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Dirt Devil® Central Vacuums Added To Capitol’s Product Mix

EAGAN, MN, February 26, 2020 – Capitol, the leading electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential systems integrators, now offers its CI customers a selection of Dirt Devil®’s central vacuum systems and accessory kits.

Included in Capitol’s mix of Dirt Devil® products are filter cyclonic power units, disposable bag power units, garage vacuums and electric kits.

“When it comes to quality vacuum cleaners and accessories, Dirt Devil® is one of the most recognizable names in the business,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Our customers could realize a boost to their bottom line by incorporating the brand in their product offerings.”

"H-P Products is proud to partner with Capitol Sales to bring the convenience, power and value of Dirt Devil® central vacuums to their customers. This partnership will provide Capitol's extensive customer base with many additional profit opportunities," said Greg Calderone, Vice President, H-P Products, Inc.

Dirt Devil® Central Vacuums are manufactured under an exclusive brand licensing agreement by H-P Products, Inc. (H-P). H-P manufactures many different brands of residential central vacuum systems and accessories.

“Even the best vacuums on the market occasionally require replacement parts and upgrades,” added Mr. Hayes. “We’re happy to give our customers access to this important pathway to boosting profitability.”

For additional information, visit www.capitolsales.com/Catalog/brands/dirt-devil

 

Beale Street Audio Gives Capitol’s CI and Light Commercial Customers a Full Range of Sonic Options

Vanco’s Beale Street Audio Features Extensive Selection of Top-Shelf Speakers, Subwoofers, and Amplifiers

EAGAN, MN, February 4, 2020 – Capitol, the leading electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential systems integrators, announced today that the entire Beale Street Audio product line is available to custom installation professionals throughout the country.

Beale Street Audio, which was acquired by Vanco in 2017, is firmly established as a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance architectural speakers and amplifiers. The company is famous for their highly-acclaimed line of Sonic Vortex powered architectural speakers, which offer an unprecedented level of deep, rich, bass output and room energizing dynamics with 6 to 9 dB boost over traditional in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers that utilize the same enclosure size.

“Our customers are charged with providing their clients with audio systems that are equal to or better than what they expect from traditional hi-fi gear, let alone custom installed products,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Vanco’s Beale Street selection is meticulously designed to not only meet sonic expectations, but to last for years, no matter what changes or upgrades are made to other elements of the system.”

The full Beale Street Audio line includes a variety of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers and accessories suitable for any application in the custom installation and light commercial channels.

 

InstallerNet Partners with Capitol Sales to offer Product Distribution through its Nationwide Network of Installers

EAGAN, MN, January 15, 2020 – InstallerNet, a leading nationwide provider of installation services for consumer technology in the home and in the car, announced today a new partnership with Capitol Sales (“Capitol”) to provide its partners a new distribution channel. Capitol is a leading consumer electronics distribution source to professional installers and integrators. Both companies will capitalize on their leadership strengths to further enable manufacturer partners to effectively bring products to market.

“As we develop new installation programs for our manufacture partners, often there is a desire to explore product distribution to our high-quality network members” stated Tony Frangiosa, CEO of InstallerNet. Especially with startup companies, it’s difficult to manage the highly fragmented channel of installers. “Since InstallerNet already trains its members on the product, allowing them to make a purchase for resale is a strong value-add to our programs”.

This partnership will also offer Capitol Premier Dealers the opportunity to receive installation leads from InstallerNet enterprise client base. The Premier Dealers will benefit from a new stream of customer demand for their services while having the opportunity to develop long-term value relationships to grow their businesses. InstallerNet Network Members will be able to take advantage of special pricing giving them access to all the top brands with the most competitive buying structure, a dedicated account manager, product training, easy on-line ordering platform and free shipping.

Additionally, InstallerNet will develop a Nationwide Installation Program to support a core set of consumer electronic products offered by Capitol to provide a turn-key solution to their enterprise-level clients. Installation categories include TVs, Thermostats, Surveillance Cameras Systems, Smart Home Devices and other consumer electronics product sold by Capitol. All installations provided by InstallerNet will be backed by a lifetime workmanship warranty.

