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In his more than 10 years of teaching architects and interior designers the basics of low-voltage technology, Josh Christian has learned some critical lessons: First, say “drapery,” never “drapes.”

As the big box retailers of the world bulk up their inventory and square footage, Denmark-based Bang & Olufsen is doing business a little differently. The high-end electronics supplier has started rolling out a svelte new retail expansion plan—650-sq.-feet at a time. “Plans are underway for the first of the eight stores to open,” says Kim Gravesen, president of Bang & Olufsen America in Arlington Heights, Ill., in a press statement. The new retail concept will mirror the company’s larger showroom models found around the world by using minimalist Scandinavian design and interactive displays. The new stores also include three home theater set-ups and

As the big box retailers of the world bulk up their inventory and square footage, Denmark-based Bang & Olufsen is doing business a little differently. The high-end electronics supplier has started rolling out a svelte new retail expansion plan—650 sq. feet at a time. “Plans are underway for the first of the eight stores to open,” says Kim Gravesen, president of Bang & Olufsen America in Arlington Heights, Ill, in a press statement. The new retail concept will mirror the company’s larger showroom models found around the world by using minimalist Scandinavian design and interactive displays. The new stores also include three home theater

Alberto Fabiano, partner, DSI Entertainment Systems, West Hollywood, Calif. Bob Gartland, president, AVAD Buying Group David Wexler, president, The Little Guys, Glenwood, Ill. What is the overall outlook for audio in 2006? What is being done to promote audio better? Bob Gartland: Our audio business is up and distributed audio is growing. There are a few aspects to it. We’ve been selling in-wall speakers with volume control, with keypad control, with speaker selectors for a long time. There’s a reasonable amount of consumers who have owned some version of it, and will want to own it again in their next home or when

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