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Haier TVs Added to the Capitol Mix

Nine HD and UHD Haier TVs Bring a Wide Selection of Features and Benefits to Capitol’s Customers

EAGAN, MN, April 17, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential systems as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that it is now offering a selection of leading high performance, high value TVs from Haier America’s Digital Products Group.

The Haier Group offers a comprehensive array of innovative electronics and appliances for any size home or apartment, ranging from room air conditioners, compact refrigerators, and home wine cellars to HDTVs and full-scale kitchen and laundry appliances. Haier also promotes sustainability and a healthy planet with a number of energy-saving products that reduce energy bills at home and protect the environment.

Haier’s HD and UHD TVs are popular among consumers for their brilliant colors, sharp detail, and reliable performance over years of extensive use.

“Haier TVs are among the most popular in the market, and certainly one of the most requested by our customers,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “In particular, Haier’s UHD models achieve a level of performance and intuitive usability that we typically associate with higher priced products. With 4K sales increasing at a rapid pace, Haier TVs are poised to add to our customers’ profitability throughout the year.”

Among the nine Haier TV selections added to Capitol’s catalog is a 75” Smart 4K Ultra HD Slim TV (model 75UG6550G), which epitomizes the company’s commitment to designing large-screen TVs with maximum emphasis on value and reliability. Included in the feature-packed model are Google Chromecast for access to hundreds of streaming apps, a two-way sound chamber featuring two-way speakers enclosed in Haier’s sound chamber for enhanced sonics, and 120 full motion rate which minimizes lag time, even during high-impact action sequences. And in addition to Chromecast, Haier has entered into a global partnership with Google to utilize their SMART TV platform, which will not only give users access an incredible array of entertainment options but also allow them to expand into the Google smart home ecosystem with the Haier TV serving as its hub.

“Sales of 4K models are growing more rapidly than HD in the latter’s first few years,” added Mr. Hayes. “It’s no surprise that leading vendors such as Haier are stepping up with improved feature sets at reasonable price points that make it easy for consumers to upgrade to one of these stellar new models.”

Haier TVs Added to the Capitol Mix

 

Polk Power Comes to Capitol

Capitol Adds Polk Sound Bars, Subs, and Signature Series to Home Theater Audio Mix

EAGAN, MN, April 10, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, today announced that it now offers a selection of Polk Audio sound bars, wireless subwoofers, and Signature Series home theater speakers to its customers nationwide.

Polk Audio, a high-performance audio brand with a 40 plus-year legacy of sound engineering and design, is a leading brand in the market for affordable, feature-rich sound solutions. Capitol offers five Polk Audio sound bar/wireless sub systems, in addition to two stand-alone subwoofers. The company also offers Polk Audio’s popular Signature Series home theater speakers, which include tower, bookshelf, and center models.

“Since the beginning, Polk Audio has stood for exceptional performance at reasonable prices,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Their sound bars, in particular, are considered must-carry items by custom pros who sometimes need to cover a small room outside a larger whole-house installation. The sonic output of their sound bar-and-sub systems is light years ahead of what you expect from the category.”

A highlight of Capitol’s Polk Audio selection is the MagniFi Mini compact soundbar with wireless subwoofer. The MagniFi Mini delivers the big, room-filling home theater experience expected from a full-size sound bar in an ultra-compact design. Compatible with most TVs, it is easy to set up and features Polk’s VoiceAdjust™ and surround sound technologies, ensuring crystal clear dialogue and immersive surround sound—plus an included wireless subwoofer for deep bass impact that can be felt. Inputs include HDMI, ARC, optical, and 3.5mm jacks, and it includes both Bluetooth and WiFi compatibility (Google Chromecast).

Polk Power Comes to Capitol

 

Selection of Sony Professional Products Added to Capitol’s Lineup of Light Commercial Video Solutions

Industry Leading Sony Professional BRAVIA Displays and Projectors Available to Select Group of Capitol’s Customers

EAGAN, MN, March 28, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential systems as well as premium incentive resellers, is expanding its Sony Electronics offerings to include more than two dozen of the company’s products, including professional BRAVIA displays and laser projectors, upping the ante on performance and control, in and out of the boardroom.

