New Audio from Acoustic Research and Jensen
June 18, 2001

By David Dritsas New York—Recoton Audio Corporation brands Acoustic Research (AR) and Jensen held a joint press conference in New York on June 15 to announce new introductions in home entertainment and mobile audio, respectively. The company is moving ahead with mobile MP3 capabilities, 12V a/v receiver, as well as sub-$1,000 home speaker systems. The conference started off with a blind taste test of KS series mobile speakers that the company has already been shipping, as well as of its new series of speakers, the XS series, which range in price from $32 to $69 a pair. The main point of Jensen's demonstration was to show

March 1, 2001

Dwain Hughes, 53, chief financial officer of RadioShack Corp., died at his Fort Worth home after a brief illness. Hughes joined the company in 1979 as an internal auditor after active service in the U.S. Air Force in audit management from 1971 to 1979. Leonard Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer, announced the appointment of Loren Jensen, the company's vice president of finance, as acting chief financial officer. Roberts said the company will begin a formal search process for Hughes' successor and that Jensen is a candidate for the position. RadioShack also announced the promotion of Larry Harris to division vice president, merchandising;

Satellite Radio in Orbit
February 1, 2001

By Janet PInkerton Turning radio—currently a free, off-the-shelf experience—into a subscription-based product requires a huge amount of coordination. There are satellites to be deployed and tested, new satellite radio chipsets to be tested and mass produced, and then an entirely new business model to rolled out as well. Yet Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio both say they will roll out service, backed by hardware, mid-year with monthly service fees of $9.95. The mutual goal of these two competitors: offer consumers a new radio experience with wider selection of music, information, sports and entertainment channels, for the most part commercial-free. Sirius Set Sirius already has launched

A Little Something Extra
January 1, 2001

By Beth Conahan Who would feel complete without the right accessories? The consumer has the electronic of his dreams, and manufacturers can complete the ensemble. Remote controls are Zenith's biggest accessory business, with 88 models on the market. It will introduce several new lines of remote controls at CES. The ZENGM2 universal remote control is ideal for Playstation 2. It operates up to four products—a TV, VCR, cable box and a second TV or VCR. It can work with the Playstation 2 via a port controller. Its suggested retail price is $19.99. Zenith offers a remote for children. The Klicker Jr universal remote is a simple, scan-only

December 1, 2000

Robert Minkhorst will end his 30-year career at Philips on December 31, when he is slated to resign as chief executive officer of Philips Consumer Electronics North America. At press time, Philips had not appointed a successor. Darrel Issa has been elected to Congress. Issa is the chairman of the Board of the Consumer Electronics Association and president and CEO of Directed Electronics. He took his seat in the House of Representatives representing the 48th congressional district in California. Issa, a Republican, won with 61 percent of the vote.…Jim Minarik is the new president and CEO of Directed Electronics, Inc. Minarik is currently the

April 1, 2000

OfficeMax named Gary Peterson president and chief operating officer, a newly created position. The COO responsibilities were previously held by Michael Feuer, OfficeMax's CEO.…The Good Guys appointed Cathy Stauffer its vice president of merchandising and Richard Gazlay, formerly the director of operations, to vice president of operations.… Tandy Corp. assigned Loren Jensen to vice president, finance. The company also named Martin Moad vice president, treasurer.…PC Connection, Inc. named Brad Mousseau vice president of human resources. Best Buy promoted Rich Christensen to the newly created position of vice president, technology services. He was director of distributed systems.…Target Corp. formed an e-commerce business unit, Target Direct,

Multimedia Speakers Sound Off
October 1, 1999

Most multimedia speaker sales are under $30 or $40 and largely generated by OEM and non-store sales. But MP3, A/V streaming and more sophisticated games are intersecting in current introductions with Dolby, USB and multi-channel sound to add margin dollars and aftermarket potential. Speaker manufacturers are also thinking about getting people to upgrade when they buy the computer. Portable audio, game systems and converging technologies represent additional speaker sales potential. Mac- and PC-compatible products already out this year reflect this thinking. Comdex will see more introductions along these lines. "A lot of people are looking for better sound for music and gaming," said Labtec Director of Marketing

1999 Buying Group Profiles
March 1, 1999

Associated Volume Buyers (AVB) 5000 East Spring StreetSuite 390 Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: (562) 496-4402 Fax: (562) 496-4543 website: e-mail: Bob Lawrence, Executive Director Dan Crain, President Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Furniture Coordinator Jim Ristow, Electronics Coordinator Members: 1,100 Storefronts: 1,800 Chapters: 15 Annual Sales Volume: $3.5 billion Key Suppliers: Electronics: Thomson, Pioneer, JVC, Mitsubishi, Zenith, Hitachi, Primestar, Echostar, DirecTV. Key Suppliers, Appliances: General Electric, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Fisher & Paykel, Holland, Oreck. Key Suppliers, Furniture: Ashley, Lane Action, Powell, Best Chair, Simmons, Stratford, Pulaski, Howard Miller. Description: Associated Volume Buyers is a 100 percent member-owned, member-managed

Hot Products - Mobile Audio & Video
August 1, 1998

Garmin's Portable GPS Ideal for the Car Garmin now offers its first portable mapping system that is designed specifically for the car. The StreetPilot GPS is a cartridge-based system that will allow the driver to locate and mark all points of interest and then organize them into a logical route of travel. The StreetPilot will estimate arrival time for each selected intersection, distance between waypoints and will display arrows to indicate which way to go at selected intersections. The StreetPilot retails for less than $600 ($549 minimum advertised price); city-specific cartridges are available for $99 to $199. Call (913) 397-8200. Magellan GPS Price Falls Below $1,500 Magellan