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An Italian Treat: Finding Technology in Unexpected Places

By Heather L. Sidorowicz | October 19, 2017

There are those times that technology can drive you crazy. We have all been there — the remote won't work, the TV needs a firmware upgrade, our iPhone crashes. We know that technology is not a perfect science. Then, there are those moments when technology is found in unexpected places, and it transforms you. That is precisely what happened while strolling in the small town of Ravello, near the end of my recent 11-day, five-city trip to Italy.

Video: Behind the Scenes at Leon Speakers

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | October 17, 2017

Over Fall Break this past weekend with my 9- and 11-year-old daughters and wife, we took a little detour from our trip to Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI, to visit one of my favorite people in the custom integration business, Leon Speakers CEO Noah Kaplan. 

Employment Crisis: The Struggle Continues

By John Sciacca | 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. 

My 24 Hours With Sonos Voice Control

By Henry Clifford | October 9, 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 our house. If it’s going to be terrible, at least be terrible on great speakers

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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.

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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