Marantz America’s Bluetooth-capable IS301 Wireless Dock for iPod offers simple connection and wireless audio playback through a home entertainment system.
Mobile electronics accessories are always the shining star in the profits of specialty retailers. There are the entry level accessories with extra features built in, such as high-end interconnects and power distribution. After that are step-up accessories, the ones that come after you’ve sold a head unit or a pair of speakers. With the customer rapport established, it’s much easier for the salesperson to say, “By the way, while we have your dashboard apart, we can install this for you at a discount because we’re already halfway there.”
We have seen the scenario over and over again in the mobile electronics industry: A twenty-something-year-old guy comes in for a job saying he has experience installing everything … on a friend’s car. The problem is the friend’s car isn’t a S63 AMG or 750Li. On top of that, the work most likely took place in a less-than-professional environment, where the rules of conduct weren’t quite what they’d be at a reputable shop. For store owners, it has become more difficult to hire young workers for fear of unleashing a green 20-year-old wielding a pair of Snap-On wire cutters on a luxury
Talk wires with Nordost, receivers with B&K, HDMI with Audio Control and go green with NuVo.
For the last few years, fans of multi-channel audio have been barraged with one new format after another. First, they were told to upgrade from Dolby Pro Logic to Dolby Digital. Then came along DTS, which sounded better but was limited to a handful of titles. Now, consumers and those who sell to them are confronted with Surround EX, yet another new format, created by Dolby Labs and Lucasfilm, which is licensing the technology through its THX subsidiary. Surround EX adds a discrete rear-center audio channel, in effect bumping Dolby Digital from 5.1 channels to 6.1. Only two DVD titles, Austin Powers: The Spy
Multi-room applications, more surround sound speakers, future digital innovations and the great outdoors will be the audio focus at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association's (CEDIA) Expo '99 this month in Indianapolis. No longer must vendors merely pursue the Holy Grail of pure sound and pure aesthetic design. DVD-Audio, DVD-Universal, Super Audio CD and advanced digital optical recording options are demanding that the audio community also provide compatibility, "upgradability" and flexibility. No easy trick. But here's a quick look at what vendors plan to bring to the CEDIA Expo '99. Acoustic Research will demonstrate its Phantom Series of ultra-thin, wall-hanging speakers. The series
The mobile electronics industry is looking for some relief from wet weather and lagging sales and is hoping to open the market to cabin-fever purchases of booming car stereo systems during the promo season. Most product previewed on the CES show floor is just beginning to hit retailers' floors and much of it will be showcased in Fuse '98, the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association's first consumer show, June 19-21 in Atlantic City, NJ. As Clarion pretty much has all the bases covered--autosound, navigation, security and multimedia--with its Windows CE-driven AutoPC, other manufacturers concentrate on pumping out more powerful and feature-ladden autosound products at lower