Monster Announces New Monster, New Partnerships, and Mini-Fashion Show

New Monster Global VP of Marketing and Web, Tracy Benson

Tracy Benson
Monster’s New Global VP of Marketing and Web

At the CEA LineShow last week, Monster put on a press conference that, as usual, was quite a show. And the first surprise was that the event was kicked off by a new Monster – recently appointed Global VP of Marketing and Web Tracy Benson. Benson, a former Senior Director at Best Buy, wasted no time launching into the presentation by reminding reporters that Monster Beats “proved them wrong” when many said consumers would not pay more for a better, more richer listening experience. Continue reading

Four Weeks Later, The OAC Group and Russound Call Off Agreement

Russound LogoOnly weeks after reporting of the triumphant return of Oscar Ciornei to Russound, a company for which he was once COO earlier in his career, news comes to us that the parties have agreed to part company. A swift and surprising development – the company says the reason for the mutually agreed-upon separation was an emerging conflict with an existing client. However, we have received reports that suggest other issues may have also been a factor.

Only one month on the job, what went wrong?… Continue reading

CEA Line Show Overview

CEA Line Show LogoThe 2012 CEA Line Show wrapped up today and as usual, it was a combination of mind-numbing “me-too” posers, mixed in with a handful of some real, creative, innovators. The problem is, it took a lot of patience to wade through all of the literally hundreds of booths, and thousands of people to dig through muck…and find the gems.

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Is Housing Finally Turning Up?

Housing Prices PhotoSince 2007, the housing industry has been in a long, downward slump, with only a few positive bumps along the way providing some moderation. Today, however, we may be finally seeing some of the first “green shoots” of a possible turnaround in housing with two different and unrelated reports turning in positive numbers.

Is this the beginning of a housing turnaround?… Continue reading

Builders’ Construction Forecast Event for Media Has Powerful Data & Surprises

2012 Mid-Year Construction Forecast Intro SlideOn Tuesday, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held a webinar for the media called the 2012 Mid-Year Construction Forecast with presentations from some of the most powerful industry-related economists with fresh data and forecasts…and some surprises.

See new construction data and the latest trends it suggests will occur… Continue reading

THIEL Audio Appoints Scowcroft Associates as Rocky Mountain Reps

THIEL Audio LogoTHIEL Audio announced today that it has appointed Scowcroft Associates as its sales representative for the Rocky Mountain territory effective immediately. Well-known and respected in the territory, Scowcroft Associates is also very experienced in the sales of mid- to high-end product lines.

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Housing Starts – Start of a New Trend?

Graph Showing Residential ConstructionThe Commerce Department on Tuesday released the latest report on the residential construction market – a key economic indicator for the custom integration market – and…as you might suspect with this uneven recovery we are in…the data showed yet another zag after last month’s zig. Total residential housing construction starts for the month of May were 708,000, down 4.8% from the revised April level of 723,000 units.

But the news wasn’t all bad… Continue reading

Third Time’s the Charm? Colorado vNet – Now 3vNet – Certainly Hopes So


3vNet LogoColorado vNet, the high-tech control and home automation company that has had an up-and-down roller-coaster existence – dying twice, only to be reborn twice – and eventually given-up on and sold off…hopes that the old adage, “third time’s the charm” is true. CEO Mike Anderson announced today that he is re-launching the company with a new brand – now 3vNet – and a new attitude, telling us that this is not a makeover, but in fact a whole new company with new facilities, new engineering, and a new higher level of tech support the likes of which dealers haven’t seen in years.

See what the all-new  3vNet has in store to excite dealers & drive market share…

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Sol Republic Wins Round 1 of Heavyweight Boxing Match with Signeo

Soul HeadphonesEarlier this year, we reported on a trademark infringement suit filed by Signeo USA, LLC, vs. Sol Republic. Signeo is the corporate name for a company better known in the trade as the Soul by Ludacris brand of headphones. Sol Republic denied Signeo’s allegations and filed a counter-suit suggesting, amongst other things, that Signeo’s trademark application was improper. Signeo also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking a court order to stop the sales of Sol Republic products.

There are lots of twists – and the court has rendered its verdict on the injunction… Continue reading

Rare Steve Jobs Fail – Apple Reportedly Will Shut Down Ping Social Network

Graphic of Ping ServiceThe Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD blog are reporting that unnamed sources at Apple have indicated that the company plans to pull the plug on its Ping social networking service, perhaps as early as this fall. Ping, a sort of Facebook for music was incorporated into their iTunes software back in 2010 and launched by famed company chairman Steve Jobs to great fanfare.

Why is Ping failing, even after a full marketing push by the industry kingpin?… Continue reading