Specialty Sound & Vision 2017 CEDIA Show Guide

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2017 CEDIA Show Guide

 See the best-selling products for 2018… at CEDIA 2017!!!

Brought to you by Specialty Sound and Vision

 

Dynaudio: Booth # 2700 and Cardiff Room at Marriott Marquis and Marina

Dynaudio will be bringing their comprehensive product line to CEDIA 2017!!!  Dynaudio will unveil their NEW statement Cinema Master home theater system. The Cinema Master system will be a CEDIA must hear! (Cinema Master demos will be held at the Marriott Marquis & Marina – Cardiff Room – 333 West Harbor Drive)  Dynaudio will also be introducing new additions to their acclaimed Studio Series of architectural speakers: the NEW S4-LCR65 Modular In-wall LCR and S4-DVC65 Stereo In-ceiling speakers. We’ll also see new Subwoofer offerings from Dynaudio.

 

Flexson and SoundXtra (American Audio & Video): Booth # 1638

Flexson will be showing their lineup of the industry’s leading SONOS mounting brackets, floorstands, and power cords. New Flexson introductions include; a premium floorstand for the PLAY:5 and an adjustable TV stand for the PLAYBASE.  SoundXtra will be showing a variety of mounting solutions for Denon HEOS, as well as universal speaker mounts and stands and new SoundXtra mounting solutions for Bose SoundTouch.

 

Gallo Acoustics: Booth # 2207

CEDIA 2017 marks the return of Gallo Acoustics, now under new ownership.  Gallo Acoustics continues with perennial Gallo favorites, including: Micro, Micro Se, A’Diva, A’Diva SE, Strada 2, TRD 3 Sub, and will be launching new colors for the Micro and A’Diva models, as well as a new pendant hanging mount for Micros and A’Diva models.

 

Leon Speakers and Media Décor: Booth # 5300

Be sure to stop by Leon’s booth to help our friends celebrate their 20th Anniversary!  Leon will honor their 20th Anniversary with a new and expanded booth featuring unique, solution-based introductions that are truly Leon.  Leon will debut their newly redesigned, top-of-the-line Seven Series loudspeakers.  Leon will also be introducing these innovative, solution-based products:

-NEW MCA (Modular Control Amp), a supremely versatile, small-form-factor amplifier that mounts behind TV’s, complete with Analog and Digital Inputs, Subwoofer Output as well as IR and RS232 control.

-NEW HIFIT (Horizon Interactive FIT), the HIFIT incorporates Leon’s famous loudspeakers in a L-R layout and provides onboard space to accommodate local amps, sources, control, etc. The configuration possibilities are essentially limitless… you’ve got to see the HIFIT!

-NEW Aaros A8-200 Subwoofer ($995 MSRP), styled after Leon’s A10 at a fraction of the price

Leon will be displaying their Horizon and Profile UX Series, the recently enhanced Hz OTO, Profile, Vault, Detail and Timbre series of speakers, as well as their Aaros Subwoofers, Axis in-ceiling speakers, and their Boundary outdoor speakers.  Media Décor featured products, will include the Edge Media Frame, Elite and Eclipse TV concealment solutions. As well as the popular ToneCase products.

 

Straight Wire: Booth # 5334

Straight Wire will be introducing their NEW Plenum Pro Quad Interconnects and Super Quad Speaker Cable, and showing their comprehensive line up of premium audio, video, digital audio and custom cable products.  Straight Wire can also develop custom premium cable packages, tailored to your company’s system designs and can help you add performance and profit to your quotes. Let us show you how!

 

Wisdom Audio: Booth # 4849

For this year’s CEDIA show, Wisdom Audio is featuring their “Sound of Modern Living “ demo,  a 9.4.4 channel Media Room system comprised of Sage L75m (left/right), Sage C38m (center), six Insight L8i (sides/rear), four S110i subs, and four Sage ICS7a elevation channels.  We can’t wait to hear this Wisdom demo!!!  There will also be 2.4 channel, stereo demos of Wisdom’s recently introduced ICS7a In-Ceiling speakers.  Wisdom Audio will debut their new SC-2 and SC-3 System Controllers and offer static displays of their most popular Insight, Sage and Wisdom series of speakers, subwoofers and electronics.

