Johnny Mota

Johnny Mota

Johnny Mota is a systems integrator in northern California. He writes for rAVe [Publications] as a member of the BlogSquad, as well as SF New Tech, Geek Beat TV, Lust Gadget and other places. He also acts as the social media manager for a few AV and automation companies. He loves art, technology and lamp. Don’t make it weird.You can reach him at

AV Insider — Episode 158: Kaleidescape: The Finest Cinematic Experience In The World’s Best Venue – Your Home


Tim Barnes   VP Sales Operations, speaks with me about all things new at Kaleidescape. If you’re not already familiar with this brilliant media server/distribution company with added movie perks, go back and listen to episode 20 fist to get a better understanding of this extraordinary California based company, and then take a deep dive into this […]

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Take Control Of Your Landscape: A Guide To The Connected Outdoor Environment


Some of the most impressive properties that I’ve helped design and create into smart controlled experiences for their occupants all included a healthy mix of controlled and zoned lighting, with audio and video as well, in order to shape some truly incredible experiences in the residential, commercial and industrial spaces. The truly impressive ones, however, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 156: Stewart Filmscreen: 70 Years of Innovation & Delivering the Highest Quality, Future-Proof Projection Screens Available


Robert Keeler, VP of sales at Stewart Filmscreen and I speak about new product announcements at CEDIA, Rob’s background, the future roadmap for Stewart Filmscreen, a more consumer friendly approach online, and a few hidden gems that you can only hear on this episode of AV Insider. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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AV Insider — Episode 155: One Vision Resources: The Art and Science of Service


Joey Kolchinsky, Founder & CEO at OneVision Resources, & Jason Griffing, Partner Development at OneVision, speak with me about the art and science of service, and what exactly “Service. Solved.” means. What it means for the integrator, the client, and more importantly, what it means for that relationship. Joey & Jason both provide crucial knowledge […]

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AV Insider — Episode 154: Home Technology Association: Home Technology Certification Defined


Josh Christian and I discuss the growth, & expansion of HTA Certified dealers across the united states; we also talk interest in other countries as well, and what that means for better designed and built homes. If your’e not familiar with the Home Technology Association, go back and listen to AV Insider episode 126, where […]

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AV Insider — Episode 153: Videxio: Simple, Productive Video Calls and Meetings From Anywhere


Karl Hantho, President of The Americas at Videxio, speaks with me about all things Videxio, and how they are changing the way business and communication is done in the modern world. What does that mean you integrators, and the end users, find out the answers to these questions along with finding all about universal communication […]

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AV Insider — Episode 152: Envisage Sales Inc: A Passionate AV Manufacturers Rep Firm


Jay Reitz, Principal at ESI Manufacturers Representatives, speaks with me about his passion for high-quality audio, how he uses passion to represent the finest SV & Technology brands, and educates his dealer base to be successful & knowledgeable AV Professionals. We cover everything form hi-res audio to actual audio trends in today’s market places, in […]

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AV Insider — Episode 151: Simplify Your Home, Office, Business, & World with RTI; A Pioneer In Control & Automation Technology.


Ed McConaghy, CEO at RTI. speaks with me about all things automation from handheld remotes and single-room applications, to full fledge switching and controls of entire commercial and high-end residential applications. If you are unfamiliar with the terms home tech, home automation, automation in general, this episode of AV Insider is for you. As always, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 150: Former B&W President Creates New Life At JL Audio’s Home Audio Division


JL Audio is planning some big things in their home audio division, & I for one, am excited. Doug Henderson, Senior VP of Home Audio at JL Audio, speaks with me about the future of JL’s Audio’s past, current offerings, and it’s future. We cover everything from Doug’s past experience as the former President of […]

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AV Insider — Episode 149: TierPM: Technology Solutions Delivered


Marika Aquino, managing partner at TierPM, speaks with me about a concern I we both understand, and try to help with; our industry’s need for more AV/IT/Technology workforce. We discuss how TierPM is not just a staffing firm, that specializes in the AV/IT space, but rather industry professionals who provide profession based solutions for a […]

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AV Insider —Episode 148: SurgeX: The Only Technology That Eliminates Surge Energy To Safeguard AV Equipment


Rick Komendera, Vice President, Global Accounts at SurgeX, speaks with me about Surge elimination from AV systems, for the residential, & commercial spaces. We cover everything from prepping a job walk with their envision series product, so that we can understand what power issues may be waiting for your next install, and how to completely […]

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AV Insider —Episode 146: PowerHouse Alliance: Are you Utilizing the Full Potential of AV Distribution?


