By Lisa Johnston
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Los Angeles — Cerwin Vega Mobile has begun shipping its smallest car audio amplifiers to date.
The three Class D amps in the Stealth Bomber series are priced from an everyday $239 to $359. Sizes range from 6.61 inches by 4.02 inches by 1.4 inches for the two-channel model, 6.99 by 4.02 by 1.4 inches for the four-channel model, and 8.7 by 4.02 by 1.4 inches for the mono model.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
New York – Haier is expanding its operations in the Americas with the planned opening of a new headquarters in Wayne, N.J., in the third quarter of 2014.
“As Haier continues to develop our footprint across the Americas, we believe it is important to establish a facility that is ready for the expansion,” said Adrian Micu, president and CEO, Haier America. “We are building an organization better suited to support our customers and consumers through a more holistic consumer-centric approach and the new facility will foster this collaboration.”
Fort Worth, Texas — RadioShack plans to close upward of one-quarter of its store base amid deepening losses.
The chain reported a net loss of $191.4 million in the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared with a year-ago loss of $63.3 million. Net loss for the full year hit $400.2 million, compared to a $139.4 million loss in 2012.
Los Angeles — Tonewood Products is offering a line of iPhone cases made from the same high-end wood grains used for acoustic guitars.
The two-piece cases, in such materials as maple, rosewood and mahogany, are custom fitted for iPhone 4 and 5 models and feature a padded inner lining and exteriors that are unique to each unit due to the natural varieties of the hardwoods. Each case features wooden volume and power buttons, interior felt padding and rubber lining.
Irvine, Calif. — Western Digital subsidiary WD has expanded its prosumer personal Cloud drive line with the My Cloud EX2, a two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system with capacities up to 8TB.
The My Cloud EX2 joins the existing four-bay My Cloud EX4 in a line aimed at creative professionals and prosumers.
The unit comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode to protect data out of the box but is easily configurable into other data-protection modes such as USB, Cloud or LAN/WAN backup, the company said.
Chester Springs, Pa. – Azione Unlimited (AU), the education/buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has released its schedule of conferences, webinars and meetings for the balance of the year.
This month the group will hold its Spring Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas March 19-21. More than 150 members are already registered to attend, AU said.
Next up is a member meeting in New York June 24-26 during CE Week.
On Sept. 10, the group will convene again for its annual AU member cocktail party at the Tilted Kilt at CEDIA.
Las Vegas — Reliable Softworks will showcase new releases of its merchandising software at the Nationwide Marketing Group’s PrimeTime show here next week.
The company, which provides web services to Nationwide’s dealer members, will demonstrate its updated ReliaSale platform, which offers enhanced inventory, delivery and reporting functionality for appliance, furniture, CE, mattress and home furnishings retailers.
Austin, Texas – Samsung launched Monday its Chromebook 2 series.
The two Chromebooks will ship in April and include 11.6-inch ($319 suggested retail) and 13.3-inch configurations ($399). Both feature improved performance, longer battery life and a slim, light build.
Both Chromebooks also feature enhanced durable textured lids with a stitched design. Battery life for both models is listed up to 8.5 hours per charge.
Dallas — Starpower, a four-store dealer and custom installer of premium and ultra-premium A/V and appliances, will hold its first customer Expo of the year this weekend.
The three-day event, running March 7-9, will again be held at the company’s recently remodeled flagship showroom in North Dallas, where more than 50 manufacturers will demo their wares. Participating CE vendors will include Bose, Epson, JBL, Klipsch, MartinLogan, Polk, Samsung, Sonos and Sony, while majap representatives will include Sub-Zero, Thermador and Viking.
Petaluma, Calif. — Elan Home Systems is launching its first dedicated in-wall lighting-control keypad for integration with its g! multiroom audio/home-control system.
The $290-suggested KPCW7 keypad operates the brand’s Elan Lighting by Pulseworx lighting system, which incorporates Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) power-line control technology to make the system suitable for retrofit installs.