Best Buy for Business = Best Guy to Steal Business

I am sure everyone out there reading this has purchased gear from Best Buy a time or two.  AV systems sometimes call for consumer-grade gear and Best Buy actually set up a group a few years back, called Best Buy for Business, to handle such relationships. But, if this is their M.O. now, beware! I received […]

Why we’re NOT a Magazine

Yesterday, at a reception for the press sponsored by one of the industry’s largest display manufacturers, we overheard a conversation that perfectly demonstrates why WE (at rAVe) do NOT want to be called aProAV magazine. What did we hear?  Well, the manufacturer was “guaranteed” more editorial coverage and news stories by the print publication if they would […]

If This Show is Smaller – Why Can’t I Get Anywhere?

One thing that’s consistent year after year, show after show about the day before a show opens – it looks like it’s far from being ready to open. Crap everywhere! TO walk from the front of the Hall (Da-Lite/Extron) to the Back (Lighthouse), it took me a freakin’ hour. Crates everywhere, fork-lift drivers that just drive […]

rAVe is proud to announce rAVe NOW!

Hey, we realize that budgets are tight – tighter than ever, in fact – and that this may be the year you don’t go to InfoComm:  BUMMER!  But, if you can’t make it to the “Ultimate AV show” this year, then we’ve come up with something just as good as being there!  It’s called rAVe NOW and you’ve gotta come […]

Yes, We’re Picky

If you’ve been following rAVe DS, you know this is our fourth issue.  As you also probably know, there are more than a few “other” DS publications out there.  But, unlike those, we are picky on which stories we run and what we choose to send to you each month – in other words, just because we […]

Yes, We’re Picky

PCs Suck: The Non-PC Digital Signage Solutions Are Coming!

Using a PC as a content transmitter and receiver for Digital Signage networks sucks. Microsoft and their myriad problems have bled all over the DS market too. And, everyone’s been screaming for non-PC based solutions since the beginning. But, there haven’t been many that have, well, not sucked too. At least Microsoft Windows-based PCs are […]

AVAD to Jump in ProAV Market?

AVAD, well known in the HomeAV market as a distributor of high-end consumer electronics gear, is capitalizing on the ProAV market’s loss of Electrograph last week and is rumored to be jumping into the ProAV market.  But, talk to them at your own risk. Why?  Well, simply providing gear to the ProAV dealer is not the same thing as truly being a distributor.  For example, […]

AVAD to Jump in ProAV Market?

CEDIA in Suckville

LOVE CEDIA.  I HATE Atlanta.  Although this year’s show will be in so-called “Hot-lanta,” it’s still going to be an awesome show!  I am excited for the manufacturers, the integrators and the market as we are just starting to see a turn-around of the markets nationwide and by September, rAVe believes things will start to […]

CEDIA in Suckville

Go to Church

Sure, the economy is down, the outlook is bad, stocks are still falling – heck the news media eats this scare-you-to-death stuff up.  And, we tune in and listen. But, we’re all trying to run a business here, too.  And, in a down economy, not everyone suffers.  In fact, historically, there are some market segments […]

Case Study Hell

I am amazed how hard it is to get an application story/case study – whatever you want to call it – from an AV Integrator! Let me elaborate. For a year now, we’ve had a section on our rAVe site ( that’s called AV in Action.  Basically, it’s a place where we publish (for FREE) case studies […]

Cheat Sheet

I love this industry! Upon graduating from college back in 1987, I was lucky enough to be offered a job at Extron Electronics way back when they were probably less than a 20-person company.  Although at first I didn’t feel like I wasn’t doing what I went to college for (Marketing), the people there were great and […]

CES Show Still Grows — Even in Down Economy

It may be a down economy, but CES still had a record 2700 exhibitors – making it still the biggest and the worst traffic jamming, waiting in lines that last forever, bumping into people as they cough and sneeze AV show in the US.  While continuously washing our hands with pocket antibacterial gel, it’s clear […]