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Personalizing Portals

Each year the Internet grows to offer more services to improve the way we live, work, play, and learn. As the worlds content moves...

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How Far Should You Go?

Proper design and engineering of a home theater is essential, but just as crucial is the documentation of the design. Its important to know...

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So Long Indy

Admit it now, youre going to miss Indianapolis next year when CEDIA EXPO moves to Denver. No? Not even a little bit? Wait…I see...

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Getting the Goods

While technology companies in every segment must concern themselves with specifications, capabilities, new features, and upgrades, for custom installers thats just half the battle.

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Discovery HD

Its official Im becoming a video snob. If its not in HD, I really dont want to watch it. Whereas I was once your...

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Place Shifting Video

The personal video recorder is one of the most successful and frequently used components of audio/video gear that we install in our clients homes....

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Spicing Up Your Design

This year a group of my old friends decided to set up a demonstration at CEDIA EXPO to show the importance of engineering, acoustics,...

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Cabling Code

The Telecommunications Industry Association 570-B cabling standard serves as a decisive reference for high-quality residential system cabling installations, which now also include whole-home audio,...

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Getting Serious

I know that you love the work that you do. Its doubtful that you got into this business because someone twisted your arm. Your...

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IP Apps For the Home

In this column I wanted to highlight three IP solutions that delighted our customers this summer. These are applications that you may want to...

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Get (Em)powered

If youre serious about being on the cutting edge of product offerings and technology mix, consider incorporating powered speakers into your arsenal.

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Moving Technology

Montreal-based D-BOX believes that its productsa family of motion simulation devices built right inside plush reclinersfulfill the promise of a full-immersion audio/visual experience.

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Deciding on Digital

Media center-equipped PCs and a growing host of compatible devices are making it easier to tap into the lucrative market of installing digital homes.

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Passionate People

We all have some inner well from which we draw the passion for what we do, especially in the custom installation business. Almost every...

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Your Company Image

Todays custom installation landscape contains a complete range of businesses. At one end we have one-man operations working out of home offices and at...

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More Power to You

Subwoofers come in all shapes and forms. Some are large, some are small, most are black, and most today are self-powered. In the early...

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Beyond Basic Networks

It’s June–a time of year when graduation rites take center stage. In keeping with this theme, we’ll assume that as a custom electronics installer...

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High-End Theater 101

The stakes are so much greater on high-tech, high-end, dedicated custom home theater projects that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out...

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Management Lessons

There are many defining moments in life, with some much more dramatic than others. Last month at the 2005 CEDIA Management Conference, it didn’t...

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Home on the Road

During this year’s Spring Break with our high school children, we took a 10-day vacation through the southern part of Spain. What made this...

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It’s Time to Go Wide

They call this 16×9 thing that we get on DVDs, plasma screens, and many projectors today “widescreen.” But you ain’t seen nothing yet! Imagine...

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The Change Conundrum

There isn't an industry on the planet experiencing more rapid and more persistent change than the custom installation business.

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Do It Yourself

The other day I listened to a radio interview with the original how to master, Bob Vila. Its hard to believe, but the PBS...

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