Class A Amplification

In the face of falling mini system prices, Kenwood is sending a couple of value-added mini systems up the flag pole to see who salutes. One model, Axis, is a new HDCD-capable mini system in which its CD player/AM/FM tuner can be positioned horizontally or vertically on its end. Axis "is purely a product with a great deal of utility," Jim Arvanitis, Kenwood's national merchandising manager said. Triggered by gravity, Axis' ReadRight LCD display automatically adjusts so it can be read easily from either position. Onkyo re-engineered the CD mechanism so it will play vertically. Optional MD player/recorder and single-well cassette deck components can be placed on

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