WIRE)--June 29, 1999--The Smart and Friendly Rocket Replicator was
named the best-selling CD duplicator on the market, according to
both the PC Data Retail Hardware Report and the PC Data
Distributor Hardware Report for May, 1999. In addition to the
success of the Rocket Replicator, Smart and Friendly is reporting
record-breaking sales for its entire line of CD-Recorders.
The Rocket Replicator, which
incorporates Smart and Friendly's award-winning 8x CD Rocket
technology, operates as a stand-alone unit and does not require a
connection to a computer to operate. Also capable of functioning
as an external 8x CD-Recorder for either a PC or Macintosh, the
Rocket Replicator can duplicate an entire CD in as little as nine
The distributor report from PC
Data (a market research firm based in Reston, Va.) went on to
state that 100 percent of distributors included in the survey
reported sales of the Rocket Replicator. Both the PC Data
Distributor Hardware Report and the Retail Hardware Report include
direct register data and are considered by many in the industry to
be the most comprehensive and accurate point-of-sale information
available. Distributor reports include information from Ingram
Micro, Merisel, NACSCORP, and Tech Data. Retailer reports include
register information from Best Buy, CompUSA, Fred Meyer,
MicroWarehouse, PC Connection, and Staples.
"According to industry
analysts, the growing demand for a stand-alone CD duplicator, such
as the Rocket Replicator, is being driven by organizations
requiring duplication of moderate volumes of discs," said Perry
Solomon, President and CEO of Smart and Friendly. "When we
introduced the Rocket Replicator, we made it cost effective for
organizations to fulfill their own duplication needs. Users with
small to moderate duplication needs found themselves able to save
a staggering amount of time and money by taking the duplication
"While we are very happy with
the Rocket Replicator's sales performance, we are equally pleased
with the record-breaking sales of our entire line of
CD-Recorders," Solomon said. "Six of the top 15 CD-Recorders
on the PC Data Distributor Report are manufactured by Smart and
Friendly. Seven of the top 20 CD-Recorders on the PC Data Retail
Report are from Smart and Friendly. No other manufacturer can make
that claim. We look at these numbers as a validation of this
company's philosophy -- develop product that delivers a real
value, the best technology at the lowest possible price, and the
market will reward you."
About the Rocket Replicator: The
Rocket Replicator operates as a stand-alone unit that does not
require a connection to a computer to operate. Capable of
replicating an entire CD in less than nine minutes, the Rocket
Replicator is ideal for anyone requiring duplication of moderate
volumes of discs, including small software companies, musicians,
educators or sales and marketing groups.
Capable of storing up to five
projects on its own internal hard disk, the Rocket Replicator
enables users to choose between any one of five stored disc images
when making a duplicate disc.
The Rocket Replicator's simple
push-button operation and easy-to-read LCD enable even an
untrained staff member to operate the unit quickly and easily.
From this panel, a user can choose which stored disc image to
record, and can instruct the Rocket Replicator to add or remove
disc images from its hard drive, all without a connection to a PC.
As a stand-alone unit, the Rocket
Replicator provides added security unachievable by those who
outsource the duplication of CDs. Now, any user with confidential
or sensitive information, including government agencies, legal
offices, health organizations and those involved in pre-patent
product development can benefit from this highly secure
duplication solution. With the Rocket Replicator, all sensitive
materials remain in the care, control and custody of the user at
The Rocket Replicator includes a
valuable software suite of popular applications including:
-- Adaptec Easy CD Creator: Designed for Windows 95/98 and Windows
NT 4.0 and above, Easy CD Creator simplifies the task of
designing and recording data and audio.
-- Adaptec Toast: A powerful CD-Recording application for the
Macintosh. The user interface is modeled on the Finder, offering
full drag-and-drop support.
-- Sonic Foundry CD Architect: Writes studio-quality audio CDs,
samples audio from compact discs, records from DAT cartridges or
digitizes material through a Windows-compatible sound card.
Provides extensive support for PQ editing-including track times,
adjusting gaps between tracks from 0 to unlimited seconds, and
printed cue sheets.
-- Sonic Foundry Sound Forge XP: Composes professional-quality sound
tracks with more than 25 digital audio effects and processes.
Sound Forge also lets users incorporate audio into web page
-- Diamond Cut Audio Restoration Tools 32: Cleans up clicks and pops
from phonograph record source audio, removes hiss from cassette
and reel to reel tape, and enhances CD audio recordings. Audio
enhancement capabilities produce excellent audio masters for
recording to CD.
-- MediaPath MediaAgent: The most comprehensive software only CD-ROM
network access and management solution. Efficiently find, use and
manage CD-ROM resources.
-- ECI Disc Inspector Pro: A complete utility package ensures that
your discs are written correctly. Disc Inspector Pro includes
data compare, lost session recovery, CD Table of Contents
display, and more.
The Rocket Replicator (Part No.
SAF243) is shipping now at an estimated street price of $1,499.
About Smart and Friendly: Smart
and Friendly, Inc. is recognized as the industry's largest
privately held manufacturer of CD-Recordable, CD-ReWritable,
CD-ROM, and optical storage technology. The company was recently
named the country's Number One Supplier to Retail of CD-Recorders
and CD-ReWritable products by Personal Technology Research (PTR),
publishers of the HOT Market Monitor USA. Smart and Friendly was
also selected by NewMedia Magazine as one of the digital media
industry's most influential suppliers, and placed on the NewMedia
500 List. Smart and Friendly President and CEO Perry Solomon was
recently named to the Board of Directors of the Optical Storage
Technology Association (OSTA) and is Chairman of the Market
Smart and Friendly products are
available at leading retail outlets including American TV, Best
Buy, CDW, CompUSA, ComputAbility, Damark, DataVision, Fred Meyer,
Fry's Electronics, the good guys!, Insight Direct, J&R
Computer World, Micro Center, MicroWarehouse, Nationwide
Computers, Nebraska Furniture Mart, PC Connection, Staples, Value
America and Wal-Mart and to resellers through D&H, Ingram
Micro, Merisel, and Tech Data. Smart and Friendly products are
available internationally through a network of in-country
distributors and globally through CHS, Ingram Micro and Tech Data.
For product and sales information,
contact Smart and Friendly at 20520 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth,
CA 91311; http://www.smartandfriendly.com.
Phone 800/959-7001 or 818/772-8001, fax 818/772-2888. Smart and
Friendly also offers free technical support over a toll-free line.
Keywords: CD-R, CD-Recorder, CD
Rocket, CD-ROM, CD-RW, 8x.
Note to Editors: Smart and
Friendly is a registered trademark and Rocket Replicator is a
trademark of Smart and Friendly, Inc. Any other product names are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Smart and Friendly, Inc.
Perry Solomon, 818/772-8001
Beyond Words Ltd.
Tracy Laidlaw, 602/569-0222