It’s a massively exciting time for us at Perreaux; we have got AUDIANT 80i tucked under our belts and are getting the chance to show it to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. All I needed to do was get my bag packed, my suit dry-cleaned and get to the airport on time. I have never been to Vegas but I’ve seen Casino about 100 times, I got Keith Richard’s biography for Christmas, every Stones album on my iPod and I’m ready to eat some chicken fried chicken, whatever that may be.
After a plane ride to LAX, a shuttle ride to the Greyhound terminal in East LA and a seven-hour bus ride to Vegas, I checked into my hotel. Put on some sneakers and go for a walk to try and find the Flamingo Hotel where The High End (T.H.E.) Show is going to be held. Not hard to find due to it being a huge 30 storey building with a massive pink sign that says Flamingo. That wasn’t the problem; the problem was once I got inside how to find anything. These places are vast and not designed to help you find anything except a way to spend money. That evening I couldn’t find the Perreaux room but I could have purchased an Elvis monopoly set, a yard glass full of cocktail or a person.
Thursday was the first day of CES and T.H.E. Show, the calm before the storm of the weekend. Arriving at 9am I found... the room was locked and my cell phone wasn’t going to play ball with American air. Then one of our rooms opened up. Walter, the US distributor for Perreaux, had two rooms booked at T.H.E. Show, mine was still locked but that gave me time to meet John and Holger.
John Park is based in Korea, his company Pyon Sound have produced a turntable that should have its own gravity, one of the most beautiful pieces I saw at T.H.E. Show. Holger Stein, surprisingly, from Germany, gave me my first massive geek out moment. Holger was there with his beautiful speakers, amazing room treatment Harmonizers and his Masterclass Amp. When I met him I expressed my love for German music from the 60’s onwards – Can, Faust, Guru Guru, etc... He told me that when he was young he saw Guru Guru play many times and that they were as wild as they sound. I asked Holger where in Germany he was from and he told me that he was 10km from Düsseldorf; I got all nerdy and started babbling about Kraftwerk. He fixed me with his gaze, maybe anticipating my woolly headed freak-out, and said “Ja, I know those guys, Florian, Ralf, sometimes I go to Kling Klang, when I am a teenager.” This is like telling a movie fan about how you know the Coen Brothers. I was actually speechless.