CR December 2008


Bob and Ron’s Holds Fundraiser

Just before Thanksgiving, Bob and Ron’s Worldwide Stereo held an event at its showroom in Pennsylvania to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House’s Philadelphia chapter. The event included the The Orange County Choppers’ Klipsch Bike as well as product demos, and the company raffled off prizes including a 42” plasma TV and Klipsch speakers. The bike will remain on display in the showroom, in Montgomeryville, Pa., through Dec. 2. For more information on the company, visit

Capitol Sales to Distribute KEF Speakers

Capitol Sales Co. announced this week that it has reached a deal to distribute KEF speakers, which are made by the British company GP Acoustics, Inc. The speaker systems are geared towards the home theater, custom installation and audiophile markets. “Our newly formed relationship with KEF underscores our quest for prestigious brands,” the company’s president and CFO, Curt Hayes, said as part of the announcement. “This industry-leading technology and unsurpassed product performance will be important to our dealers as they recommend high-end speaker options for their customers.

Crestron Donates System to Wounded Soldiers

Crestron last week hosted a dedication program at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, in order to unveil the new home theater it recently donated to the hospital. Part of the Crestron Eagles program, the home theater is meant to help ease soldiers in their recovery from injuries. The system includes an Adagio home theater system, as well as a 52-inch HD plasma television, a CEN-IDOC interface for iPod, and other components. The gift was also made possible by donations from LG Electronics, Velodyne, Triad and Marshall Furniture.

Definitive Technology ‘Disappearing’ Series

This new line of flush-mount in-ceiling and in-wall speakers includes six round and two square models in addition to one rectangular bipolar dedicated surround model. All are nearly invisible, due to their small diameters, hidden flange design and low-profile micro-perf grilles. The models do not require custom Sheetrock/spackle skills to install, says the company. They feature BDSS (Balanced Dual Surround System) driver technology, also used in the company’s top-line Mythos ST floorstanding model, and pure-aluminum dome tweeters.

New Control4 Video

Control4 talks about their new iPhone/iPod Touch application. To see the video, click here.

New Extender System From Audio Authority

Audio Authority announced last week that it has released a new product, the Model EDP-11 HDMI version 1.3 Cat 5 Extender System. The system, which retails for $200, is aimed at custom integrators, and is meant to ensure “pixel-perfect image quality,” the company said. “EDP-11 was designed to provide custom integrators a no-compromise, reliable HDMI extender, supporting all the key HDMI 1.3 features,” the company’s product manager, Trent Davis, said as part of the announcement. “The price point is exceptionally attractive, and includes a strong profit margin for the integrator. The system has installation-friendly features like a receiver unit that requires

Nokia Developing Home Control Center

One of the biggest names in telecommunications has taken a leap into the home control field. Nokia announced this week that it is developing a product called the Nokia Home Control Center, which the company said will be part of the “next generation” of security, home automation and household energy management systems. The product will involve control, using mobile phones, of all aspects of the home, from power and lighting to electronics devices to heating and cooling. “The home of today has intelligence everywhere, but to date there has not been a solution that is interoperable with wide range of home systems

Runco Ships VideoWall

Runco last week announced the release of its VideoWall VW-100HD, a 100-inch in-wall projection video display. Marketed to both luxury-minded consumers and the A/V custom installation market, the product is available through Runco’s authorized dealer network. “Runco’s in-wall systems are fantastic alternatives to extremely heavy and prohibitively expensive plasma displays of similar sizes as they sit perfectly flush with the wall and do not bear heavy weight on the wall,” Runco’s Matt Christensen said as part of the announcement. “This simple two-piece solution dramatically reduces installation time, yet provides outstanding video quality in rooms with high ambient light.” The VideoWall retails for

Sharp, Panasonic Expand Support Programs

Sharp Electronics announced Tuesday that it is expanding its Aquos Advantage support program to smaller model LCD TVs. The program now applies to 32” and 37” models, after previously being restricted to 42” and above. The program, the company said, provides “expanded customer support, priority repair services and a personalized homepage with comprehensive information about their AQUOS product.” On the same day another HDTV manufacturer, Panasonic, also announced an expansion of its TV-specific support program. The company announced that it will make its Panasonic VIERA Concierge service available to all potential customers; it is typically open only to those who already own the

StJohn To Distribute BlackWing Projector

Cineversum announced last week that its BlackWing One digital video projector will soon reach the U.S. domestic market, through an exclusive distribution deal with StJohn Group. The $6,500 BlackWing One joins the BlackWing Two and Three. It is a 1080p, 24P digital projector that boasts a 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It got its name due to its similar shape to the Stealth Fighter. The product is available for order now.

Video From CES Unveiled

The Consumer Electronics Association held its annual Unveiled event in New York last month; here are a series of videos from the floor: - Holiday Retail Outlook - Sending HD Through Power LInes with Audiovox - Maestro Wireless from Lutron.