CEDIA 2019: Vanco Hits the Audio Accelerator as It Cruises Down Beale Street

Randy Blanchard and Mark Corbin of Vanco
Vanco’s Randy Blanchard (l) and Mark Corbin (r) were excited to show me new Beale Street Models [Click to enlarge]

Don’t let those smiling faces fool you…these guys are deadly serious about taking more than their fair share of the audio market. And the vehicle they’re using to drive that growth is Beale Street Audio, a brand that Vanco acquired about two years ago. From what they told me – and showed me – at this year’s 2019 CEDIA Expo in Denver, they are well on their way.

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What Was the Big Story from the 2019 CEDIA Expo?

That’s a Good Question **STORY UPDATED**

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A funny thing happened this year at the 2019 CEDIA Expo…everyone I ran into kept asking me the same thing – what is the big story from the show? What’s funny is that I asked them the same question. Even when I ran into other members of the media…we often queried each other. Most kind of shrugged and would mention an item or two, but nothing that represented a major theme of the event.

However, there is an answer I came up with, but I’m not sure its the best answer…

See the “big” story from Expo 2019 and an update at the * below…

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CEDIA 2019: Onkyo USA Says It Will Become a Retailer of Sonos, a Distributor Too


Onkyo USA announced this week that it will become a retailer of Sonos wireless music systems – selling the company’s wireless music systems on Onkyo USA’s website. The company also says it will distribute the brand nationally as well.

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CEDIA 2019: Savant Surprises with User Experience Upgrades

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The 2019 CEDIA Expo is in full swing and one of the busiest booths on the floor is Savant’s. The company has a large roster of new products, but perhaps most impressive were a couple of user experience upgrades that look as though they will delight clients everywhere.

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CEDIA 2019 – SnapAV to Distribute Sonos Wireless Music Systems Nationally

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SnapAV announced today that it will begin distributing Sonos wireless music systems beginning next month in October. The company says it will offer the entire line – including the Sonos Port, Sonos Move, and Sonos One SL – as part of its extensive assortment of gear targeted to the professional custom integrator.

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CEDIA 2019: Popular Pro Technology Migrates to Residential, Can You Speak ‘Dante’?

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A new AV-over-IP solution popular in the pro channel is launching at CEDIA Expo – Dante by Audinate. According to the company’s announcement, Dante “dominates the world of professional audio.” The company also claims that it is rapidly being adopted by several manufacturers of residential gear as well. A fact which brings them to CEDIA.

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CEDIA 2019: Soundbars Here…Soundbars There…Soundbars Everywhere

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The assimilation of the custom integration industry by the once-reviled, now embraced soundbar is almost complete. And on the advent of another CEDIA Expo, yet another round of announcements of new soundbar products came rolling out. While this fact is now an accepted reality, what is remarkable is that some of these new soundbars are from companies that no reasonable person would have predicted would enter the category just a few short years ago.

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CEDIA 2019: Savant Broadens Access to More of Their Line Through AVAD and WAVE

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Savant announced this week that it has broadened access to more of its models through its existing partnership with the AVAD & WAVE distribution centers across the country. This expansion is for all of the existing 25 distribution centers that AVAD/WAVE have throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Rocky Mountain Rep Firm Momentum Group Acquires Resi Biz of Texas-Based Dobbs Stanford


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Consolidation continues in the custom integration world – in this case, Denver-based manufacturer representative firm Momentum Group has acquired the residential division of Texas’ own renowned Dobbs Stanford rep firm based in Dallas. Consolidation has NOT been a big story on the sales representative side…up until now.

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Sonance to Acquire James Loudspeaker

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Sonance announced today that they have entered into an agreement to acquire Minden, NV-based James Loudspeaker. This is the first major acquisition by Sonance since the purchase of Sound Advance in 2005, and is truly a marriage of two companies with a strong resonance in their approach to the custom integration industry.

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