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This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
The custom channel's growing influence will prompt suppliers at this month's CEDIA Expo to equip more audio components, including receivers and CD changers, with multiple connectors for integration into multiroom systems and complex home theater installs.
Integration will also go on inside audio components as suppliers combine receivers with DVD players and receivers with digital-cable tuners.
Other audio-component launches at the Expo will include:
Component home audio roared back in 2006, and although it's unlikely to relive its glory days, it's getting more respect from dealers and consumers, based on factory-level sales statistics compiled by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Sony stepped up its Dream System and ES-series receiver selection, launched its first PC-networked shelf system, and expanded its selection of SACD/DVD-Video players with HDMI outputs that up-scale video sources to the high-definition 720p or 1,080i formats.
Here's what Sony unveiled to dealers at its recent line show, here:
Dolby Digital EX receivers and preamps will turn up for the first time at CES, where other suppliers will unveil their first THX Ultra2-certified electronics and their first products equipped with DTS 96/24. Here's what dealers will find:
Component-audio suppliers will return to CES in January in a somewhat celebratory mood after the industry posts what is expected to be the first annual component-sales gain in almost a decade.
For the January-October 2004 period, factory-level component sales rose 38.1 percent to $1.05 billion, following eight consecutive years of decline, according to CEA statistics.