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.”
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.
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.”
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 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 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.”
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.”
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.
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.