 

 

San Diego Convention Center

111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Show Floor Hours:

Thursday, September 7th         9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

           Friday, September 8th              9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, September 9th          9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  

 To arrange an appointment with our manufacturer partners,

or for a PDF version of this email, please call or email our office.

201-690-9006 office@ssvreps.com

  

 See You In San Diego!

“Teach Your Salesmen Well”

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“Teach Your Salesmen Well”

Why Manufacturers Need Product Training Programs

It has been a few months since I’ve posted a blog but Friday night, during a two-hour conversation with Richard Vandersteen, I was inspired. (Richard has a way of inspiring people!) We were talking about the fact that finally, after eight miserable years, 2-channel business seems to be making a comeback. Problem is, most of the old-time salesmen with a deep understanding of sound and equipment have either retired or uhhmmm… died. And since the audio business has been on life support for the past few years, dealers haven’t exactly been offering vast sums of money to entice a new generation of qualified HiFi salesmen.

As a result, we’re now confronted with a situation whereby consumers once again want to buy high end audio but there aren’t many individuals qualified to sell it. As the remaining “Old Guard” retailers (…and hopefully a few new ones!) gear up to court a new crop of stereo customers, they’re going to have to staff their showrooms with salespeople. But, since HiFi is, at best, an “Esoteric” discipline, the salespeople with which we’re likely to wind up might be experienced at selling Luxury Goods—cars, watches, pens—but know as much about High End Audio as I do about brevity.

It’s too late for us to do much about it: the industry didn’t incentivize educated young men and women to become professional High End salesmen, so we just don’t have any. Instead, we can draw from a pool of well-groomed, well-spoken luxury goods hawkers, most of whom have never owned a great HiFi and even fewer of whom know what makes a HiFi great. The challenge becomes training these newbies so that their audio knowledge approaches their sales ability.

So, who’s going to train these guys? Dealers will have to provide some instruction, magazines will be helpful and the customers themselves will offer guidance but it won’t be enough. And then, it occurred to me: this is the ideal opportunity for manufacturers to offer training as a means of gaining an advantage on their dealers’ sales floors!

In terms of audio knowledge, these “New Recruits” are a blank sheet upon which manufacturers can write their stories…and boost their sales. Let’s say a dealer offers three brands of loudspeakers. If only one of those three vendors offers sales training, you can bet that—all things being equal—the brand that trains will sell best. Dealers will welcome this service, as their training resources have always been marginal (dealers have historically hired enthusiasts who came to the industry with strong product knowledge). Problem is, very few manufacturers have developed comprehensive training programs. This should be easy enough to remedy and the benefits, as described, are obvious.

The lesson here is simple: product training is good business. The first vendors to develop training programs will be the most successful. Let’s get to work!

Specialty Sound & Vision 2017 CES Show Guide

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See the best and brightest stars in high-end audio and video products for 2017… at CES 2017!!!                                   

 Brought to you by Specialty Sound and Vision

 ARCAM (The Sound Organisation): Venetian Tower Suite 30-210

ARCAM will be showing and demonstrating their top-of-line AVR850 ($6000 MSRP), which features “Dirac Live” Room Correction, the most highly regarded Room EQ available, Class G amplification, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. ARCAM will also be showing their latest Solo Music ($2250 MSRP) and Solo Movie ($3000 MSRP) compact lifestyle systems, their A39 integrated amplifier; which all now incorporate ARCAM’s latest refinement of Class G amplification. In addition, ARCAM will be showing the UDP411 Universal Disc player. ARCAM will be introducing their NEW rPlay – Play-Fi streaming DAC, along with the NEW rPhono Phono Preamp.

Bel Canto: Venetian Tower Suite 29-318

Bel Canto will be showing their “Black-Series” ACI-600 Integrated Amplifier, the latest addition to their State-of-the-Art Black System.

