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Chuck Schneider

Chuck Schneider

Chuck Schneider is a freelance writer with a long history in consumer electronics. He started and restarted his award-winning manufacturer’s representative firm - Value Added Marketing - and was also a vice president and general merchandise manager for a multi-regional CE chain, as well as a buyer for Lechmere's (a division of Target). Today, he is a freelance writer.

Have suggestions or something you want to read about? Email Chuck at kschnei962@aol.com

Chuck's Latest Posts

Thoughts on the Passing of a Scoundrel: Crazy Eddie Antar (1947-2016)

Blog: The industry can blame New York retailer Crazy Eddie Antar for perfecting the race to the bottom that typifies consumer electronics today.

Chuck Schneider · September 30, 2016

Remembering CE Veteran John Trimbach

Reflections on the loss of a great man with the passing of longtime CE veteran and rep John ‘Trim’ Trimbach.

Chuck Schneider · July 13, 2016

Another Record Breaking Summer Show for PAA

Distributor Professional Audio Associates (PAA) held its annual vendor show with brands like TiVo and United Leather highlighting along with stalwarts LG, URC, Origin Acoustics, SpeakerCraft and others.

Chuck Schneider · July 06, 2016

31% of CE Pros Have Taken a Stab at Commercial Projects and Here’s Why

Professional Audio Associates owner Lew Freedman, a Class of 2014 CE Pro Master, encourages his residential clients to test the waters of the commercial business with events like PAA Tech Day.

Chuck Schneider · May 25, 2016

Pros & Cons of Becoming or Rehiring ‘Boomerang’ Employees

As labor gets tighter in the custom electronics industry, the likelihood of hiring a former employee increases for integrators. Meanwhile, many ex-employees want to come back. What should you be on the lookout for?

Chuck Schneider · March 30, 2016

D+M Group Weighs In on its Dolby Atmos vs. DTS:X Testing

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X aren’t as different as you might think, according to D+M Group (Denon, Marantz, Boston Acoustics, HEOS, et al), one of the first component manufacturers implementing the both the surround sound formats.

Chuck Schneider · March 08, 2016

The 20-Year Battle Behind Dolby Atmos vs. DTS:X

Searching for a winner in consumer electronics’ latest format skirmish between Dolby and DTS isn’t easy.

Chuck Schneider · March 03, 2016

Flashback 1977 CES Chicago: Why CES Is Now in Las Vegas

January 1977 CES Chicago featured -18 F temperatures and -45 F wind chills. Attendees were advised not to leave their hotels for safety.

Chuck Schneider · December 30, 2015

2015 CE Pro Masters Revealed

In our selections for 15 ‘unsung heroes’ of the industry, these veterans have distinguished themselves over many years of notable service.

Chuck Schneider · December 07, 2015

Consider Going ‘Old School Retail’ This Holiday Season

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.

Chuck Schneider · November 04, 2015