Lee Distad

Lee Distad

Lee Distad is a rAVe columnist and freelance writer covering topics from CE to global business and finance in both print and online. Reach him at lee@ravepubs.com

Someone Call Security

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Recent experiences have brought security installations to the forefront of my thinking. Security subsystems are something that AV pros have polarizing opinions on. Some don’t mind handling them, some do so only grudgingly, and others won’t touch them. Like everything, when deciding whether to do security at all there are pros and cons. The most […]

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Vendor Catalogs: Relics Of The Past?

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I get asked periodically for a copy of our catalog. That’s when I refer them to our website and say “that’s our catalog now.” In any channel where technology advances quarterly, or even more often, and what’s hot can change weekly, combined with printing costs, and a general rise in eco-friendly sentiments have put print […]

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Replacing Legacy Systems

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I like to say that every solution has two problems. However, sometimes there are more. Long story short, my basement flooded over the May long weekend, as I think I’ve mentioned before in my blog. I can tell you that it’s a good news/bad news situation. The salvage and restoration company (who did a fantastic […]

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Cables As Consumables

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There was a time, long ago, when I venerated cables and connectors. As a self-described audiophile, and as a salesman of audiophile gear to other self-described audiophiles, I bought into the doctrine that cables were important; that they were special. Cables are still important: they take the signal from where it originates and transport it […]

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Do I Even Need A TV Room?

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As I mentioned in previous blog posts, my basement flooded on the May long weekend, necessitating the complete demolition and renovation of the rooms downstairs. The restorations and renovations are almost complete. Which leaves me at a crossroads. When I installed what I loftily called a MEDIA ROOM the kids were still babies; their entertainment […]

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Strange ReTales What’s My Discount?

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It’s been said that it’s a mark of greatness to create a legacy that leaves something wonderful behind you for future generations. Years before I began working there, at one HiFi store an enterprising general manager had brokered deals with two professional organizations to extend to them a corporate discount program. What that meant was […]

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The Technology That Time Forgot

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One of the principles that guide me is actually an aphorism that was in much of my CEDIA training back in the day: “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” History is littered with things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but didn’t have lasting appeal. For your morning […]

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Some Things Aren’t Complicated

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How often do we over-complicate things? In my case, despite my best intentions, sometimes I do. A lot. Occam’s Razor says, as you all know, that “among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.” The truth of that was borne out for me (again!) last weekend. The charging port on my […]

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AV Pro Best Practices: You Can Never Be Too Neat Nor Too Precise

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We all know that consistency and accuracy are crucial standards for AV pros. When hanging a video display on the wall, or cutting out holes for speakers, and especially when hacking holes in your client’s house during retrofit installs, “eh, close enough” doesn’t really cut it. Accuracy is always a virtue: “Measure twice, cut once,” […]

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