San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Edmond, Okla. —Petra Industries recently mailed its 1,200+ page, 2013 spring catalog to more than 75,000 independent retailers, e-tailers and custom installers and integrators across the U.S.
Petra’s spring 2013 catalog showcases over 20,000 products from more than 500 industry-leading manufacturers including Sony, Canon, SiriusXM, JVC, Garmin, Clarion, RCA, Midland, Monster, Jensen, Belkin, Peerless, Ballistic, Trident, Griffin, iLuv, Speck, iHome, Scosche, Pentax, Conair, Panasonic and more.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Integra has introduced a mid-level home-theater receiver with key new home integration and performance features for 2013.
The Integra DTR-30.5 is the company's first receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces for modern media connectivity.
It is also Integra's first
with 4K passthrough and up-scaling for Ultra High-Definition video displays, and it includes new Phase-Matching Bass technology, the company said.
Clearwater, Fla. — iSimple, a division of Aamp of America, took the wraps off a pair of vehicle accessories today and will have the devices on display during CTIA 2013, held in Las Vegas next week.
The BluStream car kit (model ISBT52) is designed to be used with any car featuring a 3.5mm jack. The plug-in device enables in-car Bluetooth and connects to most car radios, the company said. Suggested retail is $59.95.
Features include an echo-canceling microphone, a Call/Play button, A2DP streaming, USB power port for charging. It’s currently available.
Santa Monica, Calif. – Samsung’s 85-inch (model N85S9000) Ultra High-Definition TV came to Video & Audio Center, here, Wednesday night and drew a crowd of more than 130 customers.
According to corporate director Tom Campbell, the special Samsung event drew many customers from the movie business and, most importantly, four sets were sold at the suggested retail of $40,000 each.
Jackson, Mich. – The imaging-industry trade association PMA issued a statement Thursday expressing support for federal legislation mandating online companies to collect state sales taxes.
Earlier this month, the United States Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which requires online retailers with annual revenue of more than a million dollars to collect sales tax on transactions across state lines.
Denver — Archos today added the 3G-enabled Archos 80 Xenon to its Elements tablet line.
The $199 80 Xenon is an 8-inch tablet running Android 4.1 and has a Qualcomm quad-core 1.2GHz processor, built-in GPS and an SD slot capable of taking a 64GB card.
The device begins shipping in June.
Melville, N.Y. - ADI reports that Troy Leach, product manager at Triphase Technologies in Carmel, Ind., has won two brand new Chevrolet Camaro Coupes in the distributor’s customer appreciation sweepstakes.
Leach was the lucky recipient selected from over 17,000 entry forms received the sweepstakes.
For more than ten years, ADI has awarded a lucky dealer with a brand new car through its customer appreciation sweepstakes. Thousands of ADI customers complete entry forms each year at U.S. ADI Expos and industry tradeshows including ISC West, InfoComm, and CEDIA EXPO.
Tokyo – Due mainly to growth in its medical equipment businesses, Olympus said Wednesday it returned to black in fiscal year 2012.
It reported a group net profit of $78.4 million (8.02 billion yen), compared with a loss of $479 million (48.99 billion yen) in the previous year.
But company president Hiroyuki Sasa said Olympus sustained a greater than anticipated operating loss of $225 million (23.07 billion yen) from its imaging business, mainly consisting of digital cameras.
Bellevue, Wash. – Component-audio supplier Peachtree Audio has expanded into all-in-one tabletop speakers with the launch of the three-way Bluetooth-equipped deepblue at $399.
San Francisco – The Android OS will soon join the iOS and BlackBerry 10 operating systems in providing native software support for Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Google announced here at its developers conference.