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(Consumer Electronics Show) A major trade show for consumer electronics, audio/video and computer hardware and software held in January in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the 2016 show drew more than 175,000 attendees.

The first CES was in New York in 1967 and subsequently in Las Vegas in the winter, occupying the Las Vegas Convention Center and several hotels. For many years, there was a Chicago CES in the summer. Major products have been introduced at the show, including the VCR, CD, DVD and HDTV. When the huge COMDEX computer show in Las Vegas was abolished in 2004, CES became the largest technology expo in the U.S.

High-Performance Audio
For the past several years, CES has hosted a High-Performance Audio expo that brings together hundreds of audiophile equipment vendors and their new products. The audio vendors demo their equipment in hotel rooms in order to audition their systems in isolation (see audiophile). See trade shows, COMDEX and consumer electronics.

A Gigantic Show
For people in the field who love gadgets, CES is Nirvana and a lot of fun. Like COMDEX used to be, CES is a huge show and just as exhausting with long lines for hotel buses and the Vegas monorail.
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