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Radio Design Labs, Inc. (RDL) Now on Capitol’s Menu

RDL’s Application-Specific Modules Add Multiple Benefits to Residential and Commercial A/V Systems

EAGAN, MN, August 28, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, now offers A/V and control products from Radio Design Labs, Inc. (RDL), a market leader serving both the commercial and residential channels that is known as the pioneer of application-specific electronic modules.

Based in Prescott, AZ, RDL is making a wide range of products available to Capitol’s customers, including stereo and mic stereo line audio mixers, audio converters, power supplies, transformers, attenuators, a microphone preamp, and more.

“RDL is one of those companies that approaches familiar product concepts with fresh thinking,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Consider innovations such as RDL’s single-function modules that enable multiple features to be added to A/V system designs. It’s that type of innovative thinking that makes it one of the most in-demand brands in both the commercial and residential sides of the business.”

The company’s concept of application-specific modules is acclaimed for promoting unsurpassed value and performance. RDL continues to lead the industry with solutions to specific problems as well as building blocks of quality system designs.

Radio Design Labs, Inc. (RDL) Now on Capitol’s Menu

 

Capitol Adds Select Vanco International and PulseAudio™ Models to its Growing Menu of Custom Installation Accessories

Vanco and Pulse Give Integrators Top-Shelf Options for Modern Installations

EAGAN, MN, August 23, 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 now offers select home theater installation accessories from Vanco International LLC, an industry leader in AV distribution and electronic accessory products.

In addition, Capitol added a high-performance, weatherproof speaker with Bluetooth® wireless technology and a Bluetooth wireless transmitter from PulseAudio™, a brand of Vanco, to its product mix.

“As the leading distributor of electronics for residential and light commercial contractors, it’s our job to give our customers the tools they need for efficient and reliable installations, no matter the size of the project,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Vanco’s AV accessories assure the reliability our customers count on, with an emphasis on simplicity and ease of installation every time.”

With a 60-year legacy of serving the AV industry, Vanco International, LLC engineers, manufactures, and sells premium audio/video products and electronic accessories that are 100% QC tested from their U.S. headquarters. Vanco is committed to helping the dealer and distributor community succeed in creating high-quality customer experiences across home theater, premium audio, and commercial installations.

As part of the new agreement, Capitol now carries Vanco’s Evolution line of 4K HDMI splitters, Cat5e/Cat6 extenders, an advanced HDMI over Coax extender, and an HDMI switch with Multiview.

The PulseAudio PA360 also joins the Capitol collection, giving installers and their clients a complete all-weather 2.1 Bluetooth audio system with up to eight hours of battery life on a single charge. Also, Capitol now offers the PulseAudio PABT100 a transmitter/receiver with Bluetooth wireless technology, giving users the power to add Bluetooth functionality to portable audio players, PCs, TVs, and other devices that may not have the option on board.

Capitol Adds Select Vanco International and PulseAudio™ Models to its Growing Menu of Custom Installation Accessories

 

The FIBARO System Now Available through Capitol

FIBARO Integrates Sensors, Controls and More in One Simple System

EAGAN, MN, August 14, 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 FIBARO’s selection of advanced home control electronics is now part of the distributor’s growing menu of Connected Home products.

FIBARO, a leading manufacturer of residential IoT solutions, provides a comprehensive ecosystem that adapts to the specific home’s environment and the needs of its users. Designed for both unshakable reliability and ease-of-use, FIBARO’s extensive catalog includes sensors (pictured left), dimmers, wall plugs, remote controls and data gateways.

“FIBARO is a great example of a company that is clearly focused on using a powerful home network as the backbone of a smart and intuitive web that ties security and controls together in one expandable package,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Not only are their products tailored to the needs of casual users, they also control some of the leading brands in the business, including Russound, Philips HUE, Yale locks, and many more.”

The FIBARO System, known as Home Center, is comprised of a hub and accessory devices using Z-Wave smart home technology, making them compatible with other Z-Wave controllers including URC and RTI. Most recently, Fibaro launched a new product line compatible with Apple HomeKit. All FIBARO products can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world via smart phone, tablet or computer.

Added Hayes: “At a time when the custom channel is quickly learning to embrace the IoT, companies like FIBARO are leading the charge with a system that provides an easy gateway for consumers to experience the many benefits of a connected home.”

The FIBARO System Now Available through Capitol

 

Capitol Joins Forces with Area Scouts to Create Backpacks Full of Necessities for Homeless in Hennepin County, MN

‘We Got Your Back’ Campaign A Success Thanks to Hennepin County Scouts and Capitol Team

EAGAN, MN, August 3, 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 its “We Got Your Back” project was a resounding success, thanks to the combined efforts of local Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts, and Capitol employees.

