how) 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 2020 show drew approximately 100,000 industry attendees, 68,000 exhibitor personnel and 6,000 in media. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 show was all digital.
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.
For several years, CES hosted a High-Performance Audio expo that brought together hundreds of audiophile equipment vendors and their new products. The audio vendors demonstrated their equipment in hotel rooms in order to audition their systems in isolation (see audiophile
). See trade shows
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.