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CE Accelerate: The Rise (and Rise) of the Custom Electronics Channel

Why are some integrators and some manufacturers thriving in the current custom electronics market conditions? How can one manufacturer go from $3 million in revenues during the recession to $40 million, while another manufacturer in the same category reports his business is off 50 percent? How can a dealer in New England triple in one […]

CE Pro Editors · October 30, 2012

The Ultimate CE Profile

We wanted to get a better idea of “who are you,” so we asked about your background, education, politics, stresses and more. We’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of CE Pro in 2013, and with the industry and technology as volatile as ever, we thought this would be a good time to find out the […]

CE Pro Editors · October 03, 2012

101 New Products at CEDIA Expo

The CEDIA Expo Insider by CE Pro will be used by virtually all CEDIA attended, tens of thousands of industry pros and press from around the world. What’s next for the custom integrator? CEDIA Expo points us in the direction of ‘The Home of 2016’ at its opening keynote and Future Tech Pavilion. Start at […]

CE Pro Editors · August 13, 2012

2012 Ultimate Guide to Distribution

Product purchasing is becoming split more evenly among manufacturers, distributors and retailers/etailers these days. Distributors are expanding their services and expertise to stay relevant for integrators. Use our national and geographic region listings and information to connect with them. Download the 2012 Ultimate Guide to Distribution and learn more about the latest trends in inventory […]

CE Pro Editors · June 30, 2012

Audio Installation Benchmarking Study

The only way integrators can often recognize either weaknesses or strengths in their own custom installation operation is by comparing what they do against others. Unfortunately, in the cottage industry that is custom installation, data is often hard to come by. That’s why CE Pro undertook with snapshot study on the state of audio installations […]

CE Pro Editors · June 12, 2012

CE Pro 100 2012

Would this year’s CE Pro 100 list of highest-revenue integrators be more aptly named the CE Pro 97+3? Last year’s No. 1, ADT, is near the top again and another mass-market security company, Vivint, made a major move in 2011. But for the first time, Best Buy entered and the big-box retailer and its Geek […]

CE Pro Editors · April 29, 2012

2011 Ultimate Guide to Distribution

Back in the heyday, integrators didn’t blink an eye about inventory collecting dust in their back rooms. They might need it for a replacement unit or to cannibalize it for service parts. No more. The days of carrying any inventory beyond basic needs are over, according to distributors. In this economy, custom installation companies are […]

CE Pro Editors · May 31, 2011

2011 CE Pro Special Report on Security

CE pros are salivating over security — what with all of the publicity from ADT, Verizon and Comcast, as well as newer product categories that mesh with an integrator’s existing skill set. In a recent CE Pro poll, 60 percent of dealers said they spec burglar alarms for residential/light commercial clients; 55 percent indicated they […]

CE Pro Editors · May 15, 2011

CE Pro 100 2011

The largest integration companies in North America rebounded nicely in 2010 across the board. From traditional custom installation firms to retailers to security companies doing multi-subsystem installations, many companies had revenue increases. It is welcome news for the industry’s largest integration firms, who just like the rest of the industry, had a rough year in […]

CE Pro Editors · May 01, 2011

Ultimate Guide to In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speakers 2010

The latest crop of in-wall and in-ceiling architectural speakers reflects a lot more than great sound; it reflects what’s going on in the economy and in the custom electronics industry. The custom electronics community was greatly affected by what is going on economically and was forced to shift from targeting luxury, new-home installations, to a […]

CE Pro Editors · August 05, 2010