Out With the Old, In With the New
Like many dealers heading into a year filled with uncertainties, Pam Crane of Ken Crane’s Big Screen Headquarters is sure of one thing.
“You can’t live by flat panel alone,” she said while networking at the Pro Group’s cocktail reception in Las Vegas on the opening night of 2008 CES. “2008 will be a year of change. We have lots of initiatives under way to further our custom endeavors and to offer more services that focus on our core home theater, audio and furniture categories.”
With about 2,700 vendors showcasing just about every CE-related product imaginable, Crane and thousands of other dealers had come to the right place. This year’s show didn’t introduce any groundbreaking technologies, new must-have products or killer apps. But it did serve to showcase a new generation of connected audio products with a greater focus on flat-panel and gaming integration; a greater availability of digital content and partnerships between producers and manufacturers; more powerful, feature-rich and more affordable products across the board; more varied and affordable home theater furniture; more powerful wired and wireless networking and connectivity solutions; and an overall focus flat-panel television aesthetics.