Eager reception predicted in European audio market
On the even of the market launch of the revolutionary new Compact Disc Digital Audio system in Europe, its availability is eagerly awaited by music llovers and audio enthusiasts in many countries.

From March 1983 onwards, Compact Disc players will be delivered to consumers in France, West Germany, The Netherlands and the U.K. The introduction of the system in other European countries will follow very quickly, including among others: Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden in April, and Austria, Denmark, Finland, Itay and Spain in May.

First market reports from Japan, where sales by Philips' associate company Marantz, together with Hitachi and Sony started in November 1982, have indicated a very high level of interest with demand initiay exceeding supply. However, Philips' European manufacturing centres at Hasselt in Belgium and Eindhoven in the Netherlands are now in production to ensure adequate supply capacity for the expected European demand.

USA Compact Disc launch brought forward
The present great interest in the Compact Disc system has also extended to the USA. In recent weeks, the major US record companies have announced that they will manufacture records under the Compact Disc system. Their entry into the Compact Disc market means consumers will have a vastly extended selection of musical repertoire from the many artists contracted to these companies.

Because of these deveopments, the official system launch timing in the USE has been brought forward to June 1983. This has been made possible by the successful build-up of production capacity at Philips and PolyGram.

Initial CD record objectives achieved
Supplying the new Compact Disc market with an adequate volume and selection of records right from the beginning was a crucial objective for the acceptance of the system. The PolyGram record company, which is 50% owned by Philips and 50% owned by Siemens, has declared its intention to hace no less than 200 record titles in production by end-1982. This objective has been met, and the company is continuing to develop its Compact Disc catalogue at full speed.

With other major recorde houses now entering the field, there can ben no question about the depth and quality of the available Compact Disc repertoire which comprises a wide musical selection of all genres: classical, popular - both the latest releases and 'standards' - easy listening and special interest titles.

Worldwide acceptance of Compact Disc system
The virutal industry-wide acceptance of Compact Disc as the universal standard sound digital audio sound carries means its success must now be regarded as assured. No innovation in audio has ever enjoyed such massive support by the entire industry. Even Compact Cassette -like Compact Disc a Philips invention- achieved succes gradually, and had to overcome competing systems. With Compact Disc, consumers will immediately benefit from a single worldwide standard, under which all players and records are fully compatible.


List of Compact Disc system partners as per 1/1/83

Company     Hardware     Software

Akai*
Alpine*
Asahi Electronics*
Bang & Olufsen*
CBS*
CBS/Sony*
Clarion*
Crown audio*
Cybernet-Electric*
Dong Won*
Dual*
Fujitsu-Ten*
Fulet*
Garrad*
General Corp.*
Gold Star *
Grundig*
Hitachi*
Marantz*
Matsushita**
Mitsubishi*
Nakamichi Corp.*
New Nippon Electric*
Nimbus*
Nippon-Columbia**
Nippon Gakki*
Onkyo*
Philips*
Pioneer*
PolyGram*
RCA*
Samsung*
Sansui*
Sanyo**
Sharp Optonica*
Shin-Shirasuna*
Sonopress*
Sony*
Studer/Revox*
TEAC*
Thomson (incl. Normmende, Saba)*
Toolex Alpha*
Toshiba*
Toshiba-EMI*
Trio-Kenwood*