Several years ago, RadioShack attempted to gain a solid footing in selling television and home entertainment A/V products through an exclusive relationship with Thomson and the RCA brand, but it was met with little success and lead to a termination of the contract. Even so, RadioShack hasn’t given up hope. Now the company is placing its bets on LCD TVs from multiple vendors.
It has been selling models from the AKAI brand and coming in July will expand the stores offering with LCD TV models from LG and Panasonic, ranging in sizes between 20 and 42 inches; all of them will have built-in HDMI connections for HDTV. Matching the TVs are receivers, speakers and all-in-one home-theater-in-a-box systems from Sony, AKAI, Yamaha and RadioShack’s house brand, Accurian, as well as an 80 GB TiVo set-top-box that will be in stores starting late summer. Initially, the TiVo boxes RadioShack sells will not be capable of recording HDTV.
Another new product line RadioShack will be expanding is its line of Bluetooth headsets, including house brand called Invisio that features extremely small form factors and even one design (the Invisio G7) that uses bone conduction in place of a microphone, which allegedly eliminates background noise, simply because it does not pick it up. The line will be on sale this fall, at mostly higher-end price points.