Angling at Auction for a Deal on Thiel? Heed This Warning

Last week’s Strata-gee story on the final liquidation of what remains of Thiel not only drew a huge number of readers, it also sent a big chunk of them on to the auctioneer’s website (McLemore Auctions). Many of those readers … Continue reading

Swan Song for Thiel: Total Liquidation Has Begun

The long sad saga of Thiel is just about over for good. Having entered bankruptcy in October 2018, an auction house has finally been selected and started the process of liquidating all that remains of the former Nashville, Tenn-based Thiel…including … Continue reading

Control4 Smart Home OS 3 – Making Complicated Installations as Simple as a Smartphone

Control4 announced today an all-new and improved operating system for Control4 installations that they call Smart Home OS 3. OS 3 is designed to be an easy unifier of the many devices in consumers’ installations, offer a robust infrastructure, give … Continue reading

The Techy Side of AudioControl You Probably Don’t Even Know

Many years ago, I worked at a audio specialty retailer in East Lansing, Michigan. As audio specialists, we not only sold and serviced some of the finest audio brands around, but we also sold test gear for users and pros … Continue reading

Sound United to Acquire Onkyo’s Audio Division

We seem to be in a week of big deals. First, we learned that SnapAV had acquired Control4, then we learned that the original founder of Paradigm has acquired back the Paradigm, Anthem, and Martin Logan brands from the private … Continue reading

SnapAV Snaps Up Control4 in Deal Valued at $680M

The world exploded this morning with the news that SnapAV and Control4 are merging their operations in a transaction that no one saw coming. Although publicized as a merger, actually SnapAV is acquiring Control4, agreeing to pay $23.91/share in a … Continue reading

Control4 Issues Advisory on ‘Works With Nest’ Shutdown

Control4 has issued an advisory this week to reassure integrators and their clients that the company will support the ‘Works With Google Assistant’ program and is working on new Nest drivers consistent with Google’s Certification standards to avoid issues related … Continue reading

8 Years Later, Lenbrook Returns to Independent Reps

From Independent…to Direct…to ‘Hybrid’ It was clearly one of the most explosive stories I wrote back in May 2011 generating tons of email and phone calls in response. The topic? Lenbrook, darling of the specialty A/V channel that for decades … Continue reading

Luxman Announces Rep Awards at AXPONA 2019

Luxman America took advantage of the recent high-end AXPONA 2019 show to announce awards to two top manufacturer sales representatives for outstanding sales achievements. Luxman Corp. president Terry Kawakami, presented both John Pravel and Rick Tydings with special gifts from … Continue reading