Paul DiComo

Definitive Technologies said last week that it has promoted Paul DiComo to the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development

It’s a familiar enough scenario. Two industry giants who have been at each other’s throats for the last few years decide to shake hands and play nice. The goal: to join and form one large corporation. The challenge: Convincing everyone else you’re not out to destroy them, while simultaneously asking the FCC to forgive the concessions you made, namely to never merge in the first place. If XM and Sirius, the nation’s only two satellite radio companies, have their way they would operate as one entity, combining only financial assets and programming. On either side of this debate are folks who stand to lose

Mention Internet Protocol (IP) to plenty of custom audio and video installers and you’ll likely solicit a slew of reactions, some of which may not be very kind. While IT professionals have long been hip to digital comeuppance, plenty of CE dealers aren’t necessarily ready to toss aside their speaker wire for what they see as nothing more than a glorified computer network. Whether one likes it or not, this difference of opinion nevertheless signals an important change in the industry compared to just a few short years ago, when the idea of IP-based home entertainment was considered far more theoretical than practical.

Transshipped At A Cost The resale of products at wholesale is pervasive, but some are bolstering efforts to keep it in check. By Janet Pinkerton This scenario may sound familiar: A fulfillment house legitimately purchases 4,000 camcorders directly from a vendor at a good price, taking delivery over six months time for a premium rewards program. But at the program's end there are 100 left over in inventory and so the fulfillment house turns around and sells off the remaining camcorders at wholesale "on the streets" to other retailers. It's called transshipping, and it's an all-to-common practice at all levels of retail that few

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, ddritsas@napco.com New York—At the 2001 Home Entertainment Expo in New York last week, Polk Audio made several new introductions in the home-theater-in-a-box category as well as some new speaker introductions. The company also changed its own look with an updated, more conservative company logo. Polk has found success with its high-end all-in-one, home theater-in-a-box systems, and Polk Director of Marketing Paul DiComo said the company is sticking to that strategy. Polk's new Digital Solutions series includes two SKUs, the DS7600 and DS7200, both priced above $2500. Both feature a six-channel amplifier built into the subwoofer and will not feature seven channel (a.k.a.

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