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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Announced
June 3, 2013

Samsung had a pretty ambitious Monday, announcing both of their awaited 10-inch and 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3s to the public. Both versions run on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Beam operating systems and have quite similar specs and features.

Central Vacuum Systems
August 1, 2008

BROAN-NUTONE LLC Tom Heidel, Marketing Manager, Central Vacuum Systems PRESENTATION ADVICE: Central vacuum dealers need to realize that everyone else has finally caught up with what they already know—that central vacuum systems provide significant improvement in a home’s air quality. In the past year, the two largest and most prominent ‘green’ building programs have recognized central vacuums as being important to indoor air quality and ‘green’ building. The NAHB’s Green Building guidelines and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program both allow credits for the installation of a central vacuum system in a ‘green’ home. There are not many ‘green’ building items that provide

Green Shorts
July 1, 2008

Nationwide Division Taps Energy Star, ISF for Energy Savings Nationwide Marketing Group has long had a deep connection to the federal Energy Star program, given the buying group’s roots in the appliance industry. Jeannette Howe, executive director of Specialty Electronics Nationwide, says the group’s custom A/V-centric division will also leverage the program as Energy Star becomes more active in the CE side as well. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revised its Energy Star specification for televisions. Effective Nov. 1, 2008, TVs that carry the Energy Star label will be up to 30 percent more efficient than conventional models and will save energy while

Distribution Special: Distributor Directory
April 1, 2008

CustomRetailer presents a directory of companies ready to provide you with everything you need to run your business... ADI Tom Polson, President About the Company: As a leading global wholesale distributor of security and low-voltage products, ADI offers the support, service and confidence you need to stay up to date with the evolving custom electronics market. ADI’s superior product offerings, convenient locations, friendly and knowledgeable staff and extensive training opportunities can be relied on to help you win business throughout the marketplace. For the past 20 years, ADI has been distributing the latest technologies and value-added services to residential and commercial A/V

Central Vacuum: Why You Should Sell It, and How
August 1, 2007

Manufacturers of central vacuum systems have been engaging the custom electronics installation market for several years now, to varying degrees of success. Perhaps now, their time has come, as numerous trends are working in their favor. For one, their products, which they claim can remove indoor pollutants, play into the touchy-feely “green living” trend. Secondly, builders increasingly are looking to differentiate their homes in the midst of a softening housing market. And finally, the days of big profits on flat panels are gone for the custom installation market, and the hunt is on for products that can deliver high margin. Still, there are challenges

EXC!TE Awards: Control
October 10, 2006

Home Automation System: Crestron While upstart competitors aim for the venerable category leader’s downmarket underbelly, Crestron’s awesome array of technologies, products and systems still represents the state of the art in home automation. www.crestron.com Control4 Fresh off a nationwide deal with Tweeter, Control4 continues to pose the question: “Why can’t home automation be for everyone?” A growing number of C-businesses are eager to answer in the affirmative. www.control4.com Exceptional Innovation Lifeware With Lifeware, EI embraces both Windows Media Center and a number of best-of-breed third-party products. The question over the next year: Will C-businesses embrace EI and its buzzworthy platform? www.exceptionalinnovation.com Media Server: Niveus

Clean Cash
August 1, 2005

Promising quick installations and easy profits, the central vacuum industry looks to custom dealers to get its systems into American homes By Joe Paone Central vacuum, as a product category, has a big consumer awareness problem in this country. Ask the average man or woman on the street about vacuuming, and they'll likely talk about the vacuum cleaners with which we all grew up—bulky machines that you plug into an outlet and walk around a room, machines to which the central vacuum industry refers as "portables." These consumers will ooh and ahh over the latest nationally advertised high-tech products from Oreck and Dyson, or

The 2003 Excite Awards
August 1, 2003

Congratulations to the 2003 Excite Award Winners: AUDIO Audio Disc Player Denon DVD-9000 Krell SACD Standard Audio Server Marantz Opus AudioReQuest Tera Multichannel Processor Meridian 861 Lexicon MC-8 Multichannel Amplifier Elan D1200 Integra RDA-7 Multichannel Receiver Pioneer VSX-49txi Marantz 9300 Multi-Zone Controller Xantech MRC88 Russound CAV6.6 Multi-Zone Receiver B&K CT-610 Niles ZR-8630AV Floorstanding Speakers Tannoy Sensys DC-2 Legacy Whisper Bookshelf Speakers KEF Model 201 Paradigm Monitor 5 Mini Speakers Totem Dreamcatcher Pinnacle Quantum Subwoofer Velodyne CHT-10 SpeakerCraft BassX W-10 In-Wall Speaker Paradigm SA-35 Meridian DSP420 On-Wall Speaker Mirage OMNISAT Jamo A210PDD In-Ceiling Speaker Sonance Elipse 2.0 LCR Parasound C-70 Outdoor Speaker Boston Acoustics