It Begins

Now that the holidays are over—which, frankly, I was ready for days ago—it's time to turn an expectant eye toward Las Vegas and CES. Unlike many of my colleagues, I love going to the show, and this year is no exception. As usual, I'll be driving from Los Angeles, and I'm really looking forward to cruising through the beautiful desert landscape in a Lincoln MKZ with a kick-ass sound system courtesy of THX.

My focus at the show will be a bit different than it has been in years past. Instead of concentrating on video exclusively, I'll be looking for A/V products that can rightly be called "ultimate" in performance, design, price, and/or value. In particular, I'll be spending an entire day at the Venetian among the audiophile crowd. I also plan to learn as much as I can about the current and future state of 3D technology—and from what I can tell at this point, there will be a lot to learn in that regard. And I'll cover the big press conferences on Wednesday, if only because there's nothing else going on that day.

Of course, I won't be able to see everything, but you can read about what I do see in this blog, which I will update several times each day, so check back often. And if there's something specific you'd like me to track down, please post it in a comment here and I'll do my best to accommodate as many requests as I can. Meanwhile, wish me luck as I join 150,000 of my closest friends in the annual feeding frenzy that is CES.