Our Top 10 Stories of 2014

Dec 22, 2014

Top 10Another year has flown by, and 2015 is around the corner.

As we all look back on the ups and downs of 2014, take a moment to discover – or rediscover – the stories that most captured CEDIA blog readers’ attention in the past 12 months.

1. But I’m Not an Electrician

You specialize in low-voltage and you’ve got things under control. You’re aware of what requires an electrician and most of your work does not. With this mindset there really is no reason you normally would give changes in National Electrical Code (NEC) a second thought. Read more...

2. What CEDIA Members Need To Know About iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and iOS 8

In September, Apple announced the rollout of iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch along with details on their new software and services. What does this mean for CEDIA members, both designer/installers and manufacturers/suppliers? Members of the CEDIA Technology Council along with CEDIA senior staff studied the live keynote and blog feeds to identify the top things you need to know that might impact your business. Read more...

3. How They Did It: Bringing 3D Audio to Life

2014 HT Level 5 GoldThis three-year home theater project helped write the book on consumer applications for Auros-3D – literally. With a client who was willing to push the envelope and a blank slate of a room to work with, Hometronics pulled out all the stops and designed this one-of-a-kind home screening room.

Their work earned them the Level V Gold Technical Design award for Home Theater as well as the Best Overall Home Theater award in the 2014 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition. Read more...

4. Markup vs. Margin: The Important Difference

Many home technology professionals are guilty of using the terms markup and margin interchangeably. But should they?

The easy answer is: No. Markup and margin are distinct values and impact your bottom line differently. To better understand the costs and profits for your business, you need to keep the figures straight and separate. Read more...

5. Dealing with the Know-It-All Customer

Know-it-allA well-informed customer can sometimes be a home tech pro's dream. A true enthusiast doesn't have to be convinced of the benefits of home technology. But dealing with a know-it-all customer can be difficult; often, they want to show off how much they know about home technology.

A good salesperson knows how to sell to someone who wants to feel they are being treated like an expert, even if it means using a few tricks of the trade to keep customer feelings unbruised. Read more...

6. A “New” Way to Get Technicians Certified

This spring, CEDIA Director of Certification and Workforce Development Jeff Gardner had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with the folks at Bjorn’s Audio Video, a Founding Member of CEDIA that has managed to not only survive but thrive, with a business model that includes both a stunning retail showroom and a highly professional custom installation division.

But it wasn’t the store or the city that made an impression on Jeff. It’s how Bjorn’s Audio Video worked with CEDIA to get their technicians certified. Read more...

7. How They Did It: Ultimate Media Room

2014 Media Room GoldThis client wanted to create a high-tech environment where he could gather with family and friends. Above all, he wanted a multi-player gaming experience as well as the ability to watch movies with his kids.

CEDIA member Integrated Control Concepts of Omaha, Nebraska, created this multi-purpose media room, winning the Gold Technical Design award for Media Room as well as the Best Overall Media Room award in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition. Read more...

8. How They Did It: Leave No Trace

Hidden Installation GoldThis project called for a large TV in the home's bar area that was viewable from anywhere within the surrounding entertaining space. The TV was to be completely hidden when not in use – beyond the concealment level of traditional hidden lifts and mounts.

To find a solution, Station Earth threw out all conventional thinking on residential hidden technology and came up with a solution inspired by top-notch industrial applications. Their work earned them the Gold Technical Design award for Hidden Installation and the Best Overall Hidden Installation award in CEDIA’s 2014 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition. Read more...

9. How to Retain Top Talent without Breaking the Bank

Retaining talent at a small business with few employees is a crucial part of the business. Even people who come together as friends may feel a certain animosity once money is on the table. However, there are some ways to keep talent once you've acquired it. Read more...

10. How They Did It: The Luxury Survival Condo

Luxury Survival CondoThe Luxury Survival Condo is an engineering marvel designed for comfortable long-term survival in a former Atlas missile silo. It offers spacious condos with 5-star amenities that are underground and encompassed by walls that are 2.5 – 9 feet thick. The silo extends 200 feet into the earth.

CEDIA member Logic Integration of Lone Tree, Colo., was chosen to design and deliver the technology systems in the Luxury Survival Condo. Their work on the security, entertainment, and control solutions in this massive silo earned them the Silver Technical Design award for Special Project in CEDIA’s 2013 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition. Read more...



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