—I had never met anyone from Cyprus, the tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea tucked below Turkey and above Egypt, where the spoken language ...More
The CEDIA show motto is Think Big. For Vin Bruno, that seems to be a personal mantra, as well.
My relationship with Alexa is complicated. On the one hand, she’s great at telling me the weather or setting a kitchen timer when I ask her for help, and she’s really responsive when I suggest that sh...
The next time you bring a job candidate in for an interview, consider this: he or she is probably better trained at being interviewed than you are at conducting interviews.
—Henry Clifford details some steps your company can take to improve customer satisfaction by following the example of the "Happiest Place on ...More
—Your political representatives are just people.
Residential Systems recently reached out to Drew Harber, owner of Harber Home Theater, Norman, OK, (harberokc.com) to find out about the state of his business, which manufacturers he can count on, and...
Situated just off the coast of Miami’s South Beach on Star Island, a stretch of land that is home to some of the brightest stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment–Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shaquil...
The “third rail” of the consumer electronics and custom integration industry–a subject so hot that you’ll get burned if you touch it– is the topic of profits.
—EQ units increase your sales and your client contentment factor. Don’t let fear or ignorance stand in your way, here.
In an Omni hotel suite during CEDIA in October, Anthony Grimani provided a lengthy explanation of the design process and what makes Grimani Systems' speakers unique.
My purpose here is to help you pick speakers that will generally sound better in your installations, and will generate more client satisfaction, with less last-minute futzing by your technicians.
Have you ever wondered what engineering means to automakers?
—At the recent May Connections Conference in San Francisco, I listened to Amazon’s David Isbitiski deliver a keynote talk on “Accelerating Sm...More
When I started cyberManor in 1999 as a custom electronic integrator focused on providing home networks for our clients’ homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was intrigued by the possible integration...
The International Consumer Electronics show held in Las Vegas last month attracted greater than 170,000 attendees from more than 150 countries.
Twenty-one independent custom integration companies from the U.S. and Canada, with a collective revenue eclipsing $70M in 2015, will gather in Dallas, TX, January 27-28, to formulate personalized plan...
—I recently finished a book titled Deep Work by Cal Newport.
Admit that you’re in the service business. Understand service is not the transactional side of your business, but the manner in which you conduct those transactions.
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...
—There’s so very little “custom” manufacturing being done in the custom integration business these days that a company like James Loudspeaker...More
The DaVinci Group has been thinking outside the box when it comes to forming partnerships to distribute its high-end audio products.
Excitement is building with EXPO 2015 just weeks away, so Residential Systems sat down with several of the industry’s most high-profile manufacturers to find out what they will be showcasing in Dallas...
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.
—What is your message? Who do you want to be and why is it important to your audience?
Mike Detmer outlines some ways to recognize the red flags of emotional regression, and how to counteract them to better negotiate sales.
There are incredibly powerful ways to drive traffic to you–in effect, tilting the internet to your advantage–that are both easy and affordable.
Lean back, close your eyes and let’s take a magical metaphorical journey.
—Most of us understand that it is easy to overwhelm clients with too much information. But how do our clients know that we are making the rig...More
Sam Cavitt breaks down the significant influence that flooring can have on the performance of a private theater.
For a smaller room, a 5.1.2 configuration may be perfect. But a large room may require 24.1.10. The point is that the channels are now there when you need them.
The following is a recommendation of how to influence architects to consider a dedicated theater room early in the design phase.
—With the BluOS-equipped NAD line, customers can opt for a professionally installed, rack-based, hardwired audio solution–but with the reassu...More
iPoint, which launched as a grassroots business management software provider for the home technology market in 2013, has updated iPoint Control, its flagship business automation tool, in preparation t...
Legrand, known primarily in the custom channel as the parent company a growing list of home integration brands, including Nuvo, On-Q, Middle Atlantic, Vantage, and most recently, Luxul Wireless, has a...
In an Omni hotel suite during CEDIA, Grimani provided a lengthy explanation of the design process and what makes his speakers unique.
—Most long-distance wireless power systems today lose as much as 50 percent of their energy into thin air.
—When I owned my integration business, I was regularly asked how competitive my prices were, if my prices were similar to those online, if I ...More