Category Archives: AV Dealers

The Foundation of Renovation

The Situation: Time to Upgrade

When something works well and fulfills our expectations, it can be difficult to part with. But there often comes a time when it’s better to investigate more up-to-date options. So it was with a family in Pennsylvania who had been thoroughly enjoying their TV set—for 25 years—until they got the itch to find out what’s new. The family did what thousands have done, they turned to World Wide Stereo (Montgomeryville, PA and Ardmore, PA) the company that has been “…bringing the world’s finest consumer electronics together in one place” since 1979. 

World Wide Stereo, whose motto is “Do well by doing good…and never put a fake gorilla on the street,” also did what thousands upon thousands of others have done over the past 25 years—they turned to Salamander Designs to provide a foundation for an exciting renovation.

Read the original story on the World Wide Stereo website.

The Itch to Switch

After thoughtful fact-finding conversations with the suburban Philadelphia family, system designer Chad Snedaker (who coincidentally started his career with World Wide 25 years ago—there seems to be a pattern here) learned three crucial facts among other details. The family had decided to upgrade their 25-year-old set but wanted to retain full use of their extensive optical media library. Second, they very much enjoyed audio and had a significant collection of vinyl. Finally, they wanted a TV that could handle it all: watching football with friends, streaming video, family movie nights and catching up on favorite shows.

Salamander Designs at the Foundation of Family Fun

For the beautiful but functional foundation, World Wide selected a custom designed Salamander Chameleon Triple 339 Elba cabinet. At World Wide’s request, Salamander collaborated with one of their many partners, Leon Speakers, the home of “picture perfect sound,” and a Leon soundbar was built into the cabinet which also housed all of the equipment. Custom design and collaborative solutions are the mainstay at Salamander, as are the superior customer service and legendary Lifetime Warranty.

Because of the relatively bright ambient light in the family room, Snedaker recommended a Samsung QN65Q9FNA 65” QLED TV which can be enjoyed in many different lighting environments. For rich audio enjoyment, they installed a Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 600 Series 10-inch subwoofer and a pair of Bowers & Wilkins M-1 Satellite Speakers for the rear surrounds. To complete this home theater system, they added an Integra DRX-2.1 7.2-channel AV receiver.

Rounding out the remake, Snedaker specified Sonos CONNECT, a Sony Blu-ray player and Panamax power line conditioner.

Salamander Innovation

The frosting in the cake, so to speak, is the turntable. Thanks to Salamander’s innovative design technology, it was possible to install the platter spinner where it would be quietly out of sight until called upon to perform. World Wide Stereo upgraded the system to include a brand new Denon DP-300F automatic turntable and made it super easy to access. So now when the family is ready to turn off the TV and listen to their records, all they have to do is open the cabinet, slide out the shelf, and away they spin.

The Choice of Custom Professionals

Salamander Designs is proud to be part of this elegant and sophisticated update, with the ideal blend of classic nostalgia with modern technology. Salamander furniture is manufactured in the USA in a 100% solar-powered facility. So whether your project is an all-new initiative or an extensive retrofit, look to Salamander for the foundation.

The top choice of residential and commercial integrators, Salamander has been ranked as the #1 leading AV furniture brand for 14 consecutive years in the annual CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.

Salamander Designs Best of 2017 Award Winners

CEDIA 2017 is in the rearview and we are dashing towards year end. Before the memory of CEDIA fades from memory, the Salamander Designs team would like to call out and shine a light on some of our important partners who did stand-out work this past year. We honored these teams at CEDIA, but we want the world to know of them and their accomplishments. We are proud to keep such company and are happy to support great partners who are doing excellent work.

 

BEST  INSTALLATION – Audio Breakthroughs

Audio Breakthroughs installed a custom home theater project with hidden recessed JVC projector and Revel in-wall speaker system. Salamander Alex chairs provided the look the client wanted. Client wanted a home theater with comfortable seating but without the traditional theater chair appearance. The Alex chair provided the perfect solution. He loved the fit and finish, the excellent build quality and luxurious padding. The Alex fit into the room perfectly and the client was thrilled with the results!

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INSTALLATION – High Class Technology

High Class Technology built this project on the outskirts of Medellin, with more than 900 square meters plus its own soccer field. The client and home owner, James Rodriguez, is a Colombian soccer player of the Bayern Munich team. This project featured a personalized home theater, inspired by the clients favorite character, Harry Potter. It has projection 4K, curved screen with the highest standards, Dolby Atmos sound, and of course two rows of Salamander chairs. With soft lighting, sound and motorized chairs, we create a space of comfort, technology and high-class design.

 

BEST SHOWROOM  Sound Concepts

It’s hard to tell with a state of the art, killer showroom featuring Salamander Designs seating, that Sound Concepts began in a small convenience store location with 3 employees, all still employed with the company today. It was from these early days that the foundation of values of hard work, customer service, and reinvestment was laid. Sound Concepts is known as a go-to integrator in the Northeast Arkansas area.

