By John Sciacca September 28, 2012
If one isn’t careful, it can be far too easy to sneak past the protective guard rails, walk right up to the edge, and then lean over; peering deeply into the future of the custom installation industry and see nothing but a dark, cavernous abyss. When talking about the future and longevity of custom installation as a whole, it is easy to find reasons to be concerned. Things continue to get easier to install, system no longer require wires or complex connections, people enjoy the click-to-buy-at-lowest-price experience of on-line shopping, and many components come with free control apps that work with the smart phone that everyone already carries with them.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 26, 2012
With so much experience with each product line, I thought picking out a home theater system for my own home would be a piece of cake, but it turned out to be just the opposite. Every day I spend hours looking through price book after price book and talking to reps about their product lines, making lists of what I want in my house. I have a notepad filled with rewrites of what I want to install and what it's going to cost.
By John Sciacca September 25, 2012
It’s easy to see why people are interested in this industry. You get to meet tons of interesting people, nearly every project/day at work is different, and you’re constantly working with the newest technologies and coolest gadgets. Arrive at a house in a van loaded down with high-tech goodies, be viewed by your customers as some mash-up between a computer genius, wizard and super hero, and then at the end of the day, press a single button and make…magic. Unlike any other trade—electrician, plumber, HVAC, cable/telephone, gardener—AV installers are generally celebrated when they come to a house. They bring with them a head-full of knowledge and make a house a fun place to live.
By Derek Dellinger September 25, 2012
Just behind the crowds of Apple devotees collecting their iPhone 5 are the legions of new cases hitting the market. How you select one may be ultimately subjective — a quest to find the perfect balance of durability and design. Here are five cases that will ensure your iPhone 5 is still intact when the iPhone 6 comes out.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 19, 2012
My wife and I are in the process of buying a new home. We are first time home owners so we are very new at all of this and what it entails. While we were enjoying the fun part of going around looking at houses, we were under the assumption that we would be paying for the house and the taxes. Now, as we have finally found our dream home, we are finding out about lawyer fees, inspection fees and astronomical closing costs. Of course we were made aware that these costs existed, but never how high they would be. Sure puts a damper on the excitment of owning our first home.
By John Sciacca September 18, 2012
If you own an AV system, sooner or later you are going to face an issue where something doesn’t work. This is an absolutely sure as death and taxes. You’ll go to use your system, you’ll do the same thing you’ve done a hundred/thousand times before, and past performance will not guarantee a future result. Usually this can be boiled to down one of three “got no” things: Got no picture, got no sound, or got no picture and no sound.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz September 18, 2012
A client calls and has you quote a job. You’re busy (you’re always busy). The job is pretty big and you’re not sure you have a great chance of getting it, but you scramble and get the quote done anyway. A few weeks go by. Then you get the job.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 13, 2012
All my bags were packed...I was ready to go...but my first CEDIA EXPO would have to wait as I was delayed for hours on a plane in Newark because of bad weather conditions.
By John Sciacca September 12, 2012
Another CEDIA EXPO is in the bag, and this show marked my 14th in attendance. There have certainly been a lot of changes for my EXPOs over the years; from those wide-eyed days of running around the hallways checking out the HD Garden of Delights, grabbing every piece of literature I could stuff into a backpack and sneaking into parties uninvited to being a member of the press, grabbing every USB drive I can stuff into a backpack and attending “under embargo” meetings to look at product under development and dining with industry big wigs.
By Lindsey Adler September 11, 2012
Not only does G2i represent a piece of the storied Silicon Valley tech community—not something I’ve seen represented in the AV industry at all—but one of its core objectives is to introduce an entirely new business model to the custom home automation industry.