San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
San Francisco – New hard-drive-equipped music systems due from Olive Media in the first quarter include the company’s first models with built-in amplifier, smartphone connectivity, and new OS.
Indianapolis – Dion Longworth, product development and technology director at Indy Audio Labs, and his wife Jennifer died as a result of the recent home explosion in Indianapolis.
Longworth previously worked for Klipsch, said Indy CEO and co-founder Rick Santiago.
Indy Audio Labs worked with the families of the deceased to establish an educational fund through the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Santiago said. The fund will assist in education scholarships and grants as well as community beautification projects.
West Hartford, Conn. – Home automation supplier Legrand acquired multiroom-audio company NuVo as part of its continuing plan to acquire companies whose products complements its own, the company announced.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Legrand concentrates on the low-voltage entertainment, security, lighting, communication, and automation solutions for residential markets. Its other residential brands include OnQ, Vantage, and Biticino.
Onkyo, Imagination Technologies, and Pure, the consumer product division of Imagination Technologies, have formed a strategic collaboration in connected audio technologies.
This multi-faceted agreement will draw upon Imagination’s breadth of processor, connectivity, cloud and audio technologies to complement Onkyo’s audio expertise, premium brand and geographic reach. These will be brought together to enable Onkyo to deliver connected audio capabilities across its product range, strengthening its leadership in the high quality audio market, the company says.
Providence, R.I. – Nortek, parent of multiple residential and commercial systems brands, posted its second consecutive quarter of net profits, but the figure was small.
In its fiscal third quarter, the company posted a $4.7 million net profit compared with a year-ago loss of $2.1 million. Second-quarter net profit was $18.5 million compared with a year-ago net loss of $31.9 million. The first-quarter net loss was $1.2 million.
In fiscal 2011, the company posted a net loss of $55.9 million following a 2010 net loss of $13.4 million.
San Francisco – U.K.-based Pure, which arrived in North America in 2010 with a variety of tabletop Internet radios, has added its first color-touchscreen model.
The $449-suggested Sensia 200D Connect also expands the company’s selection of tabletop Internet radios with the ability to play music streamed from Android and iOS mobile devices.
North Andover, Mass. — InstallerNet, which coordinates the installation of consumer and commercial electronics through independently owned mobile and home electronics installers, will manage installation services for home, car and pro audio products made by The Epsilon Group.
Portland, Ore. –The number of networked home audio and video devices certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) doubled since 2010 to more than 500, the alliance reported.
DLNA-certified home audio and video products act as digital media players or renderers, letting consumers browse and play video or music from DLNA-certified products such as PCs, tablets and smartphones. Almost 20,000 products have been certified by the alliance, the group said.
Boston – AudioXperts, the start-up luxury brand founded by industry veteran Eli Harary, has developed a multimedia training program and resource for use by salespeople to familiarize themselves with the company’s 4TV series of audio entertainment consoles.
Tampa Bay, Fla. — iSimple has developed a cable to connect SiriusXM’s new SVX100 add-on tuner to the iSimple GateWay Media Integration kits, which enable factory-radio control of aftermarket audio products and Apple’s mobile devices.
The $189-suggested kits also add factory-radio control of an add-on HD Radio tuner, and it integrates a factory sound system with a hands-free Bluetooth module.
The cable costs a suggested $59.