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Portal.io Gets Exclusive Distribution Rights for Origin Acoustics’ Show-Stopping Valet Amp

Origin Acoustics' crowd-pleasing, CEDIA-winning Valet Amp, powered by Amazon Echo Dot, can only be purchased by direct dealers through Origin ... or now any qualified dealer through Portal.io.

Portal.io Gets Exclusive Distribution Rights for Origin Acoustics’ Show-Stopping Valet Amp
Origin Acoustics' Valet Amp, powered by Amazon Echo Dots tucked into flush-mount speaker housings, is now available through Portal for any contractor who meets Portal's modest membership (free) requirements.

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Julie Jacobson · December 14, 2017

The new Valet Amp multizone audio system from Origin Acoustics was a show-stopper at CEDIA 2017. Literally, people stopped and stared and and wondered what the heck that thing was. It's a clever in-ceiling mounting system for Echo Dot that makes the little voice-control puck look like any other speaker in the wall.

Truly, the mounting system is a marvel. It can suspend other devices in the ceiling, like wireless access points, Google Minis, super-sensitive eavesdropping mics or whatever else you want to make a holster for. Today, though, it's made for the Dot.

The Dots serve as voice controllers and music streamers -- not awful speakers -- for Origin's new amp, a custom built machine that powers the Dots over a Cat 5 cable. That same cable is used to stream music from the Dots to the Amp and then out to whatever high-quality speakers the user wants.

Many integrators at CEDIA wanted to get their hands on this novelty, but most  would never have access because they weren't Origin authorized dealers. Now they'll get their chance to buy the product through Portal, a marketplace and proposal platform for home-technology integrators. The Valet will be available through Portal Select, a new subset of Portal open to any contractor who does business with at least three industry-related vendors. Portal membership is free.

Portal Select products ship for free, and arrive within three business days.

All other Origin products remain on the "authorized dealers only" section of Portal. Only direct dealers can purchase the other 200ish products available from Origin and its partner iRoom. 

READ: Cheap Echo Dot Meets Premium Multiroom Audio: The Genius of Origin's Valet Amp



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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at jjacobson@ehpub.com

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Comments

Posted by iKnowTech on December 12, 2017

Looks like basically the entire Origin line is available through Portal Select.  That said, not sure that Origin had any major hurdles to become a direct dealer anyway.  I think all you have to do is sign up through your local rep.  I don’t remember there being any special requirements.

Posted by jhamill1 on December 12, 2017

Thankfully, Origin were very clear and up front with direct dealers at CEDIA about the position of this product, that it would be sold to the masses by the masses.

Posted by jhamill1 on December 12, 2017

Thankfully, Origin were very clear and up front with direct dealers at CEDIA about the position of this product, that it would be sold to the masses by the masses.

Posted by iKnowTech on December 12, 2017

Looks like basically the entire Origin line is available through Portal Select.  That said, not sure that Origin had any major hurdles to become a direct dealer anyway.  I think all you have to do is sign up through your local rep.  I don’t remember there being any special requirements.