Technology Integrator May 2015 issue

Cover Story

Sharing is Caring

We asked seven integrators how they are using social media.


Current Features

A New Era in Control

New Era Cap Company, the official manufacturer of on-field caps for Major League Baseball, encourages self-expression among both its customers and its employees. Far from the typical cubicle farm, workers at its Buffalo headquarters roam the building, brainstorm, hang out and get inspired by their surroundings and their co-workers.


Alan Jones Revives Hifi Buys Brand in Atlanta

lan Jones has acquired Atlanta’s venerable Hifi Buys brand, and is relocating his existing store, Audio Alternative, with the changed name. A ribbon-cutting and soft opening will take place on June 9. We spoke with Owner/CEO Jones about his entrepreneurial move in the Atlanta market.


Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers & Crestron

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, a chain of three sports bar-and-grills in the Phoenix area (with a fourth on the way), had an audio and video problem. Its challenge at its Chandler, Ariz., location was to gain the ability to control 44 television displays on the fly in an easy fashion, while also delivering kick-ass sound to four audio zones on the inside and the outdoor patio of the restaurant.


The Big- Really Big- Picture

With the residential 4K Ultra HD projection market in its infancy, the huge, lifelike 4K Ultra HD projection system that the owners of a Texas Hill Country abode desired presented interesting challenges to system designer Dennis Erskine of the Erskine Group.


Current Columns

CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles' New Rules and More

Yet another new platform for the winners of CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Designer and Manufacturer Awards is the NEW Immersive Web Experience! As the custom publishers of the elegant printed magazine, CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles


Eric Bodley of Future Ready Solutions

Talking with Eric Bodley


LG, Netflix Team Up to Tout 4K Ultra HD OLED

LG officially took the wraps off its 2015 4K Ultra HD OLED flagship product – the 65-inch curved Model 65EG9600 – at a New York City-held event Wednesday, where it also teamed with Netflix to tout both OLED TVs’ image reproduction capabilities as well as the 4K streaming debut this Friday of the Netflix original series, Marvel’s Daredevil.


What Makes a Smart Home a "Smart Home"?

I've had a smart home long before “smart” and “home” were ever put together in the same sentence. True, my dog Duke—and before him, my beloved Einstein—made my home smart by alerting me whenever the mail arrived, the garage door opened or the nefarious UPS man dropped off a package.


 

Delivering Professional-Quality Rack-Based Solutions

Installing an easy-to-manage and aesthetically pleasing rack-based IP Network requires discipline, planning and even a little bit of artistic flair. When installed as part of a home or small business network that includes AV equipment, proper organization and aesthetics can be especially critical to the user experience and value perception.


Don't wear out your e-marketing welcome

How can you get your message across without alienating, frustrating and annoying the very people you are trying to engage?