Bang & Olufsen and Commercial Electronics Open New Showroom Location in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia and ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ -- Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of exclusive, custom-built audio and video products, together with Commercial Electronics, Vancouver's largest CE retail provider, will officially open its new showroom location in Vancouver on Thursday, November 17 with a dedicated press reception and grand opening customer event. Additionally, a VIP grand opening for the new Commercial Electronics store will be held on November 18, and a public grand opening will be held on November 19.

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Most Vancouverites easily recognize Commercial Electronics' well-known mustard brick building located between Davie Street and the Burrard Bridge. Now, after over 50 years, Commercial Electronics (and Bang & Olufsen Burrard Street) will move to a new home in the South Granville neighborhood.

The Bang & Olufsen South Granville showroom is showcased in a sleek, store by store concept alongside the 2500 square foot Commercial Electronics store. The new 1500 square foot Bang & Olufsen South Granville showroom will provide the complete Bang & Olufsen product portfolio in addition to personalized custom installation capabilities for both commercial and residential applications.

Commercial Electronics was founded in 1957 by Henry von Tiesenhausen. Henry grew the company from a small TV and radio repair shop into BC's leading expert in audio and video, home theater, home integration, professional A/V, commercial installations, and A/V repair. In September of 2010 Henry finalized a sale of the landmark building and the company to Amacon, one of Canada's foremost real estate development, which then sold the company to Commercial Electronics' then Vice President and 40 year employee, Susanne Adam.

"Generations of customers have frequented Commercial Electronics, often without recognizing the true history, scope and range of what the company's many divisions can do," says Susanne Adam, Owner and President of Commercial Electronics. "This new space will allow us to demonstrate more of what we do, from hi-fi audio to commercial projects, whole-home integration and even rental and duplication services.

Commercial Electronics has a unique diversity of nearly 40 talented experts with over 200 years of combined experience. "Today electronic technology is all about integrating multiple disciplines to create easy-to-use, yet cutting edge enhancements to our customers' life-styles," explains Vice-president Christina Adam. "Additionally, we offer integrated systems that can automatically adjust thermostats, control lights, and move drapes, thereby allowing any business or family to easily make significant strides towards living greener."

In addition to the vast product offerings of the Commercial Electronics store, the Bang & Olufsen South Granville showroom will also present some new, highly acclaimed products launched this fiscal year by the world renowned Danish brand. New products on display will include, the BeoSound 5 Encore digital music system with patented playlist technology, the award winning BeoSound 8 iPad/iPod/iPhone docking station (B&O's fastest selling product to date in the history of the company) and a preview of the limited edition BeoVision 10 Chantrelle. Chantrelle is B&O's slimmest TV offered in a 46 inch model. It features a custom built bass port and digital surround sound, LCD TV with LED backlit technology, a unique easel stand for flexible placement and a soft, brown hue popular with interior designers and those in the motor industry.

"For over a decade, Bang & Olufsen has had strong retail presence in Vancouver and we are grateful to continue our partnership with Commercial Electronics, as they are Vancouver's oldest and highly respected consumer electronics retail provider in the area," states Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen in North America, Inc. "Additionally, over the past eighty-six years, Bang & Olufsen has become an icon of performance and technical excellence, and we are happy to carry this tradition and brand legacy to Vancouver residents and tourists."

To experience the new Bang & Olufsen product portfolio and latest Commercial Electronics product offerings, we welcome customers to the new showrooms:

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    Bang & Olufsen South Granville            Commercial Electronics
    1565 West 7th Ave                         1565 West 7th Ave
    Vancouver, BC                             Vancouver, BC


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A joint Bang & Olufsen and Commercial Electronics media reception will be held at 9 AM on Thursday, November 17 and will be followed by a dedicated Bang & Olufsen customer event at 6:00 PM the same day and a Commercial Electronics customer event at 6:00 PM on Friday, November 18.

At the B&O opening, guests will indulge in an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails provided by Russian Standard Vodka and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Additionally, attendees will be able to preview the new BMW 650i Coupe featuring the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround System and enter-to-win spectacular prizes from Bang & Olufsen, The BMW Store and Russian Standard Vodka. Free valet parking will be available.

At the Commercial Electronics opening, guests will enjoy an evening of hors d'oevres, fine wines and the elegant jazz stylings of the Paul Plimley jazz duo. Attendees will also be treated to a preview of a B&O surround system from the driver's seat of an Aston Martin and can enter-to-win numerous spectacular prizes. Free valet parking will be available.

For more product and/or event details for B&O check out our website at www.bang-olufsen.com/southgranville or www.bang-olufsen.com

For more information on Commercial Electronics check out our website at www.commercialelectronics.ca

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move.

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Commercial Electronics has a unique diversity of nearly 40 talented experts with over 200 years of combined experience. Additionally, its experts find the audio/video solution to suite one's life style. Since its start as a repair shop, the company has evolved into a leading edge designer and installer of electronic systems for planetariums, museums, airports, government projects, corporations, the hospitality industry and, of course, homes. In fact, this year the CE team won the bronze CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) award for the 'best designed integrated home system' in all of North America in the half-million dollar category. Additionally, Commercial Electronics also has a vast selection of iPod docs, mini-systems and turntables that deliver exceptional sound quality starting at only a few hundred dollars.

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For further information: Christina Adam, Vice-President of Commercial Electronics, +1-604-669-5525, Cell, +1-604-376-5194, cadam@cemail.ca; or Monica Gartner, PR Consultant of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc., +1-847-590-4940, +1-847-347-0709, mcy@bang-olufsen.dk Web Site: http://www.bang-olufsen.com

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