Como Audio, a new brand headed up by former Tivoli Audio head designer Tom DeVesto, has launched in the Canadian market, represented by new firm Peak Sales & Marketing.
Headquartered in Oshawa, ON, about 45 minutes east of downtown Toronto, Peak Sales & Marketing is run by Denise Babin and Drew Saarinen. Babin previously spent more than 20 years with Lenbrook Canada. She was most recently account marketing manager at 360Insights. Saarinen, meanwhile, also spent 18 years with Lenbrook.
"Peak Sales & Marketing Inc. brings over 40 years of combined experience to the consumer electronics industry," says the duo. "We are thrilled to be part of Como Audio's energetic team, bringing high quality products to the Canadian market. "
Como Audio, based in Boston, MA, manufactures a lineup of portable smart radios, all of which offer access to more than 30,000 Internet radio stations, Spotify Connect, and FM radio, and can play back music from wired sources via aux input, and USB, also simultaneously charging a connected phone. The radios also include an optical TV input and stereo headphones input. Operated using a handheld remote, the speakers also feature up to eight presets, which can be used for both FM channels as well as Internet and streaming stations. They can also be controlled via the companion Como Control iOS and Android app, for accessing things like power, volume, tuning, presets, sources, EQ, and play/pause. Through the app, you can view Internet station logos, Spotify album art, and metadata, and organize multi-room sound should you have more than one radio around the house. The app can also be used to set the time, and activate a sleep timer.
The line currently consists of five core models, all with Italian-inspired names - the Solo, Duetto, Musica, Amico, and Ambiente. The Solo and Duetto offer NFC pairing and Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP with aptX audio, while the Musica adds a slot-load CD player, and integration with Deezer, Tidal, and Napster in addition to Spotify, as well as Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity.
Como Audio Amico
The Amico is a truly portable model, running off a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that offers up to eight hours of continuous play time, and housed in a weather-resistant chassis. The Solo can connect with the Ambiente wired speaker for stereo sound.
Finishes for radios in the line include walnut, hickory, piano black, and piano white (teak only for the Amico), and pricing ranges from $200 up to $900. The speakers can be used in pairs for stereo sound, or connect and control up to five throughout the home using the app.
"[I want to] continue my goal is bringing high performance, vision, design, and long-lasting products to the music enthusiast," says DeVesto, who adds that he wants to "make it easy to access all of the music content available through one device that would deliver multi-room, true high-fidelity sound in a compact wooden design. The Como Audio products are designed to not only produce great room-filling sound, but have the ability to sync music throughout your home with the press of a button. No phone or computer required."
Como Audio products are currently being featured in downtown Toronto at Bay Bloor Radio.
Como Audio Musica
Meanwhile, having launched earlier this month, Peak Sales & Marketing will be looking to expand its portfolio in the new year, targeting independent consumer electronics stores, mass retailers, and specialty stores with its products.
Como Audio currently employs about a dozen stateside, and began its venture through Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns. For the Solo, Duetto, and Ambiente, the company far exceeded its pledged goals of $50,000, receiving more than $200,000 in backing for each campaign. Como Audio will be featuring its products at a suite in the Venetian during CES 2018 in January.
At top: Denise Babin (left) and Drew Saarinen of Oshawa, ON-based Peak Sales & Marketing, which will be representing the Como Audio line in Canada.