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John Sciacca

John Sciacca

John Sciacca is one of the principals of Custom Theater and Audio in Myrtle Beach, SC.

  • Employment Crisis: Where’d the Workers Go?

    June 27, 2017

    We’ve posted ads at the local technical college, posted on the job board at Craigslist, and had “NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED TECH” on the marquee in front of our store for a couple of months. The total number of applicants that have come in from these attempts? Zero.

  • When Third-Party Systems Crash Customer Confidence

    June 20, 2017

    We all know our systems are heavily reliant on third parties to deliver primary services to the home like cable/satellite, telephone, and internet. And for the most part, we and our customers live in a kind of detente with these service providers. But what do you do when these must-have third-party systems start derailing and crashing your customer’s confidence in the work you’ve done?

  • Five Technologies That Changed the Game for CI

    June 08, 2017

    When I started boiling it down in my head, there are really five major things that have had a massive sea change and lasting impact on our industry; technological changes that caused complete shifts in the way the industry worked then, and still work to this day.

  • Disc Bloat is Back! How to Tame It

    May 31, 2017

    Unfortunately, outside of just a few pay-per-view movies, or the occasional special broadcast, the answer remains “no” when it comes to 4K broadcasting. But you know what you can watch right now on those new 4K TVs? Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs! But you know what the price is of another new disc format…? Disc bloat.

  • 10 Traits of the Perfect Customer

    May 23, 2017

    If we could Franken-create the perfect customer that we would like to do business with, what attributes would they have? I think these 10 traits basically nail the ideal client.

  • Five ‘Little’ Things That Can Trip Up an Install

    May 18, 2017

    On most install jobs, it’s generally not the big things like massive component failures, corrupt programming, or just being unable to get a system to work that cause us problems. It’s usually the dumb, small things that likely could have been prevented with a bit of forethought that leave you scratching your head and often spending hours trying to run down.

  • Four Lessons Learned from a Week at Disney World

    May 10, 2017

    I’ve taken my family to the Florida theme parks three times in the past five years, and there has been something to learn from each visit. During my recent trip, four key Disney philosophies really stood out to me. 

  • RIP, 3D TV: 2010–2017

    April 25, 2017

    Upon introduction, 3D was hailed as the big step-up feature that people would demand. People would queue up at tradeshows waiting for their turn to don a pair of 3D glasses to see if a particular company’s implementation was a truly immersive 3D experience. But, alas, it was not to be, and the nails in 3D's coffin can be narrowed down to four things...

  • Why Designers Should Spend Time in the Field

    April 18, 2017

    We see design oversights in our industry all the time: flat panel TVs with inputs that open perpendicular to the wall; architectural speakers that demand a third arm to install; or just downright bizarre mounting patterns. This is what happens when designers never get out to install the product themselves. So it's refreshing to find products that seem like they've been desig...

  • Demo-Worthy Scenes from the Passengers Ultra HD Blu-ray

    March 28, 2017

    With a Rotten Tomatoes score of only 31 percent, I didn’t go into Passengers with high expectations. I mean, I wanted to enjoy the movie, but  it seemed to be cursed by the general, “Meh” from many who viewed it.  Well, after three viewings I have to say that not only does the Ultra HD Blu-ray look and sound terrific, I really enjoyed the movie.    

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