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Weekly Audio News for Jan. 5, 2005


Published on January 5, 2005

Celebrity Guests Mingle at CES – Personalities from film,
sports, music, broadcast and other areas will be guests at the 2005
International Consumer Electronics Show which opens tomorrow in Las
Vegas. Six Grammy-winning producers – the names behind the hits – will
demonstrate 5.1 surround sound mixes and tell behind-the-scenes studio
stories at the CES South Plaza. Included are Elliot Scheiner, Al
Schmitt, Ed Cherney and George Massenburg. Invitation-only events:
Monster Cable’s Dealer Awards – Rod Stewart; Samsung – Bon Jovi; Gibson
Guitar – Ike Turner & Les Paul.

Monster Fiercely Defends Its Name
- Speaking of the Monsters, the cable and accessories maker has filed
lawsuits and trademark infringement claims against dozens of unrelated
companies for using the word monster in their names, products or
services. Their attorney reports he has registered more than 50
trademarks covering a wide variety of products – including food,
furniture and clothing. Among Monster’s targets are Hansen Beverages’
Monster Energy drink, Walt Disney for its hit movie “Monsters, Inc.,”
and a small clothing store in Camas, WA, named MonsterVintage.

Dolby Laboratories at CES
- Dolby will feature a new booth layout at CES illustrating how various
Dolby technologies impact the entertainment experience in the home and
car. Included will be a focus on Dolby Digital Plus – the new
enhancement to audio delivery in both broadcast and packaged media
formats. In their main theater leading multichannel audio entertainment
with both Dolby Digital Plus and MLP Lossless will be demonstrated.

Home Electronics Were Hot This Holiday Season
- Electronic items of all sorts are enjoying unprecedented popularity
among consumers today. Under pressure from Wal-Mart and online dealers
selling electronics at low prices, AV dealers throughout the country
are re-vamping their stores and trying to change the way discerning
customers buy their electronics. Some plan to install sensors that trip
instant demos of surround sound systems and plasma screens, and most
are offering skilled installers to put a home theater system into a
consumer’s house. The CEA expects consumer electronics sales in the
U.S. to surpass $108 billion for 2004 – an 8% increase over 2003.

- John Sunier




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