Pro Audio Associates Hosts 4th Annual Open House
New England distributor packs in crowd -- despite rain -- to see 30+ vendors and pick up deals.
Professional Audio Associates (PAA) really knows how to throw a party.
The New England distributor hosted its fourth annual open house on June 22 to the delight of hundreds of local integrators who stopped by throughout the day for show specials from over 30 vendors.
The event, hosted by Lew Freedman, gives the distributor a chance to showcase new product for its dealer base. The day was rainy, which meant people were elbow to elbow inside the Woburn, Mass. facility. PAA catered the event with an outdoor barbeque under tents.
Vendors on hand included SpeakerCraft, Bell’O, Transformative Engineering, Triad Speakers, URC, Arlington Industries, Haier, LG, Onkyo, Ultralink, Tripp Lite, Active Thermal Management, Velodyne, ZeeVee, Sierra Video, Peerless Mounts, Sonos, ThinkFlood, Proficient, Mitsubishi, OmniMount, JVC, Panamorph, TOA and more. Several vendors had demo rooms running all day.
Peerless used the event to showcase two of its new lines: Ciil outdoor flat panels and HDFlow wireless HD transmission systems. Howard Lerner of Peerless says both the lines, which are total departures for the mount manufacturer, are being well received by dealers. The Ciil (pronounced “seal”) TVs come in 32-, 40-, 46- and 55-inch models with thin bezels and sealed speakers. The HDFlow product offers 130 feet of 1080p transmission.
The day before the open house… when the weather was perfect, Freedman hosted a golf tournament for integrators and vendors. (The event featured a first-place tie between two foursomes led by CE Pro staffers… one of whom plays golf multiple times a week and another who only picks up his clubs a few times per year!)
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