Henry Kloss

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

Tom DeVesto, founder of Tivoli Audio, worked at building his reputation as an audio industry innovator long before he ever got involved in producing a single model.

Every year Dealerscope has the pleasure of honoring the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected by the magazine staff after consulting with various members of the industry. This year, Dealerscope honors five individuals from the retailing and manufacturing parts of the industry. These inductees represent the best and brightest talent in the consumer electronics world. They have singled themselves out through their vision, leadership and accomplishments, and have helped shape the industry for the better. In the pages that follow we profile this year’s inductees and allow them to share their experiences and

Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA), the buying group for mid-size audio/video specialists, added Cambridge SoundWorks as a new member. This brings HTSA's membership to 53 retail businesses, with new members to be announced in the coming months, according to Richard Glikes, the organization's executive director. "The addition of Cambridge SoundWorks to HTSA builds on our mission to offer our vendors access to the finest and most experienced audio/video retail businesses in the country. Our strengths and weaknesses compliment one another. We will grow, learn, and prosper together," notes Glikes. Cambridge SoundWorks introduced one of the first mainstream multimedia speaker systems and table radio

Hall of Fame Sam Runco CEO and Founder, Runco International By Joe Paone When it comes to front-projection television and the home theater concept, Sam Runco is guilty of numerous inventive and first-to-market transgressions: aspect ratio control, line doubling, large-screen front projectors, flat-screen projection systems, external convergence controls and DLP projectors, to name a few. Indeed, he stakes a viable claim to the home theater concept itself. Runco's not going up the river for any of this stuff, mind you. These guilty charges have led to nothing but accolades from home theater installers and connoisseurs. Simply put, Sam Runco is the patron saint of

Branding partnerships put consumers — and retailers — in the mood to buy. By Janet Pinkerton One-off brand licenses for consumer electronics are common, but ongoing relationships between licensee and licenser are on the rise, as electronics manufacturers and retailers seek to differentiate their products amid commodity pricing and a consolidated retail base. Some companies, like Gemini Industries and Polyconcept USA, built a portfolio of brands as their core business model over time. Gemini's most recent coup occured with Wiley Publishing's "For Dummies" line, aimed at demystifying digital technology. Polyconcept has built a branded line-up of novelty and nostalgic products priced to compete with

Edited by David Dritsas 1920s The roaring twenties roared through the radio, as the technological developments in radio waves and electrical engineering of the late 19th and early 20th centuries came to fruition for the mass market. As the stock market soared, so did the number of radio stations broadcasting commercial programs. Crosley was the first to introduce a crystal radio set, which became the standard until companies such as RCA, Westinghouse and Zenith quickly followed with models of their own. As radio made its debut, appliances also found their way into homes. General Electric (GE) introduced some of the first electrical stoves, while

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