CEDIA Quick Take: Randy Wilson, Wilson Home Theater Systems, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
“I expect to see the real emergence at this show of media servers, media devices and media centers. Suppliers are designing systems that all customers can use, and the price-points are more accessible than ever. The latter is good news, in that systems are becoming more affordable to all, but then we need to realize we have to remodel our businesses to being more design-oriented and labor-intensive to make up for that affordability.
“I personally haven’t seen costs going up on products, despite suppliers having to pay more for materials. We’re six months into the gas crunch, and we’re down a dollar in our gas prices where we are in California. Also, there are lots of goods already in the pipeline. Past behaviors were such that manufacturers used to lower prices with each new product introduction season; I think that now, we might just see them keeping prices at par with past pricing instead of reducing them.”