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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’s First 2017 Holiday Flyer Puts the Connected Home in the Spotlight

The IoT is the Star of Capitol’s Holiday Selection of A/V, Networking, and Control Products

EAGAN, MN, November 6, 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 its highly anticipated Holiday flyer is in the mail. The first of two seasonal promotions by Capitol features the gamut of the most popular consumer technologies, with a strong emphasis on the Connected Home.

“The continuing growth of the IoT has resulted in one of the exciting crops of connected products to hit the holiday selling season,” said Curt Hayes, President and CFO, Capitol. “Nearly every featured model with a power cord is equipped to sit on a network as part of a powerful collection of products that are tailored to consumers’ individual interests.”

Among the many connected products featured in Capitol’s Holiday Flyer will be whole house WiFi systems from Luxul and EnGenius that keep homes full of connected products running at peak efficiency.

The MX HomePro remote from URC (pictured left) is an important cloud-based home control system, and, for the holidays, Capitol is featuring two HomePro packages that feature a free Amazon Dot.

Market-leading, highly lucrative, connected audio products in Capitol’s holiday flyer feature some of the most well-known brands in consumer technology. HEOS by Denon wireless speakers (pictured left) and a soundbar/wireless sub package easily turn any room into a home theater with utmost convenience. Moreover, with a robust home network, Onkyo, Pioneer, and Denon audio/video receivers bring high-end sonics to one or more rooms.

Home theater fans on holiday shopping lists will be thrilled to receive TCL TVs with Roku (pictured left), and Phillips models with Chromecast. The office is covered with LG Business Solutions 55” and 70” displays.

“Every year, we add new and exciting holiday selections that cater to a variety of tastes, with the common thread being a powerful home network to keep all the new gear communicating and operating at maximum efficiency.”

Capitol’s First 2017 Holiday Flyer Puts the Connected Home in the Spotlight

 

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

 

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 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