From the Editor More From the Editor>

Engaging Technology

October 07,2015 —As you walk the aisles of the CEDIA EXPO in Dallas this month, you’ll be bombarded with a combination of sights and sounds that culminate in...More

The Power of Reps

Knowing that the independent sales rep organization, IPRO, would be holding its 2015 conference right before the CEDIA show in Dallas next month, I reached out to executive director Ray Wright to see ...

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>

Inside CINEAK’s Showroom

October 08,2015 —Life is lived large in Los Angeles. From Beverly Hills to Manhattan Beach, to the glamorous star-studded Hollywood Hills, it is a film-indus...More

Government Affairs Update

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

Home Theater More Home Theater>

Engineering System Success

October 06,2015 —Have you ever wondered what engineering means to automakers?

Home Theater Checkup Time

It’s still pretty rare for me to encounter an integrator that provides regularly scheduled system checkups. We need more folks to jump on this boat! It’s a great way to ensure clients’ continued satis...

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

September 01,2015 —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>

Design to Preserve Your Theater's Image

October 08,2015 —Aside from the obvious goal of creating an environment that provides entertainment, excitement, and fun, the objective of designing a privat...More

Educating Clientele on Investing in a Great Theater

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 recently posed to us by one of our most valued integrator clien...

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...


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...


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.


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 ...


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