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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: The Struggle Continues

    October 10, 2017

    Taking the advice of commenter Tony Calero, who suggested I try posting an online Help Wanted ad at Indeed.com, we indeed posted an ad. And while we did get some responses to our posting — about 15 resumes over a one-month period — only one was actually something worth serious consideration. 

  • CEDIA 2017 Standouts: Dirac, Trinnov, Sub-$5k Sony, FIBBR, and More

    September 19, 2017

    There was so much to see at CEDIA this year that it took a bit of time post-show to gather my thoughts. While this year’s show didn’t have any one overarching theme like voice which dominated last year’s event, there was still plenty to get excited about, and after some reflection, here are my observati...

  • CEDIA Keeps it Classy in San Diego

    September 08, 2017

    For those of you that opted not to come to San Diego for CEDIA this year I say this: I’m sorry. This city has been a terrific backdrop for what is my favorite tradeshow of the year, and it has been absolutely terrific for the three days I’ve been here so far. Between the weather, the terrific local craft beer scene, ocean front views, and a downtown baseball stadium, you have the makin...

  • My Review of the Auro 3D Demo Disc Vol. 2

    September 05, 2017

    After updating my Marantz AV8802a to Auro 3D capability, Auro sent me its latest demonstration disc filled with a variety of clips to show off the strengths of the format. 

  • 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.

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Leon HQ Tour 2017

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

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Inside Leon's anechoic chamber

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Leon's hands-on manufacturing process

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Leon's hand-wound crossover

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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.

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A warning before entering Leon's engineering department

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Inside Leon's engineering department

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Leon's engineers at work

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Leon's demo room

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A wide shot of Leon's final assembly

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Here's another stage of assembly

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Leon's picturesque headquarters hallway

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More original artwork from Noah Kaplan

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Noah Kaplan demonstrates a miter saw

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Leon's Timbre SEVEN bookshelf speakers

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

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

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Wrapping speaker grille cloth

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Putting finishing touch on grille cloth

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Adding the drivers

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Testing a speaker for proper polarity

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The Glowacki family taking a breather in the marketing department

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

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Outside Leon's Ann Arbor headquarters