SonicFlare, where the show coverage never ends! One hot topic among CES goers is the booth babes. Usually the conversation revolves around which rooms are a "must see." Of course, babes isn't the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of audio shows, but there are always a few savvy manufacturers who hit the Vegas yellow pages for some traffic-building PR.
Now, normal electronics companies use copious amounts of BBs to attract the loveless journalists who are far more interested in the flashing smiles than the latest 1080 DLP. In the hifi ghettos of Vegas, women are so rare I nearly dropped my complimentary Vegas Joe when, upon entering the Vincent Audio room, I was met by Brittany (or was it Mandy...Nancy, maybe?).
Naturally, I had to interview her for journalistic purposes. Brittany has mucho Vegas show experience and knew how to smile at the right times to get the crowds in the door. Did it work for Vincent Audio? Not really. "The guys here are kinda like the guys at the normal electronics show...only older." Alas. Where the visitors over at the main show tend to holler obscenely and throw dollar bills at the BBs, the crowds at the hifi home just walked by lovely Brittany as if she didn't exist. I should know, I watched for quite a while.
Suffice it to say, I don't remember a thing about the Vincent Audio room. Check out the plethora of other show reports if you really care. But Brittany was great and didn't even blanch when I asked her about macrodynamics.
The other room with a booth babe was Haliaetus (picture below). People, this is not the woman to hire. Unlike Brittany above, the Haliaetus babe was truly the worst person imaginable to provide audio information. She was very attractive in an Angelia Jolie kinda way, but, god...this is the real conversation: Me: "What am I looking at?" "Speakers." I stare at her for a second -- she's dead serious. "Yeah...and?" "What?" "What kind of speakers are these?" "Haliaetus." "Okay, do you have any lit?" "What?" "Literature." "What do you mean?" "Paper with information about the speakers on it." "Uh, let me check."
So while she's checking, a couple guys walk in. She never does return with lit, and never informs me of her failed quest. So one of the new guys asks: "what am I looking at?" "Speakers." "You're kidding! God, I couldn't tell! Wow, speakers! Shocking, considering this is an audio show! And I've never seen a speaker before! You don't say! OH -- MY -- GOD!" She takes a moment to respond. "Your sarcasm is not appreciated." And then we all had a good laugh. Except her, of course.
At that point, I wasn't even going to bother asking her to pose with the speakers. She retreated to a corner and folded her arms while the rest of us took pictures and talked shop.
The only other BBs I saw were in passing -- two skinny 18 year olds wearing nothing but Vicky Secrets and smiles cruising down the halls of THE show. Or they the could have been show-goers, who knows.
That said, I think audio should really be pushing this hip, main stream angle. I'm not a big fan of ridiculous amounts of flesh piled on audio equipment (like those blasted car audio companies with their big booths and real revenue), but there's something to be said for an exciting presentation, smiles and obligatory small talk. Even if it is prepaid.
Keep reading for Brittany in her full-length glory...and some Vincent speakers.