Sony’s professional projectors and displays are considered premium solutions for multiple applications, from manufacturing and education to meeting rooms where global video conferences are part of the daily routine.

Similar to other Sony products offered by Capitol, the recently arrived selection of Sony professional models will be available to custom installers in nine states: southern Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the western portion of Wisconsin. As is the policy with Sony products, eligible dealers must first be authorized before having access to the market-leading products offered by the manufacturer.

“Sony is typically considered the best combination of performance and value in any category it’s found, but nowhere is the brand’s reputation more powerful than in the pro video channel,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Sony professional displays and projectors are in lock-step with the needs of light commercial specialists who need to incorporate seamless, high performance video in any number of environments.”

Among Capitol’s star Sony professional performers is the FWD-65X900E 65" BRAVIA 4K HDR Professional Display. (Pictured left.) The slim profile and energy efficiency make it an ideal match for installations where corporate presentations and video conferencing are the norm.

Similarly, the VPL-PHZ10 5,000 lumens WUXGA laser light source projector is ideal for large spaces that require brilliant, detailed images to convey the power of a presentation, whether it is in the boardroom, lecture hall, or auditorium.

All of Sony’s new models are compatible with the latest software packages such as, Display Power Management software and IP Remote App, enabling customers to create the next generation of AV solutions.

Added Mr. Hayes: “Sony is considered a gold standard of light commercial integration. They are the perfect solution for environments where participants are taking notes, communicating with colleagues across the globe, and studying the fine points of art and medical imaging.”

Selection of Sony Professional Products Added to Capitol’s Lineup of Light Commercial Video Solutions

 

TechLogix Networx Solutions-Based Approach to Fiber Optics A Boon to Capitol Customers

From the Boardroom to the Classroom, TechLogix Networx Communication Solutions Strengthen A/V Communications Systems in Every Installation Scenario

EAGAN, MN, March 20, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, is now a U.S. distributor of the full line TechLogix Networx solutions. TechLogix is best known for its connectors, hubs, fiber optic cable, and other products necessary for enhancing communication in the boardroom, classroom, and any space where a robust video communications system is essential to day-to-day activities.

“TechLogix Networx employs a unique and highly successful approach to equipment design,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “In fact, the company is very similar to Capitol in that instead of simply marketing a long list of accessories, the company is more of a solutions provider that helps customers assemble the right mix for their clients and their business.”

TechLogix Networx is a solutions-based organization dedicated to improving the collaboration experience. The company’s success comes from listening to business owners, educators, trainers and other professionals who collaborate every single day. Its products are designed for simplicity and reliability, and are backed-up by a team of technical consultants and field-based integration partners.

The company’s Media over Fiber Optics™ is considered an industry standard for supporting video communications. Fiber sends signals further, more reliably, and with greater bandwidth than traditional copper, and it does so at a comparable price. TechLogix specializes in the bulk cable, patch cords, electronics, and accessories that are essential in the field, especially as 4K and, eventually, 8K become industry standards in the home and office.

“Earlier this month, representatives from TechLogix held one of our most successful on-site training sessions to date,” added Mr. Hayes. “It was a standing-room-only affair. Attendees were anxious to learn more about the vendor’s customer-centric approach to their business.”

TechLogix Networx Solutions-Based Approach to Fiber Optics A Boon to Capitol Customers

 

Capitol Offers ecobee Smart Thermostats and Room Sensors to Customers in the Lower 48

ecobee Thermostats Help Manage Hot or Cold Spots in the Home When Paired with Proprietary Room Sensor Technology

EAGAN, MN, February 26, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that the popular ecobee line of Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats is now available to their customers across the continental United States.

Since it was founded in 2007, ecobee is committed to creating connected thermostats that are intuitive to operate, beautifully designed, and provide savings for families by reducing energy consumption. End-users save an average of 23% annually on heating or cooling costs with ecobee Smart Thermostats.

