Feature Article - March/April 2018

Turn Up the Motivation

Electronics Incentives to Inspire Your Best

By Emily Tipping


Hearing

With music a huge part of most anyone's life, it should come as no surprise that audio products continue to be tremendously popular.

With music a huge part of most anyone's life, it should come as no surprise that audio products continue to be tremendously popular. According to Anderson, both headphones and speakers are still huge redeemers.

"Headphones and speakers with Bluetooth are very strong redeemers," he said. "With the advance technology now in Bluetooth and the improved performance of both the speakers and headphones, it is taking listening to digital music to a whole new level. Though still fairly new in the market, cell phone makers are starting to upgrade their Bluetooth technology to BT 5.0. And a very cool feature of 5.0 is the ability for two Bluetooth headphones to connect to one device, now allowing two people with headphones to listen to the same device!"

Inspire your customers and motivate your top performers with Bose® SoundSport® Free Wireless Headphones. These completely wireless headphones are comfortable and stable. Sweat and weather-resistant, too. With clear, powerful sound, Bose packed them full of technologies that push performance to a new level. So you can, too. Available in Midnight Blue with Yellow Citron and Triple Black.

If you're looking for high-performing and dynamic sound, look no further than the Heritage HP-3 headphones from Klipsch, now available in the premium incentive channel exclusively through Rymax. Constructed with premium leather, die-cast steel, milled wood and machined aluminum components, these headphones are designed to deliver an unsurpassed acoustic performance. They boast solid-wood ear cups, magnetic removable sheepskin ear cushions and a genuine hand-stitched cowhide headband. They are hand-assembled with visible copper nuts and bolts to provide quality, full-range sound and a classic aesthetic.

For those who like to speak to their speakers, the Sonos One, available through Links Unlimited, blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up when you're in the shower. You can even request a lullaby, out loud, when you're tucking the kids in.

The Braven LUX, available through Top Brands, features custom HD audio drivers that provide high-fidelity sound, IPX 5 water-resistant rating, splash-proof and weatherproof, stunning unibody impact-resistant polycarbonate construction, built-in 1400Ah power bank for 12-plus hours of wireless audio, built-in speakerphone to make and take calls wirelessly and stream music and calls over Bluetooth® by syncing with a compatible device.

Hands-free and ears-free, the new Bose® SoundWear™ Companion® speaker, available through Incentive Concepts, is wearable and comfortable, with deep, clear sound. So you stay connected to your music, calls and the world around you.

Of course, not everyone plays music via a smartphone or MP3 player. There are still plenty of CD and LP lovers out there who also need a way to listen to their favorite tunes.

The stylish All-in-One Toshiba CD Mini Component System is a perfect audio solution for any environment. This system comes complete with a CD player changer, a digital FM PLL digital radio, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming, USB playback/input, large LED display and remote control. To top it off, it has stereo speakers built into a woodgrain case with a stainless steel grill.

The powerful Sharp 350W 5-CD Changer/Cassette/AM/FM + Stereo Speakers and Subwoofer features a classic 5-CD tray and tape cassette tray for a variety of entertainment options. Full-logic cassette deck lets you play your classic cassette tapes. Digital AM/FM tuner with 40 presets to set your favorite channels for one-touch recall. Bluetooth wireless audio streaming from smartphones/iPhone, tablets/iPad and other compatible devices. Includes stereo speakers with 2 x 5 1/8-inch woofer and 2-inch tweeter plus 110-watt subwoofer to create a rich, dynamic soundscape. Multi-function remote gives you total wireless control from your easy chair.

Connecting

"Just as we saw in 2017, the connectivity trend is continuing full speed ahead in 2018," Fishman said. "Products like Amazon Echo, Wi-Fi Smart lightbulbs and smart home security systems continue to dominate the market.

"We live in a world where people need to feel connected at all times," he added. "It provides both a sense of control as well as a sense of comfort. We like that we can monitor our front doors while we're away or stream our favorite playlists throughout the house when we're entertaining guests. This trend is not expected to slow down any time soon.

"Electronics with Alexa technology are a crowd favorite," he continued. "Every day, more and more people are telling Alexa to turn up the volume on the TV, set a timer, book them an Uber ride or check their schedule. According to RBC, if the momentum continues at this pace, Amazon will sell an estimated 60 million Alexa devices in the year 2020 alone."

Available through Links Unlimited, Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

"People are attracted to the convenience and ease of use that voice control technology offers," Fishman said. "Today's on-the-go, multi-tasking lifestyle demands that we can control things quickly and without complication. And again, in a time when we all want to stay connected, a virtual assistant like Alexa helps us to simply and seamlessly bring together all of our different technologies."