Led by aspiring Eagle Scout, Logan Shea, scouts, scout leaders, and Capitol team members filled 100 backpacks with blankets and toiletries for distribution to the homeless.

“When planning this effort, we knew that everybody involved was 100% committed to helping the homeless in our area, but the sight of so many kids and adults working hard to support the less fortunate in Hennepin County was truly inspiring,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “I am very proud of everyone involved in this worthwhile project.”

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 took place at Capitol’s headquarters in Eagan on July 20 and 21.

Three different teams of Eagle Scouts distributed 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 Joins Forces with Area Scouts to Create Backpacks Full of Necessities for Homeless in Hennepin County, MN

 

Capitol to be All Things IoT at CEDIA 2017

Scan a Badge, Have Some HDMI Cable

EAGAN, MN, August 1, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as CE dealers, will feature its latest Connected Home selection at the CEDIA Expo, September 5 – 9, in booth #3535 in the San Diego Convention Center.

“We see the upcoming show as a time to celebrate the age of the IoT,” commented Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Trends and capabilities have grown at a near-exponential rate over the past year, and we’re keeping lock step with a mix that represents the most lucrative products that tap into the profit potential of the Connected Home, from entertainment to controls, security, and the accessories that keep a robust network functioning with maximum efficiency.”

Home controls that fall under the IoT banner will be a key component of Capitol’s display, with Nest products featured alongside Works with Nest components that give homeowners easy access to security, lighting, and more through the intuitive Nest app. A featured Works with Nest selection will be Ring’s line of advanced technology video doorbells.

One of the big success stories in the IoT is the rapid growth of the connected door lock, which puts homeowners in control of home locks via apps also link to video security applications. At CEDIA, Capitol will highlight both Schlage and August Locks in its booth.

Capitol’s CEDIA collection of home video products will be highlighted by the latest, most in-demand models from industry leaders LG and TCL, both of which will be represented by stellar new 4K consumer models. In addition, LG Commercial will be a standout for commercial displays that bring smart TV benefits to presentations, lobbies, and more.

Where there is 4K video, there is a need for Capitol’s Ultra HD/4K Premium HDMI cables. 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. (Every show attendee who has a badge scanned at the booth will be given a free Capitol 1M premium HDMI cable as a thank-you gift for stopping by.)

The audio category will once again feature HEOS by Denon, which brings Denon-quality audio to any—or all—rooms in the home by easily connecting via Bluetooth or an existing Wi-Fi network through the HEOS app, available for iOS, Android™ and Fire™ devices. Also on hand will be the latest entries from Pioneer, Onkyo, and KEF, with products that answer installers’ demand for products that blend seamlessly with a multi-room entertainment and control system.

Rounding out the selection in Capitol’s CEDIA display will be an extensive menu of networking products, featuring Luxul, the leading innovator of simple-to-deploy professional grade IP networking solutions for use by custom installation professionals. Also on hand will be industry-leading control solutions from URC and RTI.

Capitol to be All Things IoT at CEDIA 2017

 

Capitol Adds Listen Technologies’ IR, RF and WiFi Models to Menu of Sonic Solutions for Light Commercial Installations

Listen Technologies’ Assistive Listening Products Set Standard for Reliability, Intuitive Operation

EAGAN, MN, July 26, 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 the distributor now offers a focused selection of Listen Technologies’ receivers, transmitters, headphones, chargers, and accessories.

Listen Technologies develops products that create exceptional user listening experiences in a variety of groups or gatherings. The company thrives on innovation, leading to the delivery of exceptional wireless communication systems. These solutions are commonly used for assistive listening and language interpretation in houses of worship, tour groups, fitness centers, stadiums and other applications.

“Listen Technologies’ audio solutions are some of the most reliable and adaptable on the market,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “The company’s engineers are experts at creating products that minimize noise and improve listening conditions in the most challenging environments. Our customers are big fans of Listen Technologies’ intuitive product design and reliable performance.”

Among the IR, RF and WiFi products included in Capitol’s Listen Technologies lineup are Intelligent DSP RF transmitters, and RF and IR receivers, in addition to universal headphones, antenna kit, rack mounting kit, and accessories such as charging cases and trays.

Capitol Adds Listen Technologies’ IR, RF and WiFi Models to Menu of Sonic Solutions for Light Commercial Installations

 

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

 

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