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CES Unseen

Beyond the glitz, gadgets and glamour of the Consumer Electronics Show lies something far better: the world’s largest high-end audio exhibition.

Practically everybody knows about the Consumer Electronics Show, which occurs every January in Las Vegas. Network news is packed morning and night with segments about the latest gadgets at CES. Celebrities appear by the dozens to check out the latest technologies. Thousands of journalists swarm around new TVs, cell phones, digital cameras and computers.

Beyond the brouhaha at the Las Vegas Convention Center, though, there’s an entirely different side of CES that you’ll never see on The Today Show. The High-Performance Audio and Home Theater portion of CES takes over much of five floors in the main tower of the Venetian Hotel and many of the hotel’s meeting rooms. In 2009, the Venetian attracted more than 300 exhibitors. Combine that with another 90 or so exhibitors at the Home Entertainment Show, a competing exposition at the Alexis Park hotel, and you have what is surely the world’s largest display of high-end audio products.

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