Car Fetishists Rejoice

Anything goes in CES's auto-focused North Hall--from the latest ear-bursting custom audio rigs to wacky international wholesalers to, well, ex-Playmates hawking leopard-print Tasers

While most of CES is devoted to all things geek, there is one hall where the more macho gearheads come out to play every year: the temple to high-watt subwoofers and tricked-out rides that is the North Hall.

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A signed portrait of Miss October 2006, complete with Taser logo, for my cubicle back at the office.

by John Mahoney

Delphi was showing an all-glass cockpit concept free of any mechanical gauges, inspired by the multi-displays in fighter jets.John Mahoney

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Lessons in creative LCD mounting 1: a 17-inch SAV flip-down display in the back of a pickup ensures not another Jamie Foxx-less moment.John Mahoney

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Inside the Kicker van, the two WX10000.1s (rear wall) glow. That you can't see any bass-induced camera shake here is surprising.John Mahoney

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From the why-fix-something-that-isn't-broken department, Delphi's all-glass concept also featured side-view cameras rather than mirrors.John Mahoney

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Audio supplier B52 had one of the more audacious demo rigs, shipped all the way from Brazil complete with nitrous kit.John Mahoney

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Lessons in creative LCD mounting 2: An inside-door-mounted LCD-completely blocked by the seat when the door is closed-really says it all, doesn't it?John Mahoney

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Lessons in attracting booth-gawkers: simply add an immaculately shined Ferrari 360 Modena Spyder.John Mahoney

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Kicker's wall-o-subs pulsated in perfect synchronization.John Mahoney

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B52's own test van was more form than function-none of the booth reps had any idea exactly how many speakers and LCDs were actually on board.John Mahoney

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But booth babes, if you hadn't already guessed, are in no short supply.John Mahoney

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Lining up for autographs at the Taser Booth. As you can see, their new leopard-print C2 Taser influenced the booth's decor.John Mahoney

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This test van from Kicker is probably the loudest bass I have ever heard from a car stereo. Ever. My right ear is still tingling.John Mahoney

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. . . and the ties of their booth reps.John Mahoney

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The folks from Memphis Car Audio smile for this year's catalog team photo.John Mahoney

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Flir's PathFindIR thermal scope can be mounted on a car's grill for nightvision. Flir also manufactures military-grade thermal equipment including the Ranger scope, able to spot the body heat of single person from up to 20 kilometers away.

by John Mahoney

Need to become a bulk distributor for a diverse line of wireless rear-view mirror cameras? Guangzhou Jincheng Elec Tech has you covered.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

The reason? It was packing not one but two WX10000.1 10,000-watt (yes, thousands) mono subwoofer amplifiers-the most powerful amp per channel in the hall according to my semi-formal survey.John Mahoney