The CE distributor DSI Systems, Inc., which specializes in flat-panel TVs, last week announced its intention to partner with the appliance maker Fisher and Paykel on a deal to distribute that company’s kitchen and laundry room appliances. The deal, according to a release, covers Fisher and Paykel’s own washers, dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers, as well as cooking equipment produced by DCS, a division of Fisher and Paykel. The Fisher and Paykel and DCS products will both be included in the “Multiple Brands, One Shipment” program that DSI offers to retailers. DSI already distributes brands such as Toshiba, Yamaha, Pioneer, RCA, Mitsubishi, and

By Janet Pinkerton SAN FRANCISCO—All we really wanted to do was watch movies in Dolby Laboratories' tweaked out studio theater/ laboratory, but we had to earn our keep. So, between an ever-changing spread of snacks, I and about 20 other journalists spent two days shuffling through Dolby's demonstrations of Dolby Pro Logic II (yes, II), Meridian Lossless Packing used in DVD-Audio, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Dolby Headphone. Dolby also briefed us on the status of Dolby E for broadcast transmission of 5.1 audio via broadcast digital TV signals and the growing usage of 5.1-channel audio in games. Dolby Headphone sound danced around

Appliance manufacturers at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) were happy that their products are no longer confined to the kitchen. There's more money to be had as people migrate their products throughout the house and into car. And at the industry's high-end appliance show, this was just the venue to display ideas for appliances not meant for just the kitchen. GE Appliances wants its high-end Monogram line scattered throughout the house. The company is encouraging designers to put wine coolers in the dining room, trash compactors in the home office and small beverage centers in the spare bedroom. Maytag, which aims to own

By Jamie Latshaw At KBIS, major appliance booths will be stuffed. Here's what would be divulged in advance Asko a lower-priced extension of its top-of-the-line, fully integrated dishwasher. It includes a stainless steel tank and is projected to sell for $899. Bosch's Integra Design fully integrated dishwasher has hidden controls, yet no customization, cabinet front or renovation is required. As the low-end of Bosch's high-end line, it has a one-piece door and is available in black, white or stainless steel. It's slated to ship second quarter of 2000. Danby continues its Millennium Series with a new compact All Refrigerator line. Model sizes include a 4.4-cu.-ft., a 2.6-cu.-ft. and

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade Associated Volume Buyers 5000 East Spring St. Suite 390 Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: (562) 496-4402 Fax: (562) 496-4543 Web site: e-mail: Bob Lawrence, Executive Director DeMar Young, Presiden Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Furniture Coordinator Jim Ristow, Electronics Coordinator Members: 1,800 Storefronts: 2,400 Chapters: 17 Annual Sales Volume: $5 billion Key Suppliers, Electronics: Thomson, Pioneer, JVC, Mitsubishi, Zenith, 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:

Eagerly leaving the heatwave behind this fall, Americans can make up for the lack of cooking during the summer months with a stream of innovative products arriving from the appliance manufacturers. Time-saving and convenience features, stylish and easy-clean finishes are all strong selling points for the cooking products hitting the market. Sticking to its innovation drive, Maytag is attempting to change the cooking landscape with its Gemini. Rollout of the double oven in a 30-inch, free-standing range footprint was "80 percent there" at press time, reported Maytag Vice President and General Manager of Cooking Mark Buss. "We're fully covered on all of our major accounts." By the

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