AudioControl Unveils Completely Redesigned Website

AudioControl website home sectionSeattle, WA-based AudioControl announced this week that it has completely redesigned its website seen at www.audiocontrol.com. Much more than just a new color scheme or updated fonts - AudioControl rebuilt the entire site from the ground up with all new graphics, navigation, and in-depth information.

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Sonos/D&M Lawsuit Takes a Surprising & Slightly Dark Turn

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Sonos logoEarlier this month, we reported that D&M Holdings U.S., Inc. (D&M) [and Denon Electronics] had responded to the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Sonos, Inc. (Sonos) this past October by asking the judge to dismiss or throw out the case. Now, in a surprising twist of events, D&M has followed this initial left jab with a right uppercut that may result in Sonos' attorneys getting knocked out of the case altogether - whether the judge dismisses it or not.

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Major Changes at Tivoli Audio – DeVesto’s Out; Interim CEO Announced

Tivoli logoBig changes are afoot at Tivoli, the quirky audio products manufacturer that had a goal of providing nicely designed, easy-to-use, high quality audio products sold largely direct-to-consumers at reasonable prices. Founded by well-known industry personality Tom DeVesto, Tivoli had, for some time, remarkable success selling an almost retro-designed table radio...at a time when most companies had abandoned that category. Now, big changes are at play - with DeVesto out and a new Interim CEO appointed by the Tivoli board.

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AudioControl Launches All-New Architect 2660

AudioControl LogoAs promised at last month's CES, AudioControl is now shipping the latest model in its popular Architect line - the 2660. Sure to be a workhorse amplifier that will be the backbone of many system installations, the Architect 2660 brings a lot of channels, power, and flexibility to the table.

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NAD Offers Buyers of Select AVR & Pre/Pro Models a Free 4K Ultra HD Upgrade

NAD logoNAD Electronics announced today that purchasers of select NAD audio/video receivers (AVRs) and preamp/processors (Pre/Pros) will receive a certificate for a free 4K upgrade module expected to be delivered later this year. The company says this is a $600 value and will ensure that customers can buy these products now with confidence that they won't be left out of the latest technology revolution, 4K Ultra HD performance.

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New Research: Smart Homes Market Will Grow to $58.7 Billion by 2020

MarketsandMarkets logoNew market research on the smart home market says the global consumer market will grow to be valued at around $58.7 billion by 2020. Market researcher MarketsandMarkets predicts that recent developments in the channel will fuel a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2015 to 2020 leading to the creation of a significant consumer market.

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SpringDeck Adds More Rep Firms to National Salesforce

Spring Deck logoSpringDeck, LLC announced today that it has expanded its national sales force with the addition of five more sales representative firms. The company had previously announced last month their first representative appointment of Aim High Audio.

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Despite Scary Sales Slide, JVC Kenwood Posts Big Profit Gains

JVC Kenwood logoJVC Kenwood Corp. released their financial results for the first 9-months of the current fiscal year (ending March 31st) and the company points to a tremendous swing in profits as proof of the positive impact of their painful, multi-year business restructuring efforts. The company completely turned around a negative profit trend - booking an operating profit, an ordinary profit...and a ¥500 million ($4.2 million) improvement to a modest net loss.

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After Fighting Idea for Years, Sony is Ready to Dump TV, A/V, & Smartphone Businesses

Kazuo Hirai/Reuters

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In a revealing presentation with the press yesterday in Japan, embattled Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai told the media that the company is finally ready to consider alternatives for its TV, A/V, and smartphone businesses, including exiting them. This is a stunning turnaround in strategy, not just for the inventor of the Trinitron picture tube, but for Hirai himself who had previously identified their TV and smartphone businesses as a core categories when he first took over as CEO in 2012.

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7 Trends That Will Influence Marketing in 2015

From The Stratecon Group

Multi Ethnic People Holding The Word TrendsMarketing is changing in fundamental ways. That is not a theory…that is a fact. And if you’re still marketing your goods and services the way you always have – using traditional interruption marketing tools & agencies…you are losing ground to more savvy competitors who have embraced the new tools and techniques of engagement marketing. AdAge.com recently published an article called Seven B-To-B Marketing Trends That Will Shape 2015, that agrees with our premise of the changing nature of marketing...and highlights trends taking place in the market now...

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