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Samsung Enters HTiB Market

7/24/2002 01:38:00 PM Eastern

New York - Samsung entered the high-growth home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) market with the introduction of its first two systems, including one featuring Klipsch-brand speakers.

The Samsung/Klipsch model marks what will be the first of 'a lot more' Samsung products with Klipsch technology, said Samsung marketing director Claude Frank.

The co-branded HT-SK6, at a suggested $1,199 and MAP of $999, will be marketed by Samsung to current Klipsch dealers, Frank said, but the product 'could open up doors for Klipsch' in the future. All of the targeted dealers have assisted sales floors.

Klipsch and Samsung, Frank noted, share 'a lot' of customers, including members of the NATM and PRO buying groups and major independents, he noted.

The HT-SK6 ships in the fall to such retailers, including Tweeter, Ultimate Electronics, Magnolia HiFi, Now A/V, American TV, Nebraska Furniture Mart, The Wiz, Good Guys and Vann's.

The HT-SK6 features a Samsung single-disc DVD progressive-scan player with a built-in 5.1 channel amplifier boasting 5x90 watts into 8 ohms plus a 225-watt subwoofer.

Other features include MP3-CD playback, DD/DTS and Dolby Pro-Logic II decoding, and Klipsch's Quintet Microsystem, featuring two-way speakers just 7.5-inches-tall. Quintet alone often retails alone at $900, Frank said. The speakers' color was modified to match the DVD-receiver's silver finish.

. The speakers feature MicroTractrix Horn tweeters and ported 3.5-inch fiber-composite woofer in an elliptically shaped cabinet molded out of dense polypropylene material to reduce vibration and distortion.

Each video-shielded satellite speaker features swiveling pedestal foot for convenient wall mounting or bookshelf placement.

The two-way center channel uses the same horn tweeter and two 3.5-inch woofers.

Samsung's other HTiB is the HT-DM150, due in August at a suggested $349 and MAP $299. It features single-disc DVD-receiver, DD/DTS 5.1 and Dolby ProLogic II decoding, MP3-CD playback, and progressive output. It's rated at 6x46 watts plus 70-watt subwoofer.

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