“ecobee is a perfect example of a company that was borne out of necessity and opportunity,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “ecobee thermostats dramatically reduce energy costs, have beautiful design aesthetic and are priced well within reach of all homeowners. The ecobee line is a strong complement to our selection of Smart Home products.”

Capitol offers two of the most popular ecobee models: the ecobee 3 Lite PRO (pictured left) and ecobee 4 PRO Smart Thermostats. The ecobee 3 Lite PRO, which updates the company’s popular ecobee3 model, features an easy-to-install design that works with second-generation Amazon Alexa voice control. The ecobee 4 PRO includes built-in Amazon Alexa voice service and a free room sensor in the box.

Both models pair with ecobee room sensors (sold separately) that help manage hot or cold spots in the home, delivering comfort to the rooms that matter most. All Pro models come with a 5 year warranty when professionally installed.

Capitol Offers ecobee Smart Thermostats and Room Sensors

 

Deep Selection of D-Link Networking Products Now Available to Capitol’s Customers

Industry-Standard Routers, Access Points, and Switches Cater to Needs of Residential and Commercial Installation Pros

EAGAN, MN, February 1, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that D-Link home and office networking products are now available to the distributor’s customers throughout the country.

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. Its wide selection of networking products – including industry-leading routers and extenders -– has made it a favorite among custom professionals who cater to both the residential and commercial channels.

”D-Link is, quite literally, all things networking,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “They offer some of the most reliable networking products in the business, making it a reliable go-to brand for integration specialists in the field.”

D-Link is an award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, that implements and supports unified network solutions, integrating capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based networks. Capitol offers a deep selection of D-Link networking products, including industry-leading routers, wireless access points, and multi-port managed Gigabit Ethernet switches.

“For years, Capitol and networking have been synonymous because we work with the most advanced names in the category,” added Mr. Hayes. “We’re proud to have D-Link join our menu of networking solutions for residential and light commercial pros.”

Deep Selection of D-Link Networking Products Now Available to Capitol’s Customers

 

Capitol Heads to CES 2018 with an Eye Toward Expanding its Reach in the Connected Home

EAGAN, MN, December 6, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, will have its team on the ground at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 9 – 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, focusing on new audio and video products that tap into the potential of the Connected Home.

“An increasing number of audio and video manufacturers are incorporating voice control in new and even existing products,” commented Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Compatibility with voice control technologies is turning up in an increasing number streamers, AVRs and TVs, and with it, we’re seeing an increase in networking products like wireless routers and WiFi extenders.

Heading into CES, Hayes said that as a distributor that caters to both the consumer and custom sides of the electronics market, Capitol plans to expand its selection of connected products that are accessible to consumers who are exploring the possibilities of whole-house entertainment, security, and HVAC, especially those in the coveted millennial age range.

“We are going to see the number of connected home and portable entertainment products continue grow several fold in the coming year, and with this growth will come expanded compatibility with voice control and other complementary technologies, creating a home A/V ecosystem that is as flexible and expandable as it is simple to use,” said Hayes. “AI is spoiling consumers in a good way, and brands like Pioneer Elite and HEOS by Denon are stepping up with new models that offer impeccable sonics and compatibility with other connected electronics in the home.”

Added Hayes: “AI is a novelty for older consumers, but for millennials and their children it is fast becoming the norm. Our job is to help our customers stay on top of the most relevant products and technologies that will drive home entertainment and DIY security in a rapidly changing market.”

Capitol Heads to CES 2018 with an Eye Toward Expanding its Reach in the Connected Home

 

Capitol Expands Focus on Growing Dealer Base with Two Additional B2B New Business Development Specialists

Jeffrey Amoako and Steve Semanek Bring Extensive and Varied Experience to Capitol’s Growing Team of B2B Specialists

EAGAN, MN, November 9, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, announced today the hire of two new B2B New Business Development specialists, who are charged with bringing new dealers into the Capitol fold.

Jeffrey Amoako and Steve Semanek bring extensive backgrounds in new business creation for a wide variety of customers and employers, from entrepreneurial efforts and small businesses, to national and global companies.