“We consider it our responsibility to our customers to always be open to partnerships that ultimately help them grow their business,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “We anticipate that through lead generation and opportunities for developing long-term relationships with clients, our customers will enjoy a noticeable jump in their profitability thanks to our agreement with InstallerNet.”

 

Capitol All-Access Dealer Services: A New, Tiered Approach to Further Strengthen Top-Shelf Customer Service

EAGAN, MN, November 5, 2019 – Capitol the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial integrators, today announced a new dealer program that offers residential and light commercial installation professionals assistance throughout any project of any size.

Dubbed “Capitol All-Access Dealer Services” for its wide breadth of options and benefits, the program is divided into two distinct tiers: customers can take advantage of an extensive series of market support tools and assistance with basic system design or upgrade to highly specialized design and related next-level support through the company’s CS Consulting Services and Panasonic phone programming.

“From the beginning, our approach to customer support has been second to none, but we’re always looking for ways to enhance the experience for installers at every level,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “All Access is designed to give all of our customers the support they need, whether fundamental, in-depth, or standing with them through every step of a complex installation.”

As an adjunct to Capitol’s famously aggressive dealer program that features one of the most lauded education series in the custom and light commercial installation channels, CS Consulting Services features a wide range of services, including: network design, configuration and support; residential and commercial automation system design; and residential and commercial A/V configuration.

For additional information, visit the Capitol All-Access Dealer Services page: www.capitolsales.com/services.

 

Capitol’s 2019 Holiday Flyer Hones in on All Things Smart Home

Featured Products in Home Entertainment, Security, and Lighting Represent Most Popular Models and Trends this Year

EAGAN, MN, November 5, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial integrators, today announced that the first of two holiday flyers will feature an extensive selection of products in categories that are proven to be the most successful and in-demand of the 2019 holiday selling season.

Specifically, Capitol’s holiday flyer, which mails this week, features some of the most popular models in smart home, audio/video entertainment, networking, security and portable entertainment.

“Networking products are always among our most popular products because the growing market for connected products demands that consumers upgrade their home networks on an annual basis,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “All of our biggest sellers, including smart home and wireless entertainment products, need a powerful network for trouble-free performance.”

The smart home category experienced accelerated growth this year as more high-end manufacturers introduced products that are within reach of consumers who are comfortable with basic installations. For example, the Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Light Kit is a complete DIY solution that includes the LBDG2WH Smart Bridge, PD6WCLWH White Dimmer (150W dimmable LED/600W incandescent and halogen), White Pico 3 Button Remote, and White Claro Wallplate, Smart Bridge enables control of lights, shades and temperature using the Lutron app.

Similarly, home security options expanded this year, with Speco Technologies’ wireless 1TB four-channel Network Video Recorder (NVR) with four bullet cameras included in the box.

Home entertainment products, too, are assumed to be connected if they are to compete this holiday season, as exemplified by the Onkyo TXRZ740 9.2-channel 4K network audio/video receiver (AVR). From object-oriented formats including Dolby Atmos to easy compatibility with the most popular streaming apps, Onkyo’s connected AVRs give consumers an easy gateway to a complete and extensive range of audio and video entertainment possibilities.

Smart TVs from category leaders such as Sony and TCL are featured as well.

Added Mr. Hayes: “Consumers have arrived at a point where connectivity is no longer an option; it’s an expected feature on the most popular models in every category. Our customers know that when it comes to networking and the latest generation of home electronics, Capitol cuts through the clutter and features the most lucrative products on the market.”

For additional information, visit www.capitolsales.com.

Capitol’s 2019 Holiday Flyer Hones in on All Things Smart Home

 

Capitol Displays KEF Extreme Theater Wall on Site, with a Serving of Barbeque on the Side

KEF Extreme Theater Wall Takes Center Stage as Will Call Customers Enjoy Free Barbecue Lunch, Courtesy of KEF 

EAGAN, MN, October 9, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial integrators, helped its customers usher in October with the help of KEF America and the Last Chance BBQ Shack.

On October 1, Capitol customers within reach of the company’s headquarters in Eagan, MN streamed in to see and hear KEF’s Extreme Theater Wall, an interactive display featuring the brand’s in-wall and in-ceiling Extreme Theatre speakers.

