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Russound On Warpath

Newmarket, N.H.— Russound said it is cracking down on unauthorized sales of its products by Internet, mail-order dealers and others. The company said unauthorized sales of its products have grown and that unauthorized sources are misrepresenting the products. The company is posting notices on the company's Web site, in product and price guides, and on product packaging to warn consumers that products bought from unauthorized sources will not get technical support, and their warranty will be voided. Russound will also "serialize" its entire product line to track down transshippers. "Once the established guidelines are communicated, we will aggressively move to enforce them," said sales manager Chuck Fortier. "Russound is fully prepared to terminate relationships when and where it becomes necessary." Legal action will also be considered.

Shortwave Going Digital

Geneva — Digital short-, medium- and long-wave receivers will be available from consumer electronics manufacturers in 2004, backers of the digital standard said at the mid-June International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Radio Conference. The receivers will incorporate the Digital Radio Mondial (DRM) standard, which has been endorsed by the ITU and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). DRM delivers aacPlus-encoded mono audio at a 21kbps data rate to deliver audio with a quality superior to local FM broadcasts, backers said. DRM was developed by the DRM Consortium, which includes 80 broadcasters, manufacturers, broadcasting unions and regulatory bodies. In November, Mayah Communications, a German maker of broadcast and communications equipment, will sell a shortwave receiver online, at


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