From the Editor More From the Editor>

The Power of Reps

August 27,2015 —Knowing that the independent sales rep organization, IPRO, would be holding its 2015 conference right before the CEDIA show in Dallas next m...More

Pitching Your Company in Three Sentences

If put on the spot to give a succinct elevator pitch about your company, how well can you do it? I’m talking about trying to impress a potential new client in two or maybe three sentences max.

Management More Management>

Government Affairs Update

August 28,2015 —As this summer comes to a close, we wanted to take the time to recap some important legislative matters.

Staying in Tune with the Times

Competition is great, especially for the tech industry. Without the perpetual thirst to one-up competitors with better designs, innovation would stagnate.

Home Theater More Home Theater>

Home Theater Checkup Time

August 27,2015 —It’s still pretty rare for me to encounter an integrator that provides regularly scheduled system checkups. We need more folks to jump on th...More

Trust, but Verify Video

You need to have a systematic approach to verifying the audio and video performance of your installations–using reliable test vectors and documenting the resulting performance.

InterNetworking More InterNetworking>

Apple Watch’s Role in Home Control

June 29,2015 —I’ve had my new black sports band Apple Watch for about three weeks and have now developed some first impressions on what I think its impact...More

Watching Apple

On March 9, Apple announced that it would start shipping its new watch at the end of April with prices starting at $349.

More on the Rachio IRO

While the Rachio IRO product is a great leap forward compared to the smart irrigation residential controllers that are currently on the market there are a few items that I would like to see implemente...

Back to Business More Back to Business>

Can the CI Business Be Fun Again?

August 06,2015 —The most common complaint I hear from dealers is, “The business isn’t fun anymore.”

Is it Time to Rethink the Showroom?

I’ve visited dozens of dealerships that had installed a theater and vignettes in years past, and for the most part, their demo facilities were either hobbled, in disarray, or sheepishly converted into...

Behind the Business More Behind the Business>

CEDIA Tech Teasers

August 24,2015 —Excitement is building with EXPO 2015 just weeks away, so Residential Systems sat down with several of the industry’s most high-profile manu...More

Marketing More Marketing>

The Science Behind Improving Your Sales

August 28,2015 —Regardless of whether you’re selling residential entertainment and automation systems or painting a masterpiece, there are scientific techni...More

Theater Design More Theater Design>

Educating Clientele on Investing in a Great Theater

August 06,2015 —In the design and engineering of a private theater, when is it appropriate to take it “to the Nth degree?” This is the question that was rec...More

Going Forward More Going Forward>

Florida Home Gets One of Sony’s First Ultra Short Throw 4K Projectors

June 30,2015 —When Randy Rock first contemplated moving full-time with his wife Lydia to their winter residence in Boynton Beach, FL, he faced a tech-love...More

A Faster Smart Host

Savant went to its annual integrators conference Austin, TX, last month to unveil a smaller, single-chassis version of its Smart Host home-automation controller and replace wires for Wi-Fi in an expan...

Beyond the Apple Watch

There has been a lot written about the Apple Watch, but not as much on other announcements made last month by Apple.

Control4 Adds Products, Upgrades OS and App

Control 4 has unveiled its 2.7 smart-home OS and multiple products compatible with it, including a new wireless thermostat, new in-wall and tabletop touchscreens with HD video intercom, and a handheld...


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ELAN, Niles-Equipped Home

“With the Niles and ELAN systems in Robert’s new home, there really are no limits,” said Joe Abramo of Custom Automated Solutions.

Front House

“Before automating his entire home, Robert wanted to start small, so we only installed the theater and audio controls, where the Niles Auriel sy...

Back Yard

Abramo has since integrated the homeowner's climate controls, security, surveillance cameras, TV and video, lighting, garage doors, and driveway gates...

Patio

Abramo began installing the Niles Auriel system one week prior to the homeowner's move-in date. Abramo said it only took 30 minutes to install and fiv...

Rack

The homeowner enjoys the ability of the ELAN system to control all of his equipment from one app that he can access anywhere in the world.

Thermostat

The homeowner said he uses less power on climate controls, since he can shut it off when leaving and turn it back on again when leaving work, so it's ...

Theater

“The key is having a good AV/security expert you can trust,” said Robert, the homeowner. “Joe showed me things I never knew existed,...