Dennis Holzer speaks with me about the PowerHouse Alliance, all its members, the power of the mega buying group that spans the United States, their own products offered beyond other manufacturers, The PowerHouse difference; Why distribution can benefit your company, and much, much more. All this and more, on this episode of AV Insider. Podcast: […]

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AV Insider — Episode 145: CAVD: We Are Custom AV Distribution


Jamie Pullen (Director), & Wayne Hyde, at CAVD (Custom AV Distribution), speak with me about their AV, HiFi, CI, & Custom Audio Video from the point of view as a Distributor, what that means to the integrator, benefits, how they differ form the competition, & much more. We discuss everything from design, support, applications, and […]

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Chromecast Now Supported in Roon — a New Hi-Fi Experience Awaits


Good news, everyone! Roon now streams to any Chromecast device, Google Home smart speakers, Chromecast Audio and Chromecast audio receivers, as well as a ton of third party devices. Roon announced it on their blog earlier this month (07/06/18) and you can read the full announcement here. “In addition to Chromecast streaming, today’s release includes […]

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AV Insider — Episode 144: Lutron: Experience Lighting Control


Melissa Andresko, Communications Director at Lutron, speaks with me about the Story of Lutron, including the birth & creation of the rotary dimmer from Joel Spira, to dimming artificial lighting to 1/10 of 1%, custom colors for natural lighting applications (shading), to Light fixtures for both residential & commercial spaces, as well as a brief discussion of […]

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AV Insider — Episode 143: Gig Gear: Safer, More Efficient and More Enjoyable


Daniel Shatzkes and I speak about the biggest problem with almost every set of work gloves you’ve ever owned; they typically aren’t protective enough of your hands, or they’re too inconvenient when dealing with small screw & tools, and inevitably you end up taking them off, rendering them pointless. Gig Gear has has a few […]

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Music Matters


In the soundtrack of life, music matters. As far back as I can remember, music has always been a big deal in my life. It has always provided a most excellent, or as I like to say, a “double awesome” experience in everything that I do, whether it be work, play, explore, build, create, exercise, […]

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IOT Isn’t New, It’s Just New To You


“The Internet of things is a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.” Each “thing” is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing internet infrastructure. If this […]

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AV Insider — Episode 141: Plum: Built For Today, Ready For Tomorrow


Utz Baldwin, CEO at Plum, has a quick chat/recap about Plum since he was on AV Insider originally (about 4-years ago), future plans (Hardware expansions & partnerships), new features since we spoke, & plum Integrations (IOT integrations, Sonos, other areas beyond lighting). We also discuss smart Home Predictions (The future of the smart home), data […]

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AV Insider — Episode 140: Xytech Systems: Facility Management Software Solutions for Today’s Media & Broadcast Companies


Greg Dolan, COO at Xytech Systems, speaks with me about control solutions for the media and broadcast industry, and how Xytech has a multitude of solutions, and some now that are a module-based/pick-and-choose as you go (Media Pulse). We discuss future roadmaps, solutions, their incredible product, Media Pulse, and more; and all this can be […]

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AV Insider — Episode 138: The Audio Visual Fidelity Test Bench of Consumer Electronics


Peter Vasay, GM & SVP at THX Labs, speaks with me about the companies newly most recently launched website, THX STANDARD. Peter & I discuss everything from how their consumer electronics rating website that provides objective and data-driven evaluations of the audio and visual fidelity of consumer electronics to help consumers make informed purchase decisions, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 137: Z-Wave Products (Dot Com): Products, Knowledge, & Solutions


Matthew Davis, VP of new product dev. and project manager for, speaks with me about all things Z-wave (products, knowledge, and solutions, that can all be sourced at their aforementioned website, as well as a new product/tool they just launched. Some say it’s too expensive, but I say you don’t what you have. It’s definitely […]

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Enjoy The Music


Recently I found myself reliving a much different time in my life, from the past, while I was at my mothers house, and digging around in the garage. I went over to move around some belongings I had left in her garage years ago, and found shelves and shelves of records, amplifiers, speakers, endless cables […]

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