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Centronics 2009 Catalog Expands, Brings Reduced Prices

The Stevensville, Md.-based company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Stevensville, Md.-based Centronics Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And the audio, video, and accessory dealer for the security, commercial, and residential markets has released its 2009 catalog in print and online, with 12 more pages of new products and reduced pricing.

Centronics 2009 Catalog

Centronics stocks products such as TV mounts by Video Mount Products, installation tools and accessories by Platinum Tools and BES, satellite distribution equipment by Satellite USA, antennas and off-air accessories by Winegard and AntennaCraft, plus home theater equipment—from HD cables to speakers—by EHD, Speco Technologies, and Universal Remote Control.

“Centronics prides itself on providing both the industry’s best products as well as the best customer service, and this is a main reason for our longevity,” said Centronics Generam Manager Tony Pelura.

The company provides same-day shipping 97 percent of the time, Pelura said.

Centronics was born in 1959 by John Carbone in the Washington, D.C., area, focusing on the emerging TV and radio parts and accessories business. In 1989, Centronics was then taken over by John’s son, John Carbone Jr., and moved into satellite TV accessories.

In 2000, Centronics made another move into HD accessories (HDMI, speakers, HDTV boxes and antennas). Centronics also increased its security line, created relationships with new vendors, increased its Web presence, and set up free tech help.

In 2006, Centronics was taken over by Pelura, a 10-year industry veteran, who has worked for Centronics since 2000.

Centronics products include the DSK-15 CCTV/surveillance kit.

Listening to customers resulted in the development of the company’s own line of branded products, Pelura said.

“Because of our roots, we’ve always had our own brand of off-air antennas and amplifiers,” he said. “But now, our Elite HD-branded line is a direct result of talking to installers and having them tell us what they need. Centronics was one of the first to come out with an HDMI cable tester as well as Cat5e-to-HDMI converters.”