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How the Mighty Have Fallen – A Case Study

Via International's Recipe for Success Missed the Key Ingredient

The recent announcement that the giant A/V integrator Via International is shuddering it operations got us to thinking. How is it that a company boasting $73M in annual sales ($200M in sales projected within five years) can fail? The creation of Via International was touted as the portent for the future of audio video integration – the benchmark for how all custom A/V firms were going have to do business, if they want to survive.

Not so fast…

It’s easy to understand why all of the industry experts were falling all over themselves to pump up the Via International narrative. The story was quite compelling. Combine six of the CE Pro Top 100 Technology Integrators from all over the United States – with their capital, manpower, extensive customer databases, product knowledge and sharpened business practices. Centralize all operations under one gigantic tent, unify financials, operating systems and vendor relationships.

With a full-time staff of nearly 400 people, 20 locations nationwide and a customer roster comprised of the ultra-wealthy, Via International was poised for greatness. The only thing missing was the glass slipper.

Sadly for the Via International staff, whose employment was unceremoniously terminated, there was no fairy tale ending. All that remained was a case study in the scalability of successful A/V integration firms.

In theory, wildly ambitious plans to take over the world are all well and good – In theory. Just ask the Romans, the Mongols or the British Empire…

By contrast, for the past 40 years Audio Den has embraced a slow and steady, organic growth business model. Where it lacks in sex appeal and excitement, this methodology has helped Audio Den weather three major economic recessions. What started as a modest two-channel tweak shop in a strip mall, has evolved into a full-service technology integration firm – housed in its own 7,000 square foot facility and retail showroom.

Growth is good – but not when it comes at the cost of your founding principles – the very essence of what made your firm great in the first place. At its core, Audio Den is a customer service company – the electronics, speakers, accessories and programming just come along with that relationship.

There are countless places to buy A/V hardware these days, on-line and in-person. However, there is a rapidly shrinking number of companies who care about you after you’ve clicked “Buy Now” or walked out of their store with your hardware. Audio Den cares – walk into our showroom, call us on the phone or invite us into your home and let us prove it.

Audio Den is prepared to take over the world – one installation, one household, one relationship at a time. Steady as she goes…

TAGS: Audio Den | Control4 | Custom Installation | Hi-Fi Audio | Home Automation | Long Island | New York City

Tesla's Powerwall Gamechanger for Audio/Video Systems

Tesla Bring Whole Home Power Regulation to Long Island New York Homes

Tesla's Powerwall Gamechanger for Audio/Video Systems

Leave it to the folks at Tesla to design, build, and manufacture the missing link in home solar power energy storage. If you have a current home solar power system, then you are about to feel a bit peeved. If you don't have a home solar power system, then expect to get somewhat excited over what Tesla has created. In this article, we discuss the Tesla Powerwall and the benefits that it provides to the capabilities of solar energy around the world.

TAGS: Audio Den | Audio Video Systems | Energy Monitoring | Energy Saving Smart Home | Green Home Build | Hamptons | Home Monitoring | Home Theater Build | Long Island | Surge Supression | Tesla Powerwall | Votlage Rgulation

Tivo Roamio: The Intuitive Multi-room Smart Home DVR

Stream HD Video, Store 1000 of Hours of DVR Content, and Download for Offline Viewing

Tivo Roamio: The Intuitive Multi-room Smart Home DVR

The Roamio is the latest in a long line of consumer level digital video recorders from Tivo. It takes all of the features that home users everywhere have come to love and elevates them to the next level, allowing you one simple solution for all of your over the air TV recording needs.

 Tivo Roamio Features

The Tivo Roamio includes four separate tuners, allowing you to record up to four different shows at the same time. All four tuners are fully HD compatible, meaning that you can enjoy the benefit of full high definition, 1080p or 720p playback whenever you'd like.

To make things even better, the device comes with a 500 gigabyte hard drive - larger than what you would be able to get from renting a DVR on a monthly basis from most cable television service providers. This will allow you to store hundreds of hours of full HD video without needing to worry about what you're going to be forced to delete to make room for the latest episode of your favorite show.

Perhaps the best feature of the Roamio (and the biggest difference from previous iterations of the company's DVR systems) has to do with the built-in Wi-Fi connection and the large number of streaming apps that are available. When you're not using your DVR to record over the air shows, you can use it to connect to the Internet and watch streaming content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and more.

Using the Roamio

Since its inception, Tivo is a company that has always prided itself on simplicity. The Tivo Roamio continues this fine tradition by offering software that is not only easy to use, but an interface that is even easier to navigate. The graphical user interface of the Roamio has been redesigned and streamlined compared to older models, allowing you to begin recording much faster and change any necessary settings with minimal hassles.

Smart Home Connectivity

Because the Tivo Roamio is connected to your home Wi-Fi network, you can also control it in a number of ways that have nothing to do with the recorded remote. You can use iOS and Android apps to use your tablet or smartphone to delete shows, add new recordings and more whenever you'd like. You can even access the DVR while you're away from home to set a recording that you forgot to do before you left the house.

TAGS: Audio Den | audio video automation | Control4 | Custom Smart Home | DVR | Hamptons | Home Automation | home theater design | home theater design company | home theater system | iOS App | Long Island | New York City | Smart Home | Smart Home Connectivity | Tivo Roamio | WiFi

What Should You Keep In Mind For Your Next Home Theater Build

3 Commonly Overlooked Aspects of Building a Home Theater in New York City

What Should You Keep In Mind For Your Next Home Theater Build

While planning out your home theater build for your New York City residence, most of your time will likely be taken up by the technical aspect of the project. How big should the screen be? Where to place the speakers for optimal surround sound? Do the colors of the projector recreate reality, or do they look too bright; too washed out? These are the types of high-level questions that occupy the minds of both first time builders and seasoned veterans. But there are other concerns that can make a huge difference when trying to sit back and enjoy the space. Here are a few tips to consider while planning your next home theater installation.

TAGS: 4k television | lighting controls | theater environment