Yamaha Launches 3 New Aventage A/V Receivers

Photo of Yamah Aventage A/V Receiver Line-UpTopping off their latest RX-A30 series of Aventage A/V receivers, Yamaha on Tuesday announced the RX-A3030, RX-A2030 and RX-A1030 models. Yamaha calls them their “most stunning” models that were “engineered by ear” for those home theater enthusiasts who want the best.

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HDBaseT Alliance Says It Has Doubled in Size in Less Than One Year

Logo for HDBaseTOriginally founded in 2010, the HDBaseT Alliance – a group of companies supporting a whole-house connectivity solution widely viewed as an alternative to HDMI – announced today that it has doubled in size in less than a year and now boasts over 60 member companies. We reported on the addition of Pioneer and Onkyo at this past Consumer Electronics Show, and the organization continues to add new members.

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To Skeptical Crowd, Apple’s Tim Cook Promises ‘Game Changers’ are Coming

Apple, Inc. LogoWall Street analysts are getting increasingly concerned about the ability of Apple, Inc. to sustain its historic run of innovation. Some are suggesting the company’s best days may in fact be behind it. Exacerbating the growing drumbeat of discontent…it has been eight months – since October 2012 – when Apple last announced new products. And even they were more iterative than innovative. Clearly feeling the pressure, over the last couple of months Apple CEO Tim Cook has told anyone who was willing to listen to hang on, great things are coming.

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Do Your Email Marketing Campaigns Measure Up?

Photo of Silverpop Study CoverFor many of today’s companies and marketers, whether business-to-consumer (B2C) or business-to-business (B2B), email marketing has become one of, if not the, most potent arrows in their marketing quiver. There are many reasons why this is the case. Certainly, one reason is “cost effectiveness.” For a relatively low-cost, marketers can address large lists of email addresses with their targeted message. And thanks to fill-in-the-blanks message templates, email marketing is also fairly easy to create. And finally, once you “push the button,” email marketing is delivered almost instantaneously.

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Existing-Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Almost 3-1/2 Years

Photo of home for saleIn a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that further reinforces the rebound in the housing market, sales of existing homes for the month of April rose to their highest level in the almost 3½ years since November 2009. And while there were minor quibbles of forecast misses, overall the report contained clear evidence of positive trends including solid pricing increases – as well as an increasing pace of sales.

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Sharp Launches 4K Ultra HDTV

Photo of Sharp DisplaySharp Corp. announced today that it will begin selling 4K or Ultra High Definition televisions to high-end consumers in Japan starting in June, according to a report by the Nikkei. To be included as part of its Aquos line, the company says that 4K technology offers consumers four times the resolution of existing HDTVs.

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CEDIA Debuts New Advanced Networking & Systems Integration Boot Camp

CEDIA logoThe Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) announced today that it is launching an all-new, “intensive” Advanced Networking & Systems Integration Boot Camp for systems integrators and custom installers. Delving deeper into the subject than any of their other previous courses – or similar classes offered by other organizations – CEDIA says this course offers home technology professionals the opportunity to advance their skills to the advanced level necessitated by today’s high-tech connected home and the Internet of Things.

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Onkyo Launches Two New A/V Receivers To Top Off Their Mid-Range Lineup

onkyologoOnkyo USA Corp. today announced two hefty new additions to its A/V receiver line, the TX-NR929 and TX-NR828 Network A/V Receivers. Calling them the crown of its mid-range home theater lineup, these new models fit in between their high-end series (TX-NR1010/3010/5010) and their more mid-range series (TX -NR414/515/616/717/818).  These new models augment the recently announced TX-NR727.

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