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Capitol to Feature a Bevy of Connected Home and Entertainment Products at Nationwide PrimeTime

From Security to Lighting Controls and Entertainment, a Robust Network is at the Heart of In-demand Technologies

EAGAN, MN, February 6, 2019 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, will roll into Nationwide PrimeTime, February 10 – 13 in Las Vegas, NV, with a massive selection of Connected Home and A/V gear that represents the most lucrative product categories in the consumer electronics and custom integration channels.

To be held at the Venetian/Palazzo and Sands Expo, Nationwide PrimeTime brings the electronics lead manufacturers and distributors under one roof for three days of extensive hands-on training and product demonstrations. Additionally, Capitol dealers are invited to stop by the booth for cash-back offers that are only applicable on orders written at the show.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find another forum that matches the depth of education and exposure to innovation that you find at Nationwide PrimeTime events,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Membership in the Nationwide Marketing Group is one of the most vital investments for dealers.”

Capitol’s booth, #833, will be packed with leading manufacturers’ star attractions. Included in the mix will be Lutron’s Caseta Lamp Starter Kit, featuring a plug-in lamp dimmer and Pico remote control.

Also, in the spotlight will be Onkyo’s 7.2-channel 4K Network Receiver, the ultimate networked home entertainment AVR that works with Google Assistant. Model TXNR585 features 170W/ch at 6 Ohms (80W at 8), 5.2.2 channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. In addition, it is HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatible, and Chromecast and DTS Play-Fi ready.

Capitol to Feature a Bevy of Connected Home and Entertainment Products at Nationwide PrimeTime

 

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 Debuts New Logo in Rebranding Campaign

 

Capitol to Scour CES for New and Upcoming Smart Home, A/V Products

- Company Views CES as an Opportunity to Explore Business-Building Opportunities for Years to Come -

EAGAN, MN, December 14, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors as well as premium incentive resellers, will use the occasion of CES 2019 to explore new and upcoming connected home, audio, and video products from industry leaders and newcomers alike.

“CES remains the premier showcase for technologies that will have the biggest impact on the consumer electronics market,” commented Curt Hayes, Capitol’s President and CFO. “Each year, we unleash several senior members of our team to dig deep and explore how burgeoning technologies will affect product development over the next several years.”

In 2019, Mr. Hayes sees the IoT only growing in importance, as evidenced by the number of exhibitors staking a claim under the Smart Home banner.

“More than 900 companies are billed as specialists in Smart Home, featuring a massive selection of products that tie home management, entertainment, security, and HVAC together under one wireless umbrella,” said Mr. Hayes. “With the number of ‘smart speaker’ users growing every day, the industry is stepping up with a deluge of products that are designed to enhance and simplify consumers’ lives, and we’re going to determine which technologies will give our customers the most effective arsenal for building profits through 2019.”

“More than 900 companies are billed as specialists in Smart Home, featuring a massive selection of products that tie home management, entertainment, security, and HVAC together under one wireless umbrella,” said Mr. Hayes. “With the number of ‘smart speaker’ users growing every day, the industry is stepping up with a deluge of products that are designed to enhance and simplify consumers’ lives, and we’re going to determine which technologies will give our customers the most effective arsenal for building profits through 2019.”

“Sony’s exhibit is like a show in itself,” said Mr. Hayes.

Capitol to Scour CES for New and Upcoming Smart Home, A/V Products

 

Capitol’s December 2018 Holiday Flyer Features the Best in Smart Home Controls, Powerhouse AV Equipment

EAGAN, MN, December 3, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, launched the second phase of its annual Holiday Flyer program featuring several of the most popular products in the Smart Home, Audio, Video, and Networking categories.

The second flyer of the 2018 holiday selling season features home networking giants such as Google, with the in-demand Google Home Hub, one of the new generation of smart displays that combines the functionality of a voice-controlled smart speaker with a screen for watching videos, browsing recipes, controlling compatible smart home products, and so much more.

