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CEDIA 2004 Sightseeing Photos and Wrap Up

by September 09, 2004
Filed under: Editorials

written by Bertica Molinares of Audioholics

CEDIA sure did present a lot of new products - more than we imagined, and from the biggest names in home theater. It seemed as if no one was about to let their guard down and fail to release or announce a product that was riding the trendsetting curve, or at least keeping up with the Jones'. CEDIA has evolved to a more targeted event - one that is less populated than CES - but also increasingly more significant for home theater.

After providing our readers with over 120 pages of CEDIA coverage, we felt that maybe we could share a little bit of what the city was like during our stay. The images below will convey a small part of the experience, but we doubt they will express our complete fascination with the city of Indianapolis, a city none of us had much familiarity with until this year. We stayed at the Wyndham Hotel just north of the city so we could have access to high speed Internet from our rooms. The drive back to the hotel was 15 minutes of nothing but beautiful homes on tree-lined lots, most of which were at least an acre in size. The varying architectures were diverse, yet not disturbingly so. It was quite an eye-opening experience - and we couldn't believe how affordable it apparently is to live in that town (at least according to cab and hotel employees who were familiar with home prices in the area.) What's this got to do with home theater? Nothing - but then, you've got over 120 pages of CEDIA 2004 coverage in case you get bored by this account of our trip! :-)

CEDIA 2004 was held in the beautiful city of Indianapolis , Indiana . A magnitude of majestic monuments could be observed all around the downtown area. Unfortunately, we only captured a few due to our insatiable appetite of providing as much coverage from the CEDIA convention as possible.

The first thing one could see when driving downtown towards the Convention Center was the fortified monument to the Indians during the French-Indian Wars. The mural depicts the devastation of the war, as well as an engraving that reminds the people of the perseverance of human kind to fight for freedom. We were awed to see the pride the people of this city had to display this mural in the center of downtown.

Once parking was found, the intensive walking to the Indianapolis Convention Center began (15 minutes since we missed the easy parking areas). As the walk neared its end, we were able to capture a quick view from the rooftop of one of the building surrounding the Convention Center.

The colors used throughout the city were striking and were somewhat comparable to the vivacity of some of the Caribbean styles seen in western central Florida . The red and green combinations definitely give them a passionate but refreshing appeal.

As the first afternoon of the CEDIA convention ended, we were able to catch a closer glimpse of one of the beautiful Cathedrals downtown while walking towards our dinner reservation at the Eagle's Nest Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The towering spires of this cathedral gave it a fortified and imperial look. This cathedral looked to be loosely modeled after the original Chartres Cathedral in France , and was a perfect example of the renaissance type architecture brought from Europe to embellish the cities they conquered. Quite an astonishing sight!

The active and decorative water fountain located in the middle of a park, gives downtown Indianapolis a very relaxed and romantic appeal. The romantic nature of the city was revealed as we observed several horse and carriages stroll by. Due to the convention-induced congestion, we didn't take nearly the amount of photos we would have liked.

Night quickly approached and we caught a last glimpse of the downtown area with the camera before entering the Hyatt Restaurant. Just beyond the Westin Hotel you can see the Indiana State Capitol Building as the sun is setting behind us. Spanning nine acres in the midst of this busy downtown area, this ornate Modern Renaissance, Neo-Roman structure features Roman porticoes, Corinthian columns, and a 234-foot copper-covered stone dome.

This is the outside view of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and the revolving Eagle's Nest restaurant located at the top! Memories of CK's Revolving Restaurant in the Tampa Airport 's Marriot hotel came to mind. Needless to say, it was a very popular and enjoyable place to dine - and the food was excellent!

As Day 2 neared to a close, the Audioholics Gang regrouped and took a last look at the city, reminiscing before they had to head back to reality!

Editor: Actually, we were deciding where to go for dinner that evening, but your description sounds so much better!

Of course, after the plentiful food, exhaustive walking, talking and photo shooting, Bertica, our camera girl and Customer Service Manager, took a break at the end of the conference week. And what better than to sit at the most comfortable spot in the conference. This sofa was a colorful, luxurious, and soft design for those achy legs and backs with drink dispenser on each side. Too bad there wasn't any wine to delight on!

Thanks for sharing this time with us and for checking out our coverage. You know, CES is just around the corner and there is sure to be a whole host of new products and technologies waiting to be unleashed on home theater consumers. We'll be there as usual, bringing you more news that you will probably want to read! What can we say - we try to get something for everyone! We'll see you again in Vegas and until then, stay tuned and get your "daily fix" of news and updates on all things home theater.

- Bertica Molinares

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Gene manages this organization, establishes relations with manufacturers and keeps Audioholics a well oiled machine. His goal is to educate about home theater and develop more standards in the industry to eliminate consumer confusion clouded by industry snake oil.

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