Displeasure at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been building over the years by those involved in high-end audio. High-end's presence has dwindled to about 1 floor, while at the same time the show has been expanded to include everything ‘consumer’ from gaming to self-driving cars and robots. When one peruses the ‘About’ section on the 2018 CES website, there is not one mention of high-end audio (e.g. speakers, amplifiers, turntables, DACs, etc.).
The cost for a manufacturer to display its wares has skyrocketed—I have heard of room prices as high as $500 per night! Distributors and dealers of high-end audio have for the most part abandoned CES, and thus, so have most high-end audio companies. Even the high-end audio media has pulled back its participation. For example, in a January 9 article in Stereophile, written by Jon Iverson, it is stated that this year, ‘we are running a skeleton crew ....Where in the past we’ve focused mainly on new product announcements, this year we’ll try to cover everyone who made the effort to show up.’