AV Insider — Episode 56: CEDIA’s Newest Forward Facing Member: Vincent Bruno

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Vincent Bruno (Vin), newly appointed CEO of CEDIA, speaks with Johnny Mota about his new role and his 31 year long career in the CI industry. They talk about what CEDIA is for installers, designers, members, and even homeowners. They discuss Vin’s plans for the next year at at CEDIA, where it’s headed, and what […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 441: CORE Brands Has the Biggest Booth at CEDIA 2015!

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Obviously, I had to talk to the holder of the biggest booth at CEDIA, CORE Brands (http://www.corebrands.com) – they’re spending more money than anyone else. So, Joe Lautner, CORE’s Director of Control, joined me to explain their strategy and where they are in the market now. They’ve made a lot of acquisitions over the past […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 440: AMX’s Presence at CEDIA was Small, But Their Launch was Impressive

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AMX (http://www.amx.com) literally was only represented by a table inside the HARMAN booth and I suspect many, many integrators missed them. Too bad as they demo’d the makings of a totally-new control system interface – and it is impressive. I asked Adam Gershon, AMX’s Residential Product Manager, to join me on a podcast to explain […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 438: RTI’s Brett Stokke Sees RTI as Perfectly Position in the Middle

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The control system market has changed a ton over the past 10-years. A segment of the market that was once dominated by just two big players – Crestron and AMX – is now over-crowded. And, new players Apple, Google, Amazon and others are flooding the entry-level of the market and solidly stealing the DIY’ers. And, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 437: Middle Atlantic’s VP, Dan Tarkoff, Talks HomeAV and Legrand with Gary

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Legrand is here at CEDIA Expo with all four of their HomeAV brands: Middle Atlantic, OnQ, Nuvo and Vantage. Middle Atlantics VP of Sales, Dan Tarkoff is a great representative of the Legrand Brand as he’s been with them for over 18 years and he talks about where he sees HomeAV right now. Their booth […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 435: EPSON’s CEDIA Launch is Bright — Think ANSI Bright!

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EPSON is using CEDIA Expo to launch a new series of 4,000- to 6,000-lumen projectors that are all priced below $7,000. So, no need to turn off the lights, install them in a dark room or even think about building a dedicated home theater. These projectors can project nearly everywhere. Brian Savarese, EPSON’s home theater […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 433: Everyone Going to CEDIA Should See RoseWater Energy Group

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For years, the one big complaint I have consistently heard from at CEDIA from CE ’s and Integrators is the lack of margins in selling and installing residential AV gear now. Well, a company called RoseWater Energy Group may be the solution to all those complaints as they demo their Energy Management Hub and Energy Storage […]

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AV Insider — Episode 55: Onkyo/CEDIA Spoilers Ahead

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Rian Steffens, Onkyo USA’s eastern business development manager, speaks with host Johnny Mota about new products ranging from speakers, AVR(s), turntables, and of course, Dolby ATMOS. They also talk about updating your old “man cave,” what’s popular in the “lady cave,” where you can find these products (in places where you’d not normally see), and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 432: We’ve Got Barco’s CEDIA Expo Plans!

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Barco Residential made its debut at CEDIA Expo 2014 and they’ll be back in a bigger way in Booth 1310 at CEDIA Expo 2015 next week. Not only do they have a live theater this year, but they’ve also designed the booth to be a “lifestyle” environment. They’ll even show you how you can re-imagine […]

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