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7.1 Audio, Done Right

In my last column, I talked about the history of multi-channel sound in the home, including Surround EX, DTS-ES, and various listening modes that...

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Green is Good

The recent green movement has made environmentally friendly practices in the home and work world trendy again. For an individual, a family, or even...

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A New Year Forecast

To help you prepare for this years new technology developments, Ive decided to share my top five predictions for 2008. Measure each one against...

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Walking the Walk

The Independent Professional Representatives Organization (IPRO) 17th Annual Conference just concluded with record attendance in Nashville, Tennessee. For many of us in the rep...

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A Litmus Test

A litmus test, as anyone who has ever taken a middle school science class knows, is a common indicator used to test materials for...

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Ready for the Real 7.1?

Once upon time, I wandered into the showroom of a custom installer. A salesperson caught me giving their dedicated screening room the once-over, so...

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My CEDIA Favs

CEDIA EXPO was bursting at the seams again this year at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, with media servers, 1080p video products, speaker innovations, and...

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A Clever New Software

CasaTunes is a relatively new, ingenious software tool that lets any Windows computer with an Explorer or Media Center interface control any of the...

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Respecting Room Dynamics

Um, what’s diffusion, and why do I need it?” the client asks. Slowly, I take a breath, count to 10, and consider my options....

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Contractor Concerns

I am having a problem with one of my contractors. I probably should fire the guy, but I really want him to do this...

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My Take on Microsoft CI

When HP abruptly stopped the production of its Microsoft Media Center digital equipment platform earlier in the year there was a sense that Media...

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What is Your Mind Set?

Among my current reading choices is a book published last year by John Naisbitt of Megatrends fame. The book, titled Mind Set! Reset Your...

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All Work, No Play

I can almost hear the Beach Boys singing …and well have fun, fun, fun, til our daddy takes the T-bird away, through the sound...

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More Media Center in 08

Readers of my column over the years know that I have been a proponent of Microsoft’s Media Center software as a driving force for...

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A Reps Greatest Value

A key point often overlooked by both dealers and manufacturers is the level to which good sales representative organizations provide market insight and advice....

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

Weve all had them: the projects that slowly but surely creep out of scope and end up making both you and the client unhappy....

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An Open Dialogue

This industry that we all refer to as custom is changing all the time, and often not for the better. What began as a...

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The Electronic Garden

With summer in full swing its time to think about your clients electronic entertainment and communications needs in their backyard. With all the new...

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Chasing Digital Cinema

In the beginning there was cinema. It was 35mm film, shot and projected in a 1.37 aspect ratio, and accompanied by optical mono sound...

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Dealing with Change

I have never been a big fan of change. I practically lived in the same place for 18 years growing up. I attended one...

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Heres to Sam

When I initially read the press release about Planar Systems acquisition of Runco International last month, the first thing I thought was, Weve just...

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