Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…HiFiMAN

See UPDATE below article… >See a slideshow with images from the HiFiMAN press conference here<< <January 25, 2012> One of the more pleasant surprises of the show was an opportunity to meet a company – new to me but apparently … Continue reading

At CES – Monster Turns from Performance to Fashion Model Runway to Sell Headphones

>>See a full slideshow of the Monster Press Conference here<< <January 25, 2012> In what had to be one of the more unusual press conferences we’ve attended, Monster Cable – who wants us all to drop the “Cable” from their … Continue reading

Awash in a Sea of Incrementalism, Pre-Show Press Day was a Desperate Search for Innovation

<January 18, 2012> The day before the International Consumer Electronics Show opens, the show promoter holds something they call “Press Day.” Press Day is a mind-numbing endurance test of the media’s stamina with back-to-back-to-back-to-etc. press conferences. Each press conference is … Continue reading

Onkyo & Gibson CEO’s Give the ALERT the Inside Scoop on their New Partnership

Gibson Guitar Becomes Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Onkyo & Integra Brands <January 18, 2012> As one of a select (and very small) group of reporters invited to a hastily-arranged private audience with the CEO’s of both Gibson Guitar Corp. and … Continue reading

CES Wrap-Up #1 – The Big News at CES Was That There was No Big News

<January 18, 2012> When my kids were younger, they used to really love those Magic Eye puzzles. You know, the puzzles that look busy with lots of bright designs and graphics, but a hidden image is buried within them if … Continue reading

Once Again, It’s Show Time – Our CES Survey Results Reveal Reader’s Real Intentions

<January 4, 2012> Next week, the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, NV starting January 10 and running through the 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over the last few years, many ALERT and BEACON readers … Continue reading

CEDIA Membership Meeting was Remarkable for What Was Said… and for What Wasn’t

<December 28, 2011> The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) held its annual Membership Meeting through a webinar on Tuesday with a total of 76 attendees including CEDIA members, press, and others. The meeting, conducted by CEDIA Board of … Continue reading

Of Two Big Tech Stories in 2012, This One Will Likely Be the Biggest…and Scariest

<December 28, 2011> We now can predict with a reasonable level of certainty two huge technology stories coming up in 2012. They may in fact turn out to be the biggest stories of the entire year. One is the impending … Continue reading

Velodyne Vaults into Direct-to-Consumer Sales Leaving Sales Reps Behind

<August 2, 2011> Velodyne Acoustics, Inc. (Velodyne) surprised many in the industry last week by summarily dismissing their independent sales representative force and announcing that they would begin selling Velodyne subwoofers direct to consumers via a new online ecommerce website. … Continue reading

Lenbrook President & CEO Miller: On a Mad Mission? Or Simply Misunderstood?

<June 1, 2011> Lenbrook America Corporation President and CEO Dean Miller began with an apology. In a May 20th email communication with BEACON editor Ted Green, Miller apologized for his lack of responsiveness, saying that until he read last month’s … Continue reading