Barrett's, the Chicago area custom technology company, will host an unveiling of its new design center next Wednesday.
Renowned New York City high-end audio retailer and custom installer Stereo Exchange is commemorating 25 years in business with an invitation-only event Nov. 5 that launches a multi-day celebration running through Nov. 8, replete with special sales and product premieres from select manufacturers.
The secret behind Sounds Like Music's hybrid business model—a store for the 21st century By Natalie Hope McDonald Dave Wiggs knows there's a friendly war brewing between home theater installers and major out-of-the-box retailers. But you wouldn't know it to judge this president's newest store. Sounds Like Music, the Phoenix, Arizona-based home theater, telecommunications, lighting and security provider, operates on the schizophrenic notion that both camps can, in fact, get along. Wiggs is both retailer and custom installer. Now on his third branch in the chain, the company's corporate infrastructure banks on two specific high-end markets: showroom buying and custom home installing.
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By David Dritsas Despite the setbacks of the market economy in the latter half of 2000, home and personal audio sales have still been strong. Recent numbers from the Consumer Elec-tronics Association report that the first three quarters of 2000 were up 11 percent over 1999, totaling $6.2 billion in revenue. Following suit, manufacturers are showing no signs of slowing down product introductions. At the 2001 CES, audio enters the new year with some interesting new technologies, as well as the convergence of other consumer technologies into traditional devices. No doubt, the transition of MP3 and digital audio to home audio components is
President O. Perry Clay of Sharp Electronics Corp. retired, effective December 31. He had been with Sharp for 17 years, having left Westinghouse Electric Corp. where he served for 23 years. He will continue to serve Sharp as an advisor to the chairman for an agreed period to assure a seamless transition. Sharp has not yet announced who will replace Clay. The company also named Bob Scaglione vice president of marketing of the company's consumer electronics group. Scaglione joined Sharp in 1989 as a sales manager for audio/visual products. Dr. Herbert Wörner will hand the reins of CEO and president of BSH Bosch
By David Dritsas When Mark Ormiston came to Definitive Audio in 1982, he joined a business that owned one store with a handful of salespeople. Today, as president of the company, Ormiston oversees two stores and a diverse staff of 64 employees that includes salespeople, architects, designers and software developers. Certainly, a lot has changed in the store's 25 years. Definitive Audio is no stranger to the pros and cons of changing times in the retail business, but it has managed to come out on top as one of the most successful independent audio/video retailers in the Puget Sound area. Today, it represents some
For the last few years, fans of multi-channel audio have been barraged with one new format after another. First, they were told to upgrade from Dolby Pro Logic to Dolby Digital. Then came along DTS, which sounded better but was limited to a handful of titles. Now, consumers and those who sell to them are confronted with Surround EX, yet another new format, created by Dolby Labs and Lucasfilm, which is licensing the technology through its THX subsidiary. Surround EX adds a discrete rear-center audio channel, in effect bumping Dolby Digital from 5.1 channels to 6.1. Only two DVD titles, Austin Powers: The Spy