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Sequester Me

February 18, 2013

It doesn't get as much press as "Fiscal Cliff," but the term sequester could impact AV professionals. Unless another midnight deal is reached, on...

Study: Home Automation Shipments Nearly Double

November 21, 2012

Damn the economy, it's full speed ahead for home automation services. According to ABI Research, home automation shipments nearly doubled from last year to this...

Custom Installers Say Business is Up

Richard Glikes at the Azione conference July 27, 2012

Despite slow economic growth and weak consumer spending in U.S., Azione's custom electronics installers said their businesses were up between 5 and 25 percent....

The Rise of the Hired Gun

July 5, 2011

Recently, something that I've been noticing come up in conversations here and there in the industry is an exodus of senior installers leaving their long-term...

Value Is The New Luxury For Home Theater & Audio Enthusiasts

June 14, 2011

As a publisher, the world of social networking has opened me up to all sorts of people that I haven't heard from (or ever...

Installed Home Tech Helps Grow the CE Industry

April 26, 2011

To call the housing market a roller coaster ride is an understatement. Indeed, the seemingly endless (and often conflicting) reports on the U.S. housing market...

Industry Perspective: Marketing…What Marketing?

April 19, 2011

I've spent the past 20-plus years marketing professional audio products to touring sound and A/V rental companies. It seems that every year the hue and...

Digital Signage Survey Indicates Upswing

April 19, 2011

Digital Signage Expo (DSE) recently announced the results of its Quarterly Business Barometer Survey for the fourth quarter of 2010. After a modest third quarter,...

Is AppleCare Worth the Cost?

April 14, 2011

Hardmac's Lionel says that over the past decade he's installed probably several hundreds of Macs, and until now, he's never felt the need to purchase...

Bridgelux Says Silicon LEDs Coming: A Huge Step for Lighting

March 9, 2011

Bridgelux says it will bring a lighting technology to market in two to three years that seemed outlandish only a short time ago. If the...