By John Sciacca June 26, 2012

In the custom installation channel, a balance of power exists – and must exist – between client and installer. It is much like the system of checks and balances that exists in government where no one branch can become too powerful. During the course of the relationship, the balance can shift subtly from one side to the other, but, as with any relationship, for it to continue successfully, the status quo must be kept relatively even.

By John Sciacca June 20, 2012
I recently re-watched an old Twilight Zone episode from Season 1 titled “What You Need.” In it, an old street peddler happens to know the exact thing that people “need” to help their lives in some way. He gives one guy a pair of scissors and the guy wanders around wondering what the scissors are for…until his scarf gets caught in an elevator and he is getting choked to death until he remembers the scissors that he uses to cut himself free. He then is, of course, a believer in the old man, and he returns for something else he “needs.” The man hands him a leaky fountain pen and the guy at first is all, “What?! This is what I need, old man?! A leaky fountain pen?! Why do I need this?!” His value in the pen is zero. 
By Michael Heiss June 15, 2012

While the attention of the consumer electronics world last week was mostly focused on news in the console gaming world from E3, the presence of a large contingent of CE press in Los Angeles gave Sony the opportunity to hold a briefing on the other parts of its consumer and professional product port

By Jeremy Glowacki June 14, 2012

It’s been three years in the making, and the team behind the Prima Cinema digital movie server is leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for their product’s launch this summer. Prima Cinema, which enables the screening of Hollywood films in the home during a film’s theatrical release, is

By John Sciacca June 13, 2012

As I write this, I am looking out the window of a rented home at powdery white sand the consistency of confectioner’s sugar and blue-green, rolling, crashing waves. I’m thankfully on vacation this week and SO glad to have ducked away from my custom installation offices for a brief respite. I can als

By Jeremy Glowacki June 12, 2012

It was almost exactly a year ago that I walked into URC’s new training room in Harrison, NY, and learned just about everything there was to know about the company’s long-awaited Total Control home automation line. After that press-only training session, I quoted URC director of business deve

By Michael Heiss June 12, 2012

It has been less than two months since Dolby Laboratories announced that it acquired the naming rights to what was formerly been known as the “Kodak Theater” at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, and in that short period of time the theater’s sound system has been updated from one

By John Sciacca June 08, 2012

Much like how the swallows return to Capistrano or the Monarch butterflies take their yearly sojourn to Mexico to fill up on off-brand, over-the-counter Viagra and worm-filled tequila, AV manufacturers tend to roll-out new models on a predictable, yearly basis.   Usually it is in that golden window


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