For dealers with commercial customers, Capitol is highlighting multiple new AV models, including Onkyo’s PCA1120 power amplifier and MCA1120 mixing amplifier.

“Our December holiday flyer focuses the spotlight on products and technologies that represent the promise of the connected home,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “In addition, Onkyo is well represented thanks to new models that are applicable to commercial sales.”

Onkyo’s MCA1120 Mono Mixing Amplifier can handle a variety of content platforms including Bluetooth and a USB connection for charging, as well as a direct line-in for legacy systems such as CD players. The unit can power both 70V/100V and low-impedance speakers.

The PCA1120 Power Amplifier can work in concert with the MCA1120 or as a stand-alone unit and can also power both 70V/100V and low-impedance speakers. It also comes with a dedicated RCA in/out. (Relatedly, the new Onkyo amplifiers will be the subject of a Capitol webinar on December 11: https://www.capitolsales.com/Events.)

For the complete selection of in-demand products featured in Capitol’s December flyer, call 800-467-8255 or email info@capitolsales.com.

Capitol’s December 2018 Holiday Flyer Features the Best in Smart Home Controls, Powerhouse AV Equipment

 

Capitol Revs Up its November 2018 Flyer with an Abundance of Smart Home, AV Products

- Capitol’s November Flyer is Focused on High Demand, High Margin Models -

EAGAN, MN, October 29, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, today announced it is kicking off the holiday selling season with distribution of its November flyer, featuring a multitude of products representing the Smart Home, Audio, Video, and Networking categories.

The flyer is a Capitol tradition. Among the top-shelf brands included this year are Nest, Ring, LeakSmart, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony, and LG.

“This holiday season Smart Home leads the pack, thanks in part to the abundance of well-designed, easy-to-use products introduced over the past year,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Companies like LeakSmart are paving the way for innovators who are tying non-traditional categories such as home plumbing into the home network, with designs that are reliable and easy to master.”

Among the LeakSmart models included in Capitol’s November flyer is the LeakSmart Snap, a shut-off valve control that installs without tools or the need to cut into the main water supply. In addition, 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.

Also included in the flyer is Onkyo’ s TX-NR585 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver, a world-class AVR that supports 5.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos® & DTS:X® playback, with 80 Watts per channel, six HDMI inputs, and full compatibility with Dolby Vision, giving consumers a simple solution for bringing true audiophile-grade sonics into the home with minimal setup required.

“Our customers expect to be in the know when it comes to the leading products and technologies to maximize sales through the end of the year,” added Mr. Hayes. “Our current flyer is proof that we are more than ready to meet and exceed their expectations.”

For the complete selection of in-demand products featured in Capitol’s November flyer call 800-467-8255 or email info@capitolsales.com.

Capitol Revs Up its November 2018 Flyer with an Abundance of Smart Home, AV Products

 

Capitol Enlists Kory Lightner to Support Special Markets Channel

Mr. Lightner Returns to Capitol to Grow Business for Resellers Through Creative Bundling and Cost-Efficient Programs

EAGAN, MN, October 2, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for premium incentive resellers as well as residential and light commercial systems, announced today that electronics distribution stalwart Kory Lightner returned to the company as an Account Executive – Special Markets.

Mr. Lightner returns to Capitol following positions with Acoustix Audio Video, Edina MN, and Aramark Refreshment services.

In his new role, Mr. Lightner will support current and prospective customers in the Special Markets channel through creative bundling and other sales programs unique to the marketplace.

“Capitol has a deep understanding of the Special Markets channel and the resellers who drive it,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Account executives like Kory understand how to best create packages and incentive programs that will drive sales for clients while building business for resellers.”

Capitol Enlists Kory Lightner to Support Special Markets Channel

 

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 Appoints A/V Veteran Jacki Montgomery as a Technical Sales & Design Specialist

 

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.

