Niles Audio Corporation

Niles Names New VP
November 17, 2008

Niles Audio announced Tuesday that it has named Tom McCarthy to the position of vice president of engineering and product development. A 25-year industry expert, McCarthy was previously an advisor to the chairman of the board at D&M Holdings. At Niles, he will oversee see areas as hardware, software, mechanical, manufacturing and program management, the company said. “Tom is a crucial addition to the Niles team – to keep pushing our products ahead of the technology curve,” Niles’ president, Frank Stearns, said as part of the announcement. “His experience enhances our mission to equip dealers with the most cutting-edge and reliable products

Niles Audio Corp. RS6Si series GeoRealistic
September 8, 2008

The RS6Si series GeoRealistic is a weatherproof rock loudspeaker, and the PB6Si and PS6Si series are outdoor planter speakers. Niles RS6Si series’ rock cabinet design incorporates the use of integrated textured aluminum grilles. Featuring Niles proprietary injection molded TCC 6” woofer and two 1” Tetron tweeters, the RS6Si can be operated in three modes: monaural, traditional two-speaker stereo or single speaker stereo input. The RS6Si series utilizes Niles’ unique Cone Forward design, which position the drive unit as close to the grille as possible, ensuring a transparent, open and dynamic sound with precise stereo imaging without the hollow colorations found in traditional rock speaker

Niles Audio Ingenious IR
January 22, 2008

Niles Audio is now shipping a redesigned line of Ingenious IR Infrared Extender Systems along with three IP Anywhere Kits. The systems’ re-engineered sensor design, says Niles, reduces interference from LCD and plasma flat-panel televisions as well as from sources such as fluorescent lighting and indirect sunlight, while lengthening operational range and off-axis pickup response. The company says that RCA kits have also been changed; RCA2 and RCA3 have been discontinued and replaced with three new kits: RCA-HT (shown, for home theater applications; $299.95); RCA-SM (flat-panel TV use; $249.95), and RCA-TT (table-top use; $229.95).

My New Year’s Resolutions
January 1, 2008

When I got my assignment for this month’s column, I groaned. “We want you to write about New Year’s resolutions.” Jeez. I stopped making New Years resolutions years ago. It seemed they never lasted more than a week. “I’m going to go to the gym.” “I’m going to write a book.” “I’m going to learn to dance.” Blah, blah, blah. So it might surprise you to see the list below—eight resolutions I plan to invoke from high atop a mountain in the Tetons on midnight December 31st. What’s changed you ask? I’m not really sure, but this year feels different. Maybe I’m just getting

Improve your communications; improve your performance
December 1, 2007

“The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.” -George Bernard Shaw A few months back I wrote a column about managing your people to achieve success by following five basic steps. As you’ll recall, the five steps include: 1. Setting meaningful goals 2. Communicating, communicating, communicating 3. Measuring and monitoring results 4. Stacking your team with winners 5. Celebrating success This month, I’d like to go into a little more detail on the communications part. After all, it’s something that sounds simple, but in practice is very difficult to do. As the quote from George Bernard Shaw highlights, often we think we’re communicating when

Project management by the numbers
October 1, 2007

Question: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time When I heard that CustomRetailer wanted me to focus on the topic of project management, I must admit a little smile crossed my lips. I couldn’t help but think of that old joke, “How do you eat an elephant…?” Project management is tough. Sometimes just approaching a big project feels like eating an elephant. Where do you begin? Will you ever finish? It can be overwhelming. Project management is also a subject that I’ve studied quite a bit. While I grew up through the ranks of sales and marketing, I

Essence of Audio
October 1, 2007

Cool-running, ‘green,’ wireless, svelte, small-footprint, thin-bezeled, flange-free, uni-cabled, unobtrusive, stealthy, minimalist. Quite a packet of adjectives—but at least one or more applied to nearly everything audio at the Fall 2007 CEDIA Expo. The only “fat” things about the bevy of products unveiled in Denver last month were their performance levels and their potential for lifting profitability for both hybrid c-tailers and custom integrators soon to be faced in the fourth-quarter with a reprise of 2006’s flat-panel feeding frenzy. Chris Byrne, NHT managing director, whose company dedicated its booth acreage to showcasing the high-performance Pro Theater System founded on the brand’s Xd-based speakers and

Niles Moves Beyond Distributed Audio with New Speaker Line
May 7, 2007

Niles Audio hopes its new range of cabinet, on-wall and in-wall speakers will expand the brand’s association with distributed audio to encompass home theater speaker applications. Demonstrations of the new StageFront line were held last week in New York City’s Warwick Hotel, in a room with great acoustics and a bit of history: It was the site of The Beatles’ 1965 New York press conference. The speakers, first demonstrated at September’s CEDIA EXPO, hit the market about two months ago, explained Niles President Frank Sterns. “We didn’t know if our custom installation customers would accept Niles as a producer of these types of high-performance home

May 4, 2007

Distributor AVAD has been traversing the country with a series of “What’s Cookin’ with Niles” barbecues and live Niles Audio product demonstrations at various AVAD locations. Niles Audio reps are on hand to answer questions from AVAD dealers. The barbecues feature Niles’ new ceiling-mount line of loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions. AVAD also is showcasing an assortment of Niles outdoor loudspeakers, distributed audio products, keypads and more. “AVAD has long been known for our world-class barbecues,” said AVAD President Bob Garland. “The ‘What’s Cookin’ with Niles’ events give our dealers a chance to connect with their local branch, talk product with Niles reps, and experience

Niles Donates Gear to Atlanta’s EcoManor “Green” House
April 5, 2007

“Green” continues to be one of the hot buzzwords (and concepts) of 2007, and for savvy dealers and manufacturers, there’s really no negative connotation or risk involved in associating with the term (at least not yet). This week, manufacturer Niles Audio, “in an effort to support the practice of green building across the United States,” said it donated loudspeakers, volume controls and other audio equipment to Atlanta’s EcoManor house, billed as “the first U.S. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified residence.” Niles donated 17 in-ceiling and in-wall loudspeakers, OS weatherproof indoor/outdoor loudspeakers, a systems integration amplifier, a loudspeaker selector and 11 volume control systems. Interior