By John Sciacca November 20, 2014
While I was enjoying Disney World with my family last week, I noticed quite a few signs with quotes from Walt himself; quotes that embodied the spirit of the park and the Disney ethos. The sayings on these signs were so poignant and often times resonated so deeply to what we do as custom integrators.
By John Sciacca November 13, 2014
At times we are all forced to suck it up and call a company’s tech support for help. In my personal experience, there are three companies whose support truly rocks: Crestron, Lutron, and Pakedge, but this story is not about any of them. It’s about a company that did not do such a great job. (Photo via Tom Merton | Calaimage | Getty Images)
By John Sciacca November 04, 2014
As a custom integration business owner, we work up bids around the gear that we think will be needed—a generally known and non-dynamic cost on most projects—and then estimate the amount of labor and wire based on years of doing previous (likely similar) jobs. If we miss a job estimate by a few hours or feet of wire, it’s not the end of the world, and we can take that knowledge and use it to hopefully produce a more accurate quote on the next job.
By John Sciacca October 28, 2014
One distributor that many companies in the Southeast U.S. turn to is 21st Century Distributing, and this weekend the company held its annual dealer expo at Kingston Plantation Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC.
By John Sciacca October 22, 2014
There are two shining lights in our industry that just refuse to succumb to the Moore's Law in the AV industry: speakers and labor. (Image via Nicola Filardi, Getty Images)
By John Sciacca October 15, 2014
I recently had two minor lifestyle changes that I wanted to make to my home. Here's how I used some very simple programming to enhance living in the Sciacca house, that can give you some ideas for your projects.
By John Sciacca October 08, 2014
Even though I live with a Kaleidescape movie server and use the system almost every day, it really isn’t until I demo the system to guests at my house or to prospective Kaleidescape buyers at my showroom that I really remember how the other half lives (ie: watches movies.)
By John Sciacca October 01, 2014
One things I saw at CEDIA EXPO was that major automation companies were talking about ways to make programming systems a far simpler affair. So simple, in fact, that many will include letting end users make system changes like creating lighting and shading scenes or time-of-day events that heretofore would have required some serious brain power and proprietary software to pull off.
By John Sciacca September 23, 2014
Without a doubt, one of the most prevalent and exciting themes at the show was Dolby Atmos. As an integrator, Atmos should be your best friend. Get to know it, understand it, demo it, sell it, install it. Here’s a recap of the best audio demos I heard at the EXPO.
By John Sciacca September 13, 2014
By far the biggest theme in surround sound at CEDIA EXPO 2014 was Dolby Atmos. In fact, you practically couldn’t enter a home theater demo at CEDIA without hearing about and experiencing Atmos. Whether it was a speaker or AV receiver/processor manufacturer Atmos was the most buzz-worthy trend at the show.