CE Pro of the Week: Ronald VanDenBroeke, Living Connected

Like a lot of guys who design home theaters, he doesn’t have time to watch movies in his.

Ronald VanDenBroeke, owner, Living Connected
Tom LeBlanc · September 3, 2010

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How would you use Twitter to describe what your company does (140 character limit)?

We provide a better night’s sleep. Whether they’re concerned about security, safety, presentation or entertainment we’ll design a solution.

After you complete a project, what do you think your typical client tells his friend about the experience?

“Living Connected did an outstanding job of installing the system that was proposed. The system works as they said it would and it is easy to operate. These guys do an amazing job of cleaning up after themselves.”

Living Connected
  • Principal: Ronald VanDenBroeke, owner
  • Location: Marshall, Minn.
  • Web site:
  • Years in Business: 3
  • Number of employees: 3
  • Residential/Commercial Split: 10%/90%
  • Number of 2009 Installations: Not provided
  • Top 3 Brands: DSC, Panasonic and Speco

What can CE pros learn from your company to make them think differently and run their business better?

Never over promise … Make sure that you install a user-friendly system that operates as you said it would. When you keep your word with the customer, you create the good will that generates referrals.

What trade tip can you offer your fellow CE pros?

Stay on top of the programmer, because the system interface needs to be intuitive for the customer who will be operating it. The more intuitive, the more satisfied the customer will be.

What’s the wildest request you’ve ever had for an installation?

A retractable projector lift in a ceiling that had only had 8 inches of clearance

What is your 3D strategy and do you think the technology will live up to the hype? 

I am on a wait-and-see strategy. I think that 3D will someday be viable, but I don’t think it is ready on the consumer level yet.

What is your absolute favorite piece of audio demo material?

I like to use a Neil Diamond CD because he adds numerous band instruments that sound fantastic on a good quality music system.

What is your absolute favorite piece of video demo material?

I like to use Ice Age because it reaches across the age lines and it has a fantastic opening scene for both audio and video effects.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

For someone that enjoys designing and installing a nice home theater, I watch very few movies in my theater.

VanDenBroeke says Neal Diamond provides dramatic audio demos because of the numerous band instruments he uses.

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Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Tom at

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