CE Pro CEDIA Guide

We are pleased to offer the CE Pro CEDIA Guide, packed with new products and other useful news about CEDIA Expo 2009. It is a companion piece to our special section, CE Pro has always provided more CEDIA Expo coverage than any other publication. At, you get updates on the show, in-depth product […]

August 25, 2009

Ultimate Guide to In-wall/In-ceiling Speakers 2009

Although it may not seem like it, the economy has shown signs of recovery. Some of the most important indicators, such as housing and oil prices, have begun to stabilize (at least at press time) and some economists are predicting a turnaround later this year and early next year. In the world of custom installation […]

July 30, 2009

Ultimate Guide to Distribution 2009

Download the Ultimate Guide to Distribution 2009 for a comprehensive list of 206 distributors, including 39 that upgraded to share shipping policies, credit terms, products mixes and even their Twitter accounts. The distributors in this guide are categorized by geographical region for CE pros’ convenience. There’s a map that shows the breakdown.

June 29, 2009

Ultimate Guide to Front Projectors 2009

The heart of the home theater—the front projector category—is doing its part to build the custom installation industry’s client base. This year’s “Ultimate Guide to Front Projectors” includes a $185,000 model from Meridian as well as a $1,295 model from Sanyo. That’s a broad range. An influx of quality front projectors with sub-$5,000 MSRPs can […]

June 08, 2009

2009 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

This year’s CE Pro 100 profiled the industry’s highest-grossing dealers. The profiles included the brands each integrator offered the most for 34 custom electronics categories. This whitepaper includes those brands most cited in each category by the CE Pro 100. If a CE Pro 100 integrator listed the brand as being offered for a particular […]

June 04, 2009

CE Pro 100 2009

The recession is finally hitting the industry’s highest-revenue integrators. Data for the 11th annual list shows installations down 5 percent, but revenue-per-employee is up. The largest custom installation companies in the industry are not coated in Teflon after all. After being insulated from the initial housing cycle downturn in 2007, the CE Pro 100 integration […]

May 04, 2009

Central Vacuum – Sweep in the Profits

No one’s going to say that central vacuum is the sexiest technology you can offer your clients. It isn’t – not by a longshot. But in a world of declining margins on A/V products, central vac provides a breath of fresh air to your revenue stream. Consumers like it because it cleans up their homes, […]

February 16, 2009

The Ultimate Guide to Flat Panel Mounts

Attachment sales are where it’s at, and there may not be anything more important than selling a mount to go along with a flat panel sale. Indeed, many integrators aren’t even selling the TVs anymore … just the mount (and cables) to go along with installation labor. That’s why it’s important for every integrator to […]

February 02, 2009

CEA TechHome Symbols For Blueprint Design and Technology Specification

TechHome Symbols offer a simple, yet powerful, way to communicate home technologies on architectural drawings. Standardized symbols allow architects, designers, builders, and electronic systems contractors (ESC) to share information, making home technology planning and design easy. Layouts designed with TechHome Symbols help minimize miscommunication among all parties involved by easily identifying the locations of installed […]

December 23, 2008