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Tickets are available now for Women in CE's fourth annual Legacy Awards and networking reception at January's International CES. The event is scheduled for the evening of Jan. 8 at the Paris Hotel.
There’s a lot you can do with a home control system. They are so smart and powerful you could probably automate a dog, if the client wanted you to. The Elan g! system programmed by AudioVideo Specialists for this 10,000-square-foot suburban Chicago home, which claims to be the biggest Elan g! install ever, epitomizes the extent of a well-executed home control plan. The house is packed with gear, including 11 flat-panel HDTVs, two of which are 3D TVs with LG 3D Blu-ray players and another that’s a 46-inch weatherproof SunBriteTV. Every TV can access four DirecTV boxes, two Sony
The first CES Women in CE awards event was held Thursday Jan. 7, in Las Vegas at MGM Grand’s Tabu Ultra Lounge.
After months of rumors, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced a definitive agreement to merge. The companies call the $13 billion deal a “merger of equals.” XM and Sirius shareholders will each own approximately 50 percent of the combined company. The merger is subject to approval by both companies’ shareholders, the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory review and approvals, including antitrust agencies and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Pending regulatory approval, the companies expect the transaction to be completed by the end of 2007. XM and Sirius, who combined have approximately 14 million subscribers, will continue to operate independently until the
DBL Distributing entered a distribution agreement with XM Satellite Radio to deliver an “expansive selection” of XM products and accessories, “aggressive” activation commissions and online support tools to eligible dealers. DBL becomes a National Preferred Distributor for XM Satellite Radio under the agreement. Dealers who order XM products from DBL will have access to The DBL XM Store, a new online account management tool where they can manage and track orders. Among the 100-plus XM products DBL carries are SKUs for the home audio and commercial installation markets, such as receivers, multi-room entertainment systems and repeaters from Antex Electronics, Crown and Delphi.
D&M Holdings’ strategy to use its “house of brands” to maneuver distribution into complementary but heretofore only lightly-explored sales channels ranging from pure custom installers to big boxes like Circuit City was outlined at the company’s conjoined line show for Boston Acoustics and Denon, held in Cleveland last week. Bob Weissburg, D&M president, sales and marketing, North America, said distribution diversity is “critical for our brands to operate without any disadvantage” in the marketplace. D&M’s key objectives, he said, encompass an expansion of distribution reach and breadth, while at the same time “staying in the premium home A/V market. Our goal is increased brand awareness
Niles Audio unveiled a web site for its IntelliControl digital whole-house audio system. The site, www.intellicontrol.com, provides interactive flash demos, product descriptions, photos, tech specs, FAQs and a glossary. The IntelliControl system accommodates a variety of sources, including iPod, XM, Sirius, cable/satellite, CDs, DVDs and AM/FM stream, and employs keypads, touchscreens and wireless remote controllers.
New products and new technologies are creating big opportunities for mobile installers By Brett Solomon The aftermarket for in-vehicle entertainment and other applications is exploding, even as automakers set up their OEM efforts. This month, we take a look at some hot products and applications in the four major segments of the in-vehicle market: audio, navigation, video and security. Video Front-seat mobile video products are becoming big sellers as price points drop. As much as these systems have been in the news recently because of cases involving driver distraction, consumers are still demanding the technology for the front of the vehicle, and why not?
Dynamic Route Guidance systems are helping drivers stay out of traffic jams—and they're only available hard-wired By Brett Solomon Portable navigation units are increasing in popularity as prices erode and compelling new features are added. As a result, it almost has become a necessity for the specialty mobile electronics retailer to stock a few of them. It's obviously difficult to compete against internet pricing of portable navigation units, but having a few on display allows the specialist to show the customer the awesome improvements in hard-wired installed navigation systems. John Francioso of UltraSounds, a specialty dealer in Lynbrook, N.Y., sums it up best. "The
XM Tuner By Ron Goldberg While several custom-centric vendors have previously released home components for satellite radio, Polk is one of the first mainstream audio companies to jump into this market. The XRt12 is a stylish piece designed as an "audiophile" offering—satellite radio taken seriously. DESCRIPTION About the size of a traditional low-profile audio component, the XRt12 features slick black cosmetics with a vivid blue readout display for music info. The unit also features a composite video output so the info can be displayed on a TV screen. Both front panel and remote operation are simple, as is characteristic of the format. You can