Kenwood USA doesn't plan to introduce any AC-3 product in 1995, but will use Winter CES in January to preview AC-3 products for 1996, said Bob Law, national marketing manager.
Kenwood hasn't decided what AC-3 products it will introduce.
Manufacturers said retail presentation is critical to getting AC-3 off the ground.
Ralph Cervantes, executive vice president at Marantz, said AC-3 products should be introduced only by audio/video specialists.
Marantz plans to ship its model SR-96 AC-3 receiver and compatible laserdisc player by the fourth quarter.
We need to train our 100 salespeople how to present AC-3. We have to work with our retailers to ensure that all the retail salespeople can convey the message." Pioneer will introduce an AC-3 receiver in its Elite and regular Pioneer lines.
Pioneer has already begun shipping seven AC-3 compatible laserdisc players.
Pioneer will sell its AC-3 products through approximately 300 of its Elite brand retailers and 500 to 700 consumer electronics retailers that carry the company's projection TVs and Laserdisc players.
One potential retail pitfall for AC-3, observed suppliers, is that it may get lost in the shuffle with other home theater sound systems.
Manufacturers said retailers must make clear that Dolby Surround Sound and AC-3 are not conflicting technologies.
Denon's Baker predicted AC-3 would find distribution beyond high-end audio specialty stores, in to mainstream consumer electronics outlets.