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

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

James Loudspeaker Launches New Mavericks Division

Innovative architectural loudspeaker designer/manufacturer James Loudspeaker announced this week that it will split off its Mavericks theater products into their own division, the Mavericks Architectural Cinema (MAC) division. This new division will offer the company’s dramatic Mavericks theater speakers for … Continue reading

Formation – A Formidable Foray into Digital for B&W

Ever since EVA Automation acquired Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) back in 2016, I have nervously watched to see the impact of this clash of cultures – new wave with old school. Strata-gee had already exhaustively reported on the painful slow-motion … Continue reading

The Ticket is $3,000 to See a Cinema at This Most Exclusive Theater

Are you a one percenter who loves movies, but doesn’t love sharing a theater experience of dirty seats and sticky floors with the unwashed masses? Then Red Carpet Home Cinema is for you! You can see first-run, genuine (non-bootleg) blockbuster … Continue reading

Panasonic/Sony OLED Joint Venture JOLED Raises Money

There’s been a lot of action this week on the OLED beat – in this case, news that holds promise for a new robust competitor in the OLED market. The company, known as JOLED (for Japan OLED), is a joint … Continue reading

CEDIA Celebrates, Hoping You Don’t Notice That Little Spark Catching in the Corner

CEDIA’s new headquarters building in Fishers, Indiana On March 28th CEDIA held a grand opening gala to celebrate their brand new $14 million glass and stone castle in Fishers, IN with about 250 of their closest friends. Depending on your … Continue reading

Tech Hit Hard in Latest Reputation Index Survey

Privacy Backlash Hits Google, Amazon & Facebook; What About LG, Samsung, Sony? In a new survey by Reputation Institute on corporate reputation, known as the 2019 RepTrak 100, we see wild swings in tech brands’ reputation with consumer privacy concerns finally appearing to take … Continue reading

Tech IPOs: Lyft, Uber, Pinterest… ComoAudio? Well, Sort Of…

Como Audio, Tom DeVesto’s latest innovative venture and maker of fine streaming smart speaker systems, has launched a funding campaign on Wefunder, seeking to raise between $100,000 to $1,000,000 in equity investment. Investors on the Wefunder site can buy preferred … Continue reading