Pinnacle HD & HD Pro Sticks
June 23, 2008

The PCTV HD Stick and HD Pro Stick deliver free digital HD and SD TV over-the-air (ATSC) and now support unencrypted digital cable (ClearQAM) channels. They include a next-generation tuner/demodulator with more sensitive reception of both analog and digital TV signals and, in the case of the PCTV HD Pro Stick, even FM radio. About the size of a flash drive, the new PCTV HD Sticks provide resolutions up to 1080i, by simply plugging the device into a USB port on a PC. The addition of ClearQAM support allows cable TV subscribers to enjoy their favorite over-the-air (OTA) digital channels with optimal quality. The

Petra, Pinnacle Team Up
May 23, 2008

Petra Industries announced that it has agreed to a deal to distribute products from Pinnacle Speakers. The deal includes subwoofers, in-wall speakers and enclosure speakers. “In order to provide the highest level of service and product value to our customers, it was important for us to form this partnership with Pinnacle and stay on top of our customers’ needs,” Petra’s executive vice president, Tate Morgan, said in a statement. What do you think about this deal? Talk about it in the Dealerscope forums.

David to Distribute Pinnacle Speakers
February 1, 2008

The distributor known as Digital Audio Video Integration Distributors (DAVID) has agreed to become a distributor for Pinnacle Speakers, Pinnacle announced Friday. David will distribute the products in New York City and elsewhere in the New York area, including Northern New Jersey. David, based in Westbury, N.Y., and Pine Brook, N.J., is a member of TAG: The Advantage Group. For more on the speakers, visit

Pinnacle Releases New On-Ceiling Speaker
August 21, 2007

Pinnacle announced this week that it has released a new on-wall and on-ceiling speaker, the OC HT 1. Calling it the “first high-performance on-ceiling speaker,” the OC HT 1 is geared towards the retro-fit market. The OC HT1 boasts a white piano gloss finish, a 1” silk dome tweeter, and a 110-20 kHz frequency response. The speakers retail for $349 each, while a three-pack has a suggested retail price of $999. For more, visit

TAG Adds Northwest Member
July 24, 2007

Distributor The Advantage Group (TAG) said that Smart Tech Wholesale, a division of manufacturer’s rep Future Sales Group, has formally joined the organization as its Northwest representative. Future Sales Group, founded in 1979 and located in Redmond, Wash., expanded into rep distribution in 1995. It represents Centralite, Cineak, Genesis Cable by Honeywell, Fusion Research, FutureSmart by Honeywell, Labor Saving Devices, Monitor Audio, PDR Mounts, Richard Gray’s Power Company, Runco, Sonos, SpeakerCraft, Stewart Filmscreen, Vidikron and Visual Sports Systems, among others. TAG handles lines like Ethereal, NEC, Olevia, Pinnacle and Tripp Lite. “We are thrilled about this partnership,” said TAG Executive Director David Weisman. “Smart

September 1, 2004

Cleaning Up in Which Aisle? Pinnacle Systems is well known among broadcasters and post-production companies for its professional video editing and content authoring technologies. Eight years ago, the Silicon Valley hardware and software maker branched into the consumer products sector, starting with low-cost video editing tools that let amateur producers soup up their home videos with the aplomb of a Hollywood auteur. Over the last few years, Pinnacle has sold seven million packages of its various "Studio" video editing products. A year ago, Pinnacle further forayed into home video networking with its ShowCenter player, a $299 set-top box that can store and manage video

CE Leaders That Rock
October 1, 2003

What makes a leader rock? Foremost, it's leadership. When Dealerscope set out to put together this issue, we asked readers and associates to nominate leaders in the consumer electronics industry whose influence and vision extend beyond the brands they promote or the stores they run. We wanted people with foresight, who inspire and motivate their employees—people with the drive to go farther and do better. We wanted executives who are as good for the CE business as the CE business is for them. Each person appearing below is just that kind of individual.The goal was to find some of the best minds

New Gear
December 1, 2002

HP's Compaq Tablet PC TC1000. Available now at prices starting at $1,699 SRP. This model is built around the Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 1.0-GHz processor and has a 10.4-inch TFT display NVIDIA GeForce2 Go 100 graphics; built-in wireless 802.11b, up to 60 GB hard drives and USB 2.0 connectivity. Call (800) 752-0900 or visit Minolta DiMAGE X. Available now for $499 SRP. With the same compact design as its successful 2.0-Megapixel DiMAGE X, Minolta's next version upgrades to a 3.3-Megapixel CCD and in uses a 3x optical zoom combined with a 4x digital zoom. Call (201) 825-4000 or visit

New Gear- CES Audio
February 1, 2002

While there may have been no market shaking product announcement that will change the way we think about audio in consumer electronics, what CES did offer the audio category was new models of products across the category with more features—not a bad thing. Digital audio (MP3, WMA, etc.) is working its way into everything from portable CD players to DVD players. Hard drive devices are increasing from the portable sizes up to component devices. Expect to see more this year as Imerge, a British company who makes hard disk-based audio devices, announced OEM relationships with several well known CE manufacturers such as Integra

2000 Geography of Retailing
March 1, 2000

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade In this section, Dealerscope profiles the top 10 retail demographic market areas, reporting on 1999 retail entrances and exits, regional economic highlights and outlooks for 2000. 1. New York City Entrances & Exits: When Circuit City opened its first store in New York City in 1998, it proved to other national chains that the big rent of the big city is quickly compensated by the big spenders in the big city. Consequently, the Big Apple in the last year saw even more megastore openings. Office Depot opened its first Manhattan store—a 21,000-sq.-ft .store