Well, another CEDIA Expo is in the books and we return to our daily duties and launch into a new Fall season full of promise…and concerns. What were the big stories of this year’s edition of Emerald’s (a public, for-profit company that owns the show) CEDIA Expo? Well, I’ve scanned several summations from others in the media and it almost seems like we attended different Expos. Here’s what I think they are…
Friends of Ron Meyerowitz have arranged for a gathering to celebrate his life on September 27, 2023, in New York City. The gathering is open for any friend of Ron’s (invitation required) who would like to join with others to share some food and drink, and most importantly, share stories about Ron, an influential manufacturer sales representative in the New York Metro market – and a very good friend to many in the industry.
Learn more about Ron Meyerowitz’s Celebration of Life gathering[Read more…] about Friends Arrange Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Ron Meyerowitz on Sept 27
Homebuilder Sentiment Drops for First Time in Seven Months
Yet another sign of the struggling housing industry as climbing mortgage rates and historically high home prices combine to drop new residential construction – known as housing starts – to their lowest level in three years. Both single-family housing starts and overall housing starts, which includes multi-family dwellings, saw significant declines in August.
See the latest data on August housing starts[Read more…] about August Housing Starts Hit Lowest Level in Three Years
Lenbrook Corporation, a Canadian company that holds a portfolio of premium specialty brands, announced this morning it has acquired the assets of MQA, ltd., the U.K.-based company behind the Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) high-resolution audio encoding system in a transaction it hopes will breathe new life into the technology that had fallen into a form of receivership upon the loss of its major financial backer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed as part of this announcement.
See more on Lenbrook’s acquisition of of MQA, Ltd.[Read more…] about On a Mythical Quest of Ascension, Lenbrook Acquires MQA
The crowds on Day 2 of CEDIA Expo 23 were equally as impressive, if not more so, as they were on Day 1. I had a mid-day meeting at the Snap One booth and as you can see in the image above, I couldn’t even get into the booth! Of course, I can only give you my impressions as there is no official count as I write this, but to my eyes it sure looks like attendance is going to be a pleasant surprise when Emerald announces the final count.
See more on Day 2 results in my final show report[Read more…] about CEDIA Expo 23: We’re Going to Need Crowd Control
Snap One, a leading manufacturer of a diversified group of custom integration (CI) brands, announced on the eve of CEDIA Expo 2023 that it is “increasing investments in software research and development (R&D)” for the purpose of enhancing the “performance, reliability, and scalability” of its solutions to yield “more efficient backend processes and better user experiences.” The release goes on to note the importance of software for the residential and commercial custom integration industries.
See more on increasing R&D dollars for software development by Snap One[Read more…] about Snap One to Pump More R&D $’s into Software Dev to ‘Fuel Innovation’
Ellipsys Commercial Technology Group, part of the Nationwide Marketing Group family of dealer buying groups, announced ahead of CEDIA Expo 2023 that it has sealed a big deal with industry leader Sonance as a founding vendor partner for the new group. The news will surely provide a big boost to the young, rapidly growing, commercial integrator buying group.
See more on the Ellipsys partnership with Sonance[Read more…] about New Commercial Buying Group Ellipsys Signs with Sonance as Founding Partner
See some of my top picks from CEDIA Expo 23 Day 1
Well, the question I posed yesterday as to whether we’d see CEDIA Expo 2023 attendance up or down as compared to the show last year appears to have been answered. Aisles and booths were filled on Day 1 of the event, suggesting that CEDIA Expo 2023 attendance is not only ahead of last year’s numbers…but perhaps well ahead. So it seems we are all on a Rocky Mountain High.
But was there anything interesting to look at on the show floor? See some of the items I found interesting…
See more on Day 1 at CEDIA Expo 2023[Read more…] about CEDIA Expo 23 Day 2: The Gang’s All Here
OneVision, one of the original remote 24/7 service support providers for integrators, is now offering a new set of service options called Flex Support Packages designed to make it easier than ever for integrators of any size to get started with the company’s remote support service and recurring monthly revenue (RMR) options. A company started (and still run) BY integrators FOR integrators, OneVision continues to offer integrators smart support options that make it simple and profitable for them to get started.
Learn More about the new OneVision Flex Support Packages[Read more…] about OneVision Launches New Flex Support Packages Opening Entry-Level Options
AudioControl Pro (AudioControl) is launching some interesting new products at CEDIA Expo 2023, including new min-chassis audio/video receivers (AVRs) and adding Dante network connectivity to a popular multichannel amplifier. In both cases, these products open up new opportunities and capabilities for integrators – a role the company has enjoyed for several years now.