 

DEALER OF THE YEAR – ListenUp 


You hear a lot of talk about “custom” systems in the A/V world these  days. Talk to ListenUp co-founders Walt Stinson and Steven Weiner about the history of the company, and you’ll find out that ListenUp was custom before custom was cool. “From the very beginning we delivered and set up the systems we sold, and made sure they were properly integrated into the room,” says Steven. “We were tremendously enthusiastic about the gear – and, more importantly, the music – and we wanted to make sure everything got set up right so it would sound right. We knew if we offered this level of attention and people got a superior experience from their systems, they would become repeat customers.”

 

REP OF THE YEAR – ELITE3PRO

Elite3Pro was established in the Fall of 2005 to provide superior product representation for the CEDIA channel. We recognized a need for representation that would best support the ever-changing technology landscape, specifically with the continuous convergence occurring between residential, commercial and IT sectors. Our ability to understand and manage education of this evolving industry allows for quality expansion and newly identified opportunities for all of our partners

Signature Salamander: Transformation / Mood / Vision

All great art design starts with a vision/inspiration. Couple an artistic vision with an outstanding furniture design and you have a timeless classic.

Connie Kolman, an artist who uses a one-of -kind technique she created, was commissioned by AudioArt of Sudbury, MA to blend high-end audio and distinctive art. Inspired by nature and provocative colors, Connie applied her technique on glass panels which then were mounted on side panels and doors for a striking result. This particular pattern is called “Sahara Twilight”. We call it classic design married with artistic beauty: Signature Salamander

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Salamander Expands Lead as Top AV Furniture Brand – CE Pro

The 2015 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis is out, and we’re extremely pleased to share that for the seventh consecutive year, Salamander has been named the top AV furniture brand in this annual report by CE Pro Magazine. In addition a significantly expanded lead in the furniture category, we ranked third in home entertainment seating. If you’re a Salamander customer or dealer, thank you! You helped us achieve this important designation from one of the most respected trade publications in our industry.

Top AV Furniture Brand CEPro100The numbers associated with each manufacturer reflect the number of CE Pro 100 dealers using that brand.  These numbers are closely watched, according to CE Pro, “because these are the most successful companies in the industry”. Many professional integrators look to the brands that are being used by these companies as a signal of success.

About CE Pro

CE Pro magazine is the leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business. Its readers specify and sell technology-related products to homeowners, homebuilders and SMB (small/medium business) owners. Formerly a monthly magazine, CE Pro is now published and distributed 17 times per year. Launched in 1994, CE Pro was the first publication to address the home systems integrator channel and is widely recognized as the best publication in the category.

About Salamander

Salamander Designs is a leading manufacturer of premium quality, highly customizable furniture for residential and commercial audio/video integration. Our premium, custom AV furniture lines include the Chameleon Collection, Archetype System, Synergy System and theater/lounge seating solutions. We also make a wide variety of accessory products that enhance and complement our furniture. Most products are built to order in the USA and quick ship within days. Our AV Basics line offers a pre-configured, high quality selection of value-packed cabinets and seating producs. Contact us online or call (888) 650-5289. International callers, dial (860) 761-9500.

 

Elevating The Furniture Experience – AV Dealers

For six years running, Salamander has led the furniture category in the CE Pro 100, with more leading CE dealers and integrators choosing to partner with us than any other AV furniture brand.

Elevating Custom

Salamander custom seating configurator Our premium media cabinets and seating offer nearly unlimited customization options, so your customers can have  furniture that fits their exact needs and style preferences. And our Custom Configurators offer a quick and simple Design Your Own process.

Elevating Quality

Lifetime guaranteeNobody builds furniture like we do. The finest materials and cutting-edge constuction methods are utilized to achieve a perfect balance of function, durability, comfort and style. All of our USA made, built-to-order furniture is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Elevating Service

Salamander serviceA dedicated service team is eager to help you find the right solutions for your customers. Experienced, local sales reps offer additional training and support. Swatches, brochures, signage and generous  demo discounts are offered to support your sales process.

Elevating Value

Furniture is an important category, often overlooked by AV dealers. By offering Salamander furniture, you’ll be providing your customers with a more complete range of solutions, while expanding opportunities to grow your business and bottom line. Find out more information, and how to Partner With Us!

D-tools MVP Partnership Renewed

D-Tools MVP partnership renewed

We’re pleased to share that we recently renewed our participation in the D-tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program for another year. This partnership will benefit AV integrators who utilize D-Tools System Integrator for detailed product specifications and related information in their system design, proposal and estimation activities. In addition, Salamander dealers using D-Tools can be better equipped to accurately define our complete collection of premium AV furniture offerings by providing access to an expansive and easily utilized product library.

“Salamander Designs residential and commercial product lines give our System Integrator software users outstanding AV furniture to use in specifying and designing their projects,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools, via their blog. “We are delighted to have them continue their participation as a valued MVP partner and look forward to their continued membership in the years to come.”

With more than 4,500 users, the D-Tools MVP program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers up-to-date and detailed partner product information in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. Additionally, the program affords manufacturer partners, ourselves included, key insights and a direct connection with the D-Tools user database. This helps build customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify and install our products.  Our participation should also send a clear signal to Salamander dealers that we are committed to the absoulte best in customer support.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, CA, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Learn more at www.D-Tools.com.