By John Sciacca April 22, 2014
Jeremy is one of those polarizing figures in our industry that people either got, dug and respected, or intimidated, confused and avoided at all costs. For current or ex-SpeakerCraft dealers, I think this new venture will be too enticing an opportunity to pass up to at least consider giving their captain one more chance.
By John Sciacca April 16, 2014
In our modern connected world, most clients today take it as a given that you will freely share your email and cell phone information with them, and take it as a real affront if you don’t offer to share this information. And for the majority of them, this isn’t a problem. But when people start crossing the boundaries–or when there is a real after-hours emergency–how do you handle this?
By John Sciacca April 08, 2014
One of the trends at the International Consumer Electronics Show this
year was a renewed push toward better-than-CD quality, high-resolution
audio (HRA). In fact, there was even an entire section of the Tech Zone
dedicated to “The Hi-Res Audio Experience” and several HRA panels,
including one hosted by TWICE’s Joseph Palenchar.
By John Sciacca April 01, 2014
It’s tough not to be impressed and a little fascinated by SEALs,
especially the more you get to know about the brutal training that is
designed to weed out all but the superhumanly toughest of any BUD/S
(Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) class. My cousin made it through
BUD/S (he was part of the class chronicled in Dick Couch’s “The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228
earned his Trident, and was a member of Team 7 for several years, and
some of his stories from training are truly legendary.
By John Sciacca March 25, 2014
We have been steadily plugging along at our mega install job, getting
all the gear racked in, terminating all the wiring, installing all the
touchpanels, hanging the projector and screen, and programming and
testing all the systems and subsystems. All told, we have 109 Gigabit
networking ports on this project.
By John Sciacca March 18, 2014
When I started off as an installer, new clients would frequently ask my
opinion on whether I thought they should go with cable or satellite.
(Over-the-air antenna is not really an option in our area. Unless you
really like watching all ETV all the time, in which case, brother, we’ve
got you covered!) My pat response was that our systems were technology
agnostic; they would work fine with either one, and it was really just a
matter of personal preference.
By John Sciacca March 11, 2014
Kaleidescape’s big news this past week was the appointment of Cheena Srinivasan to the role of CEO
I’ve been working with Cheena, one of Kaleidescape’s co-founders, since
2003 when I was one of the first reviewers selected to review the
Kaleidescape system. I’ve also spoken and met with him many times since
and I’ve no doubt that Cheena is the exact right man for the job.
By John Sciacca March 05, 2014
The Simpsons re-ran an earlier episode on piracy the night of the Oscars
which perfectly articulated my blog. Enjoy quotes from the episode
liberally sprinkled throughout.
By John Sciacca February 25, 2014
Perhaps other than Sports Illustrated or Hooters, no industry is as
proud of their racks as ours. (OK, that will be the only rack
double-entendre, I promise!) The delivery and trimming of the AV rack often indicates nearing the
job’s completion, and a clean, tight rack is a mark of pride for many
By John Sciacca February 18, 2014
If you’ve followed any of my posts on our company’s Mega Job
so far, you’ll know that we’re neck deep in the largest project we’ve
ever done. (The finish line is actually almost in sight; we delivered
all the racks of gear this week.) One of the most important ideas that
I’ve learned from this experience is that these larger projects are very
fluid and amorphous and that being successful means staying on top of
the schedule and managing your time both on and away from the job.