SpeakerCraft Releases In-Wall Subwoofers
March 5, 2008

The in-wall speakers manufacturer SpeakerCraft has introduced a new line of in-wall cinema subwoofers, the first of their kind from the company. The speakers, meant to be installed along with new construction projects, are shipping now. Previously, SpeakerCraft’s subwoofers had all been floor-based. The product features red enclosures, the woofer itself (featured 8-, 10-, and 12-inch versions) and amplifiers (150, 200 and 250 watts.) They are available at an MSRP, respectively, of $999, $1,299 and $1,959. For more, visit www.speakercraft.com What do you think about the subwoofers? Talk about it at the CustomRetailer forums.

CI-Friendly Speakers Make CEDIA Debuts
September 6, 2007

New loudspeaker SKUs taking their market bows at the CEDIA Expo on the pre-opening-day circuit from SpeakerCraft and Proficient Audio Systems featured designs that are meant to optimize placement flexibility and minimize installation time and hassle, said the respective companies’ spokesmen. For SpeakerCraft, new at this show is a bevy of intros. In brief, they include: • The TIME (Theater In Motion Experience) Minis, three new, smaller-footprint drop-down motorized ceiling speakers that are at a fixed 45-degree angle (versus their larger brothers’ adjustable angles); • Three NEAT! (Narrow Edge Audio Technology) in-wall and in-ceiling models that use SpeakerCraft AIM technology but, being “flange-less,” will

Linear Brands Unveil CAT-5 Audio Distribution Platform
September 6, 2007

The Linear Home Technology Group, which includes SpeakerCraft, Niles Audio, ELAN, ATON and Xantech, unveiled DIGI-5, a low-cost audio distribution technology that will serve as a common platform for easier integration of products released by Linear’s brands. The company also plans to make the platform available to other companies that meet certain licensing requirements. Announced Wednesday at Fall CEDIA Expo 2007 in Denver, the protocol is designed to transmit digital music over CAT-5 wiring. It is the first collaborative development project to emerge from the various companies under the Linear umbrella. The announcement was made ahead of a series of SpeakerCraft product

SpeakerCraft Announces Smaller Speakers
August 13, 2007

The speaker maker SpeakerCraft said last week that it will introduce a trio of new speakers in their TIME line, the TIME Mini. TIME, which stands for Theater in Motion Experience, was introduced last year, and the new line features smaller versions of the same motorized, in-wall speakers. The smaller models, which are mounted at a 45-degree angle inside a cylinder, which rotates when the system is activated. The Mini comes in three models: the Mini 2, Mini 5.1 and Mini 5.3. They are priced, respectively, at $315, $465 and $565. For more information, visit www.speakercraft.com

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

Lynn Suess, 45, Suess Electronics, Appleton, Wis.
June 15, 2007

First Job in the CE Industry: This job. I started here part-time. This is a family business, but I’m here all the time now. 15 years. People in the military who serve the country and are serving our country right now are my heroes. Especially I look up to the World War II vets. Always be honest. Establish rules and expectations for your employees and always stick to it. If someone is not a team player, no matter how good they may be, they’ve got to go. They might be the number one sales guy, but if they are disruptive to the

Life|Ware Makes Retail Showcase Debut at Magnolia
October 27, 2006

Magnolia stores opening today in Santa Monica and Santa Clara, Calif. will be host to the first retail display of Life|Ware’s digital entertainment and automation solution. A home integrated with the Life|Ware product will be on display inside each store. The showroom will demonstrate multiple zones in the home, including a media room, media bar, home office, equipment office and front door. HP products, such as the HP z565 digital entertainment center, will dominate the showcase, but the flexibility of the platform to work with multiple manufacturers is also on display with products from Lutron, B&K, SpeakerCraft, Aprilaire, GE Security,

2,200 Mile Bike Ride to CEDIA Earns $40,000 for Cancer Research
October 26, 2006

The CE Express, a group of CE industry cyclists raising money for cancer research, successfully completed their planned ride from Maine to Colorado, arriving at CEDIA Expo 2006 as scheduled. On Monday, the group announced that the ride raised more than twice last year’s expedition, topping $40,000 in proceeds. The money will be contributed to the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Maine in equal portions. CEDIA President Ken Smith, who led the ride, said, “Along our trek, we met so many people who were personally touched by this disease. They inspired us to keep

HTSA Gets Pumped at Fall Meeting
October 26, 2006

Home Theater Specialists of America held their 10th annual fall meeting October 6 - 9 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Ill. “The Faying Fall Pump Up,” as the meeting was called this year, hosted 150 vendor partners and members. Dr. Al Bates of The University of Colorado presented on the financial strength of the business. Holiday marketing initiatives, a “How to Increase Volume and Profitability” roundtable and an explanation of Services Suite by new director of training David Berman were also featured. New products from Arcam, ERA, Color Kinetics, SpeakerCraft and Kaleidescape were displayed.