GoldenEar Continues Line Extension, Announces Two New Systems at CES 2013

strata-GEE's Show Report LogoGoldenEar Technology, the loudspeaker company launched by renowned speaker designer and industry maven Sandy Gross, continues to broaden its line offerings – announcing two new systems at CES 2013 this week in Las Vegas. One of the new models, the Triton Seven, brings Triton technology to new more affordable price points. The other, the SuperSat 60 & 60C satellite & center speaker system, is a step-up over the existing 50-series.

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CES Overview – A Lot of Nervous Laughter

strata-GEE's Show Report LogoToday is DAY ONE of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, NV and running through Friday. While many attendees arrived today, most of the press has already been here – lost in the desert – for the last two days…desperately searching for even just a drip…of innovation…

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Ex-DDG Director Kaplan Joins with Brown & Yando to Form Consulting Business

Sales Performance Management logoWe reported two weeks ago that David Kaplan, Director of the Digital Delivery Group (DDG) for the last seven and a half years, had left the organization. At that time, Kaplan gave no indication of his plans other than to let us know that something was in the works. Now we know that Kaplan has joined with industry notables Ed Brown and Fred Yando to become part of Sales Performance Management (SPM) – a consulting company formed by Brown three years ago.

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Very Late to the Headphone Party – Is Onkyo Better Late than Never?

Photo of Onkyo's New HF-300 HeadphonesOnkyo has finally jumped on the headphone bandwagon, although they are about the last major audio component brand to do so. The company will formally launch its new headphone line at the International CES opening Tuesday in Las Vegas, NV.

As we had reported previously, Onkyo had hinted it would be moving in this direction at last year’s CES.

Is the Onkyo headphone line too late to the game? Or is it better late than never? Continue reading’s CES Survey Delivers One HUGE Shock

Photo of CEA/CES logoAs most readers know, we conduct two short but insightful surveys every year. One survey is on readers’ intentions and plans for attending September’s CEDIA Expo. And the other covers the industry’s largest trade show – the International Consumer Electronics Show held every January in Las Vegas, NV – set to kick off next week on January 8th.

Conducted every year in December, our CES Survey has fallen into a fairly predictable response pattern. But this year something changed…something big…delivering us a huge SHOCK! Continue reading

Two More Directors Leave Best Buy

Best Buy Store EntranceBest Buy Company, Inc. announced this past Monday that two of its directors had resigned, including one that had served in the role of chief executive in the past. These departures come seven months after the departure of company founder Richard Schulze who is now working to make a bid for the struggling retailer.

With these departures, Best Buy’s board now has four vacancies… Continue reading

Was Tech Represented on the List of the World’s Best CEO’s?

Photo of HBR 100 Best CEOsRecently, we told you about the worst CEO of 2012 (former Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn). Turnabout is fair play, and now Harvard Business Review offers a list of the 100 Best CEOs in the World as a very effective counter-point.

But were technology companies represented on this list? Can we claim some of the best CEOs in the world? Read on and see…

See the top CEOs in the world below…

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Happy New Year!

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To all of our clients, subscribers, colleagues, friends, and family:

Thank you for your support in 2012. It was a challenging year for the industry, and it was a challenging year for Stratecon as we changed addresses on the web and launched a whole new kind of presence.

I thank you all for following us to our new location and for continuing to read and discuss our articles, stories, and posts. We look forward to an even bigger and better 2013!

Wishing you and your family a SAFE, HEALTHY & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


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DDG Scrambles to Rebuild in Wake of Member Defections

Digital Delivery LogoThe world of national distributor groups often resembles the ever-shifting sands of the desert – members change, vendors change, and its relative market position often changes. So it is a radically changed world in which the Digital Delivery Group (DDG) finds itself in the wake of last week’s announcement of the formation of a new national distributor group – Catalyst AV –  an announcement that prominently featured the names of four DDG distributors who apparently defected to the new competitor.

But DDG denies that these defections spell its doom… Continue reading

READER’S CHOICE: Top 20 Stories of 2012 on

Graphic of 2012As we come to the end of 2012, I want to thank you – the reader – for coming back often to read the posts on either directly or via one of our popular ALERT newsletters. It has been an eventful year for us and nothing was bigger than changing our web address and going to a new content manager system to publish our stories – or “posts” in blog parlance.

I’m pleased to report that our page views continue to increase, as does our subscriber list. It is obvious that you have embraced our new web address – And while we remember fondly our old address and the many stories we posted there at…we hope to continue to be able to entice you to visit us over-and-over again here at

See the twenty most popular stories of 2012 as selected by our readers, below… Continue reading