SOURCE: Thomas, Townsend & Kent

November 22, 2005 07:08 ET

Home Electronics Journal Announces List of Best Gifts for the Holiday Shopping Season

iPod, Optoma MovieTime and SIRIUS Radio/MP3 Player Top List of "Can't Miss Gifts" Compiled by Editors of the Popular E-Magazine

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- Home Electronics Journal, the consumer electronics e-magazine published by database marketer Thomas, Townsend & Kent, has released its top five picks for gifts for this holiday season.

It won't surprise many that editors of the e-magazine that reaches nearly 800,000 affluent electronics enthusiasts put the Video iPod as the No. 1 item on the list, calling it the "ultimate envy gadget gift."

Rounding out the list of "can't miss" gifts are:

--  Optoma MovieTime DV10 Home Theater Projector (suggested retail of
    $1,499). This unit, combined with a dark room, a large blank wall and
    surround-sound speakers, will "turn your living room into the best Cineplex
    on the block," according to HEJ's Steven Mitchell.
    
--  Archos AV400 100-Gig HD MP3 Player/Video Recorder (suggested retail of
    $699). Described as "part TiVo, part iPod," this portable device not only
    stores and plays MP3s, but also records video in near-DVD quality and plays
    it back on its sharp LCD screen, or through a computer or TV.
    
--  SIRIUS S50 Satellite Radio/MP3 Player ($279 w/ current rebate). This
    gift offers the variety and quality of SIRIUS radio, with portability and
    the ability to record up to 50 hours of programming or MP3s.
    
--  Gateway "Convertible" Notebook (suggested retail starting at $1,099).
    In putting a tablet notebook on the list, Mitchell predicts that, just as
    laptops sales have outpaced desktops, notebooks with swivel tops that
    enable users to handwrite directly on the screens may soon outpace regular
    laptops.
    
Products deserving of honorable mentions include the Blackberry 7130e from Verizon, the first model that supports the Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network for high-speed wireless data transfer, and the Sony DCR-DVD403 Camcorder, which offers DVD-format recording.

Individuals interested in subscribing to this e-magazine can sign up at www.homeelectronicsjournal.com.

About Thomas, Townsend & Kent:

Chicago-based Thomas, Townsend & Kent (www.thomastownsendandkent.com) is a database-marketing firm that specializes in connecting marketers with affluent consumers. TTK's Affluent Americans Database, with detailed purchase intent information on nearly three million households, is the nation's most comprehensive database of this consumer segment. TTK leverages this proprietary database, along with various web-based operations, to conduct ongoing surveys with consumers regarding purchases related to their affluent lifestyle.

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