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Monday, 11-Jan-1999 20:12:21 EST
of the Day
Day Four began
with a listen to Muse's entries on the 24bit /96kHz stage, the Model
Eight transport and Two Ninety Six DAC. The Muse digital components
shone a ray of hope on the land of ones and zeros, proving that "digital"
need not be synonymous with "dry, edgy, and lifeless".
There may be life
in the old dear yet. Compared to Days One and Two, the walkways
between the buildings and the rooms of the Alexis Park were
chock-a-block with industry members and interested audiophiles. T.H.E.
Show in comparison (in its first incarnation, though), seemed sparsely
attended for the third day. Full
Day Two turned
out to be spectacular. The surprisingly low-key flavor of the show was
still in the air, but the sound was great. Full
"It was the
best of times, it was the worst of times". The "best"
was the magnificence and variety of high-end equipment on show. Truly,
an amazing amalgam of everything an audiophile could ask for. The
worst? Getting here! Full
January 6, 1999)
Arrived - Finally!
day began on an up note. The alarm clock rang on time, the airline
limousine arrived fifteen minutes early, and the horrific backlog at
Toronto's Pearson International caused by last week's brutal snow
storm was all but non-existent.
After a minor thirty minute delay in Toronto, Air Canada flight 579 to
Las Vegas via Denver, Colorado was in the air. The flight was
uneventful, save for the repeated in-cabin appearance of the pilot and
co-pilot, both of whom seemed rather concerned about the rapid
accumulation of ice on the plane's wings. Ice build-up
notwithstanding, we landed unscathed at Denver's lovely, sun-drenched
airport, with more than an hour to make our connecting flight to
Vegas. No problem, especially since the ticketing agent in Denver
informed us that our connecting flight was an hour behind schedule. As
we waited patiently for the United Airlines Boeing 737 to make its way
from San Francisco to Denver, the sunny skies we were enjoying began
to turn grey, and a thick band of fog moved in.
As (bad) luck would have it, the fog reduced visibility such that
landings in Denver were deemed unsafe, and our plane-to-be was
re-routed to Colorado Springs, where it was to be refueled and sent
back to Denver to take us on our merry way. So, we waited. And waited
some more. Delay after delay tried our patience, but we were
determined to make it to Vegas before the day was done. Almost four
hours after our scheduled departure, our plane finally arrived in
Denver, where it was hastily prepared for its run South West to the
home of flash, glitter and CES. Thirteen
hours after leaving Toronto, we arrived at the Alexis Park Hotel, the
hub of the Specialty Audio/Video leg of CES. We expected the hotel to
be bustling with activity, with industry luminaries scrambling about
in a last minute effort to get everything just right for the onslaught
of the show's opening day. Instead, we were greeted with an eerie
silence - no loudspeakers being played at deafening levels in the name
of break-in, no Fifth Element DVDs at 130 dB, nothing at all.
Just quiet and tranquility - the calm before what is likely to be a
four-day storm of high-end audio/video activity. Until tomorrow...
January 5, 1999)
(almost) Show Time!
bags are packed, our test CDs are chosen, our airline seats are
pre-selected, and our digital cameras and laptop computers are fully
charged. The latest in digital audio and video editing software is
loaded and configured, and our favorite
HTML editor is in tow. It's almost show time. Beginning
Wednesday January 6th, Audiophilia's live, interactive
coverage of both the 1999 Consumer Electronics Show and T.H.E. Show
will commence. Watch for constant updates, including pictures and text
in response to CES
!nteractive requests, a continuously evolving Photo Gallery, our
vote for Room of the Day, and a daily summary of room tours and
events. It's the next best thing to being there!
January 4, 1999)
Snowstorm in 55 Years Buries the Audiophilia Offices
the last 48 hours, the Toronto area was pounded with what local
newspapers called "the worst snow storm in 55 years". Some
areas saw almost 50 centimetres (about 20 inches) of snow, roads and
highways were reduced to skating rinks, and flights into and out of
Toronto's Pearson International Airport were cancelled. According to
Pearson officials, it may be as late as Wednesday before the travel
backlog is cleared. The good news? Audiophilia's Vegas-bound flights
are on schedule and coverage will begin on January 6th as