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Legrand Will Pay You Cash to Sell Nuvo Speakers

Nuvo Series 6 speakerLegrand announced this week that it is launching a cash rebate program for installers on 17 recently launched Nuvo speaker products. This sales incentive program is being offered both to dealers who buy Nuvo direct, and those who purchase Nuvo products through distributors.

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New Research: Netflix is the #1 Choice for TV Viewing

Baby Boomers Finally Hop on the Streaming Bandwagon

E-Poll logoIn a new survey released today by E-Poll Market Research, Netflix is the first choice for watching a TV show among those respondents who have been exposed to streaming programming. And for the first time, this result is true for all age demographics – with Baby Boomers the last to join the party.

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Nortek Fiscal 2016 Q1 Results Improve, Except for AV

AVC Generates an Operating Loss on a 17.8% Decline in Sales

Nortek LogoNortek, Inc. (Nortek) released their results for the 2016 fiscal first quarter and generally showed broad improvement,with sales gains and profit improvements in most of their segments. But not in the Custom and Commercial Air segment which had a sales decline; and especially not in their AVC segment, which saw continued sales declines and generated a loss from operations.

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At High End Show, Bluesound & NAD Offer High-End Announcements

Hi-Res audio logoFrom the High End show now taking place in Munich, Germany, Bluesound and NAD, two specialty audio lines leading the charge into high-res and high quality audio, made several interesting announcements about their efforts. Both brands are marketed here in the U.S. by Lenbrook America.

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Deepening Investment, LG Display to Mass Manufacture OLED Light Panels

LG OLED lightingLG Display announced this week that it will invest in a production line to build OLED panels for use in lighting solutions. The move is seen as the company deepening its commitment to OLED technology and seeking new business segments to expand the popularity of the technology.

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ProSource Sets Spring Meeting Details

ProSource LogoProSource, a national retail buying organization, announced this week the final details of their 2016 Spring Meeting taking place May 9-13 in Dana Point, CA. Taking place at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa, the group says it plans to break the event into two segments.

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World Wide Stereo Re-Imagines Specialty Store Design

Photo of exterior of WorldWide Stereo in Montgomeryville

Newly redesigned Bob & Ron’s World Wide Stereo store in Montgomeryville, PA

What a weird Spring we’re having in the Northeast. It can be 80+ degrees one day, only to be followed by two or three days of cold and rain. Such was the case last Thursday as we traveled to a pre-Grand Reopening event at Bob & Ron’s World Wide Stereo in Montgomeryville, PA. It was raining and in the low 50-degrees as we arrived for the early evening event, motivating us to turn up our collar as we exited our vehicle for a little extra protection from the cold and the rain.

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B&W Acquired by EVA Automation


B&W logoBowers & Wilkins (B&W) announced this morning that they have been acquired by EVA Automation, a Silicon Valley-based technology company founded just two years ago by Gideon Yu. Yu is a well-known sports and technology executive that has launched EVA Automation with the expressed goal of “reimagining the audio/video experience by making products that will change how people interact and think about the home.”

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Gramophone Announces Expansion into D.C. Metro Market

Gramophone logoGramophone, Ltd., a highly respected specialty A/V retailer based in Timonium, MD, announced last week that it is expanding into the Washington D.C. metro market with a new location in Gaithersburg, MD. The company says it is in the process of building a new Experience Center there that will showcase the retailer’s assortment of premium A/V solutions.

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