CEDIA Expo gave audio suppliers the ideal stage to showcase highly featured components that mesh more easily than ever within home control ecosystems. Loudspeaker introductions were attuned to making TVs sound better—as was the case last year.
With the late-2009 acquisition of the automation and control technology company Colorado vNet, multiroom audio company Russound set the stage for accelerated fulfillment of its business goals
With the late-2009 acquisition of the automation and control technology company Colorado vNet, multiroom audio company Russound set the stage for accelerated fulfillment of its business goals in a custom installation market that was changing almost too rapidly for anything but a pro-active stance.
This move, the market progress of the Russound PLC-based and retrofit-job-targeted Collage powerline media and intercom system, and tweaks to the Russound Web site and distribution model were all topics addressed during an extensive tour of the company’s Newmarket, N.H. headquarters last week.
ADA (AUDIO DESIGN ASSOCIATES) Richard Stoerger, Vice President & COO PRODUCT/TECH TRENDS: Multi-room A/V is like a slow-moving ship because, unlike home theater, significant advances ease into trends over time. For example, video distribution and two-way metadata have been around in ADA’s world for 25 and 19 years, respectively. Today, distribution of video is a hot button in estate installations while text feedback makes it possible to remotely navigate entertainment options from the largest touch-screen to the smallest keypad. Neither development is new or groundbreaking, but both have evolved into today’s “hot buttons.” THE MARKET: If there is one thing that has helped make
Pre-emptively trumping the Las Vegas-held presidential debate by precisely a week, 20 participants from the retailing, manufacturing, distributing, buying group and consultant arms of the CE industry offered wide-ranging and divergent views at the annual Consumer Technology Publishing Group’s (CTPG) Editorial Advisory Board roundtable discussion during last month’s CES. Hosted by the editors and publishers of CustomRetailer, Dealerscope, Picture Business and E-Gear, the forum touched on topics as free-wheeling as the “strange bedfellows” hardware-software company partnership trend, the analog-broadcasting cutoff issue, how to react to and cultivate the younger customer, and the move from the single-product sale to the solution sale. Marriages of Convenience?
Today’s audio gear has come a long way since your father’s tube amp. That was the consensus reached by experts from audio and computer product manufacturing, specialty retailing, custom installation and research during a pre-CES panel on the state of the industry. The parameters that define “audio” have broadened more than ever with the popularity of the iPod. And industry pundits, including some who had until recently bet most of their chips on the high end of the audio spectrum, agreed the variety of audio sources available to the consumer - from MP3 content to Internet music to whole-home distributed audio -present “the