Brinkmann : Venetian Tower Suite 29-201 & 29-203

Brinkmann will be showing their NEW Nyquist DAC, along with the Bardo turntable paired with their 10.0 tonearm, Pi Phono Cartridge, Integrated Amp and Fein Phono Preamp.  Additional Brinkmann products will be featured in live demos with the following manufacturers: DeVore Fidelity (Suite 30-116) – Spyder with the 10.5 tonearm. VTL (Suite 30-102) – Balance with 12.1 tonearm and  RöNt. Nagra (Suite 29-121) – Bardo, 10.0 tonearm and Pi Phono Cartridge.

Dynaudio: Venetian Tower Suite 30-136

Dynaudio will be showcasing their newly released Contour Series; including the Contour 60, Contour 30 and Contour 20 Loudspeakers ($10,000, $7500 and $5000 MSRP respectively). Dynaudio will also be showing the latest addition to their best in class wireless speakers, Xeo Series; the Xeo 2 ($1599 per pair MSRP) compact bookshelf/wall-mount mount features Bluetooth connectivity in addition to a host of standard inputs!  Dynaudio will be demonstrating their Contour 60 speakers with the Octave MRE 220 Mono Amps an HP 700 Preamp.

Gallo Acoustics: Venetian Tower Suite 30-103

CES 2017 marks the relaunch of Gallo Acoustics. Gallo Acoustics will be showing their complete line of speakers that will start shipping in January 2017.

Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS): Venetian Tower Suite 29-203

HRS will be featuring their reference level VXR Audio Stand. HRS will also be showing their new Vortex Footers and new S3 Isolation Base.  HRS will be displaying their lineup of industry leading MXR, SXRC, SXR and RXR audio stands, M3X isolation bases, R Series Shelves and noise reduction products.
HRS products will also be on active demo in several other manufacturers rooms.

Shunyata Research: Venetian Tower Suite 30-333

Shunyata Research will be doing things different for this CES and will meeting by appointment only.

Please let us know if you would like to make an appointment with the Shunyata Research team.

 Simaudio Ltd.: Venetian Tower Suite 29-139

Simaudio will be debuting their newest, their hugest, most enormous, massive and mighty 888 Monaural Amplifier. Conservatively rated at 1.2hp and weighing in at 250 pounds!! Some may think that Simaudio has gone off the deep-end… the 888 also carries a SIX figure $$$ price tag.  Simaudio will also be showing their complete lineup of MOON Neo and Evolution series of high-performance preamps, amplifiers, DAC/CD transports, DACs, network audio streamers and headphone amplifiers.

Straight Wire: Venetian Tower Suite 29-212

Straight Wire will be debuting several new products; the Pro Thunder Power Cord, Black Thunder II Power Cord, Expressivo Grande II Speaker Cable, LHDS and CHL 4K HDMI Cables and USBF-Power Only USB Cable.  Straight Wire will also be showing their comprehensive lineup of high performance interconnects and speaker cables, HDMI cables, power cables, USB cables and custom installation solutions.

Vandersteen Audio: Venetian Tower Suite 29-201

Vandersteen Audio will be featuring their Quatro Wood CT Loudspeakers.

 

To arrange an appointment with our manufacturer partners, or for a printer-friendly version of this e-mail please call or e-mail Caitlin at our office.

201-690-9006 caitlin@ssvreps.com

CES 2017 Exhibit Dates and Hours

Thursday, January 5th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, January 6th: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 7th: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 8th: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stereophile LOVES PrimaLuna’s ProLogue Premium Power Amp!

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Stereophile LOVES PrimaLuna’s ProLogue Premium Power Amp!

In the November, 2016 issue of Stereophile, just released, reviewer Herb Reichert raves about the PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium Power Amplifier.

His conclusion: PrimaLuna’s ProLogue Premium has become my new reference for low-power, high-value amplification. Class A sound at a Class C price” It doesn’t get any better than that!

The Fun begins on Page 83: please check it out!