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Works with Nest Products Bring Maximum Synergy, Profit Potential to Capitol’s Customers

Works with Nest Enables Connected Products to Integrate Seamlessly with Nest Products

EAGAN, MN, March 27, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, is expanding its selection to include products that are Works with Nest certified, bringing industry-setting standards of reliability and ease-of-use to custom integrators and their customers.

The Works with Nest setup experience is simple. Once users identify the Works with Nest integration they’d like to use, they can go to the Works with Nest section of the product’s app and login with their Nest account to authorize the connection. Capitol currently offers dealers and resellers 31 Works with Nest products.

Among the Works with Nest products Capitol distributes is SkyBell HD, a smart doorbell camera that sends a live video feed to the owner’s smartphone or tablet. Users can turn Nest Cam on or off through the SkyBell app and if Nest Cam detects sound or motion while in Away mode, it will tell SkyBell HD to turn on and start recording. Additionally, if Nest Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide, SkyBell HD will blink red to indicate it is not safe to enter the house.

“Works with Nest is the most comprehensive and compelling connected home platform today,” said Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “All the developments in smart home technologies don’t mean anything if consumers find it frustrating to sync their connected devices. Works with Nest is an important key in alleviating these challenges with products that play well together as they become essential to consumers’ lifestyles.”

Works with Nest Products Bring Maximum Synergy, Profit Potential to Capitol’s Customers


Capitol Adds Pioneer and Pioneer Elite to its Home A/V Line-up

Agreement Includes Pioneer’s Complete Selection of AVRs, Mini-Systems, Speakers, and More

EAGAN, MN, February 28, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, today announced that the full selection of Pioneer and Pioneer Elite home audio/video products are available to Capitol’s customers throughout the U.S.

First established in 1938 as an audio products manufacturer, Pioneer is recognized as a world leader in electronics products. Under the terms of the agreement, Capitol now offers its customers the full breadth of Pioneer and Pioneer Elite home A/V electronics, including audio/video receivers, speakers, turntables, two-channel components, and mini-stereo systems.

“The Pioneer name is synonymous with industry-leading products that are in demand by A/V enthusiasts and casual listeners alike,” said Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “Pioneer’s deep selection and reputation for innovation and reliability will no doubt make it a profitable addition to our customers’ product offerings.”

Among Pioneer’s recent introductions is the top-of-the-line Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 11.2-channel Class D3 AVR with 200 watts/channel into 6 ohms, 140 watts/channel into 8 ohms, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and a wide variety of streaming services so consumers can use their mobile devices to stream audio directly to the receiver.

Capitol Adds Pioneer and Pioneer Elite to its Home A/V Line-up


Capitol Builds Remote Control Lineup with Addition of Pro Control

Innovative, Ultra-reliable Home Control Products Satisfy Consumers with Intuitive Operation, Long-term Reliability

EAGAN, MN, February 14, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, is expanding its selection of high-performance, highly reliable control options with the addition of Pro Control smart home solutions.

Pro Control, a division of Remote Technologies, Inc., is an award-winning manufacturer of innovative home control products. The company’s programmable remote controls, professional-grade control systems, and accessories provide advanced control solutions for professionally installed entertainment systems.

“With every evolutionary and revolutionary improvement we see in smart home and A/V technology, we see a greater need for control options to satisfy a wide variety of installation and customer experience scenarios,” said Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “Pro Control’s product selection features solutions for every installation, which continually makes it a favorite among our customers.”

Among Pro Control’s acclaimed product line is the industry-favorite Pro24.z. When used in conjunction with a Pro Control processor, the Pro24.z offers infrared and Zigbee® communication for control and feedback from lighting systems, AV receivers, and more.

Added Hayes: “As much as professionals focus on the technologies that go into creating the most popular A/V and whole-house control products, consumers need to have the disparate pieces tied together with an intuitive, reliable remote that takes the guesswork out of day-to-day operations of their system, and that’s precisely why Pro Control products are proven to be lucrative for our customers.”

Capitol Builds Remote Control Lineup with Addition of Pro Control


Capitol Brings Google Home to Dealers and Custom Specialists Throughout the U.S.

The Google Assistant on Google Home Makes the Connected Home a Reality for Everyone

EAGAN, MN, February 6, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, now offers Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.

“The Google Assistant on Google Home is the best example of how artificial intelligence [AI] technologies are revolutionizing the Connected Home experience at every level,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “As we’ve seen with Android, Chrome and the world’s most popular search engine, Google is more than adept at conquering every category it enters, and this will only spell success for Connected Home dealers and custom specialists.”

With the Google Assistant, Google Home provides hands-free help while also featuring an integrated high-excursion speaker for enjoying music and more. Just start with, “Ok Google” to enjoy music, get answers straight from Google, manage everyday tasks, and easily control smart devices, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat. With the power of Google’s Natural Language Processing, the Google Assistant on Google Home allows users to speak in a casual, conversational tone.

Added Hayes: “One of the best Google Home features is that its usefulness will continue to expand as new partners are added, making it the ultimate future-proof assistant. It’s one of the best and most affordable investments for dealers and consumers alike.”

Capitol Brings Google Home to Dealers and Custom Specialists Throughout the U.S.


Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) Joins Capitol’s Lineup of Advanced Solutions for Custom Professionals

Market Leader RTI Features Extensive Selection of Residential and Commercial Solutions

EAGAN, MN, January 24, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, today announced that it now offers the complete line of RTI control systems, featuring the company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall user interfaces, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories.

“For nearly 25 years, RTI has lead the market with control and automation solutions that perform Herculean tasks while remaining simple and intuitive for the end-user,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Custom pros have long revered RTI’s product selection, which consistently represents the best of current technologies taken to the extreme, in terms of both value and reliability.”

“Capitol is founded on a commitment to stellar customer service and technical expertise,” said Mike Everett, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas, for RTI. “This level of support will be a great value-add for our dealers in the Midwest while strengthening our elite network of distribution partners.”

RTI currently offers a new range of control and audio distribution products, including the KX10 in-wall user interface, featuring a large fully customizable 10-inch LCD touchscreen, along with direct control options and HD video capabilities. In addition, the company supports the latest devices and equipment on the market. RTI integrates with a variety of third-party electronic systems, including recently released drivers for Russound, IC Realtime, Lutron, Luxul, Panamax, and more.

Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) Joins Capitol’s Lineup of Advanced Solutions for Custom Professionals