By TWICE Staff On Apr 4 2011 - 4:01am
World Wide Stereo Holds
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA. —
March was a busy
month for Bob and Ron’s World Wide Stereo. First
the Philadelphia-area A/V specialty chain helped raise
more than $610,000 for its local Ronald McDonald
House during a five-hour fundraiser with CBS-TV affiliate
CBS 3. The dealer itself contributed $5,000 and
gave away Klipsch Series Image S3 earphones to spur
pledges, which were taken on-air by World Wide staffers.
“Our credo has always been to do well by doing
good,” said president and founder Bob Cole.
More recently, Cole offered up his Montgomeryville
showroom to Motorola Mobility to test HDMI compatibility
between Motorola’s set-top products and World
Wide’s broad assortment of 3DTVs and A/V receivers.
“It was a great way to ensure that our customers
get to enjoy a great entertainment experience by
finding and addressing issues before [they] would be
affected,” Cole said.
Retrevo.com Morphs Into CE
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Retrevo.com
, the consumer
electronics review site, has integrated a shopping
component into its research function. The company,
founded in 2006, collects reviews and other data from
across the web to provide what it describes as comprehensive,
unbiased and real-time assessments of
tens of thousands of CE products.
Last month Retrevo added a comparison shopping
platform as well as its own deal-of-the-day sale items.
“Add to Cart” buttons now appear alongside recommended
products that are available through partner
e-tailers, while a “Do Not Add To Cart” button is reserved
for items that the system doesn’t recommend.
“Over the last five years, Retrevo has become the
second-largest review site in the world for consumer
electronics,” said Retrevo CEO Vipin Jain. “Now Retrevo
will help shoppers complete their journey by including
checkout and order processing on our site.”
B&O Opens Third Florida
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. —
Bang & Olufsen
opened a new showroom here in the Village of Gulfstream
Park late last month. The 1,470-square-foot
shop features the company’s full product portfolio in
addition to custom-installation services for both commercial
and residential properties.
In a statement, B&O America president Zean
Nielsen said the new location is the company’s third
showroom in Florida and “represents our strong and
growing presence in the South Florida market.” B&O
supports nearly 1,000 freestanding showrooms and
in-store shops around the world.
According to the new showroom’s co-owner Robert
Melnick, the assortment includes the new BeoSound
8, B&O’s first iPad/iPod/iPhone docking station, and
the BeoVision 10 LED TV line in 32-inch, 40-inch and
46-inch screen sizes.
Petra Releases Largest
Mobile A/V Flier
EDMOND, OKLA. —
National CE distributor Petra
Industries said its 208-page 2011 mobile A/V sales
flier is its largest ever. The catalog features more
than 400 new items and 300 price drops, and has
been mailed to more than 14,000 independent retailers
and e-tailers nationwide, the distributor said.
New additions include full lines of speakers, amplifiers
and subwoofers from RE Audio; vehicle observation
and security products from CrimeStopper;
new flagship navigation, multimedia and A/V in-dash
head units from Pioneer and Clarion; and Power
Acoustik’s full line of mobile video units featuring a
new programming technology called IngeniX.
Other categories include GPS receivers, marine A/V,
car installation kits, satellite radio receivers, speakers,
subwoofers, iPod/iPhone interfaces and radar/laser detectors.
The flier is also available at www.petra.com/current-email
, and pricing specials are valid through Oct. 2.