—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 poten...More
An effective web presence has evolved to become the central crucial element in the process of marketing your tech business. But the truth is, many companies fail to recognize the critical importance o...
The release of the Brad Bird-directed movie Tomorrowland got me to thinking about the amazing power of Disney, and how my family and I like to share our favorite aspects of Disney parks and ideas for ...
I’m still hip to this Internet of Things thang, but last month, for about one week, there was a huge amount of buzz about something called the Amazon Dash Button that I think, ultimately, was a big st...
—An effective web presence has evolved to become the central crucial element in the process of marketing your tech business. But the truth is...More
Competition is great, especially for the tech industry. Without the perpetual thirst to one-up competitors with better designs, innovation would stagnate.
If your business is experiencing a sudden uptick and you are not sure that you have the ability to get all the work done, consider hiring an intern of your own. When you do, here are a few pointers to...
Here’s your chance to show clients just how much better a well-crafted home theater system can look and sound than the commercial competition.
—You need to have a systematic approach to verifying the audio and video performance of your installations–using reliable test vectors and do...More
Despite our geek-driven desire to impress clients, we often miss the mark.
Folks around CEDIA EXPO have been
talking about the end of dedicated home
You’ve probably heard all about Dolby Atmos, the new immersive audio format hitting the consumer market.
—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
On March 9, Apple announced that it would start shipping its new watch at the end of April with prices starting at $349.
At cyberManor we consider ourselves to be the digital consultants and curators for our clients’ homes.
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...
—I’ve visited dozens of dealerships that had installed a theater and vignettes in years past, and for the most part, their demo facilities we...More
Client expectations have intensified in the past decade, putting increased pressure on your margins, workmanship, and timeliness.
In 2008 Tiffany & Co’s stock traded
around $26 a share, down from a 20-
year high of $57 a year earlier.
Certainly the greatest challenge in the CI business is a healthy labor return on investment (ROI). I maintain that manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) and its attendant product margin is this i...
—Control4 has been putting in a lot of work lately to improve its dealer and end-user training to deliver the best results possible to its cu...More
In July, Thiel Audio announced that it would be making big changes to its organization, as part of an effort to revitalize the legendary brand.
AV systems have changed dramatically over the
last several years, and because of their robust
functionality and advanced technologies, they are
far more sensitive to their electrical environment.
Atlona offers a portfolio of
products that serve a
range of residential and
commercial applications, from multi-room
AV distribution and custom home theaters
to digital ...
—After living for too long with substandard wireless connectivity at home I decided to install a commercial-grade wireless system.
When I sat down with Jack, David, and Erik to talk about managing their family-owned-and-operated business, several questions were on my mind.
After spending most of the year working in New Hampshire, my wife greeted me back home in Florida with a loving smile and a long honey-do list.
I know that many residential systems integration professionals feel like artists from time to time, but if you want to grow your business effectively, take a stab at practicing these three proven form...
—Designing private theaters is a great business.
We often hear comments like, “What’s the big deal, it is supposed to be a dark room anyway” or “The lighting design has already been done by the interior designer.”
Our industry is wrought with buzzwords
and acronyms, and “turnkey” is a term
that has been thrown about for a long
You may not remember Beta versus VHS, but we were all here for Blu-ray versus HD DVD, and now we have Dolby Atmos versus Auro 3D.
—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
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...
There has been a lot written about the Apple Watch, but not as much on other announcements made last month by Apple.
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...