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Unearthing New HDMI Facts, Real-World Answers

Jeff Boccaccio, president of DPL Labs, looks back on the year, including a new testing process for 4K and HDR.

Jeff Boccaccio · December 09, 2015

Tackling Cellphone Signal Boosting in a 9-Story Condo Complex

This nine-story, 350,000-squarefoot multi-dwelling unit in Kirkland, Wash. is heavy concrete construction with two underground levels for parking. The six-figure cellphone signal booster installation is being done in two phases.

Jason Knott · December 08, 2015

Top Integrators Launch HAUS, a Franchise-Like Program for Mainstream Home Automation

Founders of the high-end integration firm Xssentials are launching HAUS, a smart-home training and support program to help integrators run high-volume security and home automation businesses utilizing leading brands such as Savant and Sonos.

Julie Jacobson · December 07, 2015

7 Big Mistakes Every Integrator Makes (updated with comments)

From hiring relatives to overpaying employees, two veteran integrators offer sage advice of what to avoid.

Jason Knott · December 07, 2015

Slateplan Offers Free Version, New Features for System Estimation Software for Integrators

Integrators can enjoy a minimalist version of Slateplan’s floorplan-based design and estimation software for free. Coming soon: International versions.

CE Pro Editors · November 18, 2015

NY Integrator Opens 15,000-Square-Foot Sports Mecca and Showroom

SIMPLAY is a retail showroom that features 8 separate sports simulators and is ‘the ultimate functional showroom’ for SEAL Solutions in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Jason Knott · November 10, 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

Your True Cost of Labor Is … ? Prepare to be Shocked!

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.

Jason Knott · October 29, 2015

Millennials Driving New Consumer Audio Trends

Millennials account for nearly half of all audio hardware spending … and other research in the world of two-channel and home theater audio.

Robert Archer · October 28, 2015

What Defines 5-Star Service?

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.

Joseph Kolchinsky · September 28, 2015