Latest Data Increases Concerns of Economic Downturn

New data from multiple sources are increasing economists concerns of an economic downturn within the next two years – perhaps even later this year. The latest readings on consumer confidence/sentiment and existing home sales show sharp downturns, sparking new debates … Continue reading

Nielsen: Americans’ Love for Music is ‘Unwavering’

Researcher Credits Audio Hardware for Helping ‘Catapult Engagement’ & Consumption New research from Nielsen reinforces an important point for those of us in the residential home entertainment systems – no matter what the platform, Americans have an ‘unwavering love for … Continue reading

TCL Launches 8K QLED & Audio Solutions at CES

TCL, a leading global TV brand out of China, launched several new A/V products at CES 2019, including new higher end 8K QLED¹ TVs with AI, a whole new range of headphone products, and new home theater soundbars. These products … Continue reading

Apple Supplier Foxconn Hit Hard by iPhone Sales Drop

Taiwan’s GDP Declines Due to Apple Cuts Photo: Nikkei We have followed Foxconn for years now, first picking up on them in 2012 when news had emerged that a significant Apple supplier was having problems with employees committing suicide – … Continue reading

Top Tech Stories From CES 2019

CES 2019 is over the hump, closing tomorrow. But the top tech stories are pretty big and pretty clearly defined – and will be quite exciting, when they appear…someday. The top tech stories include – LG’s rollable, bendable OLED displays, … Continue reading

CES 2019 – How Media is Reacting

As usual, 2019 kicks off in January with CES 2019 as the first event of the year. CES is the largest show in technology, showing a wide array of new technology products both real and unreal. An event that has … Continue reading

Bryston Terminates Reps; Hires National Firm

I had barely lit up the pixels with my post on Nortek’s holiday termination of their remaining independent sales representative groups, when I began hearing from a number of other sources about high-end specialty brand Bryston terminating their rep force … Continue reading

Nortek to Reps: Happy New Year, You’re Fired

BREAKING NEWS Our phones and email lit up over the last few days as word spread that Nortek Security and Control has fired all of the remaining Core Brands reps in the U.S., according to multiple sources. The timing of … Continue reading

Retail Struggles Continue; But Holiday Sales are Up

Mastercard’s SpendingPulse retail shopping survey reports a robust increase of 5.1% for holiday sales this year – well over the expectations of many trying to handicap the shopping season. In fact, according to MasterCard, this is the biggest holiday sales … Continue reading