5 Oct 2007
Box Office Bonanza(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 03,2007)
|The home theatre offerings from Bobolink Industrial Ltd include sleek aluminium 5.1 speaker systems destined for Europe, the UK and Japan|
Home entertainment has never been more popular as more and more consumers come to appreciate the constant advances being made in home theatre systems
Flat-screen TVs and wireless home theatre systems are bringing the colour, sound and excitement of the cinema into homes all over the world.
Film fans are benefiting from the efforts of Hong Kong manufacturers, who are utilising years of experience in the development of slim, elegant, state-of-the-art designs for home entertainment.
Take, for example, Bobolink Industrial Ltd, which manufactures 5.1/3.1/2.1 speaker systems, wireless speakers, furniture/TV stand integrated speaker systems, DAB tuners/receivers, stereo/AV receivers, HDD/USB mini systems and HDD/USB hi-fi systems.
The eight-year-old company's latest offering is the WiHA-811F, which features high-quality diffused infrared wireless technology that promises no interference with other electronic devices.
Managing Director Jason Chee explains that using diffused infrared requires no line-of-sight between the audio source and the speaker, as long as they are in the same room. "Our home theatre speaker system is made of aluminium, wood and plastic," he adds.
The HA-811F's elegant design and powerful 175W RMS output are complemented by the non-directional infrared wireless technology that frees the rear speakers from the main system.
"As an experienced manufacturer specialising in hi-fi speaker products, we are serious about acoustic design and make products that provide the best sound performance," Mr Chee insists. "Our 5.1 systems and audio products give consumers the most enriching acoustic entertainment with powerful and delicate sound reproduction."
He explains the market is looking for elegant designs and models that are simple to set up. "By integrating different speaker channels into the same speaker cabinets, the consumer needs to connect fewer cables and spend less time to set up the system," Mr Chee says. "Another way to simplify set up and 'hide' the cable is by going wireless."
The HA-811F aluminium 5.1 home theatre speaker system is unit-priced at US$90 FOB Hong Kong and the WiHA-811F infrared wireless aluminium 5.1 home theatre speaker system costs US$120; both prices are negotiable depending on quantity.
No home theatre system is complete without a DVD player from companies such as Chun Sing Int'l (HK) Ltd, which manufactures DVD players that carry the Sunearth brand and also produces VCD players, satellite receivers and MP3 and MP4 players.
"Our DVD players are composed of either a Sunplus or MTK DVD decoder, Sony or Sanyo lens, plastic panel and iron cabinet," says President Billy Zhou. "The new DVD product trend is the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) DVD player."
Chun Sing's latest DVD model 3209A measures 320x33mm in size and is available with either a Sunplus or MTK Solution and Sanyo or Sony lens.
The 5.1 or 2CH DVD/DivX player comes with such key features as built-in multiple decoding compatible with AC-3 digital audio optic fibre and coaxial output, split video output with clearer picture, dual-line digital reverberated karaoke, auto screen saver, parental lock and full-function remote control and is capable of playing PAL or NTSC.
"The FOB price for the 5.1CH is US$22 and US$21 for the 2CH," Mr Zhou adds, noting that minimum orders of 1,800 units are delivered 30-35 days after order confirmation.
Taking a different approach is Kyber Port Int'l Ltd, which manufactures LCD TVs, CRT TVs, set-top boxes and mobile phones. "We mainly use plastic and metal to make our LCD TVs and set-top boxes," says General Manager Victor Hui.
Mr Hui says the HLC series is Kyber Port's best-selling model in Hong Kong and overseas markets such as India, the Middle East and Africa. "We are looking into piano paint, moveable stands, touch screens and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays for our future LCD TV designs," he reveals. "Manufacturing on the mainland allows us to customise functions and design to customers' needs."
Another manufacturer of LCD TVs with DVD players is Shinco Electric Appliance Co Ltd, which was established in 1980 and also manufactures consumer digital audio/video products and GPS navigation systems.
Shinco's P-DVDs carry such prestigious brand names as Philips and Toshiba, while its LCD TVs appear under the Toshiba and Hitachi labels.
"Digital and high-definition products with trendy designs are the new product trends," according to Overseas Marketing Manager Helen Tong.
"Our LCD TV comes with TV, DVD, monitor and card reader multi-feature functions."
The firm's best selling model is the 20-inch LCD TV with DVD combo, which comes with 1399 x 768 dpi resolution, 16:9 widescreen TFT monitor, built-in DVD player, SD/MMC/memory stick card reader, USB interface and VGA socket for connection to a PC.
Shinco has some 9,000 employees in its ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified factories on the mainland, including 400 R&D engineers, and can deliver 3,000-unit minimum orders 7-8 weeks after order confirmation.
Buyers seeking their own box office bonanza should check out the complete range of high-quality, elegant design and reasonably priced audiovisual equipment and furniture on offer from Hong Kong manufacturers.
TEXT BY RESHAM ARON