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Autosound aftermarket keeps booming

Postby david4121 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:42 pm

Autosound aftermarket keeps boomingThe Electronic Industries Assn (EIA) reports factory orders of $1.6 billion in the automobile sound equipment aftermarket for 1993, which is an increase of 9% over 1992. EIA predicts that sales for 1994 will increase another 8%. Panasonic Mobile Electronic's national marketing manager Terry Carroll says that CD players are going to transform the car stereo market. While many drivers would like to have a CD player, only 7% of the 190 million US vehicles have one.For the third year in a row, the autosound aftermarket is experiencing brisk, single-digit growth.Industry sources explain this by citing such developments as the improved economy, a continued interest in improved best car speakers, best car audio speakers sound spearheaded by the new criteria for hi-fi excellence set by compact disc, and a lifestyle trend whereby consumers personalize their autos through audio equipment, rather than automotive equipment, as in the past.According to the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), factory orders in the autosound aftermarket totaled $1.6 billion last year, a 9 percent increase from 1992. The EIA's predictions that these sales will increase 8 percent in 1994 were borne out in conversations with a recent sampling of a broad range of industry representatives."Last winter was unusually harsh and dampened activity, especially in the Northeast. And the earthquake in California had some negative impact, too," said Paul Brown, Coustic Inc.'s marketing director. "But once you factor out those natural disasters, business has been good, in the upper single digits in growth and shows every sign of increasing, encouraged and even shaped by the CD phenomenon."Terry Carroll, Panasonic Mobile Electronic's national marketing manager said, "It is a CD world. CD penetration is quite high for the home and is going to transform audio in cars, too."ImageAt the moment, however, CD accounts for a relatively small percentage of car audio sales. In fact, according to Doug Wilsterman, Sony Corp.'s vice president of mobile electronics division, only 7 percent of the approximately 190 million vehicles in the U.S. today have a CD player."But all those drivers want it. Most car CD customers are first-time buyers, though there is also some return business. This market has astounding potential for growth. Last year more than a million units of auto CD were sold just in the aftermarket. People have built up huge libraries of CD for use on their home systems, and they want to listen to them in their cars, too, which is now for many people the principal place to listen to music," said Wilsterman.He added, car CD has only been booming for the last three years; previously, it was a prohibitively expensive alternative to cassettes. But during the last 18 months the average prices have fallen to the point where the average in-dash CD costs in the $300 to $350 range."Consumers are now comfortable with CD pricing," said Panasonic's Carroll, which saw a 40 percent growth in its CD aftermarket sales last year and expects the same rate of growth next year. "We're looking for double-digit percentages of increase in this market for several years into the future."Related article: https://medium.com/@carspeakerland/how-to-choose-top-best-car-speakers-on-the-market-c1f141e4706Today the principal type of auto CD player--it makes up 65 to 70 percent of the market--is the in-dash, single-play head unit. Other features include remote controls containing some of the more frequently used functions."It's quite popular because it's convenient and it may also have some safety benefits since it allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road," said Mike Townsen, Pioneer Electronics U.S.A. Inc.'s senior vice president of marketing.The category of auto CD, making up most of the remainder of the market, is multi-disc changers, which are usually put in the trunk or other hidden place, and operated by remote control or through a change/controller receiver.Image"Hardwiring gives optimal sound," said Wilsterman, "but requires more installation time and costs to run wires through the car. Many people don't want to do that, especially if the car is a company car or on a lease arrangement, which is increasingly popular."Roger Heuberger, International Jensen Inc.'s vice president of marketing said switching to a sound source of CD, versus cassette or radio, even with the limitations of RF. It produces such an immediate improvement in audio quality that many consumers are investing in this type of equipment.Although CD remains the focus of interest and enthusiasm by makers and consumers alike, it comprises only a minor portion of sales in the receiver business."Non-CD head units sales are still strong, too," said Carroll, "though increasingly they're constituting the lower end of the business."One popular type of cassette receiver is the kind that can control a CD changer unit. "Sales people, who know eventually the consumer will want to get CD, are encouraging them to buy a head unit that can control CD," said Carroll. "It's not a sly marketing move. The sales people really have the customer's interests at heart."Although the formats have not yet taken off, backers of Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) and MiniDisc (MD) believe it is just a matter of time before they do.This summer Panasonic will introduce the CQ-DC1 DCC player/CD changer controller receiver to compete with the MD car players that several other companies now have on the market."We think MD has a great future," said Wilsterman, "It's perfect for the harsh environment of a car. MDs are shock resistant, their cases make them very durable and the miniature format is an advantage in cars where space is at a premium. MD also responds perfectly to the ongoing popularity among consumers of compilations."With all the attention focused on CD head units, it is easy for the less glamorous products such as amplifiers, crossovers and equalizers to get left out of the limelight, but according to Coustic's Brown that may be changing."With the growing interest in improved auto-sound quality, driven as always by the improved standards set by CD, there's going to be an increased consumer interest in electronics, as well as speakers, in the next few years," he said, adding even though OEM equipment is improving, consumers are interested in step-ups, including speakers and then the electronics to go with them.Among Coustic's most popular step-up products are its crossovers and amps, which Brown said are becoming the heart of the company's electronics business.Paul Tambererelli, Altec Lansing's vice president of consumer products agreed with Brown's assessment of the beneficial impact of CD on the industry as a whole. "Altec Lansing doesn't even make head units for CD or anything else, only amplifiers and speakers. But the CD-driven push towards improved sound is inspiring consumers to upgrade, and that's good for our step-up and deluxe electronic products."Industry executives gave several reasons for this steady growth and interest that car audio has been experiencing during the past few years."In the '60s and '70s, if you went to a parking lot of a local high school, you'd see kids looking under each others' car hoods to admire, say, the carburator," said Jensen's Heuberger. "Now they're looking in the trunk to gawk at a 12-disc changer or in the back seat at a new tube subwoofer."Why this change--from hot rods to hot sounds--has occurred is not clear, though Sony's Wilsterman speculates that advances in underlying automotive technology may be the reason. "Because of increasing computerization, it's not possible for people to tinker with their car engines the way they used to. But they can jazz up their best car speakers systems," he said.And they can do it for less money."Figure, you could buy yourself an improved set of dashboard speakers for $30 and some hot rear-deck speakers for $65, install them yourself, which is what 65 percent of people do, for less $100 you've significantly improved your car audio," said Heuberger, adding, "By contrast, it's going to cost you $200 just to fix a tire blow out. I know because I just did it."A significant portion of the people taking this option are males, aged 16 to 24, who make up 40 percent, the largest segment, of the car audio market, said Wilsterman. And with the trend away from carburetors to crossovers, it's no surprise that this niche has abandoned car races for a new breed of competitive event where the focus is on sound.For the last half dozen years events called "sound offs" have been held all over the U.S. at local, regional and national levels of competition. At these events--sponsored by dealers and held under the auspices of organizations such as the International Audio Sound Challenge Association (IASCA)--amateur and professional installers meet and submit their car audio systems to the scrutiny of experts, who award cash and trophies to the cars with the best sound.So that all cars are judged equally, standard test recordings are played and high technology, including spectrum analyzers, are used to make sure the judging is kept objective."These events are increasingly popular," said Pioneer's Townsen, "And it's no wonder. For thousands and thousands of people today, car audio has become a passion."
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby FJCC » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:59 pm

