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Samsung Hard Drives Due

Ridgefield Park, N.J.- Samsung is getting ready to ship its first two hard-drive-based headphone portables. A 10GB model is planned for June, and a 20GB model is due in August, said marketing manager Russell Bleeker.

Panasonic Expands MP3-CD

Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic is expanding its selection of MP3-CD headphone portables to two from one with the April shipment of the $89-suggested SL-MP35 and May shipment of the $109 SL-MP36C.

Both extend MP3 playback time by almost three times over the company's first model, which shipped last October. MP3 playback time hits 40 hours, with Redbook CD playback hitting 30 hours.

They'll replace the company's first MP3-CD portable shipped, which in October at a suggested minimum $129.

M&K's Noble Effort

Chatsworth, Calif. - M&K's Xenon series of compact speakers consists of three LCR models and a surround speaker said to deliver large, precise imaging. They're available in black or white with curved metal mesh grilles in black, white or silver.

The models include the LCR-35 at a suggested $249 each, LCR-25 at $299, and LCR-35 at $325. The surround is the $725 Surround-25 Tripole.

The 35 features 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and 4-inch woofer; the 25 uses one 3.5-inch woofer; and the 35 features two 3.5-inch woofers. The surround features front-baffle 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and 3.5-inch woofer. Each side baffle features 3.5-inch woofer in dipolar configuration.

Onkyo: 6 Channels At $530

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo's first under-$550-suggested six-channel receiver, the $530 TX-SR600, shipped in April.

It features Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, Dolby Pro Logic II, 50MHz HDTV component-video switching, 10Hz-100kHz frequency response, preprogrammed learning remote, 6x80watt (into 8 ohm at 20Hz-20kHz) amplification, and adjustable subwoofer crossover.

Another new receiver, the 5-channel $320-suggested TX-SR500, also shipped April. Features include Dolby Digital, DTS, 5x65-watt amp (into 8 ohms, from 20Hz-20kHz), 10Hz-100kHz frequency response, and adjustable subwoofer crossover.

125 Attend Conference

Indianapolis - About 125 businesspeople made the right turn to Albuquerque, where CEDIA recently conducted its fourth annual management conference and workshop.

CEDIA brought experts from different management disciplines for the three-day event, designed for upper level managers from custom-install dealerships. The speakers included a former U.S. Navy commander who outlined his strategy to improve morale and productivity aboard ship. A three-day workshop, developed by the American Management Association, identified participants' areas for growth in management and leadership.

Full Audio Full Of Music

Chicago - Warner Music has joined EMI and Universal in making its music available through Full Audio's cache-download music-subscription service.

In its first distribution-partner agreement, FullAudio will deliver its service beginning in April through web sites operated by Clear Channel-owned radio stations in five markets: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. The service will be rolled out over a period of months.

Monthly fees will range from $5 to $15/month, depending on the service level. January was the previous target date for launching Clear Channel service. (See TWICE, Dec. 3, page 28).

To eliminate music-quality problems caused by poor Internet connections, the service doesn't stream music to a PC. Instead, it lets users download music for storage on, and playback from, their PC's hard drive. Listeners have full access to the music as long as their subscription is paid up. For now, the music is locked to the hard drive.

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