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John Sciacca

John Sciacca

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

  • 10 Classes Worth Taking at CEDIA 2015

    October 06, 2015

    I scoured through the CEDIA EXPO Training & Certification book and pinpointed 10 classes that would be of benefit to any CI, whether industry rookie or grizzled vet. Showing how CEDIA is keeping up with the times, most of these classes are new for this EXPO.

  • Curved TVs: Yay or Nay? Video Experts Weigh-In

    September 29, 2015

    While I can understand the geometry and increased edge-light benefits when using a curved screen with a front projection system with an anamorphic lens (the projected image having to travel further to reach the screen edges than the screen center on a flat screen just due to physics) having a curve on a direct-view LED TV just doesn’t make any sense to me.

  • Meet the CEDIA Noobs at Innovation Alley

    September 15, 2015

    According to CEDIA, Innovation Alley is where you can find “new manufacturers breaking into the industry and discover new products and vendors that are bringing fresh innovation into the market.”

  • Mad Max: The Best Dolby Atmos Film to Date!

    September 08, 2015

    From the opening seconds of the film, the soundtrack instantly immerses you in the world of Mad Max, with voices that swirl, echo, and shift around the room and deep-throated engine revs that pulse, throb, and roar throughout the room. 

  • Insurgent: Top 5 Dolby Atmos Demos

    September 01, 2015

    Dolby Atmos Blu-ray discs continue to trickle out, and The Divergent Series: Insurgent, is lucky number 13 to come to market.

  • 6 Ways to Market Your CI Business Like a Pro

    August 24, 2015

    Marketing is one of those things that confound many of us. How do you do it? Where do you start? How much should you spend? What’s the most effective approach? How much is too much? How do you track results? 

  • PRIMA's New CEO Recommits to the Custom Channel

    August 17, 2015

    PRIMA Cinema’s newly appointed CEO, Shawn Yeager, flew out to Myrtle Beach, SC to meet with me last week, wanting some face time to tell me what has been going on with the company.

  • The Gunman – Top 5 Dolby Atmos Demos

    August 04, 2015

    I had always thought that Atmos ceiling speakers were truly made to convey overhead rain sounds, but after hearing how well they are employed to handle the roaring fire of this movie, I’m willing to rethink that. 

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ELAN, Niles-Equipped Home

“With the Niles and ELAN systems in Robert’s new home, there really are no limits,” said Joe Abramo of Custom Automated Solutions.

Front House

“Before automating his entire home, Robert wanted to start small, so we only installed the theater and audio controls, where the Niles Auriel sy...

Back Yard

Abramo has since integrated the homeowner's climate controls, security, surveillance cameras, TV and video, lighting, garage doors, and driveway gates...


Abramo began installing the Niles Auriel system one week prior to the homeowner's move-in date. Abramo said it only took 30 minutes to install and fiv...


The homeowner enjoys the ability of the ELAN system to control all of his equipment from one app that he can access anywhere in the world.


The homeowner said he uses less power on climate controls, since he can shut it off when leaving and turn it back on again when leaving work, so it's ...


“The key is having a good AV/security expert you can trust,” said Robert, the homeowner. “Joe showed me things I never knew existed,...