Russ Johnston

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

Pioneer understands that people are already carrying around all the content they need on their smartphones and they are making it easier than ever to access it.

"The smartphone has become the source for consumer entertainment. They want to share content from their device(s) and we're making that happen, whether it's at home, in the car, or on the go," said Russ Johnston, executive vice president of corporate communications for Pioneer Electronics.

Pioneer Electronics detailed its newest offerings for the connected car, along with its latest wireless home solutions, during a Wednesday CEA Line Shows briefing.

On the car electronics front, it highlighted improvements realized in its AppRadio 2, the sequel product to the original iPhone-only-compatible AppRadio that debuted at last year’s Line Shows.

The Home Entertainment Source (HES) division of BrandSource outlined Sunday for the members who attended its Orlando-held Summit a group of fresh initiatives that will include the debut of Connected Source – a program that HES executive vice president Jim Ristow called “a turnkey concept for HES members so they can display and demo the latest technologies in a showroom in a store-within-a-store model, at low cost.”

Professing that “HES is the only national alternative to the box stores for high-end consumer electronics,” Home Entertainment Source executive vice president Jim Ristow kicked off Day One of the Brand Source buying group’s Dallas-held “Mission Possible: Success” 2008 Summit – a convocation that included motivational and manufacturer presentations, deal-brokering and networking opportunities –which this year attracted a 75 percent larger attendance from the HES membership, he said. Bob Lawrence, Brand Source CEO, noted that the HES outbranch, which had recently passed the 500 mark in membership numbers, “has significant meaning to the Brand Source group as a whole; it’s

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