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Friday, November 13, 2015

image A-list celeb and audiophile nerd Tom Cruise talks about how he referred Jimmy Fallon to build a 2-channel vinyl listening room with Synergistic Research cables, Magico speakers and McIntosh separates. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 11/13 at 09:14 AM
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

image Soon we should see 'Thread-certified' home automation products marketed to consumers, even though Thread says nothing about IoT interoperability. Bad idea. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Thursday, November 05, 2015

image Integrators with private appointment-only showrooms should open on Black Friday with retail-style hours with about a dozen sale items like wireless multiroom speakers, soundbars, subwoofers, programmable thermostats, security cams, alarms and smart door locks. Here are 6 tips to succeed. View this story
Posted by Chuck Schneider on 11/05 at 01:06 PM
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Friday, October 30, 2015

image When you calculate in benefits and your employee utilization rate, paying an installation technician $25 per hour really costs you a mind-blowing $92.02 per hour … and that is to break even! Here’s how it adds up.View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 10/30 at 05:00 AM
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

image CE Pro’s fashion-conscious staff is not immune to fads. Here’s a look at Jason Knott, Julie Jacobson, Arlen Schweiger and Jess Camerato’s best-looking Halloween costumes from the past. View this story
Posted by Robert Archer on 10/29 at 05:02 AM
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

image Now that SnapAV, the manufacturer and distributor for home technology installers, has acquired SunBriteTV, all bets are off. They could acquire anyone! Who’s next? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)View this story

Monday, October 19, 2015

image CE Pro contributor Wayne Ortner responds to the question of whether or not Tesla's Powerwall has made the RoseWater Residential Energy Storage Hub obsolete following his article from CEDIA Expo 2015. View this story

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

image Parks Associates survey shows that integrators are sixth most trusted type of contractor to purchase smart home equipment from, even polling behind online-only etailers. Gulp!View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 10/14 at 01:45 PM
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

image CE Pro Masters nominations are being accepted for career CE folks who quietly moved up the ladder of success over the past decades and made an honest living, but haven't occupied the corner office or focused on self promotion. Nominations due by October 30. View this story
Posted by Chuck Schneider on 10/13 at 08:03 AM
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

image Standards of what makes for excellent service shouldn’t vary from one industry to the next. An integrator's service should be equivalent to a hotel concierge. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 09/29 at 07:29 AM
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

image I propose changing the lexicon to eliminate the terms 'installer' and 'technician' from job classifications and help wanted ads if we want to attract top, young talent to the custom integration industry. 'Specialist,' 'network engineer,' 'tech specialist' and 'engineer' are more apropos job titles. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 09/17 at 10:33 AM
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Monday, September 14, 2015

image D-Tools founder Adam Stone stays involved, while CEDIA veteran Randy Stearns becomes CEO of the custom installation software company, just in time for CEDIA Expo 2015. ‘I’m not only a customer ….”View this story
Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/14 at 09:30 AM
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Friday, August 21, 2015

image This 90-second video wrap-up from the just-concluded CE Pro Summit in Washington, D.C. offers a glimpse into the festivities where nearly 400 attendees discussed key topics for the custom installation industry. View this story
Posted by Jason Knott on 08/21 at 07:51 AM
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Friday, August 14, 2015

image Without industry-wide generally accepted rules and standards (not regulations) for installation, the custom electronics industry will always 'Get no respect.' We need traditional schooling, pricing standards and expected service levels. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 08/14 at 07:56 AM
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

image 3 disturbing conversations with leading manufacturers and a top custom installation company that still do not perceive how the industry must shift from an equipment markup business model to one based on providing valued services. View this story
Posted by Joseph Kolchinsky on 08/12 at 11:01 AM
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