Neal Manowitz

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

Sony today will begin selling through its stores and authorized dealers its first premium sound bar product: the $1,299 HT-ST7.  The 46-inch-wide system also includes a dual-driver wireless subwoofer and offers Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) “touch and play” connectivity with compatible mobile devices. 

For the custom electronics and home automation suppliers at this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS), the soft housing market and the lag in recovery that is expected to occur well after the federal government’s economic stimulus package takes effect are all the more reason for them to have a presence on the floor here, in Orlando’s sprawling Orange County Convention Center. “This is our first IBS, and the reason we came,” explained Paradigm’s marketing manager, Mark Aling, “is to help set up home builder-installer contacts. Lots of home builders don’t know who to trust on the CI side. When you give that key

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