CES, day 4
Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
20Trip End Jun 18, 2012
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Today was the last day of CES. I spent the first three days at the convention center so I thought I'd check out the exhibits at the Venetian today.
I took the monorail to Harrah's, the closest stop to the Venetian. It's a fairly long walk from the monorail stop to the Venetian although the poor signage so typical of Las Vegas greatly contributed to that. After being given incorrect directions by several Venetian and CES employees I eventually found the Venetian Ballroom, another room of exhibitors. When I looked at a map I found that an even larger room, Hall D, was behind the Venetian Ballroom and there was a large area of smaller rooms nearby. I had been told that there wasn't much at the Venetian but I suspect that person just hadn't found everything.
I wandered around the exhibits for hours. There were companies exhibiting alternative energy systems and recycling services in the Venetian Ballroom. In Hall D there were a lot of companies in the photography business in one way or another. The section of smaller rooms included stereo equipment manufacturers as well as start-up companies that do not yet have a product on the market. When I was wandering through this area I found out there were also stereo equipment exhibitors in rooms on several of the upper floors.
Around three o'clock I noticed that a lot of people were packing up and leaving already. I was shocked to discover that the closing time of the show was 4:00. I thought it was 6:00 like it had been the other three days. I had been planning on going back to the convention center but with the show closing two hours earlier than I expected I didn't have enough time so I decided to visit some of the stereo equipment manufacturers on the upper floors.
Most of the rooms were set up to be demo rooms for their equipment. I got to listen to a couple very good sound systems before most everyone was shutting down and it was time to go, MartinLogan was demoing their CLX Art speakers with one of their subwoofers. The Ricki Lee Jones cover of "Show Biz Kids" sounded great.
I walked over to China Poblano in the Cosmopolitan for dinner. It's another restaurant by Jose Andres. This one is a combination of Chinese and Mexican tapas. I ordered three Mexican dishes: Setas, which is a taco with wild mushrooms and guacamole, Huitlacoche Noodles, which is noodles carved with a knife with wild mushrooms and huitlacoche aka corn smut aka Mexican corn truffle, and something listed on the menu as Nice, but Naughty, which is asparagus with sauted lotus root and sesame. They were all very good. It didn't really need anything else but I got the Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. After dinner I walked back to my hotel and called it a night.