“When it comes to building B2B relationships at the ground level, an aggressive distributorship like Capitol needs the support of professionals who understand a changing market, especially as it relates to small and independent businesses,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Jeffrey and Steve have the experience and knowledge to be invaluable support systems to business professionals on the front line, and their breadth of experience instilled them with real empathy that comes from having walked in their customers’ shoes.”

Jeffrey Amoako joins Capitol after a successful 12-year run as a Web Entrepreneurship specialist, cultivating new online solutions to enhance existing services while introducing concepts for increasing revenue streams. Other positions included a role as a Director of Data Technology for a political candidate, and a Sales Associate for Guaranty Bank of Eagan, MN, where he brought in over 500M in new business accounts.

As a Customer Development Representative for innovative web development company Go Daddy, Steve Semanek worked with a variety of small to medium sized businesses, consulting and empowering existing and potential customers to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. Earlier roles found him working with some of the most successful dealers in Wisconsin, including SoundWorld and Suess Electronics.

Capitol Expands Focus on Growing Dealer Base with Two Additional B2B New Business Development Specialists

 

Capitol Featuring Most Popular Mattel and Fisher-Price Toys as Leading Sales Motivators in Premium Incentive Channel

Perennial Favorite Barbie’s Dreamhouse Reflects Modern Homes with Smart Technology

EAGAN, MN, October 31, 2017 – Capitol, the leading distribution source for premium incentive resellers, consumer electronics dealers, and residential systems and light commercial contractors, is featuring Mattel and Fisher-Price brand toys as a means to building sales through in-demand premium products.

“It should come as no surprise that toys represent some of the most popular premium incentive products as the holiday season rolls around,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Timeless classics like Barbie are big motivators when featured in any organization’s premium catalog.”

Among the most popular premium products this holiday season is Barbie’s Dreamhouse (model #FFY84), which has come a long way since its introduction in 1962. The current model features three floors, seven bedrooms, a working elevator, and “smart” furniture that trigger lights and sounds throughout the house.

Also featured this holiday season is the Fisher-Price Wonder Woman™ Jeep® Wrangler (model #DNJ66), an action-packed vehicle with two forward-drive speeds: 2.5 and 5 mph, with Power Lock® brakes and a parent-controlled high-speed lockout for beginner drivers. The jeep is adorned with cool character graphics and styling, a roomy storage area, and a pretend radio with fun character phrases and realistic Jeep® vehicle sounds.

Added Hayes: “Our customers in the premium incentive channel tell us that top-shelf toy companies are popular year round, but there is a noticeable boost when we head into the holidays. Salespeople are anxious to save on buying gifts, and are willing to go above and beyond to secure the most popular toys on the market.”

Capitol Featuring Most Popular Mattel and Fisher-Price Toys as Leading Sales Motivators

 

Innovative ION Audio Lineup Joins Capitol’s Roster of High-Performance Lifestyle Audio Products

ION Audio Brings Advanced Technology to Deep Selection of Standout Intuitive Audio Electronics and Accessories

EAGAN, MN, October 17, 2017 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, consumer electronics dealers, and premium incentive resellers, announced today the addition of multiple audio products by ION Audio, a company that bridges the gap between the classic and the cutting edge.

ION Audio’s innovative USB turntables were the first to bring an easy analog-to-digital solution to the mass market. Today, that groundbreaking product line features high quality, innovative products that simplify consumers’ lives while energizing the way they enjoy music.

Among the most popular of the company’s products is the ISP50 Patio Mate umbrella light with a Bluetooth stereo speaker, which simply clamps to any standard umbrella pole. Eight efficient LEDs provide a patio table with after-dark illumination, delivering over 150 lumens of warm light. Patio Mate is equipped with a complete wireless Bluetooth streaming audio system, and the built-in rechargeable battery delivers over six hours of continuous use. The Patio Mate is IPX4 level water-resistant for dependable, reliable performance, rain or shine.

“ION Audio is a proven success for dealers who want to give their customers a complete selection of fun and affordable audio electronics and accessories,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Consumers understand the ION value proposition at first sight, making it an easy choice in a crowded market.”

Innovative ION Audio Lineup Joins Capitol’s Roster