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CEA, Japan Audio Society Team on Hi-Res Audio

The Consumer Electronics Association announced that it has teamed with the Japan Audio Society (JAS) to promote  High-Resolution Audio.

As part of the deal, the Hi-Res Audio logo, developed by the JAS, is now available to CEA members.

 “We are excited and pleased to partner with the Japan Audio Society to help advance High-Resolution Audio,”  Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO, said as part of the announcement.

 “CEA research shows consumers are ready to embrace Hi-Res Audio, and that the appeal of high-quality audio electronics extends beyond enthusiasts. Having a common logo will help establish consistency and assist consumers in navigating this exciting, steadily emerging market.”

Women in CE to Honor Six With Legacy Awards

The Women in CE organization announced Wednesday the honorees for its annual Women in CE Legacy Awards. The four main honorees are Amy College, senior vice president of merchandizing at Best Buy; Amy Jo Smith, president of DEG: the Digital Entertainment Group; journalist Andrea Smith, formerly of ABC News; and Revenew founder and CEO Nasrin Thierer. 

In addition, Michelle Troupe of Definitive Audio will receive the Inspiration Award, while Lauren Theobald of Milestone A/V was named a Woman to Watch. 


"Our members continue to inspire us with their contributions to the consumer electronics industry," said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in CE.

"The 2015 honorees are leaders that have displayed a sustained commitment to innovation, growth, and continuous improvement within a broad range of industry areas. We're also excited to celebrate our rising 'Woman to Watch' star, as well as pay tribute to our Inspiration Award recipient for her immeasurable contributions to our organization."

The annual Women In CE 2015 Legacy Awards Networking Reception is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Planet Hollywood Celebrity Ballroom 5. Tickets can be ordered here. 

Sponsors include CEA, Monster, ATON, BlueBolt, Core Brands, ELAN Home Systems, Furman, Niles, Panamax, Proficient Audio Systems, Sirius XM, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, Velodyne, Xantech, Speck, Chief, Da-Lite, Sanus, Harman, The Finest Brands, Metra Home Theater Group, Nationwide Marketing Group, Azione Unlimited, HTSA and ProSource. 



Timex, Lyft, New Balance Among New CEA Members

The Consumer Electronics Association has launched several new members, including several that are nominally outside of the consumer electronics industry.

Timex, New Balance and L'Oreal are all new to CEA, as are ridesharing companies Lyft and Rideshare. Uber has been a CEA member for awhile.

"CEA is thrilled to welcome such a diverse and innovative group of new members,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA, said as part of the announcement.

 “The world of consumer technologies continues to change and expand, reaching into new markets, transforming old business models and providing benefits across all aspects of consumers’ lives. The diversity of our membership reflects these changes even as we continue to represent companies operating in traditional – and constantly evolving – consumer technology markets. We are especially proud that all of these companies – both century-old brands and disruptive newcomers – embrace the value of CEA as the advocate for innovation, and the people and products that are changing our world.”

Hettinger Joins Hi-Def Lifestyle

Industry veteran Bill Hettinger has joined Hi-Def Lifestyle as vice president of marketing, the company said this week. Hettinger most recently worked as Vice President of eCommerce for World Wide Stereo.

“We are  very happy to welcome Bill Hettinger to the HIDEF Lifestyle Team," C. Aaron Sholtis, President of HIDEF Lifestyle Inc, said as part of the announcement.  Bill’s extensive  background and passion for online marketing make him a huge asset for our team. In his new position Bill will become an integral part of our continued plan of successful growth.”

Hettinger was named to Dealerscope's 40 Under 40 in 2011.

Marantz Debuts AV8802 Preamp

Marantz has announced the arrival of its AV8802 flagship A/V preamplifier which, the company says, combines "the latest video technologies and connectivity options."  

High-grade audio components including audiophile 32bit/192kHz DA-Converters and a high performance power supply with 4x 10.000µF capacitors leave no open questions. Thanks to its four DSP (Digital Sound Processing) engines, the AV8802 is capable of playfully handling up to 11.2 channels to fully support Audyssey DSX, DTS Neo:X 11.1, or the new immersive 3D sound formats. Whatever the sound mode, the home theater enthusiast will be flooded with the absolute ultimate in surround sound sensation.

The product will arrive in February at an MSRP of $3,999. 

LG Reaches Deal With Rachael Ray Show

LG has agreed to become the Official Home Appliance Sponsor for the Rachael Ray Show, for its upcoming season.

The company's products will be featured in show segments, including its part in a renovation of the home of the Diago family in New York.

“LG is honored to join Rachael Ray in her studio kitchen this season, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this new relationship than by supporting such a worthy cause as the kitchen renovation for the Diego family," David VanderWaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics USA, said as part of the announcement. 

"We look forward to our continued collaboration and supporting Rachael by helping her provide her viewers and audience with the ultimate cooking and entertaining experience with LG’s award-winning appliances.”

PowerHouse Alliance Adds 40th Facility

The Powerhouse Alliance announced that it has added a new facility, its 40th. The facility is operated by PowerHouse member  Consumer Electronics Distributors (C.E.D.) in Bloomington, Minn. 

"We are thrilled to announce the opening of our 40th location,"  Dennis Holzer, Executive Director for PowerHouse Alliance, said in a statement.

"The addition of a new venue signifies not only the strength and viability of the consumer electronics industry, but also the continued momentum for our distributor members and the Alliance as a whole. We congratulate C.E.D. on this milestone, marking their third location in the region."

December 2014 Issue of Dealerscope is Online

The December 2014 issue of Dealerscope magazine is online and can be read in full here.