Originally Posted by RuralWaves
Can you imagine if some dept. head spoke up at a sales meeting and said:
"We're working up a proposal to take our HTiB chassis, which already drives 2.1 or 5.1 sound, and adding 3 HDMI inputs to the I/O plate.
We may or may not yank the Blu-ray drive. We'll keep the Bluetooth and wifi. We'll market it as an entry-level HTiB with the segment differentiation that it has multiple HDMI inputs.
This way people who want to:
1.) Tie their DVD, DVR, and gaming system together,
2.) Stream music, movie, photo files from their phones or NAS via Bluetooth or LAN,
3.) Have better-than-TV-speakers sound,
4.) Universal remote control for volume and source switching,
5.) And then have just 1 HDMI Out cable to run up through their wall to their wall-mount TV,
will have the solution they've been looking for at a reasonable pricepoint. We'll probably sell a trillion units because every man, woman, child, and dog on the planet will buy 500 of them."
Except for the optimistic sales projections, I doubt anyone would crap their pants for sheer boldness and radicality of adding 3 HDMI inputs to a HTiB. This isn't the Edsel. It isn't New Coke. it's 3 inputs added to an AV component chassis and marketing it at a HTiB pricepoint.
But then I'm just some turnip fresh off the truck who couldn't imagine what a corporate marketing strategy meeting entails.*
*(I've sat in corporate marketing strategy meetings.)
I have no problem listening to new product proposals, we do it everyday...
Since we chair marketing/product strategy meetings with (2) major clients whose CE sales exceed $2.8 billion..
As an experienced, product development leader we are well aware of available components, respective material costs, labor costs, royalties and factory overhead costs..
Also as a responsible corporate executive, we know well our client's minimum profit margin requirements. And as I posted previously, your listed features @ the $199 (SRP) is ridiculous...
Your target product will go no further than the last stall in the men's room.
Perhaps a tuneup and/or overhaul is required for your turnip truck...
Just my $0.03...