Are Amazon Geeks Geekier than Best Buy’s?

Amazon Tests In-Home Installations Recode is reporting that Amazon is testing an installation service for smart home products in several key test markets – in direct competition with Best Buy’s Geek Squad. While these two giants battle over the rights … Continue reading

Crestron and Sonos Deepen Their Relationship

BREAKING NEWS Crestron announced today that it is dramatically deepening its partnership with Sonos that was first revealed at last Fall’s CEDIA show. That partnership, which Strata-gee was the first to break the story on ahead of the 2016 CEDIA … Continue reading

PE Firm General Atlantic Sells Its Stake in SnapAV

BREAKING NEWS SnapAV announced today that General Atlantic, its private equity partner, has sold its ownership interest in the company to San Francisco-based Hellman and Friedman, another private equity group. The move, while unexpected, is not unusual in the world … Continue reading

Savant Launches New Line of Touch Screens

Savant Systems, LLC, a leading controls systems manufacturer for the custom integration industry, announced this week it is launching a all-new line of touch screens it calls “Wally.” This new Wally lineup offers consumers easy access to their climate, lighting, … Continue reading

Simply Reliable Launches ‘Digital Proposals’ in SmartOffice Update

Simply Reliable Software announced this week that it has added a dramatic new feature called “Digital Proposals” in the latest update of its SmartOffice software. The company called Digital Proposals “a game changing feature.” Learn more about Simply Reliable’s Digital … Continue reading

Access Networks CEO: Network Security is an ‘Existential Challenge’ for Industry

Network systems provider Access Networks announced this week that it has hired Roy Beiser, a former Intel executive, as its first ever Director of IT. But even more than that, Beiser, who is said to be highly credentialed in network … Continue reading

Integra Moves Into Distribution, Eliminating a Key Selling Point

This week we learned that Onkyo and Integra products would now be sold through AVAD, a distributor of custom integration products in the U.S. that is in the middle of changing its business model. Interestingly, this announcement came from AVAD, … Continue reading

On Drive to Grow Commercial, James Hits the Accelerator…Lightly

James Loudspeaker, the specialty speaker manufacturer with a wide range of models mostly serving the high-end market, has intrigued us for some time now. The subject of our intrigue is largely centered around their prodigious custom manufacturing capability, which they … Continue reading

Savant Holds Integration Summit in Denver, Outlines New Path Forward

In the wake of recent major executive changes, Savant seemed to fall into silent mode, deflecting media inquiries and in general buying itself time to get organized. All that is changing now as the company wrapped up a summit of its … Continue reading