Frank Romero

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

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