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John Sciacca

John Sciacca

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

  • Terrific Demo Material from Best Sound Oscar Winner, Hacksaw Ridge

    August 15, 2017

    As a movie lover, I always try to watch the Academy Award winning movies for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing as they often look and sound terrific in a well-designed home theater, and can make for terrific demo material. While this post is a bit late in coming, I recently re-watched the recent winning films a couple of times and thought I would share some highlig...

  • Freight: The Silent Profit Killer

    August 01, 2017

    What goes up must always come down, unless the thing that went up is a price increase. Once vendors get consumers used to paying a higher price for something, they rarely bring prices back down, even if the supposed factor that caused the price increase happens to reverse course. Case in point: freight charges.

  • The Cascading Effect of Old, Installed Gear Dying

    July 25, 2017

    When something that’s been installed for years fails and the manufacturer no longer supports it, and there is no similar replacement, you can run into an awkward conversation with the customer. And short of magical foresight, there's not much you can do to avoid that.

  • Review: Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional Shine in 4K and Dolby Atmos

    July 11, 2017

    Preparing for the imminent release of Luc Besson’s latest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (releases theatrically July 21), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment today re-released two of the director’s seminal classics in Ultra HD Blu-ray, The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional.

  • 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.

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