Billy Joel

And they said it would never last. The Photo Research Organization celebrated their 50th anniversary last month down in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and the theme was easy to find – “Let’s be successful together.” Well over 100 PRO members assembled for the event and shared ideas about what is working in their stores despite the tough economic climate. The event even attracted PRO members from outside the U.S. as Phil. Gresham from Fotofast in Brisbane, Australia offered up a few tips and tricks that have them reaching for their wallets down under. “It’s important to understand that these new creative products are bringing

By David Dritsas When it was realized that the Hi-Fi Show was no longer drawing the crowds it once had, organizers decided to redesign the show to address a larger audience, calling it the Home Entertainment Expo. But, despite its new name, the show retained its attention to the more esoteric areas of audio and, to some degree, video. Even so, there were still some companies that announced products which target both the audiophile and the general consumer audience. Sony used the show to continue promotion of its higher definition audio format, Super Audio CD (SACD). And while the format is gaining acceptance with the audiophile,

By David Dritsas Less than a year ago, Super Audio CD targeted the high-end audiophile—the kind of consumer who considered $6,000 to be an entry-level price for a decent audio system. But that's all changing now. And while the Mark Levinson's of the world are still making high-end SACD audio systems, Sony and Philips, the creators of the format, are attempting to take it to the mass market. The biggest, and perhaps only, announcement in lower priced SACD came from Sony. At CES, Sony unveiled the SCD-CE775, a $400 five-disc changer that supports another first for the company: multichannel SACD playback. Sony also introduced another model

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