San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York – Haier America has tapped industry veteran Rian Cain to run its major appliance business.
Cain joins Haier from American TV & Appliances, where he was sales and marketing VP. Prior to that he held the same title at Sharp Electronics, where he headed the manufacturer’s home appliance division. He began his career at Maytag, where he rose through the sales and marketing ranks over the course of his 22 years with the vendor.
Williamsville, N.Y. – Stereo Advantage is moving.
The Buffalo, N.Y.-area specialty A/V dealer and system integrator is relocating its showroom and operations to its nearby and more spacious service center facility, where it will have more sound rooms and a wider selection of merchandise on display.
The new concept showroom, dubbed The Stereo Advantage Warehouse Sales Center, will provide consumers, businesses, schools and other institutions a full range of design, integration and installation products and services.
Solon, Ohio –– CAD Audio is rolling out new custom color options for its flagship Sessions MH510 headphones.
The company said the new line is in response to "numerous requests from artists, producers and users."
The new Sessions MH510GD headphones in gold/white are now available, and will be followed to market by chrome/white, high-tech gray/white and pink/white color options.
Sessions headphones are currently available in black, white/red, black chrome and black/orange designs.
Minneapolis – Sony Electronics’ three-step line of 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs are rolling out to Best Buy stores this week.
Nearly 750 locations will carry the XBR-X900 series, which includes Sony’s 84-inch flagship and recently-released 65- and 55-inch displays.
The LED TVs are Best Buy’s first Ultra High-Definition models.
The 4K sets will formally go on sale this Sunday, and BestBuy.com is already taking pre-orders for the 55- and 65-inch models, a Best Buy spokesperson told TWICE.
Denver -- HydraConnect this week announced improvements to its HSS line of HDMI matrix processors.
The company has added three new system drivers, for Savant, Bitwise Controls and Elan g! automation systems, and has extended the replacement warranty on its processors to five years.
The HSS line already supports Control4, Crestron, RTI, and iRule systems.
Current owners of HSS-2 and HSS-3 processors will have their existing warranties retroactively reset to the original date of purchase.
Santa Monica, Calif. – Video & Audio Center is continuing to push Ultra HDTV (a.k.a. 4K) events, this time with Sony Electronics.
Sony will demonstrate its TVs and its Xperia Tablet Z, at an event, here, Thursday, May 23, that will also highlight the retailer’s own local job fair and an announcement on new store openings.
Currently Video & Audio Center has three locations.
The event will be held at the store on 1426 Wilshire Blvd. on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The TVs and tablet will go on sale at 5:30 pm.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Polaroid has been named the official action sports camera sponsor of the 2013 King of Wake wakeboarding series.
King of Wake draws the sport’s most prestigious contestants from around the world into a season-long points chase to determine the ultimate champion.
The King of Wake series will make eight stops throughout the United States, commencing in Orlando in April and ending in August in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Chatsworth, Calif. —Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) has begun shipping its latest additions to the Ti Series of Micro’s and A’Diva’s satellite speakers.
The Micro SE and A’Diva SE (Special Edition), which are enclosed in 4- and 5-inch diameter all-metal spheres respectively, perform like much larger audiophile speakers, the company said. One of the benefits of the new speakers’ technology is the ability to present a vivid, 3-D soundstage regardless of listening position.
Port Washington, N.Y. – iLuv Creative Technology has begun shipping its first audio dock designed specifically for Apple Lightning devices, the Aud 5 Lightning speaker dock.
Originally unveiled at the 2013 International CES in January, Aud 5 allows users to enjoy their favorite music from their iPhone 5 or iPod while simultaneously charging their device.