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

Networking The Right Way


They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Without sinking into a lengthy digression about what that really means, I’ll just gloss it over with “getting to know people is important.” For many of us, the best opportunities we’ve had have come to us by way of our personal and professional networks. […]

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Schrödinger’s Coffee


I have often blogged about the power of coffee to open doors and cement relationships. Just this past week, I walked into the office of one of my customers who, normally, have a very rigid approach towards scheduling meetings. I know that, and always respect it. However this time, I walked in armed with a […]

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Someone Call Security


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?


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


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


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?


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?


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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