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I agree with almost everything in the article, almost. In the 20 years I have been in this business, I have NEVER been asked about certification, not once. 99% of my customers have never heard of CEDIA, or HTA, much less any certification. The only thing most... — Adroit1 on Jun 16
While I agree with most of the points in the article,  I’d love to know what the value of a CEDIA certification is?  Nobody other than industry insiders even knows what it is.  CEDIA has done a piss poor job of marketing the value of... — PaulRyanDesign on Jun 14
Wow.  Not one word about the most significant upgrade this unit has over the NR1608…but the picture at the top tells the tale.  Marantz is now including phono inputs on ALL of it’s AVRs now!  No longer is the feature restricted to... — John Nemesh on Jun 14
If you use a group that’s as small as the CE Pro Top 100, you have no choice but to think that the good ones are a small percentage of the industry. How many integrators are working in the US? If the number of distributors is any indication, a lot more... — highfigh on Jun 14
Kevin—I take full blame for writing the commentary. I disagree with your assessment that it is “incorrect.” We state that Ring products “do not integrate well with traditional home-automation systems.” It’s very nice that... — Julie Jacobson on Jun 07
This article is incorrect about Ring integrating with home automation systems. BlackWire (a Ring Doorbell partner and distributor) offers an authorized Ring Events driver for Control4 and URC. The drivers allow you to program events and actions based off of... — BlackWire Kevin on Jun 07
Glad to see more dealers understanding that packages help you sell.  We have been pushing this for over a decade.  People buy a lifestyle, not a part (they shop parts).  These showrooms help homeowners see themselves in a new way to live. ... — Mark Sipe on Jun 06

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