With a Final Heave-Ho, Russound Sells Off Colorado vNet

Colorado vNet Building<April 25, 2012> In a narrative that at times was more daytime soap opera than strategic corporate initiative, Russound has disposed of Colorado vNet for the last time, selling the brand off to Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mike Anderson. This ends a problematic history with Russound acquiring, closing down, relaunching, and now selling off Colorado vNet in a short on-again-off-again three-year relationship that started in 2009. Continue reading

For the First Time in Years, Residential Construction Forecast is Optimistic; But Cautiously So

<April 25, 2012> The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) held their annual Spring NAHB LogoConstruction Forecast webinar for members of the press today, and the organization’s forecasts were decidedly – if cautiously – optimistic. Forecasting rebounding growth in several important categories, the NAHB is clearly suggesting that better days are ahead. Continue reading

Denon Launches New ‘Core’ Receivers

<April 25, 2012> Denon Electronics, part of D&M Holdings, Inc. announced today the launch of a new 2012 “core” receiver line-up. The new 2012 line-up includes four receivers that the company says are available now and include some popular features such as Apple’s AirPlay, expanded access to content, and flexible connectivity capability. Continue reading

Taking Sales Factory Direct at Lenbrook – One Year Later

Lenbrook Website Image<April 25, 2012> Almost exactly one year ago, the specialty electronics world was stunned to learn that Lenbrook America, the company that distributes NAD and PSB in the United States and often looked upon as a paragon of the specialty A/V community, had decided to fire its sales manager, public relations company, and independent specialty sales representative sales force to go factory direct. While not the first company – nor likely the last – to make such a decision…the company’s long time commitment to the specialty channel and abrupt announcement sent shock waves around the industry. Continue reading

NY Mega-Rep Audio Associates Announces ‘Alliance Expo’ Dealer Show

Audio Associates Dealer Show

<April 18, 2012> Audio Associates Corporation, one of the more prominent sales representative organizations in the New York Metro and Mid-Atlantic markets, announced a huge new dealer event called “Alliance Expo 2012 – Partnering for a Stronger Tomorrow” to be held on May 22 & 23 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Newark, NJ. The company says that this year’s version of their annual event will be one of the largest that they have ever held with more than 23 participating vendors. Continue reading

More Employers are Investigating Job Candidates by Scanning Their Social Media Posts

CareerBuilder logo<April 18, 2012> Do you and your friends laugh about the picture of you drunk with the lampshade on your head posted by a buddy on Facebook? Do you tweet rants about your former employer on Twitter? Does your Flickr account include pictures of scantily clad members of the opposite sex? It’s time to take a closer look at your online “social” image…especially if you’re in the market for a job…according to new research by CareerBuilder. Continue reading

CEDIA? Oh Yeah, There’s an App for That!

<April 18, 2012> The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) announced on Tuesday that it has launched an App for the iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms available now. The group says the App brings a variety of key information together – all conveniently available on your favorite mobile device. Continue reading

Best Buy Reveals List of Stores to be Closed

Best Buy Store<April 18, 2012> On Monday, Best Buy revealed the specific store locations it planned to close as previously announced by former CEO Brian Dunn, just days before he unexpectedly resigned under potentially scandalous circumstances. In the wake of reporting disappointing financial results, Dunn had announced – among other things – that the company would shutter 50 of its big box superstores, but did not identify specifically which store locations would close. Continue reading

Waterfall Audio Selects Grace Motif as U.S. Distributor

Waterfall Audio Theater<April 11, 2012> Waterfall Audio, a luxury loudspeaker manufacturer based on the French Riviera, announced today that it has selected Grace Motif of Scottsdale, AZ as its exclusive U.S. distributor. Consistent with Grace Motif’s other lines of high-end, high-design products, Waterfall Audio speakers feature a unique cabinet hand-constructed out of safety glass for a striking appearance. Continue reading

U.S. Dept. of Justice Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple & Five Publishers

<April 11, 2012> The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed an antitrust civil lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and five major book publishers, alleging that the parties had formed an illegal cabal for the purpose of artificially inflating the price of e-books. The publishers charged in the action were Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster. Continue reading