up intersting pieces of data like Blue Ray discs are pain to burn and are picky and unreliable, LCD displays will look a whole lot better with the new LED backlighting coming out soon, HD-DVD IS the best format and will take over! Pangs of hunger caused me to check the time and the few hours that I thought had passed were in fact 6 hours and it was definitely time to eat.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 So maybe the low down on HD-DVD wasn't quite right but there is lots of actually useful info to be gleaned and so we continued on till the end on the first day and saw way to much electronics for one day. 3 days to go! Better go and get some R and R in the 24 hours a day of over the topness that is Las Vegas.
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 I had every intention of writing this report as soon as I got back but due to the fact that I was actually missed while away (by HiFi enthusiasts anyway!) I was confronted with hundreds of phone messages and a wall of repairs to deal with so it was pushed back. This work continued for months and when it slowed down, packing and planning for the move to the new shop took over my spare time. So here we are, the 1st of June and really the 2008 CES is old news...time to plan for 2009!
Click for bigger image of CES 2008 Good mate and fellow tech, Geoff Kinzett, pictured in front of more fake architecture.

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