Originally Posted by jakeman
Hopefully this report just in at another site from an attendee is not accurate.
"The move from the Alexis Park to the Venetian is at best a disaster for the attendees and for the manufacturers who paid good money to be there.
For the attendees, go through the casino, make your way to the elevators and ride up 29 floors totally jammed with people, get off the elevator in the designated smoking section. Walk around in a daze trying to figure who's where. No bathrooms anywhere if you need to use 'em, ride the elevator down 29 floors, walk through the casino to find the men's room... And forget about vendors selling records, CD's, tubes, tweaks like they did in past years at the Alexis Park... they're not allowed to do that at the Venetian. I did not hear one system/room that sounded good. Not one. The rooms were not meant to showcase audio, or HT for that matter.
From the manufacturers perspective the traffic is light for all of the reasons listed above. The costs are astronomical too: not allowed to bring their own gear into the hotel, pay $300 to the hotel to move the furniture out of the way in the room, etc... lotsa folks saying no more CES, they'll sign up to T.H.E. Show next year."
Vendors and customers were not happy with the Venetian.
1. Spread out all over the place. Tons of walking. The elevator situation sucked.
2. Smaller vendors' complained the weekday show as taking them out of the office too long.
3. Limited products being demoed as they(Nevada taxing apparently was the big they.) were trying to limit selling of equipment. So manufacturers didn't bring a lot as they'd have to ship it home instead of selling it on the last day.
4. I heard complaints of only one or two days over lap with the adult show.
I bought a few Cheskys at 2/$25. I only saw 2-3 other sellers. You had to get in a line and get an order form filled out and take it to the cashier staition so Nevada could collect their taxes. Then you had to go stand in line again to show your paid receipt and pick up the discs. After that I didn't bother looking at any of the other discs because I wasn't going to take 10-15 minutes and stand in 3 lines to do the buying part.
As far the next SVS speakers Ron said they still a good ways off.
The room correction EQ was sweet.
I was impressed with the SBS-01s for the price.