—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
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 ...
I’ve known a few frustrated inventors over the years—the types of people that always seem to have the next big idea in mind but just don’t know how to bring it to market.
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.
—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
Tech system consultants have been a part of our industry for years.
As this summer comes to a close, we wanted to take the time to recap some important legislative matters.
In this industry, it’s all about going big; the dream of equipping a palatial estate with enough tech tools to make James Bond jealous.
—Have you ever wondered what engineering means to automakers?
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...
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.
Despite our geek-driven desire to impress clients, we often miss the mark.
—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...
—The most common complaint I hear from dealers is, “The business isn’t fun anymore.”
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...
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.
—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
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 customers.
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.
—Regardless of whether you’re selling residential entertainment and automation systems or painting a masterpiece, there are scientific techni...More
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.
—Aside from the obvious goal of creating an environment that provides entertainment, excitement, and fun, the objective of designing a privat...More
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...
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.”
—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...