Nikhil Balram

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

Meridian America Tuesday previewed a $185,000 two-element front projector and video scaler system it will introduce at CEDIA Expo. The system is based on JVC’s D-ILA technology and semiconductor developer Marvell’s Qdeo video processing. “It took us 20 years to designate a CD player as ‘reference.’ It’s one term we don’t use lightly,” said Meridian’s director of technology, Ken Forsythe, in describing the new 810 Reference Video System. The 810 has a new version of the JVC light engine which fully utilizes megapixels that JVC masks down to tailor this technology for its target military and commercial markets. This results in

2002 could be described as the year of the roller coaster. Predictions of an improving economy early in the year proved faulty as markets declined; companies continued to cut back on jobs; and consumer confidence plummeted to serious lows. Meanwhile, new developments in HDTV digital copyright protection have delighted some and frustrated others, leaving the consumer to make sense of complicated issues. The stress on Americans due to world political machinations and domestic corporate scandals hasn't helped much either. Still, retail did see a jump in numbers mid-fall, which could give hope for a promising holiday season. Dealerscope asked the industry some of the

By David Dritsas FORT LEE, N.J.—Kenwood is altering its approach to consumer electronics. New partnerships, different kinds of products, Internet B2B and a new line geared toward specialty retailers and custom installers are all part of the company's plan. Kenwood USA president Joe Richter said at a line show last month outside of New York that the company is focusing on three basic goals: being first to market with products; im-proved relations with dealers; and attracting new business partners for creating new products and services. To be first to market, Kenwood has already made some partnership deals that may help in that arena. In

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