New Gear Products in the pipeline
October 1, 2003

HP DVD Movie Writer DC3000. Available now for $399 SRP. This device combines a DVD recorder with a video capture device and MPEG-2 encoder. The result is a straightforward product that transforms VCR and camcorder videotapes into DVDs. The Movie Writer still needs to be hooked up to a PC to access all pictures, but HP's software guides users through the connection of VCR or analog camcorder, capturing and dumping the video to DVD. Call (877) 656-7058 or visit SIM2 Domino 20 DLP Projector. Available in October for $5,999 SRP. The Domino 20 home theater projector features Texas Instruments' matterhorn

Dell Expands Product Line to More CE
September 29, 2003

A Holiday Preview By Natalie Hope McDonald It's not just about PCs anymore. Computer giant Dell introduced several digital entertainment products to be released in time for the holiday shopping season, including digital music players, it's online music service, digital entertainment software and a multifunction LCD television/computer monitor. The company also previewed the redesign of its Web portal to relaunch in October. The company initially launched it's dot-com in 1996 and managed a record one million dollars in online sales within the year. Michael Dell, the company's founder, chairman and chief executive officer, explained, "By introducing high-performing consumer electronics products that closely integrate with the computer,

Portable Audio Sales Grow, CEA Reports
June 12, 2003

By Natalie Hope McDonald Retailers like the sound of it. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), portable audio sales have increased this spring. The trade association reported that revenues from factory-to-dealer sales of portable audio players grew to nearly $167 million during April 2003, marking an increase of 12 percent compared to the same time last year. Since the advent of digital music, the portable audio market has expanded to include MP3 players and mobile audio, as well as standby CD players. Both, according to CEA, are making sales strides this spring. "The rise in portable audio sales is largely due

Kids Today
June 1, 2003

Courting the Next Generation of Consumer Electronics Buyers By Natalie Hope McDonald Born between 1979 and 1994, they're as young as nine and as old as 24. At 60 million strong, they're also the biggest generation to hit the scene since the 72-million baby boom generation that came before them. But how much do retailers really know about this new wave of consumers? How much potential — if any — is there for this group to influence what technology thrives and fails in the next decade? A recent report from StudentWatch, a campus market research group, determined the average amount that 18- to 20-year-olds

May 1, 2003

Digital Directions Beyond TV at Broadcasters' Show By Gary Arlen President Arlen Communications "A $100 digital television tuner, available in retail stores by September." It sounds like a promise that should bubble up from a consumer electronics maker's line presentations or pitches at CES. But Ken Plotkin, chairman/CEO of Hauppauge Digital Inc., casually mentioned the device and the timetable to me during the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) convention in Las Vegas last month.  Hauppauge has been making video tuner cards for PCs for nearly a decade. The company sells a DTV tuner component that lets customers pick up digital TV broadcasting signals through

Very Fine Lines
April 1, 2003

Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) could become a big issue in the CE industry By David Dritsas Does the following sound familiar? "MAP provided that any retailer who advertised the distributor's product below the established MAP policies would be subject to suspension of all cooperative advertising and promotional funds for 60 or 90 days." Retailers large and small may have seen rules or signed contracts with similar or even stricter terms. But this excerpt isn't from any CE retail contract or policy; it comes from paragraph seven of a complaint (Docket No. C-3971) registered with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) re-garding Sony Music

Making a Case for Sound
March 1, 2003

Audio Precision works to convince manufacturers that sound quality is important By David Dritsas This month, at the 114th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, an engineering paper is being co-presented by a company that, to the average person, may seem unlikely in such a locale — Microsoft. But to its co-authors, a company named Audio Precision, it's no surprise at all; just another example of changing times and a diversifying marketplace for audio. This company just wants to make sure people are thinking about quality, too. A common customer query when trying out an audio product is: How does it

Eight Decades of Products and Innovations
October 1, 2002

Edited by David Dritsas 1920s The roaring twenties roared through the radio, as the technological developments in radio waves and electrical engineering of the late 19th and early 20th centuries came to fruition for the mass market. As the stock market soared, so did the number of radio stations broadcasting commercial programs. Crosley was the first to introduce a crystal radio set, which became the standard until companies such as RCA, Westinghouse and Zenith quickly followed with models of their own. As radio made its debut, appliances also found their way into homes. General Electric (GE) introduced some of the first electrical stoves, while

That Was Then
October 1, 2002

Dealerscope makes the move from regional to national coverage By Jim Barry Dealerscope Editor, 1978-1985 When I joined Dealerscope as managing editor in 1978, it was just beginning a transformation from its roots as a regional publication to a nationally focused magazine. Mike Torf, the magazine's owner/founder, had recently merged Dealerscope with Don Martin's Television Appliance Dealer (TAD), a similar publication based on the West Coast. The magazine had already expanded south and west from its Boston roots, building a strong reputation as a distributor book in the heyday of two-step distribution. Those were the days when manufacturers of "white goods" and "brown goods"—legacy terms from the days

Up Front and Portable?Steve Jobs at MacWorld
July 17, 2002

By Natalie Hope McDonald and David Dritsas NEW YORK 7/17/02—If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Steve Jobs is the CEO who never ceases. Apple Computer's Jobs christened MacWorld at the Javits Center in Manhattan with insights into the next generation of Apple products. Among the top teasers were Apple's 17-inch flat display, an OS X upgrade called Jaguar and a new and improved iPod line. Bigger is Better According to Jobs, the 17-inch LCD flat screen iMac, which will be available in two weeks, features an 800 MHz Power G4 processor, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics, a SuperDrive for playing and