About Cobalt AV

Cobalt Audio Video, the popular radio accessories division of ComtronICS Inc, founded in 2003, offers the widest selection of value-priced, quality-built headsets and audio accessories found anywhere—providing everything you need from a single source!

Cobalt AV brings you the the most state-of-the-art-radio accessories, including our brand of Bluetooth® tactical wireless headset intercoms and related products. Our Cobalt AV brand blue muff headsets with detachable radio/intercom cords are consistently an industry favorite.

Got a special communications need? Cobalt AV custom builds headsets, cable assemblies, wireless telephony, and intercoms to suit your unique application.

Shipping is never a problem! Cobalt AV’s warehouse in Lexington KY is ideally located within 1-2 ground shipping days for our central and eastern United States customers. We also offer quick turnaround for our Canadian customers.

Join Our Growing Team!

Because our market niche is one of a kind, Cobalt Audio Video has no direct competitors. Other companies sell radio accessories, but none are positioned quite like Cobalt Audio Video with our unique capabilities. We offer well-priced, innovative, high quality products with an extensive industry expertise to provide our clients with customized communication solutions.

Cobalt Audio Video is growing a vital network of dealers. If you are a two-way radio dealer who recognizes the benefits of our unique brand of personalized customer service and product customization, giving you access to a broad range of top notch audio products available from a single source, we’d like to talk with you!

We are currently accepting dealer applications from qualified entities. To pre-qualify for a dealer application, contact David Fried at 800.264.6021 or 859.299.9494 x1.


Company Profiles

While our products and expertise are outstanding, our greatest resource is our people, many of whom have been with us for decades, and whose combined efforts have insured the success of Cobalt Audio Video and ComtronICS Inc for over 38 years.

David Fried, President

David grew up in Flemingburg KY, where his family owned a department store since the early 1900′s. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Journalism & Advertising. With retail in his blood and a gift for designing and configuring communication systems; in 1980, he founded ComtronICS. David is an avid skier and traveler, with a great fondness for The Big Lebowski, from which comes his favorite quote: “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you.”


Deborah (Deby) Prechtl, Visual Communications Manager

Deby is an astute and multi-talented creative in graphic design, technical writing, and product design engineering. She has been involved with ComtronICS in a variety of capacities since the company’s inception. Her interests include historical architectural research/renovation, jewelry design, color analysis, creative writing, and social media. Her favorite witticism? “Wherever you go–there you are!”


Melissa Kirk Reed, External Relations & Logistics

Melissa is from Memphis TN. Since joining ComtronICS in 2009, she has become the “energy alchemist” of the company, with the goal of creating a well-balanced workplace. Her interests include art appreciation, drawing, creative writing, and traveling. Favorite quote: “Whether you think that you can, or whether you think that you can’t, you are right.”–Henry Ford.


Melinda Lyons, Shipping & Receiving

Melinda is from Lexington KY and has a degree in Business. Her interests include gardening and scrapbooking. A friendly person, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


Gerald Caton, Technician

Gerald has been with our company for many years as the go-to guy for all kinds of technical issues. His hobbies include collecting radios, antique bottles and model trains. His philosophy of life? “I just take things one day at a time.”

Marcus Fried, Production & Sales


Tim Gilliam, System Sales | DAS Integration | RF Engineering

Tim is from Harlan County, Kentucky, where his family originally settled in the 1800′s. Because his Dad was in the Marines for 30 years, Tim has traveled throughout the world. Professionally, he specializes in designing new products and systems. His interests include fishing, traveling and beaches. A devoted family man with grandchildren, he is involved with the Masons, Scottish Rite and the Shriners. Tim’s philosophy? “No one has ever become poor by giving”.


Louis Cloud, Senior Field Technician

Louis is an easygoing and quick-witted philosopher with a fondness for the writings of Mark Twain, whom he frequently quotes. He has a First Class FCC license in Electronic Communications and digital matrixing training for Clearcom. Professing himself to be a gifted massage therapist, Louis says his favorite things include house boats, Alaskan cruises, and a good nap. Louis’s words to live by? “When the going turns weird, the weird turn pro.”–Hunter Thompson.


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Ryan Tipton, Project Manager

Growing up in Lexington, Ryan studied art and music. He is certified in Nortel, Ericsson, Mobile Access, Tyco, and Anritsu. Ryan says, “I try to live with the rule of ‘perception is’. How people see you is most likely how you are.” Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, reading, and watching movies.