Here are some photos from CES 2006, the Alexis Park exhibit area. This is another location where you can demo gear in a more intimate setting. It's essentially a condominium community, with each vendor(s) in a specific suite. Over 200 exhibitors were in attendance and we didn't even get to all of them. This was where we should have spent two days solid, period.
Polk Audio shared a suite with Kaleidescape, and displayed the Surround Bar and LC265i In-Wall speakers. This room was packed so alas I have no pictures, but I'm sure I can get some from the gang. The setup was very nice and that Kaleidescape server is really neat....and really expensive.
This area of CES was what made Russ and I decide to step up to the next level....some of the best demos I've ever experienced. The standouts for me were:
Best 2CH w/ Subwoofer - Suite 1401: WLM Grand Viola Loudspeaker ($11K)/ Audio Aero Front/Back End ($59K). The WLM setup used the WLM Duo 18" Passive Subwoofers($5K) and the Active System Control Module ($5K). This was all driven by 4 Audio Aero Capitole SET 50wpc Tube Monoblocks ($23K/pr) and their flagship Prestige CD/SACD Player ($13K). The setup was unreal and I almost got Russ to cry...what more can I say? Ben Harper - Will to Live (RCD-TR6)
Best 2CH Raw - Suite 1651: Joule Electra Rite of Passage Monoblocks ($24K/pr)/ Joseph Audio Pearl Loudspeaker ($20K)/ Wadia 861SE CDP ($10K). The Joule Electra ROP Monoblocks make the Cary V12 Monoblocks, look like Tonka toys. That and the fact the power cables are 7" thick, says that it came to play...although, them being plugged into an average extension cord looked funny :) The entire setup has set the bar for me in regards to audio....I've never heard something so stunning and was drop dead speechless. A perfect demo if there is such a thing. Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue (MOFI-TR1)
I'll comment on the McIntosh Reference Home Theatre later.....you won't believe that demo.
Here are some pics, enjoy! :D