Capitol’s CEDIA Exhibit to Reflect Expanding Options in Smart Home, Wireless Entertainment, and Networking for CI and Light Commercial Pros
EAGAN, MN, July 30, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial integrators, will feature products that highlight the evolution of home entertainment and back-end technology in its 2019 CEDIA Expo exhibit, September 12-14, in booth #2908 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.
“In the past year, we’ve seen a quantum leap forward in the expansion of wireless A/V and Smart Home products,” said Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “And to keep it all moving with speed and efficiency, advances in fiber optics are resulting in faster data transfer rates while the cables themselves are easier to install and terminate.”
Wireless speakers are proving to be beneficial to CI professionals, with increases in sales of both the category as a whole and, more specifically, smart speakers that complement consumers’ lifestyles.
“Last year, the market experienced sales of approximately 60 million wireless speakers, nearly 2/3 of which were smart speakers,” said Mr. Hayes. “In 2019, we expect to see an overall increase of 10 million units, with close to 45 million smart models sold by year’s end.”*
Capitol offers advanced wireless solutions from the market’s leading wireless speaker designers and brands, including Polk Audio, KEF, Denon Heos, and JBL Pro, among others.
Like the growth of wireless entertainment, Capitol’s CEDIA booth will reflect the company’s expanding selection of Smart Home models that give custom professionals extensive opportunities to grow their business by helping their customers increase their reliance on these products in their homes. Among its many custom-only and DIY options, the company will feature new smart outdoor lighting models from Ring that send an alert to the brand’s cameras that trigger them to start recording whenever they detect motion.
“Ring is a perfect example of a brand that takes an essential need – in this case, home security – and gives the customer an intuitive system that can be expanded through an ongoing series of product innovations,” said Mr. Hayes. “Customers have the benefit of a secure home that is easily monitored, while custom pros reap the benefits of introducing product and system upgrades to loyal clients.”
As data speeds increase, custom installation professionals are finding necessary improvements to home networks an important, lucrative path to increasing the value of modern installations. As such, Capitol’s CEDIA 2019 exhibit will devote space to fiber optics, especially cables from TechLogix that are now easier to terminate, thereby increasing installation efficiency on the job site.
Commented Mr. Hayes: “From the beginning, we’ve been bullish on the subject of networking, and the improvements in fiber optics transfer rates and installation efficiency give our customers yet another reason to remind their customers that investing in a strong network backbone is one of the most important ways to improve performance of every connected product under one roof.”
Capitol Adds Cleer Audio Headphones & Speakers to Premium Incentive Brands
Cleer Audio high performance headphones and speakers provide rich sound and are aesthetically appealing.
EAGAN, MN, June 26, 2019 – Capitol, a leading consumer electronics distribution source for the premium incentive market, continues to expand its selection of high-demand consumer electronics products available to the premium channel with the addition of Cleer Audio high-performance headphones and speakers.
“Consumer electronics is consistently the leading product category in the premium incentive market,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Wireless audio is a proven winner when incentivizing staff. Cleer Audio has a stellar reputation among the most demanding audiophiles, along with casual listeners who simply want to enjoy good music from products that complement their lifestyle.”
"We at Cleer are really excited to kick off this new partnership with Capitol to introduce our award-winning products to this channel of business. I've worked with the team at Capitol for many years and I know that together, our products with their relationships will provide industry leading support to the Premium Incentive Channel and to their end-users," said Scott Ashbaugh, Director of Global Sales, Cleer, LLC.
Two of the Cleer Audio models Capitol now offers include the ALLY true wireless in-ear and FLOW noise-cancelling over-the-ear models. Both the ALLY and FLOW headphones epitomize the ideal mix of sound, ergonomics, and aesthetic. The ALLY is IPX5-rated for super resistance to dirt and sweat. The FLOW on-ear model features hybrid active noise-cancelling technology and bold high-resolution sonic output.
