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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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Legrand & Samsung Partner on IoT Light Switch

IoT Product Launches are Increasing, From Samsung & Others

Legrand logoSeveral announcements emerged this week from the Samsung Developer Conference being held in San Francisco – an event that has largely represented the launch of the first wave of Samsung’s assault on the Internet of Things (IoT) market. One announcement that caught our eye is the news that Samsung and Legrand have partnered on a new Thread-enabled lighting switch.

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Former Lutron Exec Rick Schuett Joins Echelon as SVP of Sales

Helped Popularize Lighting in the Residential Custom Integration Channel

Echelon logoFormer Lutron executive Rick Schuett has joined Echelon Corporation as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, the company announced on Wednesday. Echelon describes themselves as a “control networking company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).”

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Sharp Considering Cutting Another 1,000 Jobs

Company Says Idea is Their Own, Not A Foxconn Requirement

Graphic of Sharp's LogoSharp Corp., the embattled Japanese manufacturer best known for LCD flat-panel televisions and soon to be division of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., (a Taiwanese company better known as Foxconn) is said to be strongly considering cutting another 1,000 jobs at the company as a result of continuing poor performance. This would be the third round of significant employment cuts in the last four years.

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Chaos in Cupertino: Apple’s First Quarterly Sales & Profit Decline in 13 Years

iPhone Sales Fall for the First Time in Its History

Photo of Apple store in ChinaCupertino, CA-based Apple, Inc. announced its fiscal first quarter results yesterday and it wasn’t a pretty picture. And although Wall Street acted with shock, no one should have been surprised as Apple had warned this would be a tough quarter back in January. Apple remains a huge and cash-rich company, but the deeper you dig into this latest report, the more obvious it becomes that there is a legitimate cause for concern.

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