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CEDIA 2013 Coverage Part 2: Sound & Vision

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

For the past week, I was in Denver, Colorado covering the annual CEDIA Expo. The Expo is my favorite tradeshow of the year, showing all the newest gear that wil be the rage for the custom install world for the upcoming year.


This year I covered the show for both Sound & Vision and Residential Systems on-line sites, blogging my little totally normal-sized behind off during the three ...

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CEDIA 2013 Coverage Part 1: Resi Systems

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)

For the past week, I was in Denver, Colorado covering the annual CEDIA Expo. The Expo is my favorite tradeshow of the year, showing all the newest gear that wil be theupcoming rage for the custom install world for the upcoming year.


This year I covered the show for both Residential Systems and Sound & Vision on-line sites, blogging my little totally normal-sized behind off during th...

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How Fixing a Toilet Gave Me Job Security

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Fact: I’m really not very handy around the house. I’m utter rubbish when it comes to finding things, I do the bare minimum of yard work to keep the POA from sending me letters (and by “bare minimum” I mean “write a check to the guy that cuts my grass and breaks my sprinkler heads” ),  and I don’t at all enjoy “tinkering.̶...

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It's a Beerniversary! Let's Celebrate! (ie Drink!)

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s amazing to think that craft brewing has been around so long that breweries are celebrating seventeen, nineteen and even twenty year anniversaries! It’s important to give a tip o’ the cap nod of respect to Samuel Adams at this point, who in many ways began the modern craft beer movement. (I really have nothing to back that statement up, so I welcome any of your more knowledgeable beer historian types want to slap me back into reality...) Sam Adams was foun...

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Now You See It...Now You Sell It!

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Our custom installation company is fortunate enough to have a showroom for meeting with clients and demonstrating systems. We feel it’s a huge advantage for us, and a differentiator between smaller, pop-up-over-night, one-man-in-a-van outfits as the showfront lends an air of stability and credibility. But what to display is always a concern, as that is money out of pocket that often results in gear that is never sold or sold at greatly reduced pricing.


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Samuel Adams - 5 Summer SAMpler Ales

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer may be quickly drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop drinking summer inspired ales. As we ease into the warm, lazy days of fall, the humidity just starting to break and lessen its crushing grip on our dampened spirits, it’s the perfect time to pop open a brew meant for a nice relaxing sip by swimming pool while gently rocking with your best girl on a porch swing.


When I stumbled on this Summer S...

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The Venerable iPod Helps Me Deliver on a Promise

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When a long-term client came to my showroom and told me he was building a new swimming pool in his backyard and wanted to ensure that he had really impressive but simple-to-use audio for entertaining, I knew I had the perfect solution.


One of the benefits of being an equipment reviewer on top of my day-job, custom installer gig is that I get to experience and play with an array of products I might not normally consider or even be aware of...

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