URC Adds Complete Control Partners
March 6, 2009

Universal Remote Control announced Thursday that it has welcomed 23 new members to its Complete Control Partner Program (CCPP), joining the 18 charter members who signed on when the program was launched last June.

People on the Move at OmniMount, Netstreams
October 3, 2008

Netstreams Names New GM For Commercial Sales Nestreams announced that it has named Rusty Wagner as its new general manager of commercial sales. Wagner will supervise the company’s commercial sales efforts in the South Central and Western U.S., and will report to vice president of worldwide sales Linda Gladden. A 13-year industry veteran, Wagner previously worked for AMX. OmniMount Promotes Carrier OmniMount announced Wednesday that it has promoted Annette Carrier to the position of director of brand marketing. Carrier, who has been with the division since 2006, had previously been the company’s general manager of brand marketing. She previously worked for Epson.

New Netstreams Products at CEDIA
September 16, 2008

NetStreams introduced a new amplified touchpad, the TouchLinX TLA250, at CEDIA Expo earlier this month. NetStreams’ new touchpad features a built-in 50-watt per channel amplifier and designer friendly glass finish faceplate that can be tailored to compliment virtually any home décor (pictured here is the faceplate with a map of the world). Homeowners, designers, and architects are faced with the task of trying to blend home control and A/V distribution systems into the home’s décor. This choice can be one of the most frustrating aspects of choosing a system, and is something that almost always disrupts the experience an architect or

Loud and Clear
February 1, 2008

Capturing a younger clientele, maximizing profits with full-solution sales, making the most out of the DTV transition, creating customer loyalty and leveraging new partnerships. Those were some of the hot trends and issues industry leaders discussed and debated during the annual Dealerscope editorial breakfast at CES. Nurturing the Young Buyer One of the most pressing topics facing the industry, participants said, is how to create the same long-term loyalty among younger customers that regional and specialty dealers have with baby-boomers. It’s a difficult task, they agreed, given the proliferation of big-box retailers and mass-market e-tailers. On top of that, the

Gaming and Distributed Sound Driving Audio
January 7, 2008

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

New Products Help Adjustment to Housing Slump
November 9, 2007

“The real estate situation has had a definite impact here.” So said Wilshire Home Entertainment president Mike McMaster, a local L.A.-area hybrid custom retailer who offered the understatement as he was buttonholed in the corridors of the Long Beach EH Expo. McMaster’s remark was in sync with stats presented at a morning seminar that showed West Coast housing starts January through September down 27.1 percent – more than in the Midwest (-26.5 percent), South (-25.7 percent) and Northeast (-14.5 percent). But he is optimistic that builders, who he said are “throwing in value-added extras like flooring” in order to break the

Netstreams Streams Whole Home Theater
September 7, 2007

Netstreams, a company that bills itself as an innovator in whole house audio distribution over IP networks, said in its press conference yesterday that itís now launching a whole new category, multi-room home theater. Company founder and president Herman Cardenas referred to CEA research that 50 percent of all US households now have home networks and 25 percent have multiple home theaters in their homes. That led them to create a solution that allows consumers to stream their home theater audio and video content throughout the home over a network, thereby eliminating the need for some redundant hardware. The new system’s key component

A Logical Approach to 'Xtreme' Theaters
August 1, 2007

A bit of excitement actually creeps into Scott Oglum’s voice when he talks about the falling prices that make most retailers shudder with apprehension and resentment. Lower prices and improved technologies on high-end products open the market up to the masses, bringing solutions that were once targeted to the luxury class to a much broader customer set, explained the founder and CEO of TheaterXtreme, from the new Wilmington, Del., flagship store of the growing front-projection home theater franchise operation. “I’m not a high-end guy. If you’re looking for a home theater solution for about $200 a month over a few years then I’m

People on the Move
December 22, 2006

Stampede announced the appointment of Kevin Kelly, previously vice president of sales and marketing, as its president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Kelly will oversee the company’s day-to-day operations. The company says this change in the company’s senior management will enable Mark Wilkins, the company’s previous president and current CEO, to develop Stampede’s new ventures and initiatives, specifically the Chinese and Latin American markets. LG Electronics USA named John Herrington as President of its U.S. Digital Appliance Division. He has been with the company since 2001, serving as the division’s vice president of sales. Herrington succeeds Soon Kwon, who will now