Capitol Adds LeakSmart to its Selection of High-Performance Networked Products for the Home

 

Capitol Signs on as Gold Sponsor of Lutron PRO Event at CEDIA 2018

Program to Push Custom Pros to “Think Different” with the Input from Industry Leaders

EAGAN, MN, August 27, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that is it is a Gold Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Lutron PRO Event at CEDIA 2018.

Scheduled to be held on Friday, September 7, 7:15 AM at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Grand Ballroom 5 – 9, the panel discussion will be a deep dive into the ways and means for custom professionals to capitalize on recent growth in the smart home category. Panelists will include JJ Canon, Digital Delight; Shalom Illouz, Powerful Systems, and representatives from Logitech and Sonos.

“Time and again, our friends at Lutron illustrate their commitment to supporting our customers through programs that present industry leaders discussing and sometimes debating the most relevant trends affecting our business today, and in the near future,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “We applaud their work and are only too happy to lend our name to the program.”

The program, which is free with CEDIA Expo registration and includes breakfast followed by a formal presentation, panel discussion, and prize giveaway, is open to all show attendees. Prizes include Lutron, Sonos, and Logitech packages. In addition, Lutron will allow each sponsor’s customer to purchase one (1) RA2 Select Starter Kit for $250 from their Lutron distributor.

For further information, visit: https://bit.ly/2M1NCR0.

Capitol Signs on as Gold Sponsor of Lutron PRO Event at CEDIA 2018

 

Capitol Appoints Megan Larson to Newly Created Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist Position

Ms. Larson Brings Deep Background in Branding and Market Outreach to Her Role at Capitol

EAGAN, MN, August 27, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, announced today that Megan Larson was appointed Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist. Cheryl Johnson, who until recently held the title of Vice President of Marketing, is now Capitol’s E-commerce and Website Manager, overseeing all web content, communication with web developers, and related responsibilities.

In her new role, Ms. Larson, who brings more than 10 years of experience in all facets of marketing and graphic design to her new role, will oversee an evolution of the Capitol brand through updates of all marketing, branding, and social media outreach.

“Megan’s extensive background covers all the bases, with a track record of one proven success after another,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “The depth of her professional experience is matched only by her interpersonal skills. She ‘gets’ people from the moment she meets them.”

Prior to joining Capitol, Ms. Larson drove marketing and branding efforts for Creekridge Capital, a healthcare IT-financed vendor finance company that was subsequently acquired by Hitachi Capital America, forming Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services. During her combined seven years of experience with the two brands, Ms. Larson not only developed the Creekridge brand from the ground up, but she also developed, administered, and monitored the latter brand’s website, social media presence, and its full breadth of marketing materials.

“I’ve always been attracted to small, successful companies with the potential to grow exponentially larger,” said Ms. Larson. “Beginning with my first interview, I felt perfectly in sync with Capitol’s commitment to its customers, and its objectives for gaining additional market share in their space.”

Capitol Appoints Megan Larson to Newly Created Marketing Manager & Graphic Artist Position

 


   

Russound to Feature New MBX-PRE and MCX-AMP Streaming Audio Solutions At Capitol’s CEDIA Expo 2018 Display

New Compact Streaming Audio Models Offer Numerous Streaming Options and Maximum Flexibility

EAGAN, MN, August 13, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, will feature two new Russound products in its CEDIA Expo 2018 booth, #4715, September 4 – 8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

Originally previewed at the 2017 CEDIA Expo, the MBX-AMP and MBX-PRE are single-box solutions that are easy to install and configure as a streaming audio system for residential installations, while access to SiriusXM for Business makes it a smart and reliable solution in light commercial projects. Russound designed the MBX-AMP to be a decentralized, amplified streaming solution for installers who want to offer the most up-to-date streaming media options to their clients. The MBX-PRE is similar to the MBX-AMP, minus the amplifier section.

“Few companies are as in tune with custom specialists’ needs as Russound,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Nearly every model in their arsenal is based on dealer feedback, which is especially true of the new MBX models. Their simplicity and flexibility make them the perfect add-on for any job that requires a simple, smart streaming solution.”

