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The gain came on a 9 percent increase in sales to $615.7 million and operating earnings that more than doubled to $53.7 million from a year-ago $20.8 million.
For the half, sales rose 8.1 percent to $1.14 billion, and the company posted net earnings of $17.3 million compared with a year-ago loss of $53 million.
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Onkyo is expanding its selection of A/V receivers (AVRs) with networking and ability to drive front-height channels.
In its TX series, Onkyo launched the networked TX-NR807 at a suggested $1,099 and the non-networked TX-SR707 at a suggested $899. In the newly created HT series of AVRs, intended for broader distribution, Onkyo launched the networked $1,049-suggested HT-RC180 and the non-networked $549-suggested HT-RC160. All four are seven-channel models.
Home audio suppliers exhibiting at next month's International CES will target the growth segments in the declining home theater in a box (HTiB) market and continue their efforts to turn around a slumping component audio market.
Cirrus Logic has indefinitely delayed the production of a pair of chipsets billed as suitable for CE products that would wirelessly stream high-quality audio and video throughout the house.
"The market has not matured and grown as envisioned," said Bob Kromer, VP of business development and marketing for connectivity. "To drive it to millions of consumers, the level of integration [in a consumer product], the quality of service, and robustness have to improve."
DENVER — Two handheld touchscreen controllers unveiled here at the CEDIA Expo by Universal Electronics under the Nevo brand feature Z-Wave and IR to control home A/V systems, and one adds Wi-Fi control of digital media content stored on a wired or wireless home network.
Z-Wave uses wireless RF to control components that might be tucked behind closed-door cabinets and media closets. The components would be connected to an optional Z-Wave base station that converts Z-Wave’s non-line-of-sight RF commands into IR.
MusicCAST is Yamaha's name for a wireless audio distribution system that uses built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) technology to distribute music wirelessly from a hard-drive-based audio server to multiple clients.
The clients, which look like executive-style shelf systems, feature amplifier, optional speakers, and controls to select server-stored songs for playback.
Philips will add iPod docks to almost every one of its stereo music systems and home theater systems in 2008 while expanding its selection of stereo systems with connections to additional digital music sources, including SD memory cards, USB drives, and Bluetooth-equipped cellphones, the company said at International CES.