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Henry Clifford

Henry Clifford

Henry Clifford is president of Livewire (www.getlivewire.com), an integration firm in Richmond, VA.

  • My 24 Hours With Sonos Voice Control

    October 09, 2017

    It’s all about voice control for my kids, wife, and mother-in-law. While they squawk at Alexa, they like her much better than the other options available and seem perfectly happy listening to terrible audio. The Sonos announcement meant I wouldn’t have to listen to a tinny rendition of Ayo and Teo’s Rolex ever again. From now on, it’s going to be Hi-Fi teeny-bopper music in...

  • Rachio Pro Gen 2: Why Can’t Everything Be This Easy?

    September 25, 2017

    The folks at Rachio sent me one of their snazzy new irrigation controllers to evaluate. What follows is an epic tale of unboxing, installation, testing, and an integration shootout between Control4, Alexa, and Alarm.com. 

     

     

  • 7 CEDIA 2017 Themes to Help Us Predict the Year Ahead

    September 12, 2017

    CEDIA was a blast this year! High energy and enthusiasm abounded around the San Diego Convention Center. California is a great place to host CEDIA, and I can’t wait for a repeat experience next year. While there were plenty of great new products and demos, all of it seemed iterative vs. transformative.  Here are seven ...

  • All Strain and No Recovery is a Really Bad Plan

    August 30, 2017

    Americans love to boast about how many hours they work. It’s a badge of honor to work, work, and work. We love bragging about working during vacations, neglecting loved ones and family in favor of late hours and stress. According to most experts, recovery is just as important as strain, yet we persist in glorifying strain without giving setting aside time for recovery. Why?

  • An Open Letter to the Employee Who Got Away

    August 14, 2017

    You may remember that I had a key employee put in his notice a few months ago. If you read that story, then I left you in suspense as to whether I was able to convince that employee to stay. I didn't want to admit it it at the time, but he did leave the company, despite my best efforts to keep him.

  • Is Amazon Uberizing Our Workforce?

    July 31, 2017

    Uber figured out the barrier to entry into the taxi industry boiled down to a simple question: “Do you own a car?” The rest is history. As we ponder disruption and the democratization of workers into a “gig” economy, the next logical question is: when will the gig economy come for the CEDIA space?

  • How I Found a Way to Send My Team to CEDIA

    July 05, 2017

    For a few days of time, it can really boost morale and culture in the organization while investing in your employees. They appreciate it and are better at their work as a result.

  • Don’t Be Second in Line to the ISP

    June 19, 2017

    “Have you seen what we’re doing for our members?” asked the clean-cut DirecTV sales rep in our local Costco. I’d heard this siren call many times before but never answered. I decided to play along and take a fresh look at the world of Big Cable.

  • 5 Simple Ways to Work Through Friction With Clients

    June 05, 2017

    We recently ran into a billing dispute with a large client. It’s a six-figure dispute. The client feels that we didn’t communicate a change order, and I beg to differ. Who’s right? Does it matter? Has it ever mattered? The perception matters. 

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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