Miscellaneous

Playing the ‘Quality Game’
September 1, 2009

M.D. Manufacturing has been around for almost 50 years now, and we've watched the vicissitudes that have occurred in markets.

Randall Baumberger
March 1, 2006

Ultimate Electronics' president and chief operating officer talks about leading the recently bankrupt specialty chain out of the woods and into the light Ultimate Electronics, the Thornton, Colo.-based specialty retailer that had aggressively expanded throughout the Mountain and Central time zones after going public in the late 1990s, had fallen on hard times by early 2005, as it declared bankruptcy, exited certain markets and closed more than half of its stores. As Ultimate hit bottom, Mark Wattles, the founder and former chairman and CEO of the Hollywood Entertainment video and game rental empire, as well as an Ultimate stockholder and huge fan of

Parity and Profit
March 1, 2006

Even though flat panel TV is going mainstream and its prices are plunging, LG's Bob Perry says 2006 is a great time to be in the custom A/V business. By Janet Pinkerton The downward plunge in flat panel pricing and the spreading splat of flat panel distribution is already sending shockwaves through the custom A/V market—retailers and manufacturers alike. At LG Electronics USA, Vice President of Consumer Electronics, Sales and Channel Marketing Bob Perry seems to be somewhat gleefully looking forward to the wild ride. LG remains committed to the custom channel, says Perry, who pledges that his company's business strategies will allow C-tailers

OCAP Cuts Both Ways
March 1, 2006

An emerging middleware standard promises two-way interactive cable, with or without a set-top box. But does anything ever come easy when it comes to collaboration between the cable and electronics industries? By Cliff Roth Cable TV and consumer electronics are two industries with a long history of mistrust and lack of cooperation, but at January's Consumer Electronics Show, relations appeared decidedly warmer. Samsung and Panasonic announced television sets with integrated OCAP (OpenCable Applications Platform), while several of the biggest cable TV companies, including Comcast, Time Warner and Cox, announced they will begin deploying OCAP in several markets. What's OCAP, you might ask? After all,

Reflections on CES
February 1, 2006

Over 150,000 attendees. Over 2,500 exhibitors. Four days. We'll try to do the math. By Joe Paone This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which ran January 5 to 8 in Las Vegas, was—of no surprise to anyone—the largest CES to date. Projections originally called for about 130,000 attendees, but the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported after the show that more than 150,000 people attended this year. CES truly has become one of those rare events that provides so many options and opportunities for learning and relationship-building that attendees owe it to themselves to carefully plot their show strategies and schedules, lest they become overwhelmed

From the Heavens to the Home
December 1, 2005

Think satellite radio is just for cars? Think again: Sirius, about to unleash the unabridged Howard Stern, is looking to C-tailers to bring its offerings to residential users as well. By Audrey Gray Last November, Sirius Satellite Radio posted on its web site a job listing which began with a few, shall we say, atypical career questions such as, "Can you turn classic oral into classic aural?" and ended with this casting call: "The King of All Media needs production wizards to revolutionize radio." The self-proclaimed King is, of course, Howard Stern, the shock jock who will have a full team of producers cranking

The Latest and Greatest
December 1, 2005

What's new from the leaders in home control and media distribution? By Joe Paone Automation, control and networking companies have been busy introducing new products over the last few months. To wit: Lighting and shade control. Some lighting control vendors are looking to appeal to consumers with existing homes by employing wireless technologies. CentraLite's new RF-based StarLite Wireless Lighting Control System, for example, can handle up to 96 devices, 288 buttons, 512 dimming levels, 50 timed events and 100 scenes. Crestron's new wallmount CLW-DIM1RF infiNET wireless mesh network dimmers are another example of this trend. Lutron introduced a redesigned, color-changeable dimmer for its RadioRA

What kind of a year has it been for you?
December 1, 2005

What kind of a year has it been for you? And why do I want to know? 'Cause I'm 2005, that's why, and my 365-day run is just about history. I'd like to know how I did so I can give the next guy, 2006, a leg up, based on the benefit of my experiences. In general, I wasn't a quiet year, what with all the natural and unnatural disasters and all the troubles overseas. It seemed there was something new to worry about during every one of my weeks—and I'm not even talking about your C-tailing businesses. You know very well, without my

I Bet You'll Find This Amusing?
December 1, 2005

By Ira Friedman Several weeks ago, the good guys! stores in my neighborhood closed their doors for good. Oh, I'm sorry…I'm mistaken. They didn't close for good—they're reopening as "boutiques" inside those fabulous CompUSA stores. So I walked into my local CompUSA to see the new "good guys! inside" section. It's a few aisles of plasmas and assorted A/V gear, merchandised with the same spectacular attention to detail for which CompUSA is known the world over. After years of the good guys! dominating the A/V market in California, it's come to this: A few shelves of product in the back of a