The first night of CES saw a memorial reception held in honor of loudspeaker designer Jim Thiel, who passed away last September
. A succession of high-end audio's greatest offered thoughts and reflections on a talented, well-respected, and universally liked man whom everyone agreed was taken from us too soon. Shown in my photo is erstwhile Stereophile
publisher Larry Archibald, whose comments were deeply felt and moving. I paid my own tribute to Jim in my November 2009 "As We See It
" essay, which I reprised in my closing day's speech at THE Show, discussed above by Jason Serinus..