“Wireless audio and Bluetooth technology in general has come so far as to finally rival the sound of wired models,” added Mr. Hayes. “Cleer Audio is clearly harnessing the potential of the new technology and adapting it for any number of appealing consumer-friendly personal audio products.”
Capitol and Wilson Electronics Partner to Educate Custom Pros on Business Opportunities in Cellular Amps
Featured webinar will focus on business opportunities, technologies, short-term market goals, and more
EAGAN, MN, May 22, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, announced that it will join forces with Wilson Electronics on Tuesday, June 4, 10 AM EST/9 AM CST, to present a timely webinar on how custom professionals can build business by adding cellular improvements to their menu of specialties and services.
Hosted by Capitol’s Technology Sales Specialist, Chris Scanlan, and featuring Brac Jenkins, National Sales Manager, Wilson Electronics, the webinar “What Are You Doing to Fix Your Client’s Cell Signal?” will focus on current and upcoming developments in technologies that improve cellular signals in homes and commercial facilities.
Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO, said: “Custom professionals typically offer a selection of cellular amplifiers and similar products, but the market is exploding in such a way that there is a need to understand exactly how new products can increase profitability by offering demonstrable improvements in cellular reception, in any sized facility.”
Over the course of the detailed webinar, Mr. Scanlan and Mr. Jenkins will focus on topical subjects, including causes of cellular connectivity problems, where cellular amplifiers fit in a custom pro’s arsenal of services, opportunities for building profitability, a solution overview, and much more.
By partnering with Wilson Electronics, Capitol will bring its customers an information-packed webinar featuring the leader in cellular amplifiers for home, retail, and corporate environments. For example, Wilson’s new WilsonPro Pro 1100, a recently introduced professional-grade cell signal amplifier, which offers continuous connectivity in up to a 35,000 square feet coverage area—never overloading or shutting down due to a strong outside cell signal.
For greater control and usability, the Pro 1100 utilizes a color LCD touch screen, allowing users to troubleshoot, assess performance, adjust the outside antenna, and turn bands on and off. Its modern, intuitive design makes for easier antenna connection and wall-mount installation.
Added Mr. Hayes: “Capitol’s commitment to education and training is one of the most important benefits of doing business with us. We feel it is important to bring greater understanding of lucrative technologies to everyone in the market. We hope that all custom installation pros in the residential and light commercial channels join us for a deep dive into one of the most relevant profit opportunities in the market.”
Capitol to Present Two AVR-centric Webinars Via Facebook Live Stream
Pioneer Elite and Onkyo to Be Featured in Company’s Double Feature Live Stream Debut
EAGAN, MN, March 26, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, is going to present back-to-back new product training webinars live on Facebook, April 23rd. These trainings will be on the new Onkyo and Pioneer receivers that include features and benefits for the custom installation market. Both sessions will be presented by Rolf Hawkins, International Sales Trainer, Onkyo USA Corp.
“We’re proud to offer Capitol’s customers two critical sessions that speak directly to custom professionals via Facebook’s live stream feature,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “These sessions will focus on new high-performance AVR models from two of the leading brands in the business, and we want to make sure that both presentations reach the maximum number of participants without them having to leave their office.”
Beginning at 10:30 AM CST, Mr. Hawkins will present an overview of Onkyo’s 2019 receiver lineup, as well as a review of Onkyo favorites MCA1120 and PCA1120, both of which are designed for the custom installation channel. Among the most important features of the new products is compatibility with Sonos and Apple AirPlay2, and a Zone2 DAC at lower price points. The new CI models also include dual HDMI outputs for video, virtual height channels, and are certified IMAX Enhanced.
The second session, beginning at 10:45 AM CST, will cover the Pioneer/Elite 2019 receiver lineup, with important features similar to those of the Onkyo models.
To join either session, participants only need to “Like” Capitol’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CapitolSalesCo/. Then, on April 23rd, simply log in to Facebook and look for the Capitol LIVE streaming webinar link at the top of Capitol’s page or near Facebook Stories.
