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Scott Buwulda of HAT & IASCA: The Internati...

Jan 21 2015 02:00 | Adam Rayner in Installations
I visited the IASCA booth in the North halls and found it small but perfectly formed. Scott Buwulda of Hybrid Audio Technologies, had a full brand booth of his own last year. This year, he was at CES as the representative of the IASCA car audio sound challenge associa...

Mmats Polaris ATV: The International CES, Las V...

Jan 21 2015 01:00 | Adam Rayner in Installations
I visited Mmats in the North halls and can reveal that Mr. Thompson, who bought the company from the owner some few years back, created the original BoomZilla cartoon strips. He would wear a white lab coat and had a small ‘shack’ on the show floor. It was called “The...

MTX POLARIS SLINGSHOT: The International CES, L...

Jan 21 2015 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Installations
I visited MTX in the North halls. Their position very near the entrance denotes that they have been exhibiting non-stop for very many years. Clarion used to be in that hall but now use a private suite in what used to be the Hilton. The thing is, they are audio aristoc...

Pioneer : The International CES, Las Vegas 2015

Jan 20 2015 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Technology
I visited Pioneer in the North halls and met up with Ozzie Lopez, the stalwart who made a clip in the demo car last year. He took me through an Apple CarPlay demo, that is so clear and simple that the damn video is actually boring. I am gutted! While the MTX Polaris S...

Week Four – I HAVE BEEN SHOPPING!

Jan 19 2015 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Editorials
In the world of computing there are two main tribes, just like Peds and The Lads sang about back in the Eighties. Back when music mostly had better production values with Trevor Horn-rims as he was called, leading the way. Here’s an historical ancient-but-über-cool fact: The Frankie Goes To Holly...

Cerwin Vega: The International CES, Las Vegas 2015

Jan 16 2015 01:00 | Adam Rayner in Shows & Events
I visited Cerwin Vega in the North halls and while I utterly failed to bump into Gavin and Co, from UK distros G7 Direct, on the booth, for they went and hung out, I was delighted to once again see Larry Fredrick, who was on the booth right after knee surgery, the tou...

JL Audio @ The Palms: The International CES, La...

Jan 16 2015 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Shows & Events
I visited JL Audio way up high in the sky in the single most glamorous location I have ever been in, in that city. Fully ten grand a night, (last year’s prices!) with a bent-Lexan-surrounded plunge swimming pool that sticks OUT OVER THE GROUND at thirty two floors int...

AudioControl: The International CES, Las Vegas...

Jan 15 2015 07:00 | Adam Rayner in Technology
I visited old friends AudioControl Who have got one hell of a new delight in the shape of amplifiers with their own Epicenter bass restoration/synthesis device built in. A minimum of just over a half kilowatt or else twelve hundred watts is deemed enough to be able to...

Alpine: The International CES, Las Vegas 2015

Jan 15 2015 06:00 | Adam Rayner in Shows & Events
I visited Alpine and while I only managed a terribly brief greet and meet with Steve Crawford of Alpine USA, he remains one of my all time coolest dudes ever. A long time ago, I was a journalist on a press trip to Japan and he was there. My memories of the trip are wa...

Clarion: The International CES, Las Vegas 2015

Jan 15 2015 05:00 | Adam Rayner in Shows & Events
I visited Clarion They were in a private suite inside what was once called the Hilton and was famous as Elvis’s stomping ground. It has been sold and renamed something so forgettable that I forgot it. (Westgate, Adam. Guru.) Going to see them mean...