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Serving Up TV Content

Most of the recent press attention given to the convergence of computers and audio/video components has focused on moving digital audio and video content...

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How to Maximize Profits

Residential systems contracting firms are positioned to make a good deal of money. They must, however, learn to operate their businesses with better management...

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Distributing Digital Audio

Last month we received our anxiously awaited Sonos Digital Music System. After our initial reviews and those of our first few customers, its a...

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The Sky’s the Limit

Hospitality legend MGM Grand has joined forces with manufacturer Bang & Olufsen to provide custom electronics for the Skylofts at MGM Grand, a new...

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Under the Radar

Some technologies have flown under your radar since CES. But when the do surface they will have an impact on your business.

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IP Telephony Takes Root

Why are college students now phoning home with their PCs instead of traditional telephony companies? The answer is the same reason custom installers are...

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Get the Reference

The world has many reference points: “Hotter than hell”, “colder than a summer day in San Francisco” and “faster than a speeding bullet.” Our...

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Less is More

In our business, less is more…half of the time. For example, control systems like AMX and Crestron offer us powerful platforms that can administrate...

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Tell Them a Story

Many of the best-selling brands in the world are successful because they had a compelling story to tell in their marketing. Perhaps one of...

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Is This Convergence?

Its been coming for the past 10 years. It all started in the mid 1990s with a few convergence products that combined multimedia capabilities...

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When Things Go Wrong

Think about it. Our job is to provide the complete package of design, installation, project management and coordination of every single detail of the...

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HD on Main Street

My dad called me the other day from the home electronics department in his local Sears dealership. Apparently, there was a bargain on an...

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Revealing Technology

PlaceLab, a unique live-in research facility, may help scientists draft a clear picture of the relationship between humans, their personal space and technology.

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Reasons for Repeatability

The custom residential electronics industry is unique, yet it has one thing in common with any other industry. Namely, every business on the planet...

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Spreading Digital Joy

At the start of a new year it is a compelling challenge to predict the digital products and solutions that will have the greatest...

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Media Center Solutions

Readers of my column know by now that I think that Microsofts Media Center PC will become a viable control platform for the data,...

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Keep the Bottom Simple

These days, subwoofers are studded with controls, inputs, selectors. I think its all about keeping up with the Joneses, and thats a really bad...

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All About Access

You may recall my revealing admission a couple of months ago regarding my DVR. Im not going to recant any of those statements this...

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DVD d’Jour

How Does the CI Business Deal with DVD as a Must-Have and a Commodity Product at the Same Time?

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Slamming the Trunk

Each year that CEDIA EXPO is held in Indianapolis, I procure guest passes for my dad and a couple of his friends to attend...

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Applications of Directivity

In last months column, we covered a lot of really technical stuff about speaker directivity and examples of directivity in some typical speaker designs....

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Well Grounded

Cabling Technologies, a system integration company, has formed a symbiotic relationship with Advanced Electronic Systems LLC, a security firm.

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Charging By Design

The problem design is that it is quite intangible. Which is why it is a challenge for custom installation firms to charge money for...

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Moving Media

Trends in music consumption point to more portability and distribution over home networks.

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State of the Solid State

Hard drives are becoming the de facto standard for audio/video content. This translates into epic potential for the residential marketplace. Or does it?

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Tracking Deposits

Too many custom installation businesses have gotten into the bad habit of collecting deposits that are too large, too early in their projects, then...

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New Tools of the Trade

Jonathan Knapp hopes that his new management software will provide dealers with benchmarks for their staff members, helping them become more efficient on the...

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