John Sciacca

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John Sciacca  |  Jun 09, 2008  |  0 comments

Having the right set of tools makes any job easier: everything from wall-mounting your new flat panel TV (see Step By Step: How to Mount a Flat-Panel TV) to adding some in-wall speakers (see Continue Reading >

John Sciacca  |  Nov 18, 2015  |  1 comments
When you consider that subwoofers cover a scant 0.3 percent of the audible spectrum—from 20 to 80 Hz—it might be easy to discount just how important bass is to solid audio playback. I mean, who would complain about having a solid 99.7 percent, right? But when you take those crucial two octaves away, everything else sounds thin and diminished, showing just how important a solid low-end foundation is for your audio playback system.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 10, 2010  |  0 comments

My dad called me the other day. He had just rented Avatar and he wanted to know if I had seen it and if the version I watched was in 3D and why his wasn't. A client sent me an e-mail asking whether he could use a new 3D TV to watch regular, non-3D programming.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 30, 2015  |  10 comments
As a custom installer, meeting with clients building new homes, remodeling, or just looking to upgrade their entertainment systems is a big part of my job. And after 17 years of walking through job sites and looking at blueprints, I pretty quickly hone in on the few key areas that determine the project’s difficulty and cost.
John Sciacca  |  May 19, 2017  |  0 comments
How to enjoy a large TV without having it dominate your room.
John Sciacca  |  Nov 30, 2011  |  0 comments

Today, 3D has become a de facto feature on almost every higher-end TV and even many projectors, and it continues to make headlines. But the biggest news to come out of the CEDIA Expo trade show this past September wasn’t of the three-dimensional variety. The news that took many attendees by surprise was 4K.

John Sciacca  |  Apr 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Does your Wi-Fi network suck? Here are five things you can do to significantly improve its performance.
John Sciacca  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  0 comments
Without a doubt, one of the most impressive and important speakers in your home theater system is the subwoofer. The sub lays down the bedrock foundation of a good system, producing deep, tactile bass that makes music more dynamic, movies more visceral, and raises the overall performance of any speaker system. When I’m working with clients on designing their surround systems, my recommendation is almost always that they buy the biggest and best subwoofer they can afford.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 01, 2009  |  0 comments

Without dredging up the unpleasantness that is the current state of the economy, it's probably safe to say that many of us have made some adjustments in our lives. And whether that means cutting back on travel, skipping the morning latte, or not eating out as often, you might find that you're staying home more and going out less.

John Sciacca  |  Aug 19, 2015  |  0 comments
ABC’s Nightline recently ran a segment called “Smart Homes, the Future of High-Tech Living” where they discussed different aspects of living in a smart home. Part of the segment demonstrated a smart home’s potential vulnerability to being hacked, giving outsiders access to your home and data. Nightline drove the point home by having a hacker sit outside a home with a high-powered directional antenna while he logged into the Wi-Fi network and started wreaking all manner of havoc, including unlocking her front door.

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