CES 2009 Day One: First Impressions
New Products: Many speaker and electronics manufacturers are introducing 2.1-channel systems, indicating a perceived need for a simpler, less complicated home theater experience.
Visitors: It seems to me there are more international visitors at this year's show. I spent the day at the Venetian Hotel, which is home to high-end audio and home theater manufacturers and noticed many overseas attendees, especially from European countries.
Recylcing: Manufacturers are trying to out-do each other in producing "green" products and to enhance recycling efforts. For instance, Sony announced a committment to recycle one pound of electronics for every pound of new electronics they sell.
Economy: There is no doubt that we are experiencing worldwide economic turmoil, however, the crowds of attendees waiting over one hour for a taxi, standing in long lines for a $4 cup of coffee and the traffic on clogged city streets suggests that things aren't as dismal as we are reading every day in the headlines. Even the Black Jack tables seem to be busy.