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People on the Move
December 15, 2006

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. announced that Bill Brewster, vice president, Marketing for the company, has been appointed to the EDSF (The Electronic Document Systems Foundation) 2007 Board of Directors. A non-profit organization dedicated to the document management and communications marketplace, EDSF aims to build and support the industry leaders of tomorrow. As part of the organization’s board, Mr. Brewster will now take part in helping grow EDSF initiatives and work to increase the number of scholarships for students worldwide, and increase the number of colleges and universities that participate in the research grant/mentoring program. ESPA Chairman Chuck Wilson announced that Deb Rolfes has been selected as

Movers & Shakers
January 8, 2004

People in the industry High-profile executive Bob Perry has left Mitsubishi Digital Electronics to join LG Electronics as its vice president of sales. Perry, who has served as chairman of the Video Division of the Consumer Electronics Association, is entrusted with leading LG's sales team, accelerating the company's progress in selling premium LG-brand digital video products through high-end retailers, and in continuing momentum for the Zenith digital brand. Hal Compton retired as CEO of CompUSA Inc. Compton joined CompUSA as chief operating officer in August 1994, and has been credited with CompUSA's subsequent mid-90s turnaround. He became CEO in March 2000, following the purchase of CompUSA

CE 2003 Year in Review
December 1, 2003

Has 2003 been an improvement over 2002? What are the biggest technology trends and how is the market dealing with them? What will people want in 2004? These are just some of the questions we face every time we close the book on one year and open it for another. We took those questions to leaders in the consumer electronics industry and offer you their insights. What was your biggest-selling product category? Frank Sadowski, vice president of consumer electronics merchandising, Amazon.com Digital Cameras. The products continue to improve in technology and offer great value to consumers. Marty Goldberg, president, Lenmar In 2003, Lenmar

CE Leaders That Rock
October 1, 2003

What makes a leader rock? Foremost, it's leadership. When Dealerscope set out to put together this issue, we asked readers and associates to nominate leaders in the consumer electronics industry whose influence and vision extend beyond the brands they promote or the stores they run. We wanted people with foresight, who inspire and motivate their employees—people with the drive to go farther and do better. We wanted executives who are as good for the CE business as the CE business is for them. Each person appearing below is just that kind of individual.The goal was to find some of the best minds

Mastering the Digital Media Control Center
March 1, 2003

By Gary Arlen President As the home digital storage and distribution server — more commonly known as the "media center" — moves from high-end home theaters into the mass market, look for a high-profile feud about what the boxes can do, and who will decide how they do it. You saw signs of this brewing battle at CEDIA and to a much greater degree at CES, where all of the powerful forces gathered — electronics makers, computer companies, software and entertainment programmers, plus cable TV operators, satellite and telephone companies. Each of these groups expects to have a role — preferably a dominant one

The CES Report - Video Recording Trends
February 1, 2003

In case you missed it, VCRs were not the focus By Joe Paone The prevailing opinion at CES was that, for the most part, demand for DVD recorders in the United States is being driven by camcorder users — those who want to upload and archive digital camcorder content on DVD discs, as well as convert old VHS tapes to more future-proof DVDs. Meanwhile, PVRs, such as TiVo, ReplayTV and the emerging category of hard disk drive (HDD)-based recording systems, were positioned as the TV recording vehicles of choice. The dominant message, then, was one of strict, mutually exclusive application territories that are supposedly

New Gear from CES
January 1, 2003

AUDIO Expect audio to get even more digital this year. With the approval of a true digital output for DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD (SACD) players, more companies will adopt the technology in their players and receivers—Pioneer and Denon have already begun. Meanwhile, speaker manufacturers are introducing higher-end SKUs, touting them as great ways to complement higher-resolution audio formats. Tower speakers seem to be making a comeback; they're seen as a good partner to plasma television. For the mass market, home-theater-in-a-box remains king, and the choice of models, and manufacturers, is growing, while others are making better systems targeted to the gaming market. Portable

Attitudes from the Editor
July 1, 2002

Are we getting closer to agreeing? It doesn't look that way. At a recent manufacturer's new product line show, the subject of digital video connections was raised. The host declared 1394 nearly dead, and talked about the benefits of DVI, but avoided the controversies this format has raised, including recordability. A year or so ago it seemed to many in the consumer electronics world, at least within the journalist pool, that IEEE 1394 (FireWire) was set to become the digital standard for passing digital video and audio from set-top box to TV and elsewhere. Both Mitsubishi and Sony had backed FireWire and designed TVs

Drill Down DVD Recording Gets Real
January 1, 2002

Panasonic DMR-E20 DVD Recorder By Grant Clauser Pioneer introduced the first home DVD recorder more than a year ago to Japanese buyers, but not to the U.S. It was Panasonic who first brought a DVD recorder, the DMR-E10, to U.S. consumers, but the limits of Panasonic's chosen DVD-RAM format, and the nearly $4,000 list price, did little to spark consumer support. Now Panasonic has launched a second incarnation of its recorder, the DMR-E20. The new DMR-E20 absorbed the better qualities of its predecessor while abandoning its restraints. The principle problem with the E10 was that the DVD-RAM recording format it used was incompatible with

New Gear
November 1, 2001

Marantz VP-12S1 DLP Projector. $12,499 SRP, shipping in November. Selling points: The VP-12S1 is the company's top-of-the-line, DTV-compatible video display device utilizing advanced Digital Light Processing technology to produce images of extraordinary resolution, brightness and contrast. Call (630) 741-0300 or visit www.marantz.com. Integra DTR-8.2 A/V Receiver. $2,000, available now. Selling points: Features the ability to support four remote zones through the first ever use of A-BUS multiroom audio technology in a receiver. The DTR-8.2 is a THX-Select certified home theater receiver with 7.1-channel THX Surround EX, DTS-ES Extended Surround, Dolby Pro Logic II, 7 x 110 Watts per channel. Includes CHAD