By John Sciacca July 30, 2013
Last week Kaleidescape introduced a new product, the Cinema One, that I
and many others in the trade and consumer press felt was pretty big
news. For a company known for making systems for the luxury market
costing as much as automobiles, breaking the $4,000 barrier was a major
move to capture a much broader segment of the market. That is good for
them as a company, and good for Kaleidescape dealers because they
finally have a way to overcome the one major hurdle that killed most
By Michael Heiss July 25, 2013
With the fall “selling season” still a few months down the road,
competition is already heating up in the UHD/4K display arena with
today’s introduction of the first 50-inch Ultra HD TV priced under
$1,000. Scheduled for availability in August, TCL will join Seiki in the
low-cost end of the UHD market, setting a new line in the sand as the
first such model to be released at $999; the MSRP for the Seiki model
still shows on their web site as $1,299.
By Heather L Sidorowcz July 25, 2013
Maybe it is due to running a company, raising two kids, blogging
weekly for you fine folks, or something else. Yet, no matter how tired I
am at the end of the day, I lay down and my mind refuses to land. Over
the years, I have tried many things to alleviate this issue.
By Jeremy J. Glowacki July 24, 2013
A lifetime achievement award is a tough call. At what point has a
person truly accumulated a “lifetime’s worth” of achievements deserving
enough for recognition? And how long do you wait before honoring them?
By John Sciacca July 23, 2013
Demonstrate a Kaleidescape system to 100 people and I bet you’ll have
100 people that would love to own one. With its world-class user
interface, near instantaneous access to a vast library of DVDs, Blu-rays
and CDs, automatic bookmarking of the most iconic scenes in thousands
of films, and the world’s only way to download and own movies in exact
Blu-ray quality, Kaleidescape systems are one of the easiest products to
get people excited about.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz July 18, 2013
I’ve been holding off on writing this blog because every time I think of
the word, “alliances,” I can’t help but picture the TV show Survivor.
And, when I think of Survivor, I think of my fellow blogger John
Sciacca. He is, in his own words, the “foremost AV authority on
Survivor.” Yet, the show is a primal example of how forming alliances
can get you to the finish line. In the business world, this is a must
for companies that aspire for growth and strength.
By John Sciacca July 17, 2013
“How many custom installers does it take to change a light bulb?”
answer: “Just one. But it takes several hours to first research the
bulb type and load, compare it to the list of approved bulbs, replace
and reprogram the new dimmer, and then change the bulb.”
By Todd Anthony Puma July 16, 2013
I recently had maintenance done on my car at a new repair shop,
replacing the alternator and water pump. The interior of the car was a
bit of mess when I brought it in, the detritus of two young kids
littering the floor and the back seat. You can image my shock when I got
the car back and it was spotless—the shop had completely vacuumed the
interior, leaving it in better shape than I gave it to them. When I
checked under the hood, I found that they did the same there, cleaning
up the dirt and stains that inevitably occur.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz July 11, 2013
A few years ago, we installed all the AV in a new building for a client.
The building housed a high-end conference room (with a hidden screen
and projector—the projector actually dropped down from the ceiling
panel), a large training room, and a small training room. A Crestron
touchscreen or keypad controlled each room.
By Todd Anthony Puma July 10, 2013
Back in my 20’s, I was a Budweiser drinker. It was affordable, light,
and I liked it. As I’ve gotten older and begun to appreciate having a
beer for the taste, I’ve matured and been ordering more IPAs, craft
beers, and imports. My tastes have changed and my product selection has
changed along with it. Plenty of my friends have stayed with Bud or
other American lagers. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I don’t
begrudge them anything.