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Driving Revenue
May 1, 2004

Mobile electronics reach a more diverse demographic By Natalie Hope McDonald Boys and their cars. The old assumption was that somehow young males were the only drivers interested in pimping their rides with the latest gear. But as more consumer electronics products are designed to lavish drivers with audio and video luxuries such as LCD screens, satellite radio and MP3 audio, it becomes apparent that the usual suspects are no longer the only buyers retailers are wooing. Thanks to buzz in the home electronics sector, drivers are now treating their vehicles as an extension of their homes. The Thirtysomething Factor For one, satellite radio

Sound Sense at Sound Waves
May 1, 2004

Rob Elliott's Common Sense Approach to Mobile Electronics By Grant Clauser Were Rob Elliott to have faced Donald Trump on The Apprentice, he probably would have been cut early in the game. That would have been Trump's loss though, for what Elliott admittedly lacks in conventional business skills, he more than makes up for in passion for the job and a commitment to the customer. What started as a part-time hobby during high school has turned into an award winning and continually growing business in Prospect Park, Penn. He likes to say he started with nothing. While it's true he started the company with

Transshipped At A Cost
April 15, 2004

Transshipped At A Cost The resale of products at wholesale is pervasive, but some are bolstering efforts to keep it in check. By Janet Pinkerton This scenario may sound familiar: A fulfillment house legitimately purchases 4,000 camcorders directly from a vendor at a good price, taking delivery over six months time for a premium rewards program. But at the program's end there are 100 left over in inventory and so the fulfillment house turns around and sells off the remaining camcorders at wholesale "on the streets" to other retailers. It's called transshipping, and it's an all-to-common practice at all levels of retail that few

Car Electronics at CES
February 1, 2004

Mobile entertainment comes into its own By Ivan Berger As many electronics devices as there are in modern cars, there's always room for more, and a few hundred exhibitors at CES showed their ideas of what they should be. Most of the new gear was still audio and video, of course, but there were some interesting new technologies. Digital radio was no surprise—not just from the XM and Sirius satellites, but now from terrestrial FM and AM stations carrying HD Radio at last. Fewer than 100 stations were on the air with it during CES, but HD signals should reach about 65 percent of

New Products
January 1, 2004

CES products in the pipeline Samsung SyncMaster 172X LCD monitor. Available now for $599 SRP. The 172X utilizes Samsung's proprietary MagicTune software and dual (digital and analog) inputs. Ideal for PC and online gamers, the 172X features 12-millisecond response time in a package weighing in at just 8.3 lbs. Samsung's MagicBright technology also offers three brightness modes designed for PC, Internet and entertainment applications. Call (800) SAMSUNG or visit www.samsungusa.com/monitor. Westinghouse Digital 27-inch LCD TV (model W32701). Available now for $2,499 SRP. This newly incorporated company with the famous brand name has introduced itself with a range of LCD televisions. Its

New Products
December 1, 2003

Products in the pipeline Samsung SyncMaster 172X LCD monitor. Available now for $599 SRP. The 172X utilizes Samsung's proprietary MagicTune software and dual (digital and analog) inputs. Ideal for PC and online gamers, the 172X features 12-millisecond response time in a package weighing in at just 8.3 lbs. Samsung's MagicBright technology also offers three brightness modes designed for PC, Internet and entertainment applications. Call (800) SAMSUNG or visit www.samsungusa.com/monitor. Westinghouse Digital 27-inch LCD TV (model W32701). Available now for $2,499 SRP. This newly incorporated company with the famous brand name has introduced itself with a range of LCD televisions. Its 27-inch widescreen

The CES Report - Mobile Electronics
February 1, 2003

Mobile electronics boasts more bass By Brett Solomon Advances in mobile electronics were all around the North Hall at this year's CES. In the case of amplifiers and woofers, 2003 can be described as the year of the boom. Woofers designed specifically with Sound Pressure Level (SPL) to withstand the rigors of mobile competition abounded. Manufacturers embracing the massive SPL woofer trend included: Audiobahn, with the AW00Q series; JBL, with the GTi series; JL Audio, with the W7 series; MTX and its Thunder 8000 and RFL series; and Orion with its H2 series. You can tell these woofers apart from mundane units because of their prominent

The Making of Mobile Electronics
October 1, 2002

The evolution of in-vehicle technology By Brett Solomon It may seem almost inconceivable that the mobile electronics industry is about the same age as Dealerscope, but everything in early automobiles, including the ignition systems, was controlled mechanically (ignition systems were controlled via mechanical "points and condensers"). Everyone takes for granted that you can hop into your car, click the key and it will start instantly. But mobile electronics are responsible for the evolution of the car as a reliable, safe and relatively economical mode of transportation. It is electronic technology that has harvested the caveats of the modern vehicle. And the electronic technology revolution

Selling 12V Hard Drive
May 1, 2002

Take your music on the road By Brett Solomon Mass digital storage devices have come down in price and entered the vehicle. Three mainstream consumer electronics companies are offering mass storage technology to accompany top-of-the-line CD receivers. Two units (from Pioneer and Sony, respectively) integrate directly into the dashboard and are installed just like a standard car stereo. The other unit from Kenwood installs just like a typical CD changer. Pioneer Electronics has the DEH-P90HDD (SRP $2,000). Michael Townsen, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Mobile Entertainment, said, "The DEH-P90HDD converges computer technology with car audio. Consumers can now store their favorite

Meet the Advertisers
February 1, 2002

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