Petro Shimonishi

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

With the late-2009 acquisition of the automation and control technology company Colorado vNet, multiroom audio company Russound set the stage for accelerated fulfillment of its business goals in a custom installation market that was changing almost too rapidly for anything but a pro-active stance. 

This move, the market progress of the Russound PLC-based and retrofit-job-targeted Collage powerline media and intercom system, and tweaks to the Russound Web site and distribution model were all topics addressed during an extensive tour of the company’s Newmarket, N.H. headquarters last week.

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.

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

By David Dritsas DVD-Audio is ready to hit the market. Despite setbacks created by the formulation of copy protection specifications to please the recording industry, the final copy protection framework is near completion and manufacturers will begin releasing product this month. Meanwhile, music labels are ready to release the all-important content. Manufacturers began to disclose shipping dates after a draft protection frame work was issued early in June by 4C Entity, LLC, a joint venture made up of IBM, Intel, Matsushita Electric and Toshiba. The 4C Entity is a licensor of copy protection for the recordable and prerecorded DVD-Audio medium. Content will be a major deciding

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