If you are having trouble with permission saving a document, try saving to your desktop and see if that works.

If you are using Microsoft Office 2016, this forum supports OpenOffice and LibreOffice. You might get better support on a Microsoft forum.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby RusselB » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:27 pm

There have been a few reports of problems like this occurring after a Windows update, usually with systems running Windows 10.
It appears that the update has the effect of resetting the Defender settings to defaults, thus making the system think that only Microsoft products have permission to read/write on the system.
Your forum signature indicates that you are running Windows Vista, thus the above may not apply, but something that I thought should be brought to your attention.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby Zizi64 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:32 pm

david4121, your signature is:


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If you are using an another operating system and/or another version of the Apache OpenOffice/LibreOffice then please update your signature in this forum.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby elinadicosta » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:29 am

I don't understand why you are posting microsoft excel issue in this forum.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby Zizi64 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:36 am

I don't understand why you are posting microsoft excel issue in this forum.
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I do not know if it is an Excel related issue. There is not such information in the original post, nor in the title, nor in the category name.


And please update your signature. I can not belive that you are using that archaic old Open Office version.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby Lupp » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:22 am

david4121 wrote:(Subject:) There is a problem with office 2016

@Zizi64: Under Save As... there is no export filter for Office 2016, even in AOO 4.1.5.
(Recent LibO has an export filter for MS Office 2007 through 2019.)
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby Zizi64 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:44 am

@Zizi64: Under Save As... there is no export filter for Office 2016, even in AOO 4.1.5.

Yes, I know it.


elinadicosta wrote » 2018 Sep 20, 5:29 am
I don't understand why you are posting microsoft excel issue in this forum.


and david4121 wrote » 2018 Jun 30, 7:42 pm
There is a problem with office 2016
It shows an error at the end "Not Enough Permission"
Please Help


My remark was: How the original question is related to the Excel?
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby floris v » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:58 pm

Come on folks, this discussion is futile. The OP has never returned, the topic is dead.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby Lupp » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:36 pm

Thanks @floris v!
When I first noticed this thread today there was a recent post by elinadicosta. Reading the complete thread then I was too silly to look at the dates. Sigh.
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby david4121 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:26 am

FJCC wrote:If you are having trouble with permission saving a document, try saving to your desktop and see if that works.

If you are using Microsoft Office 2016, this forum supports OpenOffice and LibreOffice. You might get better support on a Microsoft forum.

Thanku soo much
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Re: There is a problem with office 2016

Postby keme » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:52 am

If the message (to the effect of "no permission" or "requires elevation") appears when you start the application, and it terminates without opening a window, the most common cause is that the software is installed in a non-standard folder. With small system drives many users opt to install large packages (games, Office suites, etc.) on an alternate drive. In many cases this is a mistake.

Software residing in the "Programs" and "Programs (x86)" have rights to external libraries (64 and 32 bit, respectively) like dotnet, Java, VB etc., granted by default. If you install software in alternate folders, functionality which depends on those libraries will be unavailable. If that is core functionality, the application itself will be unavailable. This can be remedied by manually granting rights to content in the application folders (not for the faint of heart), disabling library security (not recommended for any computer with internet access) or installing to designated software locations (assuming that there is sufficient space available). If you don't specifically need to handle MS Office documents or procedures but simply need a productivity suite, note that MS Office requires 4 to 10 times the space occupied by OpenOffice/LibreOffice. You may consider those. Download via the OpenOffice/LibreOffice home pages.

If you are short of disk space, you may need to increase the size of the system volume. If you have room for multiple disks in your computer, this may be achieved by "spanning". I am not sure whether this function is available in the "home" editions of Windows, but it certainly is if you have a business/pro/enterprise edition. See this Cnet article.

Note that simple spanning also increases the risk of failure, because failure in either disk may render the volume unavalable. Backup your important data!
Creating a RAID volume improves reliability, but imposes significant hardware requirements, and you need RAID-01 or better if you also want more storage.
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