What’s Your Plan for CES?
I go to CES to see vendors—the manufacturers we carry—and what
they have in store for the future. Flat panels, other electronics, remotes—we look for those. And as far as newer things go, we are on the lookout
for wireless audio and video technologies and audio distribution systems. Our clients also do occasionally ask about IP-addressable systems, but
our store is primarily a home theater and high-end audio installer.
I believe the move of the high-end audio area to the Venetian from the Alexis Park is a good thing, although maybe some of the manufacturers may not like it because it will attract more consumers. At the Alexis Park, they had more time to talk to their own dealers, but now they’ll have to deal with more general-interest retailers and the public. I personally think the move will help better educate the consumers who get into the show about high-end audio.
Every year, the show gets bigger and bigger, and better and better.
San Jose, Calif.
I have been going to CES for 20-plus years. I’m not going this time to see anything in particular; it’s just habit to keep attending. I look around, have some meetings and take my wife to see some shows in Vegas. As far as technology goes, the companies I deal with usually don’t release new things there, but rather at CEDIA, before CES. It’s turned into more of a “fun” show than CEDIA is, because of where it is.
Advanced Audio Design
What I hope to accomplish at this year’s CES is more than just seeing new product introductions. Of course, the new product introductions are important, but hearing from the manufacturers on their game plans for the year is probably more important for me. Everything from vendors’ distribution strategies to target market focus, and what they think is the winning strategy, is what I try to take away from the show. Then I have to evaluate which strategies make more sense for us and make my choices accordingly.