Streaming Music is Even More Popular Than You Think

Just about every dealer and integrator (and manufacturer, for that matter) is acutely aware of how popular streaming music is with their clients/customers. Now, new industry statistics, reported on by market researcher eMarketer, provides a dramatic indicator of just how … Continue reading

Deconstructing D&M Holdings; Company Sells Calrec Audio and Explores Other Options

Former CEO Pacor Comments on Brand Acquisition Strategy We learned last week that D&M Holdings, also known as the D+M Group, sold off its Calrec Audio brand to Electra Partners, a London-based private equity company. D&M received £14 million ($23.1 million) … Continue reading

Yamaha Updates Popular RX-V Line of A/V Receivers Adding Wireless & Streaming Services

Yamaha Corporation of America announced this week that it has updated its well-regarded RX-V line of A/V receivers adding several new and popular features such as new wireless capability, a new surround capability, and new streaming services. Included in this … Continue reading

What Happened When the Largest LCD Display Company in Japan Went Public? ‘A Disaster’

Japan Display, Inc., the largest manufacturer of LCD displays for smartphones and tablets in Japan, launched their initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday this week amid great anticipation. It was a big listing – with a total value of $3.2 … Continue reading

Prominent West Coast Rep Closes Company to Join Savant; He Tells Strata-gee Why

Savant Systems announced today that it has appointed Mike Kavanaugh as its Sales Director for the West Coast effective April 14, 2014. Kavanaugh, a well-known and prominent custom integration rep, is the principal of MK Marketing, a successful 20+ year … Continue reading

Niche Speaker Manufacturer Cabasse Appoints Integra as U.S. Distributor

In a brief announcement today, Cabasse – a French loudspeaker manufacturer with a small niche following here in the U.S. – announced that it has appointed electronics brand Integra as its “exclusive” distributor for the United States. This new relationship … Continue reading

JVC Kenwood’s Early Retirement Solicitation Falls Short of Goal

JVC Kenwood Corporation announced the final results of their voluntary early retirement solicitation first announced late last year. This solicitation was offered as part of a comprehensive effort to turn around the company’s flagging fortunes and included many steps to … Continue reading