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Zenith Expands DVD Product Line
Jan 13, 2003
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In an aggressive approach to further penetrate the DVD market, Zenith Electronics Corporation announced on Sunday that it has launched an expanded line of DVD players with the introduction of seven new DVD players, DVD changers, and DVD/VCR combination models at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The new products -- all featuring progressive scanning -- combine with currently available models.

Chief among its new DVD players are two 5-disc progressive-scan models, the DVB252 DVD changer and the DVB357 DVD changer. Both feature MP3 decoding and DVD-Audio capability, as well as component, progressive scan and S-video outputs. The DVB357 is housed in Zenith's new Super Slim chassis, which is only 2.7-in high.

Like Zenith's other DVD players, both are fully compatible with DVDs, CDs, and CD-R/CD-RW discs, and both JPEG and WMA files, and share digital audio outputs, 4X/16X movable zoom, and variable high-speed scan. Both models are expected to be available in the second quarter at suggested prices of U.S. $149 and $169, respectively.

Zenith's new single-disc players include the DVB312, DVB317, and DVB318. All three models feature progressive scanning and MP3 decoding; full compatibility with DVDs, CDs, and CD-R/CD-RW discs, and JPEG and WMA files; and component, progressive scan, and S-video outputs. The DVB312 is housed in a 1.7-in high Super Slim chassis, while the DVB317 and DVB318 also include DVD-Audio capability, a variable-speed shuttle on the remote control, and digital audio outputs. The DVB318 also handles discs using the SACD format. The players are expected to be available in the second quarter at suggested prices under $100, $150 and $200, respectively.

For the increasingly popular market in DVD/VCR combination players, Zenith also introduced two new models, the XBV342 and XBV347. Both feature single-disc, progressive-scan DVD players fully compatible with DVDs, CDs and CD-R/CD-RW discs, JPEG and WMA files, MP3 and DVD-Audio; complemented by four-head hi-fi VCRs. A full array of video and audio outputs also is included. Both models are expected to be available in the second quarter at suggested prices of $179 and $199, respectively.

Wrapping up Zenith’s new expanded family of DVD products are two 5-disc changers, the DVB251 at a suggested price of $129, and the DVD5591, with Dolby Digital(R) Sound, at a suggested price of $299; and the DVP7771 portable DVD player, featuring a 7-in LCD screen, at a suggested price of $699.

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