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FISHER LAUNCHES STUDIO 24: THE FIRST 24-DISC CD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM; AUDIO COMPONENT ALLOWS EVERY FAMILY MEMBER TO STORE AND PLAY CDS BY CATEGORY

 LAS VEGAS, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 1993 Winter Consumer Electronics Show, Fisher Audio/Video will announce tomorrow the launch of Studio 24 ($499.95), : the first audio component to store and play back each of up to 24 CDs by input names or categories. Studio 24 makes selection and playback of CDs easier by keeping track of which CD is which, and conveniently organizing CDs for playback.
 For families, Studio 24 allows Dad, Mom and the kids to all have their own music stored and categorized for easy playback. If each member of a family of 4 chooses 6 favorite CDs, everyone can store and play back their own music only and/or other selected CDs without loading and unloading discs.
 "Studio 24 makes CDs easier to organize and play in a variety of arrangements that fit the individual user or an entire family," Vice President of Fisher Marketing Michael Shoemaker said.
 A totally new approach to CD musical playback, Studio 24 uses Fisher's exclusive AudioFile Search & Playback memory to categorize and subcategorize or name its CDs. Choose CDs for playback by musical type (jazz, rock, etc.), mood (i.e., morning music, romantic music), owner (i.e., mom's music, dad's music), occasion (party mix 1, party mix 2), simply by disc name (i.e., Elton John), or in any other way the user finds convenient.
 In 1992, carousel-style home CD changers took 72 percent of the market compared to 67 percent in 1991 (according to Electronics Industries Association). This kind of data influenced Fisher's decision to take the successful CD carousel design and improve its capacity and orientation to create a new CD product with a bi-directional radial transport. The Studio 24 carousel stores a total of 24 CDs vertically, putting more CDs in virtually the same space as a standard audio component.
 To begin naming and categorizing CDs, simply choose the "Load/Eject" key, and follow the instructions scrolled across the front fluorescent window display of the unit. A choice of 7 preprogrammed music categories -- including classical, jazz, country and western, rock, rhythm and blues, easy listening, and show tunes -- can each be automatically selected with the touch of one key.
 For category or name phrases other than the 7 presets, an alphanumeric keypad allows the user to input up to two phrases with a total of 8 digits. Up to 31 phrases can be held in memory.
 Like conventional CD components, Studio 24 allows a single CD to be loaded for immediate playback, and also offers traditional numeric disc and track programming functions, including repeat, intro scan and random play.
 To replace an entire category of CDs, Studio 24 will eject all CDs under a specified category and allow a new group of CDs to be put in their place.
 Since discs are stored in a virtually dust-free chamber, and need only be loaded and named once, wear on Studio 24's vast 24-disc CD library due to frequent handling is significantly reduced.
 The Studio 24 CD Management System will be available in a stand- alone component, midi shelf system, and rack system in June 1993.
 Headquartered in Chatsworth, Calif., Fisher Audio/Video is a division of Sanyo Fisher (USA) Corporation (SFC) which markets a complete line of quality audio, video and home appliance products. SFC is a subsidiary of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., a major worldwide electronics manufacturer.
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 /CONTACT: David Claus, supervisor, public relations of Sanyo Fisher (USA) Corporation, 818-998-7322, ext. 247/


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