Following the live sessions, they will be available on the company’s Facebook page and YouTube channel in the Webinar playlist: https://bit.ly/2HRousG,
Capitol Debuts New Logo in Rebranding Campaign
New Logo Represents Capitol’s Commitment to Evolving with its Customers
EAGAN, MN, January 21, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, unveiled a new logo that is the focal point of a rebranding campaign that was launched on January 2, 2019.
The new logo features the company name with their iconic “play” button in Capitol Teal within the “O” of the company name.
“Capitol is in the midst of a rebranding effort, driven in no small part by our Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist, Megan Larson,” commented Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “From our website, collateral and eFlyers to our customers, Megan is creating an updated, unified appearance for all things Capitol, which of course begins with a new logo that features a fresh appearance while still being recognizable to our longtime clients.”
The new logo is now part of all of the company’s communications, website, and social media pages, and will be incorporated into event signage, show displays, and any venue where Capitol has a presence.
“The design of our new logo communicates who we are today and captures many of our core values,” said Ms. Larson. “Our refreshed look symbolizes our expertise of the products we sell and the simplicity of working with us.”
Capitol Appoints A/V Veteran Jacki Montgomery as a Technical Sales & Design Specialist
Jacki Montgomery Brings Extensive Channel Experience to Distributor’s Sales and Support Team
EAGAN, MN, September 24, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, today announced that Jacki Montgomery joined the Capitol team as a Technical Sales & Design Specialist following 18 years as owner and president of Carroll, IA-based Sound and Service, Inc., an audio/visual specialty dealer originally founded in 1977 by her mother Pat. “With business growing and new vendors coming on board all the time, we are always on the lookout for specialists who not only know how to sell, but who have a deep understanding of our customers’ business from the inside out,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Jacki brings years of experience on the front line. She knows exactly what our customers experience day in and day out, and is in the best position to help them thrive in a changing market.”
An audio/video specialist who literally grew up in the business, Ms. Montgomery brings a lifetime of professional experience to her new role. When her mother, the store’s founder, passed in 2000, Ms. Montgomery assumed the helm of the family business and successfully led it into the 21st century. Under her guidance, Sound and Service grew to become a leader in specialty audio/video for the home.
"As a Capitol customer for over 25 years, I valued the depth of both project and product knowledge,” said Ms. Montgomery. “The sales team works with customers to provide outstanding solutions for any size business. The company culture is exciting, motivating and supportive, in addition to the other important elements in any organization's makeup success: vision, strategy, marketing, financials, and knowledge. I am delighted to join the team.”
Capitol Adds LeakSmart to its Selection of High-Performance Networked Products for the Home
LeakSmart Brings Advanced Leak and Flood Protection By Shutting Off Water Mains within Five Seconds
EAGAN, MN, September 13, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, now offers the complete line of LeakSmart products to its customers throughout the U.S.
LeakSmart is revered as the world’s most intelligent and reliable leak and flood protection system for the home. The company is on a mission to protect every home and family from catastrophic water damage caused by devastating leaks and floods. To that end, when LeakSmart senses a leak, it shuts off the water main in less than five seconds, protecting homeowners from devastating water damage and notifying them via the LeakSmart app. Homeowners simply place LeakSmart sensors in basements, garages, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and around HVAC units for whole house protection.
“LeakSmart provides the best imaginable protection from water damage, but its value to the custom professional is much deeper,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Custom professionals and plumbers are in the enviable position of being the most qualified experts to install such a high-performance system, especially when homeowners need to upgrade their network to meet the demands of these and other connected products under their roof.”
Recently, the company introduced LeakSmart Snap, a shut-off valve control that installs without tools or the need to cut into the main water supply. Homeowners can extend protection during power and WiFi outages with the new LeakSmart Hub 3.0, with built-in WiFi and a battery back-up Zigbee system hub that works even when the internet and power is down.