Insights

Eating Your Vegetables

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | October 20, 2017

This year’s Azione Unlimited fall meeting in Austin was another upbeat affair, but there were moments in the short time that I was there that made me feel a kid at the dinner table, being forced to eat his vegetables.

The Business of Selling Simplicity

By Henry Clifford | October 12, 2017

Does this sound familiar? The client wants simplicity but asks you for solutions that you know will provide the opposite result. If you argue, you might lose the job, so maybe you relent.

Controlling Your Team With a Project Manager

By Ted Green | October 12, 2017

While everyone on your team matters, the person most responsible for ensuring that a proposal becomes a living, breathing (and reliably operating) system, delivered on time and on or below budget to a fully satisfied client, is the project manager. What are some qualities of a successful project manager, and just how big of a workload should they have?

Embracing the Custom Channel

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | October 12, 2017

CEDIA 2017 felt busier and more crowded than prior years. It wasn’t the crowds, however, that stood out the most for me. It was the renewed embrace of the channel by exhibiting manufacturers.

Walls of Sound

By Matt Pruznick | September 5, 2017

Call it a renaissance, of sorts. Over the past few years, the mp3 player-led dark ages of low-quality audio have given way to a proliferation of innovation–not only in the increased fidelity of content, but in its delivery and consumption.

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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