The MBX-AMP is a 50 WPC zone amplifier is a unique solution designed to allow sharing of any multiroom audio speakers with a local TV. Its Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connections allow for quick, reliable installation, and the addition of Tidal and Deezer to Russound’s current streaming assortment makes a compelling combination of services.

The companion MBX-PRE is a preamplifier version of MBX-AMP, designed to work with any brand of amplifier or receiver. Both models feature built-in support for high resolution audio, Bluetooth, Chromecast on board, Apple AirPlay, and voice control via Amazon Alexa, and includes TIDAL, Deezer, and much more.

Both the MBX-PRE and MBX-AMP will ship in late Q4.

“This year, we’re showing two of our most important new models at the Capitol booth because they know how to communicate the features and benefits to custom professionals scouting for the most practical products at the show,” said Charlie Porritt, CEO, Russound. “The MBX-PRE and MBX-AMP are two of our most highly anticipated products of the year, and we’re proud to partner with Capitol for their debut.”

Russound to Feature New MBX-PRE and MCX-AMP Streaming Audio Solutions At Capitol’s CEDIA Expo 2018 Display

 

TCL TVs to Be on Display in the Capitol Booth at CEDIA 2018

Capitol to be the Exclusive Expo Site for TCL’s Premium 65” 6-Series Model

EAGAN, MN, August 7, 2018 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential and light commercial systems, as well as premium incentive resellers, is partnering with TCL®, one of the world’s largest and America’s fastest-growing television brands, at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2018, Sept. 4 – 8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

One of TCL’s most popular models will be featured in Capitol’s booth #4715, which will be the exclusive display of TCL televisions at the expo. The 65” 6-Series 4K UHD TCL Roku TV™ with Dolby Vision™ HDR is considered to be the custom professional’s best friend for its innovation and over-the-top value.

“Custom professionals turn to TCL every time they need a foolproof video solution for home theaters of nearly every size,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “It makes perfect sense, considering how a line like the 6-Series combines a wide mix of outstanding picture performance with Roku, and a brushed metal design that matches any décor.”

Elevating the home entertainment experience, the 6-Series has already garnered industry accolades and praise from top-tier media outlets including CNET (Editor’s Choice), Digital Trends (Editor’s Choice), New York Times’ The Wirecutter (Best TV), PC Magazine (Editor’s Choice), USA Today‘s Reviewed.com (Editor’s Choice), and Tom’s Guide (Editor’s Choice) among others. TCL’s 6-Series is the successor to 2017’s highly-lauded P6-Series and strengthens its reputation for picture performance with advanced technology including Dolby Vision HDR and increased Contrast Control Zones™ along with vibrant wide color powered by TCL’s NBP Photon™ technology, a new iPQ Engine™ for controlled and precise color reproduction, and HDR Pro Gamma™ for impactful HDR performance in any environment. In addition to its innovative design aesthetic with a bold, brushed metal finish, TCL’s new 6-Series boasts the latest version of the Roku® OS, which is simple to set up and incredibly easy to use. The inviting home screen displays all inputs and lets users choose from more than 5,000 streaming channels providing access to 500,000+ movies and TV episodes.

“Our premium TCL TVs are perfect for the CEDIA audience and we are thrilled to return to the world’s premier showcase for home technology with our new, award-winning 6-Series TCL Roku TV. As America’s fastest-growing TV brand, it’s important for us to be here with Capitol and showcase the products behind our explosive growth in the U.S. market,” said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. “We continue to revolutionize the home entertainment experience with our innovative 6-Series model, which offers best-in-class picture quality with leading technology like Dolby Vision HDR and easy access to more content than other smart TVs with the popular Roku OS, all wrapped in a sleek, modern cabinet that will look great in any living room, even when powered off.”

TCL TVs to Be on Display in the Capitol Booth at CEDIA 2018