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Capitol Teams with Eagle Scouts to Help Homeless in Local Community

‘We Got Your Back’ Campaign Bringing Badly Needed Supplies to Homeless in the Hennepin County, Minneapolis Region

EAGAN, MN, July 19, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, is teaming up with the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts to help the homeless in the Hennepin County, MN area.

As part of the “We Got Your Back” project, 10-12 Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts, led by aspiring Eagle Scout, Logan Shea, will fill backpacks with blankets and toiletries for distribution to the homeless.

As a show of support, Capitol bought 100 backpacks, and the company’s staff contributed a total of $1,500 to buy material for the blankets that will be tied by participating scouts, Hennepin County leaders, and Capitol employees. All work on behalf of the project will take place at Capitol’s headquarters in Eagan on July 20 and 21.

“Capitol believes it’s important to give back to the community and support the good work that’s performed on a regular basis by Eagle Scouts,” said Curt Hayes, Capitol president and chief financial officer. “We are proud to support such a worthwhile program.”

“This project is an example of the importance of showing leadership and engaging others while taking part in meaningful work,” according to Kent York, Marketing Director at the Boy Scouts of America’s Northern Star Council. “The Eagle Scout Project Workbook requires Eagle Scouts to perform community service. With Capitol’s tremendous support, a group of our finest scouts will achieve their goals through helping the neediest members of our community.”

Three different teams of Eagle Scouts will distribute the filled backpacks to groups that are respectively devoted to helping the beneficiaries move out of the homeless support system, aid children in the Child Protective Area who are moved into protective custody, and shelter residents in their teens.

Capitol Teams with Eagle Scouts to Help Homeless in Local Community

 

Capitol Adds Philips Hue to Growing Selection of Connected Home Products

Philips Hue Illustrates How Household Lighting Is Taking a Giant Leap Forward In the Era of the Connected Home

EAGAN, MN, June 29, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, now offers Philips Hue Smart Home Lighting as a powerful personal wireless lighting system that lets users control up to 50 connected Hue lights throughout the home or office.

Featuring the Starter Kit with three LED bulbs and a network hub, Philips Hue uses the ZigBee LightLink standard so that Hue bulbs communicate with each other as well as other ZigBee-based devices such as motion sensors and home thermostats. The network hub offers a broad signal range, and uses significantly less stand-by power than traditional Wi-Fi systems. Additional apps developed for Hue are available through app stores or meetHue.com.

Philips Hue offers maximum flexibility, featuring compatibility with some of the market’s most popular Smart Home products. Hue works with Nest, interacting with all Nest products. Consumers can use a Nest Cam to turn off the lights when leaving a room, or to switch lights to see through smoke if there is an emergency. In addition, Hue is compatible with Amazon Echo, making it easy to control lights simply by asking.

Added Hayes: “Philips Hue illustrates how the IoT is making a lasting impact on both the DIY and custom channels. Installers, in particular, are benefitting from how easy it is to add Hue to as a complement to new and existing whole-home systems. All that is needed is a robust network and a minimal amount of labor to incorporate Hue into any sized project.”

Capitol Adds Philips Hue to Growing Selection of Connected Home Products

 

Capitol Debuts Massive Website Renovation with New Mobile-friendly Design, Robust Search Engine, and Much More

Capitol Marks Site Upgrade with Free Shipping Offer through June 30

EAGAN, MN, June 5, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, today debuted a new website that boasts multiple improvements to the user experience.

The upgrade, which comes as a direct result of dealer feedback on what Capitol’s customers said would be a boon to their business, features several improvements. With a bold, new responsive design for easy access on smartphones and tablets, the site, www.capitolsales.com, now includes several benefits such as a more robust search engine, multiple “My Favorite” lists encompassing categories that best fits customers’ respective needs, a “Quick Order” option, and an enhanced order tracking function.

“The new site is easier to navigate in every possible way,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “We designed it from the top down to be easy to navigate with any device, and with the power to customize the experience for each user’s unique needs. It wouldn’t have been possible without input from our client base.”

As a way to mark the occasion, Capitol is offering existing and new customers a special promotion that gives them free shipping on any parcel ordered through Capitol’s website, provided that it is delivered to the recipient’s business address. The promotion runs through June 30, 2017.

Capitol Introduces New Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI Cable Series

 

Capitol Introduces New Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI Cable Series

New Capitol-branded Series Adheres to Standards Set By HDMI Cable Certification Program

EAGAN, MN, May 9, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, is now shipping its new house brand of Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI cables, with advanced, rugged construction designed for years of trouble-free high performance.

The new cable, which includes Capitol branding on the jacket and connector, brings the exceptional characteristics of certified premium HDMI cables to an affordable price point to satisfy installers and consumers alike.

“ With 4K the de-facto standard in new TV sales, premium HDMI cables are a necessity with every purchase, both on the sales floor and in-home during custom installations,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “The HDMI Premium Certification Program set a new standard for the state-of-the-art in specifications for current products, and we are out to set a similar standard for value and reliability with any cable baring the Capitol logo.”

Capitol Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI cables comply with premium certification standards in every respect. Every cable offers full 18 Gbps bandwidth, with simultaneous dual video streams and a variety of audio capabilities, including Dolby/True HD, Dolby Digital Plus and compressed audio. Capitol-brand premium HDMI cables support refresh rates up to 240 Hz, HDR (High Dynamic Range) for exceptional color and contrast, and 32 audio channels, with 1536 kHz audio sampling frequency.

When considering the needs of installers and consumers, Capitol added EASY ID Color Clips for quick and easy identification, and a unique anti-counterfeiting HDMI label is part of every package.

Cables are available in seven lengths: .5m, 1m, 2m, 3m, all of which are 30 AWG; and 4m, 5m, and 6m, which are 24 AWG. All Capitol Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI cables.

Capitol Introduces New Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI Cable Series

 

August Smart Lock from August Home Joins Capitol’s Growing Selection of Products for the Connected Home

August Smart Lock, August Doorbell Cam, August Smart Keypad, and August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge Give Consumers the Power to Manage Security with a Single, Intuitive App

EAGAN, MN, April 5, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, announced today that it is a distributor of record for products from August Home, a leading provider of smart locks and smart home access products that make life more simple and secure.

Specifically, Capitol added six August Home products to its selection: AB01M01G01 August Doorbell Cam (silver and dark gray color options), AK01M01G01 August Smart Keypad, AC02 August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, and SL02M02S02 August Smart Lock (pictured left; available in silver and dark gray color options).

“The August Smart Lock is a perfect example of how IoT is presenting new opportunities for the CE and custom channels alike,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “All of the August Home products give consumers cost-effective and intuitive ways to manage their front door from wherever they happen to be. The August products are an easy impulse purchase at retail, and the perfect security products for new construction and retrofit upgrades that tap into the potential of a robust home network.”

The August Smart Lock, August Smart Keypad and August Doorbell Cam create the complete Smart Home Access solution. The August Smart Lock turns a smartphone into a smart key where consumers can lock and unlock their door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes with a 24/7 activity log. The August Smart Keypad also lets users create unique entry codes for family, friends and service providers to unlock an August Smart Lock without a traditional key or smartphone. The August Doorbell Cam lets consumers see and speak with visitors at the door, from anywhere, using a smartphone.

August Smart Lock from August Home Joins Capitol’s Growing Selection of Products for the Connected Home

 

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