AVAD To Reopen Seattle Office April 3

AVAD To Reopen Seattle Office April 3

By TWICE Staff On Apr 1 2014 - 12:34pm

AVAD branch showroom


Seattle – AVAD is hosting a grand re-opening of its branch, here, on April 3, unveiling a newly designed showroom and offering limited time promotions and exclusive benefits for area integrators.

The distributor said that starting at 9 a.m., guests can explore the new showroom, enjoy great food and interact with some of the industry's top brands.

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WiSA, ALMA Ink Membership Agreement

WiSA, ALMA Ink Membership Agreement

By TWICE Staff On Mar 25 2014 - 9:22am




San Francisco — The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) and the Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics International (ALMA) announced the signing of membership agreements in each other’s organizations.

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SVS Expands Dealer Sales

SVS Expands Dealer Sales

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 24 2014 - 9:39am




Girard, Ohio — Speaker maker SVS, which started as a direct seller of subwoofers to consumers, has built up its U.S. dealer base to account for almost 20 percent of its U.S. volume, the company said.

With the addition of Texas-based Starpower’s online store and four brick-and-mortar stores, SVS now has 30 dealers with retail storefront selling its products, a spokesperson said.

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Coakley Joins AudioSource As Executive VP

Coakley Joins AudioSource As Executive VP

By TWICE Staff On Mar 24 2014 - 9:33am

Tim Coakley
Tim Coakley


Portland, Ore. — Tim Coakley, formerly with Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics (IMCE), joins AudioSource today as executive VP.

Coakley, a 28-year CE veteran, was most recently vendor management and marketing VP at IMCE for the past six years. He will report to CEO Tom O’Mara.

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D&M Holdings Sells Off 2nd Pro Brand, Eyes Sale Of OEM Car Audio

D&M Holdings Sells Off 2nd Pro Brand, Eyes Sale Of OEM Car Audio

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 21 2014 - 11:42am

D&M Holdings CEO Jim Caudill
D&M Holdings CEO Jim Caudill


Mahwah, N.J. – D&M Holdings sold off its Calrec pro audio business as part of its effort to “put more of our resources and organizational focus on building our core consumer business,” said D&M Holdings CEO Jim Caudill.

The company, which does business as D+M Group, sold its Allen & Heath pro-audio business last June. Both Allen & Heath and Calrec were sold to London-based Electra Private Equity.

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Samsung Reveals Audio Pricing, Ship Dates For ’14

Samsung Reveals Audio Pricing, Ship Dates For ’14

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 20 2014 - 1:41pm

Jim Kiczek, Samsung’s director of digital audio and video, with the company’s Sh
Jim Kiczek, Samsung’s director of digital audio and video, with the company’s Shape wireless multiroom-audio speakers.


New York — Samsung revealed prices and availability dates of a new home-audio lineup that expands the company’s selection of Wi-Fi-based wireless multiroom-audio products.

The audio products were unveiled at International CES.

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AwoX Makes Leap To U.S. With Wireless A/V Products

AwoX Makes Leap To U.S. With Wireless A/V Products

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 19 2014 - 4:36pm

AwoX’s $99 StriimLink Wi-Fi/DLNA music streamer connects to home hi-fi systems t
AwoX’s $99 StriimLink Wi-Fi/DLNA music streamer connects to home hi-fi systems to create a wireless multizone-audio system controlled from a mobile device.


Palo Alto, Calif. — Privately held AwoX, a French software company specializing in DLNA middleware, launched its first wireless consumer products a year ago in Europe and has begun rolling them out in the U.S.

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Sonos Upgrades App For Wireless Multiroom-Audio System

Sonos Upgrades App For Wireless Multiroom-Audio System

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 18 2014 - 11:54am

Sonos’ new app features universal search across streaming services.
Sonos’ new app features universal search across streaming services.


Santa Barbara, Calif. — Sonos is updating its control app for tablets and smartphones by updating the user interface and launching a new universal search function.

The Android and iOS apps will be available in the spring, though a beta version of the Android app is available today. Updated desktop controllers for Apple computers and PCs will be available “later this year,” the company added.

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B&O Names New President

B&O Names New President

By TWICE Staff On Mar 13 2014 - 4:24pm

Kathy Thornton-Bias
Kathy Thornton-Bias


Deerfield, Ill. — Bang & Olufsen named Kathy Thornton-Bias as president, replacing Zean Nielsen.

The appointment is effective March 17. Nielsen is leaving to join Tesla Motors.

Thortnon-Bias was most recently president of retail for the Museum of Modern Art, and she has also held positions with Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Aupeo Adds Talk Services To App Mix

Aupeo Adds Talk Services To App Mix

By Greg Tarr On Mar 10 2014 - 3:40pm




Austin, Texas — Aupeo, Panasonic’s radio streaming service, used the SXSW Festival to announce it is teaming up with top news, traffic and weather networks to expand its listening experience for users.

At the same time, the service revealed that its recommendation algorithms now adapt to individual Love and Ban information and provide recommendations for talk content as well as music.

Aupeo said CBS Radio News, TheBlaze Radio News, TheBlaze Radio Network, AccuWeather, GEO Traffic and Umano have been added as talk content partners.

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