In addition to demonstrations by KEF representatives, Capitol customers who placed orders for pickup were treated to a free barbecue lunch at local favorite Last Chance BBQ Shack’s food truck, courtesy of KEF.

“Capitol serves dealers coast-to-coast, but we always have a special fondness for our local friends who visit the company headquarters for training and special events,” said Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “It’s always a pleasure to repay their loyalty with perks that are unique to the Twin Cities region.”

eveloped by KEF to illustrate and demonstrate the power of the company’s Extreme Theatre architectural speaker series, the Extreme Theater Wall features a screen surrounded by a few of the company’s top models, including Ci5160RL-THX Ultra2 Certified In-Wall Speaker. The Ci51160RL-THX, featuring the 160mm aluminum cone Uni-Q with tangerine waveguide, and four 160mm woofers, is crafted with a massive aluminum baffle to eliminate vibration.

Commented David Kroll, Vice President at KEF America, “It is easy to understand why Capitol is one of KEF’s longest standing partners in the U.S. Their commitment to customer service and their technical expertise match KEF’s own desire to provide top tier support to all our dealers. Having so many come out to experience KEF’s Extreme Theater Wall is a testament to Capitol’s close relationships with their customers.”

Capitol Displays KEF Extreme Theater Wall on Site, with a Serving of Barbeque on the Side

 

Capitol Adds Vaddio to its Extensive List of Commercial AV Solutions

EAGAN, MN, September 4, 2019 – Capitol, the leading electronics distribution source for light commercial integrators and residential systems, now offers the Vaddio selection of commercial AV solutions to installation specialists who strive to give their clients the most reliable and consistently cost-effective video conference and related products on the market.

Considered one of the leading commercial AV designers and manufacturers in the U.S., Vaddio’s approach to controlling all aspects of product development is the key to delivering standard-setting solutions to real-world projects.

“Vaddio is one of the most requested brands by light commercial pros, and for good reason,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Their cameras, control systems, and collaboration products consistently toe the line between advanced technology and simplicity of operation.”

“Capitol Sales has an incredible team of AV professionals that have years of experience providing the right technology solutions to their clients,” said Paul Cords, Director of Sales, Vaddio brand of Legrand|AV. “We couldn’t be happier to have them as a Vaddio partner.”

Among the extensive menu of Vaddio models in the Capitol catalog is the RoboSHOT 12E HDMI camera, designed for nearly every imaginable streaming application, especially sharing events over venues such as YouTube and Facebook. The RoboSHOT 12E features a deep 12x optical zoom with back illuminated 8.51 MP, simultaneous HDMI and IP H.264 streaming, remote IP management, and a web-based user interface.

Also from Vaddio comes the AV Bridge Mini, an ingenious tool for capturing lectures and video conferences, outputting both USB 3.0 and IP streaming with up to 1080p HD video quality.

“Live streaming and video conferencing require rock-solid systems that are up and running for hours at a time,” added Mr. Hayes. “Vaddio’s products ensure our customers will install trouble-free equipment that their clients can rely on every time they go live.”

Capitol Adds Vaddio to its Extensive List of Commercial AV Solutions

 

Capitol Debuts CS Consulting Services for Next-Level Design Support

EAGAN, MN, August 21, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial integrators, is now offering an enhanced level of design and consulting services by way of the CS Consulting Services program.

As an adjunct to Capitol’s famously aggressive customer service that features one of the most lauded education series in the custom and light commercial installation channels, CS Consulting Services features a wide range of services, including: network design, configuration and support; residential and commercial automation system design; and residential and commercial A/V configuration.

“Our Sales Engineers are here to assist with every step of the design and installation process,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “However, we saw the need to create a next-level of service to support our customers with the deepest level of design assistance in residential and pro projects.”

The CS Consulting Services team consists of like-minded and determined individuals whose extensive backgrounds in all areas relating to the custom channel are funneled into custom-created programs to support customers on a focused, one-to-one level, at reasonable rates.

For further information, call Capitol Sales at 800-467-8255.

Capitol Debuts CS Consulting Services for Next-Level Design Support