Almo Professional AV will host a “bonus” event on its E4 AV Tour on July 10 in Baltimore.
Crestron took the training for its DigitalMedia analog-to-digital solution suite to the dealers in attendance at Sapphire Marketing’s annual New York City Road Show April 26 and 27, marking the midpoint in a 50-venue tour that began in the Midwest in late March and will conclude in late May in the Southwest.
The power and connectivity products provider Tripp Lite announced late last week that it has acquired the rival firm Keyspan. The brands will be united under the Tripp Lite name. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. “We share similar target markets as well as channel loyalty and product quality philosophies,” Tripp Lite’s executive vice president, Keelin Wyman, said as part of the announcement. “This acquisition will ensure that Keyspan customers benefit from Tripp Lite’s manufacturing excellence, broad distribution channel and trusted reputation for providing reliable products worldwide.” What’s your opinion of this deal? Talk about it in the CustomRetailer forums.
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The power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite said last week that it is introducing a pair of new surge suppressors, the SWIVEL6 and HTSWIVEL6. Both products feature six rotatable outlets, which swivel, and also include support for coaxial and telephone/modem ports. The products serve to, Tripp Lite said, “to protect audio/video components from damaging surges and line noise.” No pricing information was released for either product. For more information on Tripp Lite products, visit the company’s Web site at www.tripplite.com/products/suppressors/suppressors-model-series.cfm
Distributor The Advantage Group (TAG) said that Smart Tech Wholesale, a division of manufacturer’s rep Future Sales Group, has formally joined the organization as its Northwest representative. Future Sales Group, founded in 1979 and located in Redmond, Wash., expanded into rep distribution in 1995. It represents Centralite, Cineak, Genesis Cable by Honeywell, Fusion Research, FutureSmart by Honeywell, Labor Saving Devices, Monitor Audio, PDR Mounts, Richard Gray’s Power Company, Runco, Sonos, SpeakerCraft, Stewart Filmscreen, Vidikron and Visual Sports Systems, among others. TAG handles lines like Ethereal, NEC, Olevia, Pinnacle and Tripp Lite. “We are thrilled about this partnership,” said TAG Executive Director David Weisman. “Smart Tech Wholesale
We asked power management vendors: How can the “green” phenomenon play into the category, and how can your dealers communicate this to customers? “People are more aware than ever about energy consumption, both from a financial and an environmental impact perspective. Home electronics often continue to draw power when not in use and even when powered “off” via the device’s on/off switch or remote control. These wasteful “dark loads” add up over time to drive up your client’s electrical bills. Sure, for a well-to-do client with a larger home, this increase equates to a very small percentage of the bill. These days, however, people
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