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CES 2007: RCA Press Conference

Sections: Accessories, Audio, Camcorders, Imaging, Portable Audio, Portable Video

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RCA LogoWelcome all to the RCA Press Conference. The conference started out with lots of jokes about how RCA’s Audio/Video business is for sale. The company’s executives are very focused on the RCA-is-the-name-you-trust mentality. Lets see some exciting products and maybe I’ll trust you.

Accessories

Jenson Mobility Expanded has released lots of iPod accessories. And there’s not much more to say there.

RCA Audio/Video Lineup

Dwight Sakuma is excited to be back in the RCA A/V business… hooray! One of the things they KEEP stressing is that RCA is a name you trust.

Video

RCA Small Wonder is the company’s slim video camera. He says they’re looking to make it easier to share photos with other people, as well as on services like YouTube.

They plan to introduce the even smaller EZ 201 Small Wonder – which sports onboard memory, SD for expansion, and has a flip-out display. It runs on 2 AA batteries. Greg says “what is this, 1986?” It will run at $229, and is coming Fall 2007.

The Small Wonder can also plug into the new Memory Maker.

Portable Audio

RCA Gem Line is next… The Jetstream is the “top-of-the-line” model in the new line. It has 12 hours of playback because of the new Kleer technology that “sips power from your rechargable batteries.” And not only does it play music, but it has a stop watch and a BMI calculator!!! Next is the Opal which is compatible with most audio and video standards. It has a 1.5 inch screen. And finally, the smallest one, the RCA Pearl.

Home Theater

RCA DTA800 is a Digital TV Adapter that displays on-screen program information sent by broadcasters. It’s also a remote control and comes in silver (because I know that’s what you care about).

The RCA Full Recording Solution supports NTSC and ATSC tuners, and is a FULL FUNCTION VCR. I suppose someone has to keep pushing VCRs in the market.

Home Audio

RCA is also touching down in the made-for-iPod market. It’s a univeral dock for iPod, and a clock radio so you can wake up to your favorite tunes.

Now the President and CEO of AudioVox are on stage to address the crowd since the companies are now part of the same family. That’s it for now, take care and we’ll see you in 30 minutes for the Samsung Press Conference.

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