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Stanton Acquires Assets of Cerwin-Vega The Stanton Group has announced the purchase of the assets and brand name of Cerwin-Vega. Recognizing the difficulties
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Nov 1, 2002 12:00 PM

Stanton Acquires Assets of Cerwin-Vega

The Stanton Group has announced the purchase of the assets and brand name of Cerwin-Vega. Recognizing the difficulties Cerwin-Vega had faced this past year, requiring the company to solicit protection from creditors, the Stanton Group had become attracted to owning the Cerwin-Vega name. During the course of this year, Cerwin-Vega's management had reduced the head count from 250-plus to around 80, and after completion of the purchase, the plans are to retain most of the existing staff. Although Gene Czerwinski, who founded Cerwin-Vega in 1954, is expected to retire from the business, his support and advice will continue to be sought out, according to the Stanton Group. Cerwin-Vega will continue operating from its main Simi Valley, California, facility, with the Stanton Group introducing new management.

Lantronix Product Lets Serial Devices Communicate

Lantronix introduced a new modular device networking solution that is designed to add network connectivity to almost any serial device, including security and HVAC systems, medical equipment, home appliances, and factory machinery. The UDS100 Single Port Device Server is a standalone device networking solution that enables nearly any device with a serial port to communicate over Ethernet networks or the Internet. Equipped with internal Web-based management software, the UDS100 is remotely managed through any standard Web browser. The product provides network connectivity with a form factor that is smaller than a deck of playing cards.

Runco Acquires Vidikron, Projectavision Assets

Runco International has acquired the assets of the Vidikron and Projectavision brands. Runco plans to retain a distinct identity for all three brands, positioning Vidikron and Projectavision independently into market segments previously untapped by the Runco line. Runco also plans to develop a full product line for both brands and will introduce the initial product entries for each brand name at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, scheduled for January 2003. Runco International makes front- and rear-projections televisions, flat-panel plasma display monitors, video processors, and source components for the consumer market.

DMX Music Offers Holiday Marketing

DMX Music offers new holiday music selections, which can be accompanied by in-store message marketing and messaging on-hold designed to promote a business's bottom line, specifically bolstering seasonal marketing, increasing spontaneous purchases, and informing shoppers about new merchandise or services during the 2002 holiday season. DMX Music on-premise customers can select from more than 35 holiday titles, and broadcast customers will receive six dedicated holiday channels. DMX Music's Message Marketing services include in-store and on-hold to inform, educate, and entertain holiday shoppers.

Cary Goes Polychromatic

Cary Audio Design has changed the surface finish for its CAD 300 SEI integrated amplifier, the CAD 300 SE 300 B tube monobloc power amplifier, and the SLP-98 preamplifier. The company now uses Jaguar automotive finishes on the vacuum-tube-based product line. The new finish is more environmentally friendly than the previous chrome finishes.

SPL Enters the U.S.

SPL has opened its new tied sales and communications operations in North America, in Thousand Oaks, California. After years of attempts to establish itself in the United States and Canada through various distribution deals, the Germany-based designer and manufacturer of audio gear decided to create its own subsidiary. SPL products include the Transient Designer envelope modeler.

LiteTouch Adds Custom Technical Support Program

LiteTouch has added a new technical support program. The Solutions Team offers LiteTouch dealers, installers, programmers, and designers help with customized programming and factory checkout solutions. The system designers will work with a technical support team member to determine the scope of work and the associated fees for the project.

Russound Awards Top Sales

Russound recognized the Calgary, Alberta, Canada branch of ADI with an award for the highest volume of Russound sales in all of North America during 2001. Every year ADI holds a customer appreciation event during the Calgary Stampede, which takes place in July. On hand were Kevin McBride and Ben Simon from ADI along with Peter Garnham of PGSA, Russound's Canadian representative for the security market.

Shure Receives ISO Certification

Shure has received ISO 9001:2000 certification from ISO registrars Det Norske Veritas. This certification covers all U.S. design and manufacturing operations, customer service functions, as well as global sales and credit in Shure's Evanston, Illinois; Wheeling, Illinois; Douglas, Arizona; and Agua Prieta, Mexico, facilities.

Front-Projector Market Grows

Worldwide consumer demand for front projectors utilizing DLP, polysilicon, or D-ILA imager chips is growing rapidly, notching up from 28,500 units in the first calendar quarter of 2002 to 30,900 unit in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly manufacturer census conducted by Pacific Media Associates (PMA), the Menlo Park, California, market-research firm that tracks the large-screen display market. Unlike most other high-technology products, in which the Americas region accounts for about 40 percent of world demand, slightly under 20 percent of the world market for consumer front projectors goes to the Americas. According to PMA's manufacturer census, DLP is the preferred choice of the CEDIA crowd, accounting for 87 percent of the Americas market. In the total worldwide consumer market, polysilicon-based projectors account for 56 percent, reflecting their strength among lower-priced models and countries outside the United States.

NEC, High End Systems Offer Turnkey Solution

NEC Solutions (America) and High End Systems have collaborated to provide the industry's first turnkey video and lighting system packages for touring concert, large-venue, nightclub, and retail applications. Known as “media in motion,” High End's Catalyst system offers tools allowing for the integration of video and lighting for high-impact entertainment. The system lets users load video or images and scale, rotate, zoom, edit, morph, color-mix, overlay, or blend them for distinct lighting effects.

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