Alpine has introduced a 2-DIN size car stereo with built-in MD/3CD/FM-AM tuner/DSP/7-band EQ/40Wx4 amplifier, MDA-W892J (¥119,800). Alpine's new DHE (Digital Harmony Enhancer) circuit is built in. DHE is designed especially for compressed digital signals like MD to improve bass sound, harmony and sharpness of sound. A large sized "Field Screen Display" shows music effects on screen.
Canon has introduced a digital still camera using a 1/3-inch 1.31 mega-pixel CCD, QV-5000SX (¥85,000), with a built-in 1.8-inch Hyper-amorphous silicon TFT LCD (555x220 pixel) monitor. A built-in 8MB Flash memory is used for storage media which can record 16 images at super fine mode, 30 images at fine mode, 57 images at normal mode and 88 images at economy mode.
Kenwood has started taking orders for a ¥4.2 million high-end mini-component system. The system uses absolute copper wire (non-oxygen) for the speakers to reduce magnetic flux leakage. The speaker driver's frame is silver-plated and its enclosure is made by high quality wood. The system, a limited edition for three years, is also sold as separate components.