Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our History

We got our start in the electronics business in 1994 when we opened EAST COAST AUDIO CONCEPTS, A small shop in East Greenbush, NY, specializing in mobile video and audio systems. We experienced substantial growth as mobile audio and video gained popularity. Our business ranged from “low end” to “no end”, installing basic stereo and video monitors to creating award winning custom installations. We outgrew our original shop and moved to a new state of the art location in East Greenbush in 2002, with a larger showroom and installation bays.

Over the years, Our team and our creations won numerous national awards and accolades and were featured in many of the top mobile audio magazines.

Some of our awards include:

Mobile electronics magazine - store of the year
Mobile Electronics Magazine - Installation team of the year
Mobile Electronics Magazine - installer of the year
IASCA - (international auto sound challenge association) - World Champions
USAC - (United States Auto Sound Competition) - National Champions
SLAP - Regional Champions
CANADIAN AUTO SOUND - Regional champions
JL AUDIO - Dealer of the year award
CES/ SEMA show cars and trade show awards


Car Audio and Electronics
Consumer Guide to Car Audio and Security
Auto Sound and Security Magazine
Car Stereo Review
Performance Auto Sound and Security Magazine
Street Trucks, Mini Truckin’, and Sport Compact Car Magazine

As technology improved, automakers began to integrate more and more mobile electronics at the factory - offering consumers in-car video, eight speaker sound systems, navigation, car starters, etc. At the same time, the home electronics market, beyond the basic television set, began to expand and become more mainstream. As such, the move from mobile electronics to home electronics was a natural progression for our business, as our expertise and knowledge would very easily carry over and apply to the home electronics market.

In 2004, we began our progression from the mobile electronics market to the home electronics market, continuing to operate out of our East Greenbush Facility. Although the “big box” stores were offering home electronics, we believed that they could not compete with our expertise and service. In 2007 CIRCUIT CITY contracted with us to be their exclusive installer for their “FIREDOG” home installation service.

Since 2004, our home electronics business has experienced steady growth, prompting us to concentrate exclusively on this aspect of our business, As a result, we decided to change our name to SMARTHOME - a name more descriptive of our business, and move to a new design center easy to find located on Wolf Rd. in Colonie, NY.