Inside the D & H Convergence Show
For instance, Philips was showing a variety of convergence products at the show. Product Specialist Scott Marcille, explained the features of the company's new mini hi-fi system, which was released last month. The FW C579 is the ultimate in connection. And while Marcille admitted that some of the attendees seemed to think that the design may be a bit too adventurous, with its red highlights and emphasized speakers and controls. Not the mention that beyond stereo, this system also acts as a game port connection, a link to a PC and digital music player in one.
Marcille said that the product connects to game systems to provide more enhanced audio with game sound modes. There's even a MIX-IT option for mixing game sound with favorite music selections. Plus, the system also has a USB link for streaming songs from a PC to be played with 400W of total power. Said Marcille, "This is a good example of where convergence is going." He added that it's not enough for a retailer to know that a system can be powerful sounding, but also that it can connect with other major hardware. "It's what customers are asking for," he said.
For him, the biggest mystery questions come from resellers about convergence in the form of wireless home control panels. He said that while these products have been tackled by custom retailers and installers, more mainstream retailers can scarcely believe that a remote control can control everything and act as a wireless Web browser.