CEDIA 2019: Onkyo USA Says It Will Become a Retailer of Sonos, a Distributor Too

Onkyo USA announced this week that it will become a retailer of Sonos wireless music systems – selling the company’s wireless music systems on Onkyo USA’s website. The company also says it will distribute the brand nationally as well. See … Continue reading

Bravas Group Sold to Private Equity Firm in $75 Million Deal

Group Says Deal is Just the Beginning Bravas Group, a cooperative of integrators aggregated by Paul Starkey and Steve Firszt of VITAL MGMT, was first put together as part of VITAL MGMT’s consulting practice helping member companies better organize their … Continue reading

SnapAV Slammed with Credit Downgrade by Moody’s

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of Wirepath LLC (corporate name of SnapAV) from B2 to B3 in the wake of their announced acquisition of Control4. The primary reason for the downgrade is due to … Continue reading

Japan Opens Antitrust Inquiry into Amazon

At the urging the industry minister of Japan, the country’s Fair Trade Commission will look at a new program announced by Amazon Japan that some suggest may be anti-competitive in nature. Depending on the Commission’s findings, Amazon may be forced … 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

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

Monoprice: King of Cut-Rate Cables, Expands

Intros ‘Carbon Collection’ of Home Décor Items Monoprice, the company most successful at pursuing a low-price, cut-rate strategy in regards to cables, adapters, and accessories, and the bane of many upscale cable companies in the consumer electronics space, has continued … Continue reading