Even if you think the Bose Sound Dock is the pinnacle of audio clarity, you can't find a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon at CES than touring the high-end-audio area, moved last year from a sketchy off-Strip motel to the Venetian. There are no flat-panels in sight. No pushy PR people. No throngs. Just room after room of equipment you can't afford, all set up simply for you to sit and listen to unbelievably realistic reproductions, for as long as you like. It's also the only place here that you'll find so many devices built by hand, in America.
And if you're really lucky, you may get an audio-geek fanboy moment, like having Jim Thiel, founder of
Thiel Audio, personally explain the crazy new tweeter he designed and made himself. Awesome.