—Lately it seems like International CES is like a Powerball lottery, where you’ve got to be in it to win it, but in reality there are very fe...More
I’m fortunate to have grown up with parents who were great role models.
Our world demands instant reactions to the news of the day. Last month’s CEDIA convention was no different, as people at nearly every stop wanted my “hot take” on the “cool things” at the show.
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 what will likely be a memorable experience to be shared wit...
—We’ve heard it said more than once that finding qualified talent in this industry is a struggle, especially at the entry level.
For some custom integrators, the road to business improvement has involved applying lessons learned about setting employee performance standards at CEDIA Business Xchange.
If you’re not including video games in your home theater demo rotation, you’re doing it wrong.
Getting a fresh look at your shop isn’t as hard as you think. Is it worth it? Actually, you can’t afford not to do it.
—In an Omni hotel suite during CEDIA in October, Anthony Grimani provided a lengthy explanation of the design process and what makes Grimani ...More
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?
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...
—The International Consumer Electronics show held in Las Vegas last month attracted greater than 170,000 attendees from more than 150 countri...More
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...
Apple made several important new product announcements at their “Hey Siri” event in September. The most important one affecting home entertainment was the announcement of its latest-generation Apple T...
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 could be on the custom electronics industry.
—Admit that you’re in the service business. Understand service is not the transactional side of your business, but the manner in which you co...More
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.
—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.
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.
—It’s hard to believe that attending a CEDIA Management Conference a decade ago could have changed my life, but it did.
What happened next was amazing. When everyone entered the meeting room, we found there was no place to sit.
Regardless of whether you’re selling residential entertainment and automation systems or painting a masterpiece, there are scientific techniques that can lead you to artistic results.
After living for too long with substandard wireless connectivity at home I decided to install a commercial-grade wireless system.
—The following is a recommendation of how to influence architects to consider a dedicated theater room early in the design phase.
Aside from the obvious goal of creating an environment that provides entertainment, excitement, and fun, the objective of designing a private theater should be to produce a room that supports the accu...
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.
—In an Omni hotel suite during CEDIA, Grimani provided a lengthy explanation of the design process and what makes his speakers unique.
The survival of custom integration as a trade might be contingent upon the industry’s evolution into customer-centric service operations with a focus on personalized technology.
Acoustic Architects uses the ESC certification Pre-Test Assessment to screen and evaluate job applicants.
When Randy Rock first contemplated moving full-time with his wife Lydia to their winter residence in Boynton Beach, FL, he faced a tech-lover’s dilemma.