Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down, Perigold Adds New Industry Brands, and More News This Week

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Business

Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down

Neela Montgomery is officially departing from her role as chief executive officer at Crate and Barrel. Montgomery reportedly told the board of her intention to do so at the end of last year. “It has been a pleasure to lead these amazing brands at Crate and CB2,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We have accelerated their strategic and operational capabilities as a digitally-forward, innovative retailer now positioned for the future. This is a passionate, talented team with a great platform for continued success. I thank them for their commitment and as I take on new challenges, I look forward to seeing their future achievements.” Her last day will be August 1.

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The Best Home Theater Sound Bars With Surround Sound

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Putting together a surround sound system for your home theater used to require a set of big, boxy speakers, stereo receiver, and intricately connected cables. That’s still an option, but you can save a lot of space by getting a sound bar system that supports surround sound instead.

These systems are typically smarter than traditional home theater equipment and take up significantly less space. The trade off is that home theater sound bar systems that support surround sound can’t create as immersive an experience because the front right, front left, and center channel are all built into the bar. This eliminates the ability to space every speaker in your home theater system equidistant from one another, and point them directly at a “sweet spot.”

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