Warning: Don’t Buy These Cat5E and USB 2.0 Patch Cables

<March 28, 2012> Underwriters Laboratories (UL) issued a warning today that cables are being sold  fraudulently bearing the “UL Approved” seal even though they have not been tested as safe by the testing service. As a result, UL cannot guarantee … Continue reading

Skullcandy Turns to Eye Candy to Sell Headphones

<March 21, 2012> Expanding on the concept of what constitutes performance, Skullcandy announced today it was creating a new group of supermodel ambassadors, appropriately called their “Supermodel Crew,” starting with the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton. … Continue reading

Agreeing with Soul by Ludacris, Judge Orders PRO Group To Testify Now

<March 14, 2012> Over the last few weeks, we have reported on a trademark and unfair business practices lawsuit filed by Signeo, the parent company of Soul by Ludacris, against Sol Republic. In its original filing, Signeo alleged that Sol … Continue reading

Vintage Cars Collide with High Performance Entertainment at McIntosh Listening Experience

<March 14, 2012> McIntosh Audio Labs audio products received great acclaim as they competed with vintage motor cars at the McIntosh Listening Experience the company set up at the Concours d’Elegance. This was the second time McIntosh showed their products … Continue reading

Select D&M Sales Rep Territories Remain Brand Specific

>>NOTE: UPDATED MARCH 9TH – SEE BOX BELOW<< <March 7, 2012> Last week, Stratecon’s BEACON broke the news about a major overhaul and consolidation of D&M Holdings’ sales representative and distributor network. Later that day, D&M confirmed our initial report, … Continue reading

Ex-D&M President Weissburg Heads to Gibson Guitar

<March 6, 2012> Gibson Guitar announced yesterday that it has hired ex-D&M President Bob Weissburg as global executive vice president – a new position at Gibson. Although Weissburg’s focus will likely be their consumer electronics and pro divisions, Gibson says … Continue reading

D&M Consolidates Sales Force; Some Long-Time Reps Lose Key Lines

<February 29, 2012> Multiple sources are telling the BEACON that D&M Holdings has consolidated their sales representative network, unifying their Denon, Boston Acoustics, and Marantz brands under one representative firm in each territory. Prior to this move, each territory had … Continue reading

Thiel Audio Names New Independent Reps in California

<February 29, 2012> Thiel Audio Products Company announced this past Monday that it has appointed two new independent sales representative firms in the state of California – one for Northern California and another for Southern California. Both are well known … Continue reading

Pro Group Pulled into Lawsuit

<February 29, 2012> New court documents filed late last week as part of the ongoing lawsuit between Soul by Ludacris and SOL Republic appear to more deeply entangle one of our industry’s most prominent national retail buying organizations, the Pro … Continue reading