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Heather L. Sidorowicz

Heather L. Sidorowicz

Heather L. Sidorowicz is the president of Southtown Audio Video in Hamburg, NY.

  • An Italian Treat: Finding Technology in Unexpected Places

    October 19, 2017

    There are those times that technology can drive you crazy. We have all been there — the remote won't work, the TV needs a firmware upgrade, our iPhone crashes. We know that technology is not a perfect science. Then, there are those moments when technology is found in unexpected places, and it transforms you. That is precisely what happened while strolling in the small town of Ravello, n...

  • 3 Reasons Why the Apple Keynote Matters to Our Industry

    September 14, 2017

    CEDIA, residential AV’s go-to conference and trade show, just finished up last week. Although 2017 attendance numbers have not as of yet been released, we know that attendance for both 2015 and 2016 hovered just under 19,000. And, while I can’t find a real-time number for how many people streamed th...

  • Why I’m Running for the CEDIA Board

    August 28, 2017

    Two years ago, I presented an award at the show and met a member of the board. After some conversation, he asserted, “You need to be on the CEDIA board.” This year he nominated me. But my company is busier than we have ever been, and my two girls are still young; I had to step back and contemplate if I could afford to be on the board, too. 

  • 7 Reasons Your Installer Life is Easier Today Than 15 Years Ago

    August 10, 2017

    Recently, I had to look up my actual start day back in 2002. Here I am 15 years later. It had me thinking of how much the world of AV has changed in that time. Like being the class that first required papers to be printed instead of written, our “graduating class” of the AV world has experienced the analog-to-digital transition. Here are seven reasons that your A...

  • Amazon’s Plan to Take Over the Smart Home

    July 13, 2017

    Christmas, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and now we have Prime Day—an Amazon online holiday created by them for their Prime subscription service. According to Business Insider, more than 50 million Americans visited the site during their 30-hour sale, and it was the Amazon Echo that was the top-selling item. And just when you thought the day itself was news, Amazon announced new items...

  • InfoComm: Emerging Themes

    June 15, 2017

    Day two at InfoComm in Orlando, and I am seeing three themes emerge: the extension of laser projectors, wireless BYOD devices everywhere, and the next wave of the huddle space (with new names).  

  • Meural: The Coolest Tech Gadget You Didn’t Know You Wanted

    May 25, 2017

    For the first time in my AV career, I made an impulsive decision and purchased a demo unit. Weeks later, when the first units shipped, instead of installing it at the shop, I hung it in the dining room at my home. Almost a full year later, I am still in love with it. 

  • Making the Case for the ‘Technologist’

    May 11, 2017

    Beyond integrating itself, you are watching how the industry changes and is morphing. Other terms become limiting, especially looking at the fast pace of change in the technology sector. A technologist tells someone what today is and what tomorrow may become. We are no longer “the home theater guys.”

  • Creating our Perfect Livable Home Theater

    April 13, 2017

    I have been a Sony girl my entire life.  Starting in this industry back in the early 2000s, Sony was an easy sell.  However, in 2014 I composed a blog titled “The End of My Love Affair with Sony." But, then, last year they launched their Z series, dubbed the best TV they have ever made. My interest was piqued.

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Leon HQ Tour 2017

Residential Systems' Jeremy Glowacki and Leon Speaker's Noah Kaplan at the end of the tour

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Inside Leon's anechoic chamber

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon's hands-on manufacturing process

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon's hand-wound crossover

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Unique sculpture is on display throughout Leon. Much of it was created by Leon CEO Noah Kaplan.

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon sources its drivers from Israel.

Leon HQ Tour 2017

A warning before entering Leon's engineering department

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Inside Leon's engineering department

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon's engineers at work

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon's demo room

Leon HQ Tour 2017

A wide shot of Leon's final assembly

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Here's another stage of assembly

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon's picturesque headquarters hallway

Leon HQ Tour 2017

More original artwork from Noah Kaplan

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Noah Kaplan demonstrates a miter saw

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon's Timbre SEVEN bookshelf speakers

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Leon invested in a machine to shred old boxes into new packing materials

Leon HQ Tour 2017

As part of its Lean Manufacturing, Leon delivers speaker kits to its assemblers in these custom-built cases.

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Wrapping speaker grille cloth

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Putting finishing touch on grille cloth

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Adding the drivers

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Testing a speaker for proper polarity

Leon HQ Tour 2017

The Glowacki family taking a breather in the marketing department

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Noah Kaplan next to a prototype concept in the hallways of his company's headquarters

Leon HQ Tour 2017

Outside Leon's Ann Arbor headquarters